English Proficiency Policies

You must establish English language proficiency to enter an academic program. You can request that an official score report be delivered directly from the testing organization to Ferris. The list of accepted tests and scores along with our English proficiency policies can be found below.

  • TOEFL Score of 61 or better on Internet based test (70 for Graduate Level)
  • IELTS score of 5.5 or better (6.5 for Graduate Level)
  • MELAB score of 72 or better
  • MSUELT score of 73 or better
  • SAT (verbal section) score of 450 or better
  • ACT (reading section) score of 18 or better
  • ELS completion of level 112 with C or better (for undergraduate admissions)

We reserve the right to request that students take an additional English placement test
upon arrival if English skills do not appear to equal the submitted test scores.

If you have not taken an official test, you can take a proficiency exam when you arrive at Ferris. If you pass the test, you can begin studying in your program. If you do not pass the exam, you can enroll in the West Michigan Intensive English Language Institute to improve your English language skills

Applicants from English Speaking Countries
Proof of English proficiency may not be required if applying from a country in which English is the native language, or if the student has completed a non-ESL academic course at an approved college or university with C grades or above.

Antigua
Australia
Bahamas
Bahrain
Barbuda
Belize
Bermuda
Botswana
British Virgin Isles
Cameroon
Cayman Islands
Christmas Island
Cocos
Cooks Islands
Dominica
England
Fiji
Grenada
Grenadines
Guam Guyana
Ireland
Isle of Man
Jamaica
Keeling Island
Kiribati
Lesotho
Liberia
Marshall Islands
Mauritius
Micronesia
Montserrat
N. Marianas
Nevis
New Zealand
Norfolk Island
Papua New Guinea
Scotland
Sierra Leone
South Africa
St. Christopher
St. Helena
St. Kitts
St. Lucia
St. Vincent
Swaziland
Tanzania
Trinidad and Tobago
Uganda
United Kingdom
Virgin Islands
Zambia
Zimbabwe

Last updated: 02-18-2014