A growing number of universities and colleges are helping students with the financial burden of sending official test scores.  We track them in the table below.

Applying to college is expensive. A lot of families need to plan and save for the costs. Fortunately, many colleges will waive application fees for eligible applicants. ACT and the College Board provide fee waivers for eligible students to take the ACT or SAT twice.  One fee that is much harder to avoid is the fee to send your official scores to schools.  Almost all schools require official scores, and the fees can add up, particularly for the ACT.  For low-income students, these fees can act as microbarriers that lead students to apply to fewer schools or no schools whatsoever.  Colleges and universities are increasingly aware of this problem and are starting to change their practices in order to make it less expensive to apply.

The College Board and ACT cover the cost of sending scores to four institutions for any student who designates the recipient colleges within nine and five days, respectively, of taking the exam. After that, the College Board charges students $12 per report per school.  The report contains all of the SAT and SAT Subject Test scores a student wants to send.  The College Board also covers the score-sending fees for an additional four schools for test-takers who took the SAT with a fee waiver; these “anytime” scores can be sent when the student likes. ACT charges students $13 per test date per report, and unlike the College Board, it doesn’t offer students who took the ACT with a fee waiver the same benefit of “anytime” score sends.

Picture a student who took a test twice and waits to see the results before sending the scores to eight colleges.  Eight colleges represents a nice mix of reach, match, and safety schools.  It is smart to take the SAT or ACT twice since many schools will superscore the exams, meaning they will take the best section scores off different administrations and combine them to come up with the best total score. If our student took the SAT twice and sends both scores, the total cost will be $96.00 ($48.00 if the student has four “anytime” score sends).  If the student does the same with the ACT, however, the cost will be $208.00 (ACT, once again, provides no “anytime” score sends).  In the vast majority of cases, these scores are sent in an electronic file once a week.  Students can rush scores, which get sent out every day, but those fees are even higher.

One solution to these costs would be for the College Board to provide more anytime score sends and for ACT to agree to provide them and to do so adequately.  The other is for colleges and universities to cut the testing agencies out of the picture and let students self-report their scores, in the same way that many applications ask students to self-report their grades.

The table below identifies schools that allow some form of self-reporting of test scores. These scores will be used to determine the admission decision, and students will be notified of their acceptance/denial without submitting an official score report. Students still need to send in their official score report if they enroll. Some schools will consider an application using self-reported scores, but they will not release a decision to a student without the official score report.  Those schools are not included in this list.

There are two main forms of self-reporting:  student and counselor. Student self-reporting is typically done through the application, but some institutions allow or require an upload of an unofficial score report (e.g., a PDF downloaded from the student’s ACT or College Board account; a screenshot). Counselor self-reporting is typically done through email, either by sending in a transcript with test scores or an unofficial PDF score report. Score reporting via email typically requires a PDF of the score report from the student’s testing portal, but some schools will accept a screenshot.

Whenever possible, links to the self-reporting practices of schools are provided below.  If there is no link, the information is based on a firsthand report by the school.  Practices are changing rapidly when it comes to self-reporting test scores. This list is not comprehensive.  We will add schools as we identify them.  If we have left your institution off the list, please let us know in the comment box. We encourage counselors  to contact schools on our list and off our list to determine or discover whether they can self-report their students’ scores.  Because policies do change, the Princeton Review strongly advises that students double-check a school’s policy on self-reporting scores and that counselors get in contact with admissions offices to confirm they will accept scores from counselors.

