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 require that a student whose first language is not English submit proof of English proficiency. Richmond accepts official score reports from the following English proficiency tests: IELTS, TOEFL, and Duolingo English Test. We will waive the English proficiency requirement if you have been enrolled in an academically rigorous, English-medium secondary school for at least 4 years, or by obtaining an A or B equivalent grade in AP, IB, or A-level English courses. Additionally, waivers will be applied for the competitive scores outlined below. If you qualify for an English proficiency waiver, the waiver will be applied after an initial review of your application verifies eligibility. Verification is not immediate; a pending waiver will not prevent your application from being reviewed.

Here are the guidelines for competitive scores that fulfill or waive our English proficiency testing requirement:

• 100 TOEFL iBT or TOEFL iBT Home Edition
• 7.5 IELTS or IELTS Indicator
• 135 Duolingo
• 28 ACT English section
• 660 SAT evidence-based reading and writing section

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): 

The following additonal supplements are accepted and entirely optional for applicants. You may choose to provide additional information about your English ability to be reviewed with your application materials. These supplements do not replace one of the required guidleines for English proficiency testing.