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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 the rigorous curriculum they will encounter at the University, we recommend that all students whose first language is not English submit TOEFL results; however, we evaluate a variety of factors when considering waiving this requirement and we look for consistency in these factors across a student's application.

You can demonstrate English proficiency by:

  • Having been enrolled in an English-medium school for four years and completing four years in an academically rigorous curriculum.
  • Obtaining a score of 660 or higher on the SAT evidence-based reading and writing section.
  • Obtaining a score of 27 or higher on the ACT English section.
  • Obtaining a score of 7.5 or higher on the IELTS.
  • Obtaining a grade of A or B in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or A-Level English course(s).

Please note the following guidelines regarding TOEFL results:

Score Categories Paper-based TOEFL Internet-based TOEFL

Minimum score required for admission



Competitive candidates generally score above



Official TOEFL score reports must be sent directly from the testing agency; Richmond's TOEFL code is 5569. 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.

OPTIONAL - Duolingo English Test: Candidates may choose to provide additional information about their English ability by submitting a score on the Duolingo English Test. This is an optional supplement that may assist us in evaluating your application. Note: the TOEFL is still required, unless another measure of proficiency is met according to the guidelines listed above.