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Language Requirement

Springfield College recognizes the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); International English Language Testing System (IELTS); Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB); and Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic as proof of English proficiency. Scores from other English language proficiency tests will be considered on a case by case basis.

Undergraduate* Graduate *
TOEFL- PAPER 523 550
TOEFL- CBT 193 213
TOFL- IBT 69-70 79-80
IELTS 6 6.5
MELAB 73 77

Students who do not meet English language requirements may be eligible for a conditional acceptance. Students with a conditional acceptance are required to take English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classes (which carry undergraduate credit), and may be awarded an unconditional offer upon successful completion of pre-approved ESOL classes, an acceptable score on an English language proficiency test, or upon recommendation from ESOL faculty.

Important note for undergraduates: If you speak, read, and write a language other than English, you may wish to be exempted from the General Education Requirement for second language. You may request this exemption from the chair of the humanities department.


Some non-U.S. students may be exempt from the English language proficiency requirement. If you:

  • live in an English-speaking country, or
  • can document that the language of instruction for your secondary or undergraduate degree was English, or
  • submit Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) scores that meet admissions requirements

you may be exempt from taking an English language proficiency test. Please note that exemptions are reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis. To learn about an additional option for exemption, please read below for information regarding the International Language Institute.

International Language Institute

If you have received a conditional acceptance contingent upon English language proficiency, or if you would like to improve your English before beginning your degree program, we encourage you to attend the International Language Institute (ILI) of Massachusetts located in nearby Northampton, Mass. Students who satisfactorily complete the advanced level of the ILI’s Intensive English Program are exempt from taking the TOEFL or any other language test for admission to Springfield College. Learn more at

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