Standardized Testing

International applicants are required to take one of the following standardized tests in order to demonstrate English proficiency. Official test score reports must be sent directly from the Testing Service (ETS/IELTS) to Greenville International Admissions.

  • International English Language Testing Systems - (IELTS) - Score - 6.5
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) - Score - Internet Based - 79, Paper Based - 550
  • Pearson Test in English (PTE) - Score - 53 


Students who score 70-78 iBT or PBT 500-549 can appeal to the Academic Director of University Pathways who will decide to either directly admit them into Greenville University’s degree programs or conditionally admit the student to Greenville University and the University Pathways program. Students scoring below a 70 on the iBT or a 500 on the PBT must enroll in University Pathways at Greenville University until proficiency is determined by the Director or a retake of the TOEFL shows minimum standards have been met. Students who successfully complete University Pathways at Greenville University curriculum will have demonstrated proficiency in English.


A complete set of educational credentials with English translations, if necessary, is required before eligibility for admission can be determined. An affidavit of financial responsibility is required before the Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant Student Status - for Academic and Language Students (I-20 form) is issued.