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Colleges and Universities That Are Need Blind

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“Need blind” and “need aware” are different financial aid admissions policies. The terms refer to whether the college considers a student’s ability to pay for college when making admissions decisions. As the name indicates, need blind admissions policies do not take into account a student’s socioeconomic status. On the other hand, need aware admissions policies do factor a student’s ability to pay for college into admissions decisions. 


Learn more about these policies and what they mean for you here.


The following colleges are need-blind and meet 100% of US applicants’ demonstrated need.

  • Amherst College
  • Barnard College
  • Boston College
  • Bowdoin College
  • Brown University
  • California Institute of Technology
  • Claremont McKenna College
  • College of the Holy Cross
  • Columbia College, Columbia University 
  • Cornell University
  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • Dartmouth College
  • Davidson College
  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University 
  • Grinnell College
  • Hamilton College
  • Harvard College
  • Harvey Mudd College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Middlebury College
  • Minerva Schools at KGI
  • Northwestern University
  • Olin College
  • Pomona College
  • Princeton University
  • Rice University
  • Soka University of America
  • Stanford University
  • Swarthmore College
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Michigan (in-state students only)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • University of Notre Dame
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of Richmond
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Virginia
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • Wellesley College
  • Williams College
  • Yale University


The following colleges have need-blind admissions but do not meet 100% of your financial need. That does not necessarily mean they will be unaffordable to you! 


  • Babson College 
  • Baylor University 
  • Boston University 
  • Bucknell University 
  • Carnegie Mellon University 
  • Cooper Union 
  • Denison University 
  • Earlham College
  • Fordham University
  • Hampshire College
  • Ithaca College
  • New York University 
  • Saint Louis University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Southern Methodist University 
  • St. John's College
  • St. John's University
  • St. Lawrence University
  • Syracuse University 
  • Texas Christian University 
  • University of Miami 
  • University of San Diego 

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