Ball State University requires all international applicants to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting a TOEFL, Pearson's PTE, or IELTS score or by submitting satisfactory results from the SAT or ACT exam English sections.
Required Scores for English Proficiency

  • TOEFL iBT 079
  • IELTS 6.5 Band
  • Pearson's PTE 53
  • SAT Critical Reading Section or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 500
  • ACT English Section 21

Conditional admission is available to students who are academically admissible to Ball State but do not meet our English proficiency requirements, unless you are applying to the Department of Architecture, which requires you to submit passing scores from one of the above scores.

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.

If you receive conditional admission you will be offered admission to Ball State's Intensive English Institute (IEI). Any student admitted conditionally will take an English proficiency exam upon arrival at Ball State. The English placement exam will determine how many IEI courses you will need to take before beginning a full academic semester of standard classes.

English Proficiency Requirement Waivers

You are waived from the English proficiency requirements 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 credit-bearing academic study at an accredited university

Also, applicants are waived from English proficiency requirements, if they have earned a high school diploma or a college degree from the following native English-speaking countries:

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Barbuda
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada (excluding Quebec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Philippines
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and Grenadines
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • Uganda
  • United Kingdom
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe