getting into college

10 Great Colleges That Don’t Care About Your SATs

MONEY's best-value schools where test scores are optional.

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You don’t have to get perfect scores on your ACTs or SATs to get into a great college.

Some of the nation’s best-value colleges—including several famous and elite schools—have “test optional” admissions policies. That means they will consider your test scores if you submit them, but they won’t hold it against you if you don’t.

To make up for the lack of test scores, however, you will likely have to submit something extra, such as a graded paper you wrote for high school.

Check out MONEY’s 2015-16 Best Colleges rankings

Here are MONEY’s picks for the 10 best value colleges that welcome applicants who don’t want to submit test scores, below. Then, read our tips on getting into a great school even if you don’t have great test scores.

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