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Test-Optional Admissions Policy

Students who apply as first-years or transfers, beginning with those entering in fall 2021 (plus spring transfer applicants who apply in fall 2020), have the option of applying under a test-optional policy.

Under Middlebury’s test-optional policy, applicants can choose whether or not to submit standardized test scores. Applicants who choose to submit scores will have them included as part of our holistic application review process, as they have been for many years.

Our Holistic Approach

Our admissions process is a holistic one in which all factors are weighed. So, a student’s 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

Students who would like their standardized testing to be considered in the application review process 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). We do not require the SAT Essay or the ACT Writing tests.

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.
  • 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

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
  • 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.


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


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