Please note: If you are an English language learner who is a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or refugee, and you will not require a visa to study in the United States, then the following information is for you. If you are not a U.S. citizen or you will require a visa to study in the United States, then please visit our page for international students for English proficiency information.
If you are a non-native speaker of English, and you have lived in the United States for less than 8 years, you may be required to submit the results of an English language test. Also, if you have taken the ACT exam and scored 21 or lower on the English OR reading section (or SAT critical reading [verbal] score of 500 or lower), you may be asked to submit scores from an English language test.
You may also be exempt from this requirement if:
The University of Minnesota accepts the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the Minnesota Battery.
Most undergraduate programs at the University of Minnesota require a specific minimum score (see the chart below). Some undergraduate programs may admit students with lower scores, but will require an additional test prior to registration. The results of this test will determine if any additional English courses will be required. Some programs in the health sciences require higher scores.
An official report of the TOEFL, Minnesota Battery, or IELTS scores should be sent to the Office of Admissions. Our TOEFL institutional code is 6874.
The Minnesota Battery test includes listening, grammar, cloze, vocabulary, reading, and composition. It is designed to determine the English proficiency of students. In the event that the Office of Admissions requests that an applicant take the Minnesota Battery, the fee will be waived. Students from whom we request the Minnesota Battery will be instructed to contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-752-1000 for test and registration details.
Undergraduate colleges at the University of Minnesota require a specific minimum TOEFL score (see the chart above). An official report of the TOEFL should be sent to the Office of Admissions. Our TOEFL institutional code is 6874.
Some undergraduate programs may admit students with lower scores, but will require an additional test prior to registration. The results of this test will determine if any additional English courses will be required.
For the most up-to-date information on the Internet-based TOEFL, or for test registration information, please go to www.ets.org/toefl/.
The test is offered at Prometric Test Centers in Edina and Woodbury (952-820-5010). High school counselors can help students apply for a reduced fee of $80. For details, please visit www.ets.org/toefl/. The standard cost is $170.
For more information about the TOEFL, please contact:
P.O. Box 6151
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151 USA
Inside the U.S. and Canada: 1-877-863-3546
Outside the U.S. and Canada: 1-609-771-7100
Students who are otherwise eligible for admission to the President's Emerging Scholars Program in the College of Education & Human Development may study English through the College English Transitions program. International students on visas are not eligible for this program.
College English Transitions is a freshman program at the U of M for students who are non-native speakers of English. The program is designed to help students build academic English skills while taking a sequence of typical President's Emerging Scholars Program courses, including: freshman writing, speech, and reading courses connected to biology, sociology, chemistry, and psychology. All courses offer college credit and fulfill U of M requirements. For more information regarding the College English Transitions program, contact 612-625-0772 or www.cehd.umn.edu/trio/cet/default.html.