Conditional admission is available to students who are academically admissible to Ball State but do not meet our English proficiency requirements. Students who are eligible for conditional admission are
admitted to the Intensive English Institute program at Ball State and must meet
English proficiency requirements before being offered full admission to the
university. Eligible students will receive an I-20 for English Language training
and may receive an updated I-20 for academic study after receiving full
admission. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions About Conditional Admission for more information.
Conditional admission is not available for all Ball State programs of study.
As an international undergraduate applicant, you are not required to submit English proficiency results, unless you are applying to the Department of Architecture, which requires you to submit passing TOEFL, Pearson's PTE, or IELTS scores.
If you receive conditional admission you will be offered admission to Ball State's Intensive English Institute. Any student admitted conditionally will take an English proficiency exam upon arrival at Ball State. The English placement exam will determine how many Intensive English Institute (IEI) [link to IEI] courses you will need to take before beginning a full academic semester of standard classes.
You will not need to take IEI courses and can begin your academic classes immediately if you do submit English proficiency exam results, as long as you received the following scores or higher:
If we do not receive TOEFL, PTE, or IELTS scores, we will automatically consider you for conditional admission.
English Proficiency Exam Waivers
You are waived from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) requirement if you have done any of the following in the U.S.:
- earned a high school diploma
- earned a college degree
- have 24 credit hours of academic study
Also, you may be waived from the TOEFL/IELTS, if you have earned a degree from the following native English-speaking countries.
- British Virgin Islands
- Canada (excluding Quebec)
- Cayman Islands
- New Zealand
- Sierra Leone
- St. Kitts and Nevis
- St. Lucia
- St. Vincent and Grenadines
- Trinidad and Tobago
- Turks and Caicos Islands
- United Kingdom