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International Admission

English Proficiency Options

If your native language is not English, you are required to submit proof of English proficiency by submitting one of the test scores listed below. If you have studied in the US, this may fulfill the English proficiency requirement. Please contact us at for more information. Alternative English tests may be considered upon request.

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 80 on the Internet-based (IB) test is required for full admission.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum band score of 6.5 is required for full admission.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE). A minimum score of 60 is required for full admission.
  • Some graduate programs may require a higher proficiency score for full admission. Please check with your department for their specific requirements.

Please use our institution code of 1834 to request your scores to be sent to the University of Dayton.

An applicant who is academically qualified but who has submitted a TOEFL or IELTS score below the minimums above may be conditionally admitted to the University, with the agreement that the student will attend our Intensive English Program (IEP). Upon arrival to campus, you are required to take a placement exam for our Intensive English Program. The outcome of this exam will determine which IEP level is most appropriate for your current English language skills. You will be required to continue in IEP until you complete the program or obtain a minimum institutional TOEFL score of 80 or an IELTS score of 6.5. Depending on the results of your placement exam, you may be permitted to attend academic classes as a part-time student while attending the program.

Students conditionally admitted into a graduate program and attending the IEP program can be fully admitted into a graduate program by passing all classes throughout their IEP program with the approval of IEP instructors. To be fully admitted into your academic program, student must also meet every requirement for the program in which they wish to enroll, including any additional requirements specified in their acceptance letter. To learn more, visit the IEP website.

International students have the option of supporting their TOEFL or IELTS score through an unscripted interview with a company such as InitialView or Fanping (Chinese students). The University of Dayton does not require applicants to submit an interview, but it can provide us with additional information to evaluate you along with your official application. Students who pursue this option are responsible for scheduling the interview and paying any associated fees.


Office of International Admission

International and Graduate Admission House
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2713