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English Proficiency Requirements

Students whose native language is not English must meet Washburn's English Proficiency Requirement. Any of the following can be used to satisfy this requirement.

  1. English Test Scores
    • Undergraduate Students: A balanced iBT score of 72 (18 average of Listening and Speaking, 17 for Reading, and 19 for Writing), or an IELTS with at least 6.0 in each subtest, or a 49+ on PTE with no section score below 40.
    • Graduate Students: A balanced iBT TOEFL score of at least 80 or 6.5 on the IELTS with balanced sub-scores for students from non-English speaking countries. Please note that certain departments may have higher TOEFL/IELTS requirements.  Graduate students who have not earned a bachelor's degree at a U.S. institution are required to take IE295 - Special Topics: Enhancing Skills for Graduate Studies during their first semester.
  2. Completion of both Level II and Level III of all the Intensive English courses at WU with grades of "C" or better.
  3. Completion of an Intensive English Program at another U.S. institution comparable to Washburn's program. Washburn's IEP staff determine the compatibility.
  4. Proficient score on IEP placement test given one week before the fall and spring semesters. 

Please also note:

Students who cannot meet these requirements will be admitted through the Intensive English Program. Certain departments may have higher TOEFL requirements.  Students meeting some but not all section score requirements, see IE Student Guide for more details.

Students who cannot meet the above guidelines will be placed in the Intensive English classes by the staff of the program based on their test scores and transcripts. They must fulfill this requirement as soon as possible.

Students who have completed Freshman Composition at another U.S.- based institution are not automatically exempt from Intensive English courses. They may be required to take the reading course if a deficiency in this area is determined.

Table of Scores needed for direct undergraduate admission (Students not meeting these scores can take Intensive English classes first)

iBT TOEFL

IELTS

PTE - 49+

Average of Listening and Speaking Subtest Scores

18

6.0

>40

Reading Subtest Scores

17

6.0

>40

Writing Subtest Score

19

6.0

>40

A more detailed table can be found in the IE Student Guide.

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After you have read and understood the admission information and are ready to submit an application, you may apply online by choosing an application below. 

Application Deadlines:

Fall (beginning mid-August) -- June 15
Summer (beginning end of May) -- April 1
Spring (beginning mid-January) -- November 15

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