English Proficiency Policy

The University of Richmond values proficiency in multiple languages and diverse educational experiences across different cultures and countries. To ensure that students are prepared for our rigorous curriculum, we recommend that a student whose first language is not English submit official results from a TOEFL test. For the 2020-21 admission cycle, Richmond will accept all forms of the TOEFL including TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition and TOEFL ITP Plus for China, which contains an interview provided by Vericant.

Please note the following guidelines regarding TOEFL results:

Score Categories   Paper-based TOEFL

   Revised TOEFL    Paper-Delivered

TOEFL iBT including Special Home Edition TOEFL ITP Plus for China
Minimum score required for admission 550   -  80 -
Competitive candidates generally score above 600   75 100 627


Or, you can demonstrate English proficiency by submitting scores from IELTS, Duolingo English Test, SAT, or ACT.

                          IELTS or IELTS Indicator

Duolingo English Test

SAT evidence-based reading and writing ACT English section
Competitive Score 7.5 125 660 28


We will also waive the English proficiency requirement if you have been enrolled in an academically rigorous, English-medium secondary school for 4 years, or by obtaining an A or B equivalent grade in AP, IB, or A-level English courses.

If you qualify for an English proficiency test waiver, it will be assigned on your application checklist by your admission counselor during the review of your application.

The University reserves the right to require additional information to demonstrate English proficiency. 

English Proficiency Exam Score Submission

Although SAT or ACT scores may be self-reported, results for English proficiency exams (TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo English Test) require an official score report.

  • TOEFL: Richmond's TOEFL institution code is 5569.
  • IELTS: Students must provide an exact institution address when reporting IELTS scores, even for e-delivery. Please provide the address below when sending scores to the University of Richmond.
            Account Name: University of Richmond Undergraduate Admission
            Address: 28 Westhampton Way
            City: Richmond
            State: VA
            Zip Code: 23173  

If it is financially burdensome for you to send your scores via the testing agency, we will accept official score reports submitted by your high school.

English Proficiency Supplements (optional): 

You may choose to provide additional information about your English ability. The following supplement is optional and does not replace one of the required guidelines listed above.