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Important notice: our university partners have put temporary flexible admission policies in place, so some entry requirements and test acceptances have changed. Please see our dedicated FAQs for more information.

What grades and English level do I need for US universities?

To gain admission to a US degree or pathway program, you must meet minimum academic and English level entry requirements.

 

Academic qualifications

You need good grades in previous academic study – high school diploma or undergraduate degree – that are equivalent to the minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) for entry to your chosen degree. GPAs are on a 4-point scale. You may have the option to join an undergraduate pathway program if your GPA does not qualify you for entry directly to a bachelor’s degree.

English language level

With advanced English proficiency, you may be able to start a bachelor’s or master’s degree immediately. You can join a pathway or intensive English program if your English level does not yet meet the requirements for a degree. Generally, we accept scores from any of the following English language exams:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT
  • Kaplan iBT
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)
  • IELTS Indicator
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE)
  • Duolingo English Test (DET)

For detailed entry requirements by US university and degree, download the relevant International Student Guide.

Our team will be happy to advise you on the specific entry requirements of a degree or pathway program. Contact us.

Academic and English requirements for our US university partners

  • Bachelor's degree admission
    • A high school diploma or equivalent
    • Grade in previous study: minimum GPA 2.50 to 3.60, or equivalent
    • English language: minimum TOEFL 61 to 89, or equivalent

    Requirements vary by institution and major.

  • Undergraduate transfer admission
    • Minimum 24 and maximum 96 transferable undergraduate university credits
    • Grade in previous study: minimum GPA 2.50 to 3.00, or equivalent
    • English language: minimum TOEFL 61 to 80, or equivalent

    Requirements vary by institution and major.

  • Undergraduate pathway programs in the USA
    • A high school diploma or equivalent
    • Grade in previous study: minimum GPA 2.00 to 2.75, or equivalent
    • English language: minimum TOEFL 55 to 74, or equivalent

    Requirements vary by institution and intended major.

  • Master's degree admission
    • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent
    • Grade in previous study: minimum GPA 3.00 to 3.25, or equivalent
    • English language: minimum TOEFL 78 to 100, or equivalent

    Requirements vary by institution and master’s program.

  • Graduate pathway programs in the USA
    • A bachelor’s degree or equivalent
    • Grade in previous study: minimum GPA 3.00 (borderline considered), or equivalent
    • English language: minimum TOEFL 55 to 80, or equivalent

    Requirements vary by institution and intended master’s program.

 
 

What are the entry requirements?

Learn what you need to qualify for one of our programs

Additional admission requirements

  • Supporting documents

    For a completed US university application, you usually need to submit the following documents:

    • ‭Proof of English Language Proficiency – this can be a TOEFL®, IELTS, IELTS Indicator, Pearson PTE, Kaplan iBT or KITE result, or completion of a previous degree taught in English
    • Academic transcripts from previous study (including grade scale and English translation if originals are in another language)
    • Personal statement
    • Reference letters
    • Curriculum vitae (CV)/résumé (master’s applicants only)
    • Passport copy
    • Evidence of finances to cover your study costs
  • Graduate admission tests

    All ASU business and management master’s programs require applicants to submit GMAT scores. Some other ASU master’s degrees require GRE scores for admission. However, there are ASU computing, engineering and many other science and arts master’s degrees with no GRE requirement.

    Pace University offers GMAT waivers to business master’s degree applicants with GPA 3.0+, and does not generally require GRE scotes for master’s degree admission.

  • Previous classes or degrees

    Some US bachelor’s degrees require you to complete specific classes – called “pre-requisites” – and to submit the grades you earned, before you can start the program.

    Master’s programs may require that you studied a specific degree subject (or “major”) during your undergraduate studies.

What if I need to improve my English to qualify for admission?

For some pathway programs and degrees, if you do not meet the English language requirement, you are offered conditional admission. This gives you time to improve your English through an on-campus Intensive English Program, or to submit a qualifying English test score.

What can I do next?

We provide a streamlined way to apply to a US university. Click on one of the links below to start your application: