English Proficiency Policy

International applicants or undergraduate students that have a degree from a foreign institution are required to follow the English Proficiency Policy, regardless of level or citizenship. They must demonstrate English competency in one of the following ways:

  1. Citizenship in an English speaking country other than the United States [Australia, New Zealand, the British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, United Kingdom, Ireland, Antigua, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Scotland, South Africa, St. Lucia, Wales, Bahamas, Barbados, Nigeria, Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Namibia, Tanzania, Uganda, the Fiji Islands, Sierre Leone, Gambia, Liberia, Switzerland, Holland and Canada, excluding French-speaking Quebec.

  2. Undergraduate applicants must have at least one year of successful education in the United States. Education must be at the high school level. Graduate applicants must have completed their bachelor's degree in the United States.

  3. Satisfactory scores on one of the following tests:
  • TOEFL - Internet-Based (IBT): Cumulative score of 80 and a minimum score of 26 on the Speaking section
    • The university encourages students to complete the TOEFL as we are now able to retrieve the official scores electronically from the ETS website.
  • Pearsons Test of English: 64
  • The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) : 5.5 (undergraduate), 6.5 (graduate)

*The scores are only valid for two years from given test date. Students are required to provide an official copy (in sealed envelope) of the test (with exception to TOEFL).

Applicants who do not meet one of these standards of proficiency may appeal to the Enrollment Committee for consideration. These applicants may be asked to provide additional documentation. Please contact the campus Designated School Official (DSO), Angie Beasley, should you have any questions

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