Undergraduate English Language Proficiency
If you are not a native speaker of English, you must prove an adequate level of English language proficiency, even if you are currently a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and regardless of how long you have resided or been educated in the U.S.
Provisional admission to University of Michigan-Dearborn undergraduate degree programs is possible for qualified students. If you have met the academic admission requirements but not the English proficiency requirement, the University of Michigan-Dearborn will allow you to enroll in the English Language Proficiency Program (ELPP) for intensive English studies while granting provisional admission status. See the ELPP website for more information.
You must fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of the ways described below before admission will be granted.
Freshmen may prove their proficiency without additional testing by:
- completing two full years of general track English courses in a U.S. high school with grades of "C" or better and
- achieving an acceptable score on the verbal section of the ACT or SAT. There is no specific ACT/SAT verbal score required, but this score will be used in conjunction with other factors to evaluate your academic English skills.
Transfers may prove their English proficiency without additional testing by:
- presenting acceptable performance as described in the freshmen section above. You must provide records to verify acceptable courses, grades, and SAT/ACT scores, or
- completing two semesters of regular-track, transferable English composition courses, equivalent to UM-D's Composition 105 and 106, with grades of "C" or better in both courses ("C-" or below is not acceptable for transfer). If you are enrolled in the second semester of English composition while applying, conditional admission may be possible.
Provisionally admitted students may prove their English proficiency by:
- meeting the standards for full admission for all of the Intensive English Pathway Exit Criteria with the English Language Proficiency Program (see “Progression into Full Academics” in the ELPP Student Handbook).
All students may improve their English proficiency by:
- receiving the necessary score on an official English proficiency assessment.
The Office of Admissions and Orientation will accept the Advanced Placement International English Language (APIEL), the International English Languages Testing System (IELTS), the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB), and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). You only need to take one of these tests; it is not necessary to take all of them.
A Bridge classification by the Office of Admissions and Orientation allows students to take up to two academic classes per semester for UM-Dearborn credit in addition to required English Language Proficiency Program courses.
Minimum Score for Full Academic Admission
Minimum Score for Admission with Bridge Status
Achieving the minimum score does not guarantee admission, only consideration.
The TOEFL, IELTS, and MELAB are offered throughout the world. You should take an assessment well in advance of your intended starting term. TOEFL scores arrive at UM-Dearborn 6-8 weeks after the test date. MELAB scores are often available within a few weeks if the test is taken at UM-Dearborn, but if taken abroad, testing and mailing delays may prolong the process. If you are living in southeastern Michigan, we suggest you take the MELAB on the UM-Dearborn campus so that we can receive the scores quickly. The APIEL Exam is only offered overseas to high school students. APIEL Exam scores arrive at UM-Dearborn 6-8 weeks after the test date. IELTS results are available within 13 working days of taking the test.
You may take the MELAB, TOEFL, and IELTS test more than once, and only your most recent score will be considered. Test scores more than two years old will not be accepted for consideration.
For testing information and registration materials, please contact: