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Test-Optional Admissions Policy

Please note that Middlebury has changed its testing policy from previous years. Middlebury is now test-optional. That means, if you are applying as a first-year or transfer student, entering in fall 2021 (or a spring transfer applicants applying in fall 2020), you may apply without submitting ACT, SAT, or SAT Subject Test scores.

Your decision to submit scores, or not, will in no way impact your candidacy for admission.

If you have taken the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, or ACT, you can choose whether or not to submit your scores with your application. If you do, they will be included as part of our holistic application review process, as they have been for many years. If you do not, your lack of test scores will not factor into the review of your application. Please note that if you would like us to see any results from Advanced Placement (AP) tests, the best way to submit those results is to self-report them to us in your application or via email, at admissions@middlebury.edu.

Our Holistic Approach

Our admissions process is a holistic one in which all factors are weighed. So, your essay, teacher recommendations, co-curricular activities, personal background and story, and unique individual characteristics are all important to us; ours is not exclusively a numbers-driven process.

Submitting Scores

Middlebury is currently test-optional. You do not have to submit standardized test scores with your application. A lack of scores will not factor into your application review.  If you would like your standardized testing to be considered, you can submit either the SAT, the ACT, or three SAT Subject Tests in different academic disciplines (Math I and Math II, for example, do not qualify as two distinct Subject Tests). If you choose to submit your tests, please note that we do not require the SAT Essay or the ACT Writing tests.

If you submit your (optional) test scores, Middlebury will “super score” standardized test results—meaning we will accept the highest score from each section of the SAT, the ACT or SAT Subject Tests, regardless of sitting, and sum the best scores across sittings of the same test. We do not combine results from different forms of testing—i.e. results from the SAT and SAT Subject Tests.

Middlebury College will accept either self-reported or official test scores for first-year and transfer applications for admission.

Students may submit self-reported test scores in one of the following ways:

  • Enter your test scores in the testing section of the Common Application or the Coalition Application. Important note: When you self-report your scores via the Common Application, your scores will not be visible to you when you review your application PDF. However, we will still receive your scores. We have suppressed scores from appearing there so that our system is optimized for test-optional application review. Be assured that, if you have submitted scores to us and checked the box indicating that you wish for your scores to be considered, we will see them and factor them into our review of your application. Likewise, if you have indicated that you do not wish your scores to be considered, they will be masked, even if you have submitted them previously.
  • Upload scores directly to your Middlebury Application Status Portal.
  • Submit screenshots or scanned copies of the score report from the College Board or ACT to admissions@middlebury.edu.

Official test scores may be submitted in one of the following ways:

  • Sent directly by the student’s high school or CBO counselor to the admissions office by email to admissions@middlebury.edu.
  • As noted on the official high school transcript.
  • Sent directly from the College Board or the ACT.

International applicants, please note that we do require demonstration of proficiency in English. International applicants can find more information about required English proficiency testing on our Information for International Applicants page.

Verification of Self-Reported Test Scores

Enrolling students who have applied with standardized tests must send official test scores within two weeks of the submission of their enrollment deposit. The Admissions Office will verify that the self-reported scores match the official test scores, and will address any discrepancies directly with the student.

Deadlines

Admission Option Latest Test Date for SAT and ACT
Early Decision I October
Early Decision II December
Regular Decision December

Frequently Asked Questions

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Middlebury is really a test-optional school. Full stop. There are no caveats or fine print. If you choose to submit scores, we will use them in our evaluation of your application. If you do not submit scores, your application will still have lots of academic and personal information which we will use to get to know you as a student and as a person. There is no disadvantage to applying without test scores.

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Yes; in ED1 you have until November 19 and in ED2 and Regular Decision you have until January 8 to change your original testing preference. Please email us at admissions@middlebury.edu if you would like to request a change.

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Since deferred students are reclassified as Regular Decision applicants, they have the same Regular Decision deadline of January 8 to change their stated testing preference.

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No. If you would like us to see any results from Advanced Placement (AP) tests, the best way to submit those results is to self-report them to us in your application or via email, at admissions@middlebury.edu.

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