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International Admission -
English Proficiency

English proficiency is required of international applicants and is proven by one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); minimum score of 71 on the Internet-based exam. *Scores older than two (2) years will not be accepted.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS); minimum score of 6.0 on the academic module. Scores older than two (2) years will not be accepted.
  • SAT-I Critical Reading sub-section score of 450 or higher. *Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. UNCW's school code is 5907.
  • ACT Reading sub-section score of 20 or higher. *Scores must be sent directly from the testing agency. UNCW's school code is 5907.
  • Successful completion of UNCW’s ESL program, by achievement of a score of 71 or higher on the TOEFL IBT. The test is administered at the end of the ESL program semester.
  • Completion of two college-level courses of English composition at a U.S. college or university with a grade of B or higher

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


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