What are the TOEFL operational standards for admission?

The TOEFL, MELAB, or IELTS is generally required of all applicants whose native language is not English, regardless of U.S. Citizenship status.* The operational standards for admission to the University of Minnesota are listed below. Please note that individual programs may have higher TOEFL, MELAB or IELTS requirements, so you should check with your program of interest for any specific scores that might be listed.

The Twin Cities and Rochester campus TOEFL institutional code is 6874.

The Duluth campus TOEFL institutional code is 6873.

Please note that test scores may not be available for 4-6 weeks after you take the test, and plan accordingly. If you have already applied and want to check if our office has received your official TOEFL scores, click here.

Official scores will be required prior to enrollment or before we issue visa documents. 

All English language test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was taken. 

Operational Standard

Internet based test - 79 or above with section scores of 21 on writing and 19 on reading

Paper based test - 550 or above


*Applicants who have completed 24 quarter credits/16 semester credits (within the past 24 months) in residence as a full-time student at a recognized institution of higher learning in the United States or other English-speaking country before entering the University of Minnesota are generally exempted from this requirement.

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