Undergraduate clear and conditional admission requirements
Strong English language skills are important to academic success at CSU. To support student success, we require all students whose first language is not English to demonstrate a high level of English proficiency, regardless of their citizenship. (Applicants from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom whose first language is English are exempt from this requirement.)
Official TOEFL, PTE Academic or IELTS Academic results sent directly from the testing agency are the preferred indicator of English proficiency:
*Applicants with minimum 71 TOEFL IBT or 525 TOEFL PBT or 6.0 IELTS scores still may be offered clear admission based on consistency in the test subscores or bands and the overall strength of their academic credentials.
Applicants who are academically competitive for admission but who have English proficiency at the conditional admission level are required to enroll in the INTO CSU Academic English Program (AEP). Until the Academic English Program is completed or a clear TOEFL, PTE Academic or IELTS score is achieved, enrollment in regular University academic courses is at the discretion of the AEP.
Graduate Requirements, see: Graduate English Proficiency Requirements (see “TOEFL/IELTS SCORES”)
English testing resources
TOEFL test dates, locations, and costs:
IELTS test dates, locations, and costs:
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic test: http://pearsonpte.com/test-takers/test/
Alternative measures of English proficiency
Students who have applied for admission can log in to their applicant status to access an English Proficiency Appeal Form to request consideration using an alternative measure of proficiency. Examples of acceptable alternatives include the following:
- Successful completion of the INTO CSU Academic English Program (Conditional admission may be offered to AEP students at the intermediate or advanced level.)
- Completion of two or more years of high school instruction in English outside of the U.S. with a grade of 4 or better in the International Baccalaureate (IB) HL English course OR an IGCSE or A-level result of C or better on the English/First Language exam. (Test results must be official and not predicted to be considered for clear admission.)
- Completion of two or more years of high school in English in the United States or a U.S.-based high school program with grades of B or better in non-ESL English classes and/or a grade of C or better in at least one Advanced Placement (AP) English Language/Composition course in addition to a minimum 450 SAT critical reading subscore OR minimum 19 English and Reading ACT subscores. (Course grades and test results must be official to be considered for clear admission.)
- Completion of at least two semesters of U.S. post-secondary/university course work in English, including college composition and speech with grades of C or better. (Courses must have been taken at a regionally-accredited college/university to be considered for clear admission.)
TOEFL/PTE Academic/IELTS exemptions not listed above may be considered on a case-by-case basis (such as assessment results from a US high school or college).
The English Proficiency Appeal form is reviewed only once the application for admission otherwise is complete. The determination of whether an applicant is eligible for conditional or clear admission is determined according to the strength of the proficiency information presented and the overall competitiveness of the applicant.