Undergraduate International Admissions

Requirements for undergraduate admission


International students are not required to take the SAT or the ACT for standard admission.

However, these tests may be required for direct admission and scholarship consideration. Therefore, it is very important that you read the scholarship application information carefully.

For test schedule information, see

English proficiency

All undergraduate international applicants must provide evidence of English language proficiency, unless they are a citizen of an exempt country (see blue box below), by meeting the minimum score from one of the following acceptable tests: the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), the Scholastic Aptitude Test Evidence-Based Verbal (SAT), the American College Test English (ACT), the Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE), Pearson Test of English Proficiency Academic (PTE) or the Michigan English Laboratory Assessment Battery (MELAB).

Please note the institutional TOEFL (ITP Test) is not accepted by The University of Akron. TOEFL applications may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service (ETS).

The IELTS is jointly administered by Cambridge (ESOL), British Council and IDP Education Australia. The MELAB is a secure test battery and is administered only by the ELI-UM and ELI-UM authorized official examiners in the US and Canada.

Exempt countries

Applicants who are citizens and primarily educated in the following countries may be waived for the English language proficiency requirement:

Antigua & Barbuda
British Virgin Islands
Canada (except Quebec)
Cayman Islands

New Zealand
Republic of Ireland
St. Kitts & Nevis
St. Lucia
St. Vincent & Grenadines
Trinidad & Tobago
Turks & Caicos Islands
United Kingdom (England, Ireland, Scotland, & Wales)
United States & US Territories

Minimum requirements

Test Minimum required
CAE 169
PTE 48
Old SAT Critical Reading 430
New SAT Reading 490
ACT English 18

TOEFL, IELTS and MELAB scores are valid for two years from the test date. The University of Akron accepts only valid test scores.

Conditional admission is offered to students who are academically acceptable but who have not yet obtained the level of English proficiency required for full admission. Students who meet these criteria may attend the University's English Language Institute or ELI. Students enrolled in the ELI may not enroll in undergraduate coursework until they have successfully completed ELI.

English Language Institute

For more information about the English Language Institute, contact:

English Language Institute, 
The University of Akron, Olin Hall, Room 302 
Akron, OH 44325-1909 USA
Phone: 330-972-7544
Fax: 330-972-7353
Web: English Language Institute site

You may have the English proficiency requirement waived if you:

  • have satisfactorily completed one year of full-time academic coursework at a U.S. college/university and are in good standing at that institution, or
  • have graduated from a U.S. high school with minimum one year of study.

All waiver requests must be submitted in writing, with supporting documentation, to the Office of International Programs for final approval. The University of Akron reserves the right to require evidence of English language proficiency for all applicants. 

Note: Students who do not meet the English Proficiency requirement are not eligible for the June Thomas Rogers International Student Scholarship.


The University requests that you submit official transcripts or certified true copies from all high schools/secondary schools, universities/colleges and/or professional schools you have attended during your academic career.

Certified true copies must bear the official stamp and signature of the appropriate academic officer. If the language of instruction for the institution is not English, an exact certified English translation must be provided also.

Transcripts should indicate the grading key, grade point average (GPA) equivalent to a 4.0 scale, and institutional accreditation.

Notarized copies are not true copies and are not acceptable.


Applicants must submit supporting documentation for all earned degrees indicated on the application. Provisional certificates may be accepted pending the award of a degree.

High school or secondary school students must show proof of graduation before they will be permitted to register for their first semester.

The same standards of authenticity for listed degrees/transcripts apply.


Apply now

You have two options:

  1. Apply using University of Akron application
  2. Apply using The Common Application

 Students who are permanent residents, in refugee status or in asylum status should apply through our admissions process for domestic students.

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