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New Mexico State University

2014-2015 Undergraduate Catalog


English Language Proficiency

NMSU requires a score of 520 paper-based or 68 internet-based or better on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), or a score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), for all international students, both nondegree and degree seeking. International students may also demonstrate English proficiency by satisfactorily completing NMSU’s Center for English Language Programs (CELP) programs. A waiver of the TOEFL requirement may be considered for

  1. Students who are native speakers of English.
  2. Students completing high school in the United States who (a) have attended the high school for at least two full semesters and (b) ave scored in at least the 75th percentile in English on the ACT.
  3. Students transferring from a junior college, or university in the United States who have earned a minimum of 30 acceptable semester credits (45 acceptable quarter credits) with a GPA of 2.0 or better (acceptable credit means classes that require a high proficiency in both written and oral English).
  4. Students demonstrating English-language proficiency using methods accepted by the Office of University Admissions.
  5. Students enrolling in certain programs where English language proficiency is not required.
  6. Students completing coursework in CELP. Satisfactory completion requires a final grade of no less than 70% in all courses.  Visit http://celp.nmsu.edu/ for full details.

The university reserves the right to require any prospective international student to meet the TOEFL requirement.

For complete information concerning the TOEFL examination, applicants should review the following web site: www.toefl.org