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 you make your decision. It includes all of the colleges and universities in the 50 United States that require the ACT writing section, listed by state.

Realize, however, that there are hundreds of colleges that recommend the ACT Plus Writing without requiring it. So unless you know for sure that the schools you're applying to 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.

Note that the number of colleges requiring the ACT with Writing continues to decrease since 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, but now that writing is optional for the SAT, many schools have decided to make it optional for both exams.

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

Alabama

None

Alaska

None

Arizona

None

Arkansas

None

California

Colorado

None

Connecticut

Delaware

District of Columbia

None

Florida

Georgia

Hawaii

Idaho

None

Illinois

  • Bible Missionary Institute
  • MacCormac College
  • Olive-Harvey College
  • St. Joseph College Seminary
  • VanderCook College of Music

Indiana

  • Fairhaven College
  • Indiana University East

Iowa

None

Kansas

None

Kentucky

  • Louisville Bible College
  • Simmons College of Kentucky

Louisiana

None

Maine

None

Maryland

  • Washington Adventist University

Massachusetts

Michigan

Minnesota

None

Mississippi

None

Missouri

  • Urshan College

Montana

Nebraska

None

Nevada

None

New Hampshire

New Jersey

New Mexico

None

New York

North Carolina

North Dakota

None

Ohio

Oklahoma

  • East Central University

Oregon

Pennsylvania

Rhode Island

South Carolina

South Dakota

None

Tennessee

  • Southwest Tennessee Community College

Texas

Utah

None

Vermont

None

Virginia

None

Washington

West Virginia

Wisconsin

None

Wyoming

None