Test-Flexible Policy for International Applicants

At Suffolk, we understand some international students have faced limitations regarding standardized testing. That’s why our international student admission policy—as it pertains to testing—focuses only on submitting proof of English proficiency. We have created a comprehensive list of options that freshman and transfer applicants can submit to fulfill this requirement.

We only need one (1) of the following to complete an application:

  • TOEFL iBT score (minimum required score is a 79).
    • We will accept the TOEFL Home Edition version as well as the TOEFL iTP for China.
  • TOEFL ESSENTIALS Score (minimum required score is a 8.5)
  • IELTS score (minimum required score is a 6.5)
  • DUOLINGO* English Test-DET (minimum score of 105)
  • PTE- Academic with a minimum score of 54

TOEFL, IELTS, DUOLINGO and PTE scores cannot be self-reported and must be sent from the testing agency. Suffolk’s TOEFL test code is 3771.


If you have taken the SAT or ACT, you can submit either exam score (not mandatory). We have determined that an SAT EBRW score of at least 520 or ACT Composite score of 19 and higher proves English proficiency. SAT and ACT scores can be self-reported.

  • IB HL English Predicted scores (if provided by your high school)
  • First Language English Exams in the IGCSE or GCSE or AS/A-Level Predicted/Actual results
  • B average performance in AP ENG LANG and COMP or AP ENG LIT and COMP course

If you have taken the equivalent of our WRI 101/102 course (labeled at other US colleges as ENG 101/102 or Composition 1/2) with a B or better average, you can waive the test of English proficiency requirement

Gao Kao: students from mainland China who have taken the Gaokao exam and English was one of the three areas tested, you may arrange an interview via the InitialView website or contact the Office of Undergraduate Admission.

Exempt if you’re from a country where English is the First and Official Language. If you are unsure if your country qualifies, please complete the Test of English Proficiency Waiver Request form.

If you have a circumstance not covered by the listed options, please complete the Test of English Proficiency Waiver Request form.

Keep in mind, all other admission requirements apply.

Spring Admission & Financial Aid December 1
Early Action Fall Admission November 15
Fall Admission (Priority) February 15
Priority Fall Financial Aid March 1

  • Common Application or Suffolk Application
  • Application fee (waived when you visit in person or virtually)
  • Essay/Personal statement
  • Official secondary school transcript (in English)
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Proof of English proficiency via one official score report. Learn more about our testing-flexible options

Art & Design applicants must provide a portfolio of artwork.

Transfer applicants must also provide an official university/college transcript(s).

Learn more about our admission guidelines and admission standards for freshmen.