a month ago
Admissions Advice

Applying test optional to Vassar/more colleges: Yes or no?

While everything in my profile aligns with both colleges’ requirements except for my sat score (1280) I am hearing of mixed reviews about going test-optional. I’m applying EDII for Vassar and am wondering if I should submit or not because personally, I think it’d hurt my application and so does my teacher, but my counselor says otherwise. Any advice?

other stats:

-unweighted: 4.04; weighted 4.33

-5 aps including 3 senior year, 3 honors classes including one senior year, 1 dual enrollment class taken, 3 currently taking and planning to apply to another in the spring

-2 leadership positions

-New York, US Permanent Resident

-ranked #93 out of 367 (top 25%) of class

-my school sat score average is a 1210

-high honor roll streak since beginning freshman year, national language honors society

-Planning on majoring in bio on a pre-med track

Schools I am applying to:

Vassar, URichmond,Boston University, Case Western, Colgate, Penn State, Skidmore, Binghamton,Trinity, Umaryland, UConn, UBuffalo

🎉 First post
Let’s welcome @particularbrave1204 to the community! Remember to be kind, helpful, and supportive in your responses.

Earn karma by helping others:

1 karma for each ⬆️ upvote on your answer, and 20 karma if your answer is marked accepted.

1 answer

Accepted Answer
a month ago

My recommendation for you is to apply test optional to Vassar.

2 cycles ago their middle 50% percentile was 1380/1490.

Only 0.26% for the Class of 2024 got in with composite less than 1200. Since you are closer to the 1200 than the 25% percentile of 1380, submitting a low 1280 will put you near the bottom of possible admits.

From your school list I would apply test optional to Vassar, URichmond, BU, UMD Colgate and Trinity (only because Trinity has been traditionally test optional)

Good luck.


Community Guidelines

To keep this community safe and supportive:

  1. Be kind and respectful!
  2. Keep posts relevant to college admissions and high school.
  3. Don’t ask “chance-me” questions. Use CollegeVine’s chancing instead!

How karma works