Please note: You are considered an international student if you are not a U.S citizen, permanent resident, or refugee, and you are on a temporary visa; or if you will require any type of visa to study in the United States. The test information included below is specific to international students. If you do not meet this definition, please see our English proficiency information for domestic students.
The University of Minnesota requires all non-native English speakers to demonstrate a command of the English language that is necessary for success in college level classes taught in English. Applicants are required to submit results from the TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB English language proficiency tests.
Most undergraduate programs at the University of Minnesota require a specific minimum score for admission (see the chart below). Some undergraduate programs may admit students with lower scores, but they require an additional English language proficiency test prior to registration. Based on English proficiency exam results and placement examinations taken on campus, admitted students may be required to take additional English courses when they enroll.
Students whose writing subscore is below 21 TOEFL, 6.5 IELTS or 80 MELAB will be tested on arrival to campus and may be required to take additional English language courses. Some programs in the health sciences may require higher scores. For example, view the School of Nursing requirements (click on BSN Admissions Criteria.)
An official report of TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores must be sent to the Office of Admissions directly from the testing agency (from one set of exam results).
Freshman applicants may be exempt from the total score requirement if they have:
Additionally, a student may be exempt from the writing subscore requirement if they have:
Transfer applicants may be exempt from the total score requirement if they have:
Registration information is available at the websites listed below:
Inside the U.S. and Canada: 1-800-486-6335
Outside the U.S. and Canada: 1-609-771-7100
U of M test code: 6874.
The University of Minnesota has an intensive English program for international students wishing to improve their English skills before applying for admission to the University. Students who take English as a second language courses at the University of Minnesota have access to the University's many resources and facilities. Classes are small, instructors are highly qualified, and students will receive advising and support services designed specifically for them. Find out more about the English as a Second Language program.
Minnesota English Language Program
University of Minnesota
College of Continuing Education
160 McNamara Alumni Center
200 Oak Street S.E.
Minneapolis, MN 55455
The University of Minnesota Twin Cities offers conditional admission to a limited number of academically qualified fall term freshman applicants who require additional English language instruction in order to be successful degree-seeking students at the University of Minnesota.
Freshman applicants whose English proficiency test scores do not meet the University's minimum requirements noted above are automatically considered for conditional admission to the University of Minnesota based on a review of their completed international application for admission.
Students accepted to this program complete one year of intensive English language study at the University’s Minnesota English Language Program. After one year, program participants who have demonstrated high enough English proficiency are admitted for the following fall semester as a degree-seeking student.
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These scores have been determined by experienced ESL instructors and researchers within the U of M's Minnesota English Language Program (MELP), and they reflect how much progress can be expected in one year of intensive English language study.