English Language Proficiency Policy

Students who apply for academic admission are expected to take all of their courses alongside native English speakers. This includes:

  • Participating in class discussions
  • Writing multiple-page essays
  • Reading and understanding assigned textbook and course material
  • Comprehending lectures

To show English proficiency, international applicants must submit an official qualifying English Proficiency test score:

Exemptions are granted to applicants who:

  • Graduate from a U.S. high school
  • Have earned a ā€œCā€ or better in a university-level composition course level 101 or higher (ESL courses do not qualify). This must be an in-person class, not online.
  • Are a citizen or resident of one of the English-speaking countries or regions in the table below.
 
  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Bermuda
  • Belize
  • Botswana
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Christmas Islands
  • Cook Islands
  • Dominica
  • Falkland Islands
  • Federated States of Micronesia
  • Fiji
  • Gibraltar
  • The Gambia
  • Guyana
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guam
  • Hong Kong
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Kiribati
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Malta
  • Marshall Islands
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • Namibia
  • Nauru
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Niue
  • Norfolk Island
  • Northern Mariana Islands
  • Palau
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Pitcairn Islands
  • Saint Helena
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • Saint Lucia
  • Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Samoa
  • Sandwich Islands
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa (English-speaking, i.e. not Afrikaans)
  • South Georgia Islands
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Tuvalu
  • Uganda
  • United States
  • United Kingdom
  • US Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. Croix, St. John)
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Applicants who have not met these requirements, but have high SAT/ACT reading and/or writing scores, can petition to waive the TOEFL requirement.



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