Which Colleges Require The SAT or ACT Essay?
The vast majority of colleges DO NOT require students to take the optional essay when they take the SAT or ACT. The few exceptions are listed in the chart below.
UPDATE (FEB 2019): Claremont McKenna and Wellesley no longer require the SAT or ACT essay. Currently, the only major colleges requiring the SAT or ACT essay are the US Military Academy (West Point) and the U.C. system.