Admissions

English Language Proficiency

All applicants for whom English is a non-native language must provide proof of English language proficiency by providing scores that meet the University's minimum on one of the following exams or through one of the alternative options listed below.  This includes international students and domestic students who completed most of primary and secondary outside the U.S. Note: Determining the English language proficiency requirement is at the discretion of UW Bothell.

Exam Title Minimum Scores for University
Admissions Consideration
TOEFL: internet based 92
TOEFL: paper based 580
IELTS (Academic Module) 7.0

UW Bothell’s Institution Code for the TOEFL is 9964.

Test scores are only valid for 2 years.


Alternative Options for the English Language Proficiency Requirement:

 

OPTION #1

Associate Degree Option (must meet all four requirements):

  1. Complete a Direct Transfer Agreement/Associate of Arts Degree from a community college in Washington State (an AAST or ADN degree may be used to satisfy this requirement for Nursing applicants) AND
  2. Have earned a minimum of a 2.75 cumulative GPA AND 
  3. Have earned a minimum grade of 3.0 in the equivalent of English Composition (UW Engl 131) AND 
  4. Have earned a minimum grade of 3.0 in the equivalent of Writing from Research (UW Engl 182).

NOTE: We strongly recommend completion of English Composition (UW Engl 131) and Writing from Research (UW Engl 182) at the time of application.

OPTION #2

Completion of the University of Washington Bothell's Accelerated Intensive English Program (A-IEP).  This program is for students who do not meet our English language proficiency requirement, but have a minimum TOEFL iBT score of 65, IELTS of 5.5, or have successfully completed level 3 of UW Seattle's Campus Intensive English Program (C-IEP).

A-IEP Admission Requirements

Qualifying Test or Score AIEP Level 4 AIEP Level 5
TOEFL 65 76
IELTS 5.5 6
CIEP ( Successful completion with 80% or higher) * LEVEL 3 LEVEL 4

* CIEP students who repeat CIEP Level 3 or Level 4 cannot be admitted to A-IEP.

Only valid for one year after successful completion of AIEP.

OPTION #3

The University of Washington Bothell has partnered with the University of Washington Seattle Campus Intensive English Program (C-IEP).  This program is for students who do not meet the minimum English language proficiency requirement(s) for admission, but are otherwise admissible.

A minimum grade of 80 percent is required in each course and students must obtain a recommendation from the Senior Director of the UW Seattle English Language Programs.  After successful completion of the UW Seattle Intensive English Program requirements, applicants do not have to submit TOEFL, IELTS, or other standardized test scores as proof of language proficiency to UW Bothell.

Only valid for one year after successful completion of CIEP.

OPTION #4

Completion of a minimum of four years of high school English in the United States with grades of 3.0 or higher and a minimum SAT critical reading score of 500 or an ACT English score of 20.


Exceptions:

International students who have completed a bachelor’s degree with at least 90 or more quarter credits earned at a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. or have received a master’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. are not required to meet the English language proficiency requirement.


 

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