English Proficiency Requirements

Non-native English speakers must provide proof of English language competency. University of Portland accepts a number of language proficiency exams and benchmarks to satisfy this requirement.

Undergraduate English Language Proficiency

English Exams and Minimum Score Requirements:

GTEC (Global Test of English Communication) for university students - score of 1181 or above       
Duolingo - score of 105 or higher for undergraduates, 110 for graduate students and a score of 120 or above for communication, music, and nursing master's programs
PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic exam - score of 58 or above
GCE or IGCSE (English- 2nd Language) – grade of A-C
IB (English –A & B) – grade of 7-4
IELTS – 6.5 overall and minimum 6.0 in reading and writing sections. IELTS at home test option available.
TOEFL (iBT) –71 overall and minimum 16 in reading and writing sections (the University of Portland TOEFL code is 4847) TOEFL will temporarily be offering an at home test option
SAT (Evidenced-based Reading & Writing) – 550
ACT (English section) - 21 


Coursework that will satisfy the English proficiency requirement:

  • 3 years (6 semesters) of high school completed in the United States. These first-year student applicants are waived from the English proficiency requirement, but will be asked to submit SAT or ACT scores to be considered for admission.
  • 1 year (2 semesters or 3 quarters) of university-level coursework completed in the United States that includes 1 semester (or 2 quarters) of writing and composition with a final grade of C or better.

Graduate English Language Proficiency

Score requirements vary by program, check the list below to find the minimum score required for admission.

Business Administration: 88 TOEFL (iBT); 570 TOEFL (PBT); 7.0 IELTS
Communication Studies: 100 TOEFL (iBT); 600 TOEFL (PBT); 7.5 IELTS
Drama: 79 TOEFL (iBT); 550 TOEFL (PBT); 7.0 IELTS
Education: 88 TOEFL (iBT); 570 TOEFL (PBT); 7.0 IELTS
Engineering: 79 TOEFL (iBT); 550 TOEFL (PBT); 7.0 IELTS
Nursing: 100 TOEFL (iBT); 600 TOEFL (PBT); 7.5 IELTS
Theology: 79 TOEFL (iBT); 550 TOEFL (PBT); 7.0 IELTS

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