School Who Can Report How to Self-Report
Agnes Scott College Student or Counselor Transcript, Applicant Portal, Email
Albion College Student or Counselor Email
Alverno College Counselor Email or Transcript
Amherst College Student Common App, Coalition App, Questbridge App, Applicant Portal, Email
Anna Maria College Student or Counselor Common App, Email PDF
Appalachian State University Student or Counselor Email Screenshot
Augustana College Student Application
Babson College Student Common App, School App, Transcript, Screenshot
Baylor University Student Common App, School App, ApplyTexas App
Birmingham-Southern College Student or Counselor Application Portal or Counselor email
Bowdoin College Student or Counselor Transcript, Email PDF or Screenshot
Brown University Counselor Transcript, Email
Carnegie Mellon University Counselor Email
Carroll College Student Common App, School App
Champlain College Student Common App, School App
Clark University Counselor Email
Colby College Student Common App, Coalition App, Email PDF
Colgate University Student Common App, Coalition App, Email PDF
College of the Holy Cross Counselor Email
College of Saint Rose Counselor Transcript, Email
Colorado College Student or Counselor Upload in Application Portal
Columbia University Student Common App, Coalition App, Columbia application status page
Dickinson College Student Common App
Duke University Counselor Email
Emory University Counselor Email or Transcript
Florida State University Student Upload to Application Portal
Franklin College Student or Counselor Transcript, Counselor or Student Email
Georgia Tech Student Common App, Coalition App
Grace Bible College Student or Counselor Email screenshot or PDF, Transcript
Guilford College Student Email PDF
Gustavus Adolphus College Counselor Email
Hamilton College Counselor Transcript, Email PDF
Harris-Stowe State University Counselor Transcript, Email
Harvey Mudd College Student Common App, Applicant Hub
Hiwassee College Student or Counselor Transcript, Email PDF or Screenshot
Hampden-Sydney College Counselor Transcript, Email PDF or Screenshot
Haverford College Counselor Email
Illinois State University Student School App
Iowa State University Student School App
Johns Hopkins University Student Common App, Coalition App, Universal App
Juniata College Counselor Email
Kansas State University Student School App
Kenyon College Student Common App, Email PDF, Transcript
Lawrence University Student Common App
Michigan Tech University Counselor Email
Middlebury College Counselor Email
NYIT (New York Inst of Technology) Student Email PDF
Northwestern University Counselor Email PDF, Transcript
Occidental College Counselor Transcript, Email
Olin College of Engineering Student or Counselor Common App, Upload to applicant portal, Counselor email, transcript
Pomona College Counselor Transcript
Princeton University Counselor Email PDF or Screenshot
Quinnipiac University Counselor Transcript, Email PDF or Screenshot
Reed College Counselor Transcript
Saint Anselm College Student Common App, Email PDF
Silver Lake College Counselor Transcript
Southwestern University Student or Counselor Email PDF, Transcript
Stanford University Student Common App, Coalition App
Stevenson University Student Common App, School App, Email Screenshot
Susquehanna University Student Common App, School App
Swarthmore College Student or Counselor Common App, Coalition App, Application Portal, Email from Counselor
Texas Christian University Student Common App, School App
Trinity University Counselor Transcript
Tulane University Counselor Email PDF or Screenshot, Transcript
Ursuline College Student or Counselor Common App, School App, Counselor Email, Transcript
University of Chicago Student Common App, Coalition App
University of Hawaii, Manoa Student School App
University of Iowa Student School App
University of Kansas Student School App
University of Nebraska System Student Nebraska Shared App
University of Northern Iowa Student School App
University of Oregon Counselor Transcript, Paper App
University of Oklahoma Counselor Transcript
University of Pittsburgh-Greensburg Counselor Transcript
University of St. Thomas (TX) Counselor Email
University of Southern California Counselor Email
Vanderbilt University Counselor Transcript or Email
Vassar College Counselor Transcript or Email
Wartburg College Counselor Transcript or Email
Washington U in St. Louis Student Common App, Coalition App, Applicant Portal, Email PDF
Wellesley College Counselor Transcript or Email
Wesleyan University Counselor Transcript or Email
Whitworth University Student Mail or Fax PDF
Williams College Student or Counselor Common App, Coalition App, Questbridge, or Email
Wofford College Counselor Email

23 thoughts on “Where Can You Self-Report SAT and ACT Scores?

  1. When the list says the test score may be emailed, is there a specific email that the test scores should be sent?

    1. It depends from school to school. We couldn’t find an efficient way to insure that we had the accurate email on record, especially when it wasn’t provided. I would reccommend emailing a contact at the school if you have one or using their website to get their general admissions email address and inquire.

  2. Grace Bible College (Grand Rapids, MI) will accept scores from the guidance office on the transcript and we also allow students to self-report scores with a picture or screenshot of the official score report. Just need the official one if they enroll.

  3. Appalachian State will accept a screenshot from the student or counselor. Students full name must be legible on the score report.

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