Ball State University recommends all undergraduate international applicants to submit a Duolingo, TOEFL, Pearson's PTE, IELTS, SAT or ACT. If you do not submit a test score, or your scores are below the required proficiency level you will automatically be considered for conditional admission. If you have taken an English proficiency test (Duolingo, TOEFL, IELTS or Pearson's PTE), scores can be submitted by emailing a scanned copy of the score report to SAT or ACT scores must be officially submitted to Ball State University (school code 1051).

Please note that English proficiency requirements are based on educational history alone, and not on immigration status or status as an international or domestic applicant. Domestic applicants may also be subject to English proficiency standards and admission practices if they do not meet English proficiency requirements or qualify for a waiver as listed on this page.

Required Scores to demonstrate English Proficiency

  • Duolingo 110 or higher
  • TOEFL iBT 079
    • Ball State University accepts MyBest™ scores for the TOEFL iBT® test, in addition to TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date
  • IELTS 6.5 Band
  • Pearson's PTE 53
  • SAT Critical Reading Section or SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 500
  • ACT English Section 21
  • Successful completion of the International Baccalaureate (IB)

Conditional admission is available to students who are academically admissible to Ball State but do not demonstrate English proficiency. Please note that some programs, like Architecture, do not offer conditional admission.

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 the undergraduate architecture program. 

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, unless you qualify for admission into the IEI Academic Bridge Program. The English placement exam will determine how many IEI courses you will need to take before beginning a full academic semester of standard classes.

IEI Academic Bridge Program

The IEI Academic Bridge Program allows international students who have English proficiency scores slightly lower than the minimum requirement to begin taking academic classes while studying part time in the final level of the IEI. Students must be applying for conditional admission to an academic program in order to qualify for admission into the IEI Academic Bridge Program. To qualify for admission to the IEI Academic Bridge Program, students must meet the following English proficiency requirements:

  • Duolingo score of 100 - 109
  • A TOEFL score of 75 - 78
    • Ball State University accepts MyBest™ scores for the TOEFL iBT® test, in addition to TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date.
  • An IELTS score of 6.0
  • A Pearson PTE score of 51-52


Proof of English Proficiency

You can meet the English proficiency requirements of Ball State 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 meet English proficiency requirements, if they have earned a high school diploma or have 24 credit hours of credit-bearing academic study at an accredited university 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