The best test-options HSIs

In light of the COVID19 pandemic, many schools have adopted test-optional or test-blind policies. These colleges let students decide whether or not to submit standardized test scores (SAT and ACT) as part of their application. Test-blind schools do not consider SAT or ACT scores at all. Find below our rankings of the best test-optional Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) in the U.S. 

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Net cost: The median annual cost of all students that receive any aid. This does not refer to the “sticker price”, the price listed by the college.

Earnings: The median earnings of all bachelor-level students 10 years after enrollment. This includes both students that do and do not graduate, across all majors.

Payback: The amount of time in years it takes to pay off the median net cost by the median earnings. For this calculation, the median earning of high school graduates (in the school’s home state) are deducted from the median earnings.

Earningsplus: The difference between the school’s median earnings and the median earnings for all schools in the same state.

Rankings: The ranking order is based on the economic score. The economic score is calculated using a school’s payback and earningsplus performance.

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Earnings
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#1 in Test Optional | #1 in Hispanic-serving institutions

CUNY Lehman College

Bronx, New York

Economic score: 0.35

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $1,814

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: Under 6 months

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $51,661

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: - $4,029

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 48%
Graduation rate: 59%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#2 in Test Optional | #2 in Hispanic-serving institutions

CUNY City College

New York, New York

Economic score: 0.37

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $2,385

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: Under 6 months

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $55,741

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $51

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 51%
Graduation rate: 54%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#3 in Test Optional | #3 in Hispanic-serving institutions

CUNY Hunter College

New York, New York

Economic score: 0.38

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $2,490

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: Under 6 months

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $55,713

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $23

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 41%
Graduation rate: 55%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#4 in Test Optional | #4 in Hispanic-serving institutions

CUNY John Jay College of Criminal Justice

New York, New York

Economic score: 0.49

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $2,532

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: Under 6 months

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $50,491

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: - $5,199

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 38%
Graduation rate: 54%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#5 in Test Optional | #5 in Hispanic-serving institutions

CUNY Queens College

Queens, New York

Economic score: 0.51

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $3,067

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: Under a year

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $54,742

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: - $948

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 54%
Graduation rate: 57%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#6 in Test Optional | #6 in Hispanic-serving institutions

California State University-Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Economic score: 0.54

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $2,768

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: Under a year

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $51,997

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $1,318

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 77%
Graduation rate: 65%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#7 in Test Optional | #7 in Hispanic-serving institutions

Texas A & M International University

Laredo, Texas

Economic score: 0.64

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $3,074

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: Under a year

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $46,823

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $1,876

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 59%
Graduation rate: 53%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#8 in Test Optional | #9 in Hispanic-serving institutions

University of California-Irvine

Irvine, California

Economic score: 0.93

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $14,783

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.3 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $71,961

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $21,282

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 30%
Graduation rate: 86%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#9 in Test Optional | #10 in Hispanic-serving institutions

California State University-Bakersfield

Bakersfield, California

Economic score: 0.97

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $5,318

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1 year

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $52,606

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $1,927

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 79%
Graduation rate: 57%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#10 in Test Optional | #11 in Hispanic-serving institutions

New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Socorro, New Mexico

Economic score: 0.99

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $14,595

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.6 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $64,650

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $25,475

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 97%
Graduation rate: 56%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#11 in Test Optional | #12 in Hispanic-serving institutions

California State University-Stanislaus

Turlock, California

Economic score: 0.99

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $6,019

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.1 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $53,964

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $3,285

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 90%
Graduation rate: 70%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#12 in Test Optional | #13 in Hispanic-serving institutions

California State University-Fresno

Fresno, California

Economic score: 1.01

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $5,464

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1 year

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $52,201

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $1,522

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 91%
Graduation rate: 68%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#13 in Test Optional | #14 in Hispanic-serving institutions

The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Edinburg, Texas

Economic score: 1.06

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $4,514

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.1 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $45,895

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $948

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 83%
Graduation rate: 60%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#14 in Test Optional | #15 in Hispanic-serving institutions

California State University-Dominguez Hills

Carson, California

Economic score: 1.09

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $4,215

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1 year

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $47,340

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: - $3,339

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 82%
Graduation rate: 64%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#15 in Test Optional | #16 in Hispanic-serving institutions

Rutgers University-Newark

Newark, New Jersey

Economic score: 1.14

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $14,109

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.6 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $65,661

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $20,038

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 75%
Graduation rate: 71%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#16 in Test Optional | #17 in Hispanic-serving institutions

University of California-Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara, California

Economic score: 1.23

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $15,884

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.6 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $66,491

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $15,812

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 37%
Graduation rate: 85%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#17 in Test Optional | #18 in Hispanic-serving institutions

California State University-Fullerton

Fullerton, California

Economic score: 1.25

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $7,991

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.3 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $54,586

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $3,907

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 68%
Graduation rate: 77%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#18 in Test Optional | #19 in Hispanic-serving institutions

California State University-Long Beach

Long Beach, California

Economic score: 1.29

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $9,622

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.5 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $57,123

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $6,444

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 43%
Graduation rate: 79%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#19 in Test Optional | #20 in Hispanic-serving institutions

California State Polytechnic University-Pomona

Pomona, California

Economic score: 1.30

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $12,734

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.6 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $63,732

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $13,053

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 65%
Graduation rate: 77%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

#20 in Test Optional | #21 in Hispanic-serving institutions

San Jose State University

San Jose, California

Economic score: 1.34

The economic score is calculated using two factors: 1) how fast students are able to payback their educational investment with new earnings and 2) how much alumni earn compared to all alumni in the same state, 10 years after enrollment. These two factors are referred to as payback and earningsplus.

These scorings are based on the most recent data released by the U.S. Department of Education’s College Scorecard and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).

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Net cost: $14,928

The median net cost of students who receive federal financial aid. This is lower than the price advertised by the school.

Payback: 1.8 years

Average time in years to pay back educational costs.

Earnings: $67,365

Median earnings of all students 10 years after enrollment. Includes students that did not graduate.

EarningsPlus: + $16,686

How much more/less money the median student earns against all bachelor students in the same state, same enrollment year.

Admission rate: 68%
Graduation rate: 75%

Schools with a graduation rate in the bottom 50% in their state are shown in red. Schools in the bottom 25% nationally are put to the end of the ranking list.

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