Exam & English Requirements


English Proficiency

All non-native English speakers will need to submit English proficiency scores to enroll in full degree programs.

Students who meet academic requirements but have yet to meet English proficiency requirements will be conditionally admitted.

  • Conditionally admitted students will enroll in the UNL Intensive English Program for additional English instruction before beginning their degree program. Some students may qualify for the Credit English for Academic Purposes.


Intensive English Program

The IEP is for students who are conditionally admitted and students who wish to study English in the United States.

  • Intensive English language study 21-25 hours per week
  • Sessions begin in each academic term
  • All levels of study
Find out more about our Intensive English Program


Credit English for Academic Purposes

The CEAP is for conditionally admitted students who have an advanced level of English proficiency, below the minimum requirement for full admission.

  • Three advanced level English courses with one additional class in your area of study for a total of 12 hours of university credit.
  • TOEFL-61 total with writing subscore of 17
  • IELTS-5.0 total with writing subscore of 4.5

Full Admission

Students who have met the English proficiency and academic requirements to begin their degree program at UNL

  • Fully admitted students can pursue a full degree course load
  • TOEFL-70 total with writing subscore of 20
  • IELTS-6.0 total with writing subscore of 5.5

English Proficiency Testing Agencies

You are responsible for contacting your IELTS testing center or TOEFL to submit an official English proficiency score. Scores should come directly from the testing agency to UNL.

If you have not yet taken an English proficiency exam please contact one of the following testing agencies:

NOTE: Students suspected of submitting false English proficiency scores will be required to take the institutional English Language Test and may be subject to dismissal from the university.

Admission Exams

Colleges that require ACT or SAT scores for incoming students in order to be admitted:

  • Engineering
  • Architecture
  • Hixson-Lied College of Fine and Performing Arts

If an ACT or SAT score is not submitted, you will be admitted into general studies and will need to meet performance requirements to be admitted into your preferred major.