Colleges that Require the ACT Writing Test

Learn Which Colleges and Universities Require the ACT with Writing

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If you're trying to decide whether you should take the ACT with Writing or just the regular ACT, the list below can help. It includes all of the colleges and universities in the 50 United States that require the ACT writing section. Realize, however, that there are hundreds of colleges that "recommend" the ACT Plus Writing even if they don't require it. Unless you know that the schools to which you are applying don't care about the writing section, it may be wise to spend the extra half an hour and $16.00 to take the ACT Plus Writing.

The schools that require the ACT Writing Test range from elite Ivy League schools to small unaccredited colleges that you probably haven't heard of. I've listed the schools by state.

The schools on the list were identified using ACT's search tool. Colleges change their requirements frequently, so be sure to double-check with the schools for the most accurate and up-to-date information.

You can click on a school's name to get more information including acceptance rates and typical ACT and SAT scores for admitted students.

Note that the number of colleges requiring the ACT with Writing has gone done by a couple dozen schools after the SAT dropped the required writing section from its exam in March of 2016. Some schools had required the ACT Writing Test to put the SAT and ACT on equal footing--students taking either exam would need to take the writing test. Now that writing is optional for the SAT, many schools have decided to make it optional for both exams.

Alabama

Alaska

None

Arizona

None

Arkansas

None

California

Colorado

None

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

None

Illinois

Morthland College
Northwestern University
Principia College
St. Joseph College Seminary
VanderCook College of Music

Indiana

Iowa

None

Kansas

None

Kentucky

Louisville Bible College

Louisiana

None

Maine

None

Maryland

Towson University
Washington Adventist University

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

Martin Luther College
University of Minnesota, Morris
University of Minnesota, Rochester

Mississippi

None

Missouri

College of the Ozarks
Evangel University
Urshan College

Montana

Nebraska

None

Nevada

None

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

None

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

None

Ohio

Oklahoma

None

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

None

Tennessee

Texas

Utah

None

Vermont

Virginia

Washington

West Virginia

West Virginia University Institute of Technology
West Virginia University

Wisconsin

None

Wyoming

Wyoming Catholic College