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TOEFL® Scores for Undergraduate Programs

TOEFL® Scores for Undergraduate Programs


English proficiency as well as TOEFL score requirements vary drastically from college to college, university to university, and even from one program to another at the same school.

Some schools only require students to have basic proficiency, enough to hold a conversation and understand brief college lectures. These schools often assume the students will figure out the rest of the English level they need once they get to the schools and have a chance to practice using English every day.

Other schools are much tougher with their requirements. They will expect the students to hit the ground running as soon as they get to the college. They would require higher TOEFL scores and expect the students to be able to perform at about the same English academic level as a native English speaker.

TOEFL requirements

It would be impossible to include every single American undergraduate and graduate college and program in this one post. You can always search for the specific school and program’s requirement on their website or contact the international students’ office directly. It is always safe to double check and make sure you know the requirements for the program you are applying for.

To provide you the most useful information, I will introduce the US colleges that have the highest percentage of international students attended, reported by the US News.



TOEFL requirements

New School

New York, NY


Florida Institute of Technology

Melbourne, FL

TOEFL score of 79 is required, but there are remedial English classes for students scoring below 79

Illinois Institute of Technology

Chicago, IL


Lynn University

Boca Raton, FL


University of Tulsa

Tulsa, OK

80, they will also accept a 70-79 score but will require extra remedial English classes

Carnegie Mellon University

Pittsburgh, PA


Purdue University

Purdue, IN


University at Buffalo-SUNY

Buffalo, NY

79, With a 65-78, you can be conditionally accepted with requirement to take extra English classes

University of San Francisco

San Francisco, CA

79, conditional admission for scores 60-78

Northeastern University

Boston, MA



Besides the TOEFL, most universities also accept waiving TOEFL score requirements if you can provide some evidence of your English proficiency. That includes proving that you have studied at an English-speaking high school or academy or do very well on another language based admissions test such as the SAT or ACT. If you have a low TOEFL score, you can consider looking into other acceptable alternative proof that your school agrees with.