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English proficiency

To be considered for full admission, you must provide official scores from an English proficiency or standardized admission test. Appropriate scores from the following exams are considered proof of proficiency in English:

Undergraduate program

Test type Institution code Admission with English Language Support** (Day EAP Program of Columbia Campus Only) Standard Admission (Columbia, Elgin, Salt Lake, and Denver Campuses Only)
TOEFL iBT* (internet-based test)  6095 Score of 48 or higher (with no subset score lower than 10) Score of 72 or higher (with no subset score lower than 16)
TOEFL-PBT* (paper-based test)  6095 Score of 460 or higher (with no subset score lower than 46) Score of 530 or higher (with no subset score lower than 53)
Score of 4.5 or higher (with no band scores below 4.0)
Score of 6.0 or higher (with no band scores below 5.5)
SAT 6095 Critical Reading subset score of 380 Critical Reading subset score of 430 or higher
ACT 2276 Subset score of 15 in English

Subset score of 17 or above in English 

*Submitted results cannot be older than two years prior to the desired enrollment date.

** Students can make progress toward their degree and develop and practice their (academic) English skills at the same time. If admitted with Admission with English Language Support, students will take one or two semesters of courses in English for Academic Purposes (EAP). Upon successfully completing this program, students will have no other requirements or conditions for continued study.

Columbia College will also consider the following evidence of English language proficiency:

  • A grade of C or higher from an English composition course completed at a regionally-accredited U.S. institution and deemed equivalent by the Office of the Registrar to the Columbia College ENGL 111 course.
  • Successful completion of a U.S.-based English for Speakers of Other Languages Program (EAP) or Intensive English Program (IEP) and a letter of recommendation from the institution endorsing full academic admission.
  • Successful completion of Level 9 at The Language Company. For admission with English Language Support, successful completion of Level 4 or higher at The Language Company.

Applicants from the following countries are required to submit SAT/ACT scores in lieu of English proficiency: Australia, Canada (English speaking provinces), Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

Please note that credentials are reviewed carefully to confirm that applicants have the requisite English language proficiency to succeed academically at Columbia College. Therefore, the Admissions Office reserves the right to require additional documentation to verify English language proficiency.


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