English Proficiency

International applicants are required to submit a copy of qualifying results from an acceptable English proficiency test as part of their application for admission. Official scores need to be reported before the first academic semester.

Students who do not meet the requirements for direct admission may be eligible to apply for admission via an undergraduate or graduate pathway program or may be eligible for conditional admission via our ELS language center. See our pathways programs for more information.

Requirements for Admission

 Regular (Direct) AdmissionPre-University Program
Pre-Master's Program
Conditional Admission
(via ELS Language Center)
TOEFLIBT7050 [Special consideration for applicants who score within 10 points]60 [Special consideration for applicants who score within 10 points]Not required
TOEFLPBT (old)550497520Not required
TOEFLPBT (revised)594551Not required
IELTS6.05.0 [Special consideration for applicants who score within 0.5 band]5.5 [Special consideration for applicants who score within 0.5 band]Not required
ITEP3.73.23.5Not required
Pearson's PTE-A534550Not required
GTEC115010001075Not required
FDU EPSEPS 1109 + 1119
EPS 5109 + 5119

ACT English: 22

ELS EAP level 112
ELS EAP level 110ELS EAP level 110Not required

Exemptions at Time of Application for Admission

Submission of any of the following will be considered in lieu of the above mentioned test submission:

Completion of ELS English for Academic Purposes level 112 at the ELS Language Center (www.els.edu)
U.S. College or University
Completion of English Composition 1 (or the equivalent) with a grade of C or higher
U.S. High School
A minimum of two years of study in a U.S. based high school with passing grades in two years of college preparatory English (English Composition I/II – not ESL/English as a Second Language)
Non-U.S. Institutions
Students who have completed at least two years of study in any of the following countries are exempt from providing an English proficiency test score at the time of admission.
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada (except Quebec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Mauritius
  • Montserrat
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Papua New Guinea
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Seychelles
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Solomon Islands
  • South Africa
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Tonga
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • Vanuatu
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Exemption from Testing at Time of Enrollment

English for Professional Success (EPS) placement testing at the time of enrollment may be required, even for those exempt at time of application for admission.

During International Student Orientation, most new international undergraduate and graduate students will be tested for English proficiency. Exemptions from English proficiency placement testing include students who completed at least two years of academic study in the United States or the countries listed below.

AnguillaAntigua and BarbudaAustralia
British Virgin IslandsCanada (except Quebec)Cayman Islands
New ZealandTrinidad and TobagoTurks and Caicos Islands
United Kingdom

Depending on their proficiency placement test results, students may be placed into an English for Professional Success (EPS) course that focuses on the student’s major field of study.

Undergraduates placed into EPS must take the class and co-requisite lab in the first semester. Credits in EPS will apply to the undergraduate student’s General Education requirement.


  • Fall (August) Semester: July 1
  • Spring (January) Semester: December 1
  • Summer semester (limited programs):  May 1

Admissions are rolling. Please allow 3-4 weeks to process your application.

Deadlines may vary according to program. Please check your desired major’s department website for more details.