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Best Schools that Don't Require the ACT
There are many nationally and regionally accredited public and private colleges and universities that have no ACT requirements for admission. You'll still have admissions requirements, such as completing an application and submitting transcripts and teacher recommendations. However, with the stress and burden of standardized placement testing out of the picture, you can focus your energy on getting better grades and making your application stand out. Find out about some of these schools and get some vital undergrad statistics from the 2013-2014 school year.
Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, NC
Wake Forest University ranked 27th in U.S. News & World Report's 2015 list of top national universities. This private, nonprofit university offers bachelor's, master's, doctoral and law degrees. Programs include a variety of business, education, sciences, technology, engineering, liberal arts and theology areas of study.
- Acceptance Rate: 34%
- Net Price: $25,826
- First Year Retention: 93%
- Full-time Faculty: 1,796
Brandeis University in Waltham, MA
Brandeis University is a private, nonprofit school that ranked #35 on the U.S. News national university list for 2015. The test-optional policy at Brandeis allows any U.S. students to provide SAT or ACT scores, scores from three AP or IB or SAT subject tests, or an academic portfolio that includes a graded writing sample and an extra academic letter of recommendation. The school utilizes an experiential learning platform for its bachelor's and master's degree programs in several traditional areas as well as African-American studies, interactive media, history of ideas, and peace, conflict and coexistence studies.
- Acceptance Rate: 35%
- Net Price: $26,367
- First Year Retention: 93%
- Full-time Faculty: 535
University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ
A public university, the University of Arizona ranked #121 on the U.S. News national universities list in 2015. Unlike Wake Forest and Brandeis, which both have application deadlines of January 1, the University of Arizona's deadline is May 1, so you have a little more time to get your application together. Applications can be submitted online or via mail, and you might have an additional application to complete depending on your major. The school has many highly ranked programs, including undergrad business (#21), undergrad engineering (#51), law (#42), earth sciences (#7), and online MBA programs (#29).
- Acceptance Rate: 75%
- Net Price: $15,681
- First Year Retention: 82%
- Full-time Faculty: 2,660