English Proficiency Requirement
The purpose of this policy is to establish English proficiency standards for applicants to Columbia College whose native language is not English.
This policy applies to all Columbia College applicants whose native language is not English.
All applicants whose native language is not English (regardless of citizenship) must provide proof of English proficiency. Appropriate scores from the following exams demonstrate English language proficiency:
| Test Type*
Undergraduate Admission with English Language Support**
(Day EAP Program of Columbia Campus only)
|Standard Undergraduate Admission (all locations)
| TOEFL-iBT (internet-based test)
||Score of 54 or above with no subset score lower than 10
||Score of 72 or above with no subset score lower than 16
||Score of 80 or above with no subset score lower than 20
| TOEFL-PBT (paper-based test)
||Score of 480 or above with no subset score lower than 46
||Score of 530 or above with no subset score lower than 53
||Score of 550 or above with no subset score lower than 55
||Score of 5 or above with not individual band score lower than 4
||Score of 6.0 or above with no individual band score lower than 5.5
||Score of 6.5 or above with no individual band score lower than 6
||Critical Reading subset score of 380 or above
||Critical Reading subset score of 430 or above
||English subset score of 15 or above
||English subset score of 17 or above
* Submitted results cannot be older than two years prior to the desired enrollment date.
** If admitted to the Day program under the requirements for additional English Language Support, students will take one or two semesters of courses in the English for Academic Purpose (EAP) program. Upon successfully completing this program, student will have no other requirements or conditions for continued study.
Columbia College will also consider the following evidence of English language proficiency for applicants:
- A grade of C or higher from an English composition course completed at a regionally-accredited U.S. institution and deemed equivalent by the Office of the Registrar to the Columbia College ENGL 111 course.
- Successful completion of Level 9 at The Language Company. For admission with English Language Support, successful completion of Level 4 or higher at The Language Company.
Applicants from the following countries are required to submit SAT/ACT scores in lieu of English proficiency: Australia, Canada (English speaking provinces), Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.
Please note that credentials are reviewed carefully to confirm that applicants have the requisite English language proficiency to succeed academically at Columbia College. Therefore, the Admissions Office reserves the right to require additional documentation to verify English language proficiency.
The College reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant and to deny and/or rescind admission to any applicant who provides false or misleading information to the College.