If your native language is not English and your secondary or higher education was completed in a non-native English speaking country, you must take a test of English language proficiency. In some instances, admission to the University will be contingent upon participation in the University's English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program.
|Exam||Typical 'passing' score||Typical 'strong' score|
|TOEFL (paper-based test)||600|
|TOEFL (internet-based test)||100Individual MinimumsWriting = 25Speaking = 24Reading = 26Listening = 25||107+|
Applicants to the University can choose one of three language proficiency examinations to submit to the Office of Admissions: the TOEFL, the IELTS or the PTE Academic. The table shows how exam results correlate to results at Rochester.
Admission to the University of Rochester is based on a holistic review process. Applicants whose test scores fall outside of the ranges displayed above are still encouraged to apply.
If your scores are slightly lower than the minimums listed above, and your application is strong in other ways, you may earn access to Rochester through the English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program.
Some applicants who meet minimum score requirements, but also require additional English language support, may be recommended for ESOL. Applicants to Rochester cannot apply to the ESOL program. If you are granted access to Rochester through the ESOL program, you will take undergraduate classes alongside English language courses.
To have ETS send your TOEFL results to the University of Rochester, use school code 2928.
If you meet one or more of the following criteria, you may request a waiver of the English proficiency examination requirement (IELTS, TOEFL, or PTE-Academic) by contacting Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.