English Proficiency Requirements

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Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit official results from an English proficiency test as part of their application.


Minimum Scores for Admission

TOEFL
Internet-based: 79
Computer-based: 213
Paper-based: 550

IELTS
6.0 overall band

PEARSONS PTE-A
53

SAT 
*First year undergraduate freshmen only

420 on Critical Reading
480 on Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

Applicants who do not meet our English proficiency requirement may want to consider Conditional Admission through ELS Language Center or FDU's Pre-University Program (PUP).

 

Exemptions

The following countries are not required to submit an English proficiency test:

Antigua & Barbuda Gambia New Zealand
Australia   Northern Ireland
Bahamas Grenada Papua New Guinea
Barbados Guyana St. Kitts and Nevis
Belize Ireland St. Lucia
Bermuda Jamaica St. Vincent & Grenadines
Botswana Liberia Solomon Islands
Canada (except Quebec) Marshall Islands Trinidad & Tobago
Dominica Mauritius United Kingdom
Fiji Micronesia  


Applicants who have previously attended a high school, college or university in the United States for 2 or more years and have earned passing grades in English courses may be exempt from an English proficiency exam.

 

English Proficiency Placement Examination

During International Student Orientation, all new international undergraduate and graduate students (except those who are exempted) will be tested for English proficiency regardless of their official English proficiency test score.

Depending on their test results, students may be placed into an English for Professional Success (EPS) course that focuses on the student's major field of study.

Undergraduates placed into EPS must take the class and co-requisite lab and will be charged tuition upon registration. Credits in EPS will apply to the undergraduate student’s General Education requirement.

Graduates placed into an EPS course are required to take the class and co-requisite lab and will be charged a fee.

 

Deadlines

  • Fall (August) Semester:  July 1
     
  • Spring (January) Semester: December 1
  • Summer semester (limited programs):  May 1

    Admissions are rolling. Please allow 3-4 weeks to process your application.

    Deadlines may vary according to program. Please check your desired major's department website for more details.