English Language Policy

English Language Policy

Rowan University English Language Policy

International students must show proof of English language proficiency as outlined below.

International Student Language Policy:
An applicant is considered an international student if they need a non-immigrant visa such as F1 and J1
in order to study in the United States. International students must show proof of English language
proficiency. See below for exemptions

Proof of English Language Proficiency:
Prospective students must meet one of the following as proof of English language proficiency:

  1. TOEFL iBT: Minimum score of 70 (or minimum score of 525 on TOEFL PBT) for Traditional
    Admissions – official scores must be sent directly to Rowan from the test provider. Rowan
    University accepts TOEFL "MyBest Scores". The university code for TOEFL score report is 2515.
  2. IELTS: minimum score of 6.0 for Traditional Admissions – official scores must be sent directly to Rowan from the test provider.
  3. PTE: minimum score of 50 for Traditional Admissions – official scores must be sent directly to Rowan from the test provider.
  4. Successful completion of Rowan’s English Language Program (ELP) Level 5 with a minimum GPA score of 3.0 – must provide Certificate of Completion and letter from Director of ELP.
  5. Successful completion of ELS – Level 112.
  6. A minimum grade of 5 or higher in International Baccalaureate (IB) English-A course or a minimum grade of 6 or higher in International Baccalaureate (IB) English-B course. 

Exemptions from language policy:
International students are exempt from the language policy if they meet one of the criteria below:

  1. They have obtained a degree from an institution in the United States.
  2. They are submitting an official SAT/ACT score report that meets the university minimum
    requirements. Minimum SAT of 900 or Minimum ACT of 16.
  3. Students who have satisfactorily completed 24 semester credit hours (not including ESL classes)
    at an accredited college or university in a country where English is the official language and the
    medium of instruction.
  4. Students who have satisfactorily completed the equivalent of College Composition I and College
    Composition II with a grade of “C” or above at an accredited U.S. college or university.
  5. They have obtained an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma.
  6. They have obtained a degree from a country where English is the official language and the
    medium of instruction.

The following countries have English as their official language and the language of instruction and are
exempt from English language testing requirements

Anguilla Antigua and Barbuda Australia Bahamas Barbados Belize
Bermuda Botswana British Virgin Islands Cameroon (English Route) Canada (Except Quebec) Cayman Islands
Dominica England Fiji Gambia Ghana Gibraltar
Grenada Guyana Ireland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Jamaica Kenya
Lesotho Liberia Malawi Malta Mauritius Montserrat
Namibia New Zealand Nigeria Paupua New Guinea Philippines Scotland
Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Solomon Islands South Africa St. Kitts and Nevis
St. Lucia St. Vincent and the Grenadines Swaziland Tanzania Tonga Trinidad and Tobago
Turks and Caicos Islands Uganda United Kingdom United States Vanuatu Wales
Zambia Zimbabwe        

Note: Students who do not meet the English language requirement and/or any other requirement for full admission to an academic program at Rowan University may apply for admission to Rowan's English Language Program.