English Language Admissions Requirement

Definition:This policy governs the admission of students whose native language is not English.
Authority:Title V, Sections 40752.1 and 41040.
Scope:Undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English and who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full-time where English is the principal language of instruction. Graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants whose native language is not English and whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English.
Responsible Division:Academic Affairs
Approval Date:08/18/2011
Implementation Date:08/18/2011
Originally Implemented:08/18/2011
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Procedure

I. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This policy establishes an English proficiency requirements for applicants whose native language is not English.

II. POLICY

A. Undergraduate Applicants

All undergraduate applicants whose native language is not English and who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full-time where English is the principal language of instruction must present a score of 61 or above on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score no lower than 19 on the Writing section, and no section score below 14.

Alternatively, applicants may present a score of 500 or above on the paper-based TOEFL, a score of 173 or above on the computer-based TOEFL, or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 5.5 or above.

Individual degree programs may require a higher score.

B. Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Applicants

All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English and whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English. Those who do not possess a bachelor’s degree from a post-secondary institu­tion where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 80 on the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based TOEFL, a minimum score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL, or an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) minimum score of 6.0.

Individual degree programs may require a higher score.