In order to be admissible, applicants are required to demonstrate English language proficiency by meeting one of the criteria listed below. Please be advised, an applicant may still be held to the on campus English Proficiency Evaluation (EPE) depending on which criteria is used to meet the English Proficiency Requirement. More information regarding criteria to waive the EPE is listed in the following section.

Criteria to meet English Proficiency Requirement

Citizen of a Country in which English is the Official LanguageAntigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Christopher & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Attend a U.S. high school for a minimum of 3 years and will graduate from a U.S. high school
Transfer students who complete 30 s.h. of transferable credit with a minimum 2.50 GPA from a U.S. institution
American Degree Transfer Program (ADTP) transfer students who complete 30 s.h. of transferable credit with a minimum 2.50 GPA
Transfer students who complete the equivalent of the University of Iowa’s Composition I and Composition II at a U.S. institution
TOEFL iBT 80 (no part score under 17)
TOEFL iBT Home Edition 80 (no part score under 17)
IELTS 6.5 (no part score under 6.0)
Duolingo (DET) 105
ACT English section score of 21 
SAT Reading score of 29 or an EBRW score of 540
Advanced Placement Exams: English and Composition
(Must receive official AP exam result from College Board to be waived)
Mark of 4 or higher
Advanced Placement Exams: Literature and Composition
(Must receive official AP exam result from College Board to be waived)
Mark of 4 or higher
Cambridge International Exams: English Literature A Level Grade C or higher
Cambridge International Exams: English Literature AS Level Grade C or higher
Cambridge GCSE and IGCSE Exams: English or English First Language Grade C or higher
International Baccalaureate: HL English A: Literature  Mark of 5 or higher
International Baccalaureate: HL English A: Language and Literature Mark of 5 or higher 
  • The College of Nursing requires at a TOEFL score of 100 or above.
  • We will accept an ACT English superscore to waive the English Proficiency Requirement.
  • We do not allow a SAT or TOEFL superscore.
  • We do not accept TOEFL Institutional Test of Proficiency (ITP) or TOEFL ITP Plus China.

English Proficiency Evaluation (EPE)

The on-campus English Proficiency Evaluation (EPE) will be required unless an applicant meets one of the following criteria: 

Citizenship is a Country in which English is the Official LanguageAntigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Cameroon, Canada, Dominica, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Malawi, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, South Africa, St. Christopher & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Tanzania, Trinidad & Tobago, Uganda, United Kingdom, Zambia, Zimbabwe and your first language is English
Attend U.S. high school for a minimum of 3 years and will graduate from a U.S. high school
Transfer students who complete 30 s.h. of transferable credit with a minimum 2.50 GPA from a U.S. institution
American Degree Transfer Program (ADTP) transfer students who complete 30 s.h. of transferable credit with a minimum 2.50 GPA
Transfer students who complete the equivalent of the University of Iowa’s Composition I and Composition II at a U.S. institution
TOEFL iBT 100
TOEFL iBT Home Edition 100
IELTS 8.0
ACT English section score of 24
SAT EBRW score of 600

Conditional Admission

Conditionally admitted students must first successfully pass the Iowa Intensive English Program before registering for regular coursework. Apply for conditional admission using the same application as for regular admission.

Applicants determined to be academically eligible but do not meet our minimum TOEFL or IELTS requirements for admission may be eligible for Conditional Admission.

Scores required for Conditional Admission:

  • TOEFL 54 – 79
  • TOEFL iBT Home Edition 54 - 79
  • IELTS 4.5 with no subscore less than 4