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Colleges with Need-Blind Admission for U.S. Students

Colleges with Need-Blind Admission for U.S. Students

About 100 U.S. colleges and universities provide need-blind admissions for U.S. students. But some colleges that offer need-blind admissions do not meet the full demonstrated financial need of all admitted students.

These students are in an admit-deny situation, where they are admitted by the college but denied the financial aid they need to afford to enroll. These colleges leave them with unmet need (a gap). About half of the colleges with need-blind admissions meet the full demonstrated need and half do not.

Even if a college offers need-blind admissions and meets the full demonstrated financial need, a student might have loans as part of the financial aid package. Some colleges meet financial need with student loans. Luckily, about two-thirds of the colleges that are need-blind and meet full need have generous “no loans” financial aid policies.

The following is a list of all colleges that offer need-blind admission for U.S. applicants. The colleges that also meet the full demonstrated financial need are listed in bold.

  • Adrian College
  • Amherst College
  • Babson College
  • Barnard College
  • Baylor University
  • Biola University
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brandeis University
  • Brown University
  • Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
  • California Institute of Technology (Caltech)
  • Carnegie Mellon University
  • Chapman University
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • Columbia University
  • Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art
  • Cornell College
  • Cornell University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Davidson College
  • Denison University
  • DePaul University
  • Duke University
  • Elon University
  • Emory University
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU)
  • Florida State University
  • Fordham University
  • Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
  • Georgetown University
  • Grinnell College
  • Hamilton College
  • Harvard University
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Haverford College
  • Hiram College
  • Jewish Theological Seminary
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Julliard
  • Kenyon College
  • Lawrence University
  • Lehigh University
  • Lewis & Clark College
  • Marist College
  • Marlboro College
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Middlebury College
  • Mills College
  • Mount St. Mary’s College
  • New York University (NYU)
  • North Carolina State University (NCSU)
  • North Central College
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Penn State
  • Pomona College
  • Princeton University
  • Providence College
  • Randolph College
  • Rice University
  • Salem College
  • San Jose State University (SJSU)
  • Soka University of America
  • St. John’s College
  • St. Olaf College
  • Stanford University
  • SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Swarthmore College
  • Syracuse University
  • The College of New Jersey (TCNJ)
  • Thomas Aquinas College
  • Trinity University
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Maryland Robert H. Smith School of Business
  • University of Miami
  • University of New Hampshire
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Southern California (USC)
  • University of Vermont
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Washington
  • Ursuline College
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Wabash College
  • Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Washington University in St. Louis (WashU)
  • Wellesley College
  • Wesleyan University
  • Williams College
  • Yale University
  • Yeshiva University
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