English Proficiency Requirements for International Students

In order to complete the application process, students must submit one of the following to showcase English proficiency:

  1. Minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 530 (paperbased test) or 72 (Internet-based test). Scores of 533 (paper-based test) and above qualify for an academic scholarship. Students may be admitted to EAP coursework if they score a TOEFL PB 480-529 (or IBT 54-70); IELTS 5.5; or SAT Critical Reading 400-499. Possible placement in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) courses is determined by an English language assessment and advising during new student orientation prior to the beginning of each semester. Students receive degree credit for EAP courses.

  2. A minimum score of 1500 (500 Verbal) on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or 21 composite on the American College Test (ACT) is required instead of TOEFL for students from Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. SAT or ACT scores are optional for all others. However, if available, students are requested to submit them. Scores of 1650 SAT or 24 ACT and above qualify for an academic scholarship.

  3. ELS Language Centers: Level 112 (Successful completion of Level 109 will be considered for EAP coursework.)

  4. University of Cambridge International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.0.

  5. British System A levels (qualifies for academic credit): minimum grade of C in English.

  6. Students who transfer 30 credit hours or more from a U.S. college or university where primary instruction is in English.

Conditional Admission: Students who score below the required level of English proficiency may be admitted conditionally. Each student is considered individually for conditional admission. If admitted, students will enroll in classes from the English for Academic Purposes curriculum full time or with other classes until adequate proficiency is achieved. ALL English classes are part of the degree program, and earn credit. For more information, please visit: English Courses: EAP & ESL Information. All non-native speakers are subject to additional English language assessment on campus prior to registration for classes. Our goal is to place students in studies best suited to their language level. We can provide language support as needed to succeed in the American college classroom.