In this day and age where so much in public education is determined by standardized tests, it is refreshing to see that there are some colleges and universities abandoning the requirement of the SATs for admissions consideration. It is not uncommon for some of our top students to struggle with standardized testing situations.

The concept of being timed creates real anxiety for some students, as does the pressure of needing high scores in order to be competitive with peers in the application process. It is not uncommon for a well-rounded, honor roll student to have test scores that don’t seem to match the rest of their academic resume.

While there are still many colleges that place great emphasis on this score, the good news is that an increasing number of colleges and universities do not require them. Some of our local colleges that do not require SAT scores include the University of Maine in Farmington.

The UMF philosophy is that a student’s ability to succeed there can best be determined by considering the rigor of the high school curriculum, grade performance and trend, and achievements both inside and outside of school.

Other Maine schools that do not request SAT scores include College of the Atlantic, Bates College, Bowdoin College, UMaine Presque Isle, UMaine Fort Kent, UMaine Augusta (for some programs), Unity College, and all community colleges. In addition there are many schools outside of Maine that do not require the SATs.

Go to to see a thorough list of those schools outside of Maine that do not require the SAT.

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