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Freshman English Requirements

All applicants must demonstrate proficiency in English in one of the following ways.

English requirements for Standard Admission

TEST

MINIMUM
SCORE
TOEFL (IBT)

79

with no section score below 15

TOEFL (PBT)

550

with no section score below 50

IELTS

6.5

with no subsection score below 6.0

PTE Academic

55

with no subsection score below 50

ACT (English AND reading sections)

20

SAT I (critical reading section)

500

CAEL

70

with no subsection score below 60

CanTEST

4.5

with no subscore below 4.0

Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE) 60
Cambridge English Advanced (CAE)
65
IB Higher Level English A1 or A2 4
AS Level or A Level English or English Language Subject
C
  • Scores must be less than two years old at the time of admission; older scores will not be accepted.
  • Official scores must be sent directly to UB from the testing agency.
  • Photocopies and scanned documents may be submitted for initial review.

English requirements for Standard Admission with Language Support

Standard Admission with Language Support may be offered if your TOEFL / IELTS score is slightly below the minimum scores noted above. Each case is reviewed individually and in conjunction with other criteria (grades, academic performance, quality of personal essay, etc.).

 If you are offered standard admission with language support, in your first semester:

  • You will be required to register for and successfully complete at least one additional English course.
  • You will be limited to enrolling in a total of four courses.

Upon successfully completing these requirements, you will have no further conditions.

Students who do not successfully complete these requirements may be required to repeat the semester with the same conditions. Students who still do not meet the requirements in a repeated semester may be dismissed from the university.

Scores that may be considered for Standard Admission with Language Support

These are not absolute scores; each case is evaluated individually as described above.

TEST

TYPICAL SCORE RANGE

TOEFL (IBT) 

70 to 78

with no section below 12

TOEFL (PBT)

523 to 549

with no section below 47

IELTS

6.0

with no subsection score below 5.5

PTE Academic

50

with no subsection score below 45

ACT (English and reading sections)

18-19

Minimum score of 18 on the English AND minimum score of 18 on the reading.

SAT I (critical reading section)

450

Minimum score of 450 on the critical reading section.

CAEL

Admission not offered

CanTEST

Admission not offered

Cambridge English

Admission not offered

IB

Admission not offered

AS Level or A Level

Admission not offered

  • Scores must be less than two years old at the time of admission; older scores will not be accepted.
  • Official scores must be sent directly to UB from the testing agency.
  • Photocopies and scanned documents may be submitted for initial review.

English requirements for Conditional Bridge Admission

Conditional Bridge Admission may be offered if you do not qualify for Standard Admission or Standard Admission with language support. Each case is reviewed individually and in conjunction with other criteria (grades, academic performance, personal essay, etc.).

In order to meet the conditions of this admission you will be required to complete the following steps:

Step 1: Improve your English

If you are offered Conditional Bridge Admission, you will first study in UB’s English Language Institute Intensive English Program (one to two semesters).

Step 2: Begin your studies

After you successfully complete the non-credit Intensive English Program, you will then be permitted to begin credit-bearing degree study in the next regular semester (fall or spring semesters; initial summer study is not permitted).

Step 3: Take one more English improvement course

In your first semester, you will be required to register for and successfully complete at least one additional English course. You will be limited to enrolling in a total of four courses.

Upon successfully completing these requirements, you will have no further conditions.

Students who do not successfully complete these requirements may be required to repeat the semester with the same conditions. Students who still do not meet the requirements in a repeated semester may be dismissed from the university.

Application process for Conditional Bridge Admission

Complete the regular UB Application Form for International Undergraduate Applicants. The UB admissions counselor will determine if Conditional Bridge Admission is required.

A separate application for the UB Intensive English Program is not required.

Cost

If you are admitted to UB with Conditional Bridge Admission, your degree studies may require one or more extra semesters at the regular cost. If you are required to take a summer session, this may add $5,000 to $7,000 to the first year of study.

Conditional Bridge Admission I-20

If you are admitted to UB with Conditional Bridge Admission, the university will issue one I-20 for both the academic degree program (your intended major) and for the bridge Intensive English Program.

Typical scores for Conditional Bridge Admission

Below are typical score ranges that may be considered for Conditional Bridge Admission. These are not absolute scores; each case is evaluated individually as described above.

TEST

TYPICAL SCORE RANGE

TOEFL (IBT)

65 to 69

with no section below 10

TOEFL (PBT)

500 to 522

with no section below 45

IELTS

5.0 – 6.0

with no subsection score below 5.0

PTE Academic

45

with no subsection score below 40

ACT

Admission not offered

SAT I

Admission not offered

CAEL

Admission not offered

CanTEST

Admission not offered

Cambridge English

Admission not offered

IB

Admission not offered

AS Level or A Level

Admission not offered

  • Scores must be less than two years old at the time of admission; older scores will not be accepted.
  • Official scores must be sent directly to UB from the testing agency.
  • Copies may be submitted for initial review.

Exceptions

The following applicants are not required to demonstrate English language proficiency with a standardized test:

  • Native speakers of English who are citizens of Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, the UK and Ireland and who were educated entirely in English
  • Citizens of Singapore who were educated entirely in English and who achieved a grade of at least “D” in English on the O-Level examination
  • Transfer applicants who have completed at least two terms (semesters or quarters) of English composition with grades of “C” or better at an accredited U.S. college/university. ESL classes and foundation-level classes are excluded.

DO YOU KNOW THE CODE?

Use these codes to submit your test scores to UB:
TOEFL: 2925
SAT: 2925
ACT: 2978