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International Admission - English Proficiency

TOEFL & IELTS English Proficiency Requirements

  • 527 or higher on the paper-based TOEFL. Note: paper-based TOEFL scores will only be accepted from students enrolled in UNCW’s ESL program where the paper-based TOEFL exam will be offered twice each semester.

TOEFL & IELTS Waiver Exceptions

  • SAT-I Critical Reading sub-section score of 450 or higher (first-year students only). *Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. UNCW's school code is 5907.
  • ACT Reading sub-section score of 20 or higher (first-year students only). Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. UNCW's school code is 5907.
  • A student successfully completes Level 4 in UNCW’s ESL program. Level 4 participants must maintain a 3.0 GPA and have an attendance rate above 85% while in the ESL program.
  • Completion of two college-level courses of English composition at a U.S. college or university with a grade of B or higher (transfer students only).

For those needing to strengthen proficiency, UNCW offers an English as a Second Language (ESL) program.


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