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International Admission

English Proficiency Options

All students are encouraged to submit proof of English proficiency for Admission into the University of Dayton.  Proof of English proficiency can be submitted in one of the following ways:

  • 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.
  • International Test of English Proficiency (ITEP).  A minimum overall score of 4.5 is required for full admission.
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE). A minimum score of 60 is required for full admission.
  • Duolingo English Test (DET): A minimum score of 105 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.

**We understand test centers for the TOEFL test may be closed due to the global issues surrounding the Coronavirus (COVID-19).  Online options are available for the TOEFL and IELTS tests to accommodate students.  The University of Dayton will accept scores that have been taken in these special offerings.  Please visit the websites indicated below for more information.**

  • ETS is offering a Special At-Home edition of the TOEFL test.  Please visit the ETS website to determine if you qualify to take their Special At-Home Edition test.
  • IELTS is offering an online version of their test.  Please visit the IELTS indicator website for further information.

Your exam scores should be sent to the University of Dayton using our institution code (1834). Students also have the option of supporting their proficiency scores through an unscripted interview through a company called Initialview.  Students who pursue this option are responsible for scheduling the interview and paying any associate fees.

An applicant who is academically qualified but who has not met the minimums score requirements above, or does not submit English Proficiency scores, may be conditionally admitted to the University, with the agreement that the student will attend our Intensive English Program (IEP) full time. 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 score as indicated above.

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.

You are exempt from the English Proficiency requirement if you have received a bachelor degree or higher from one of the following:

  • United States regionally accredited institution which you attended within the US. 
  • An institution with instruction conducted in English from Australia, Belize, English-speaking countries in the Caribbean, English-speaking provinces of Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Nigeria or the United Kingdom.

Please contact for more information



Office of Recruitment and Admission

Albert Emanuel Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2713