Admission Requirements

Minimum Requirements for Undergraduate Admission

  • You must be a non-immigrant prospective student

  • You must have graduated from a high school, college, or university

  • You must provide proof of English Proficiency when seeking admission to an undergraduate program of study. Below are the requirements:

English Language Proficiency Requirements

TOEFL Internet-Based 61
IELTS* 5.5
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Overall Score of 51
Common European Framework (CEFR) B2 or higher
Cambridge English Language Assessment B2 or higher
ACT** 20

**Although an ACT or SAT exam is not required for international undergraduate admission, UNK strongly encourages students to submit one of these exam scores if possible. An ACT English of 20 or SAT critical reading score of 494 will meet the English proficiency requirement regardless of total score. Further, UNK uses ACT and SAT scores in course placement and consideration for Honors Program eligibility and Academic Merit Scholarships.

Unofficial test scores will not be accepted. Students submit official test scores in the following ways:

  1. submit the official score report issued to them by the testing company

  2. have scores sent directly to UNK from the testing center or company

  3. submit a high school transcript showing successful completion of a CEFR level of B2 or higher.

*Official IELTS Academic scores may be used to fulfill the English Language Test requirement. We will only accept official scores submitted electronically by the IELTS test center via the E-Delivery service.

At the time of test-taking, please specify University of Nebraska Kearney, International Admissions as a score recipient. Our address, for the electronic record only in order to identify us in the IELTS system is:

University of Nebraska at Kearney
International Admissions
Otto Olsen 205A
2508 12th Avenue
Kearney, NE 68849 U.S.A.

Score reports ARE NOT to be sent to this address. We DO NOT accept paper Test Report Forms, nor do we verify Test Report Forms (TRF's).

For more information and to register for the test, please visit

Students with scores lower than the minimum requirements, or in a country where these tests are unavailable, can apply to UNK’s English Language Institute. If accepted into this program, you will take an English Placement Exam upon arrival to campus. The result of this exam will determine placement in intensive English classes on a full- or part-time basis.


Applicants are exempt from the English Language Proficiency Requirement if they meet any of the following criteria:

  • Earned a high school diploma, Associates of Arts, Associates of Science or bachelor's degree or higher from an accredited U.S. high school, college or university. Please note that completion of an Associate of Applied Science or a GED does not waive the English Language Requirement.

  • Earned a diploma from an International Baccalaureate Program.

  • Completed the equivalent of a high school education or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree in one of the following countries:

Australia Fiji Islands            New Zealand
Belize Guyana            United Kingdom
Canada Ireland            West Indies
English Speaking Africa* English Speaking Caribbean*

*For a complete list of these countries, please contact our admissions office at

  • Students from universities and institutions that are members of an Exchange Partnership agreement with UNK from one of the following countries or regions can provide an official letter/statement from their home university attesting to English Language Proficiency:

The Netherlands Germany Sweden
Denmark Czech Republic Finland
Iceland Austria Switzerland
Indian Subcontinent

This attestation must show that a CEFR level of B2 or higher has been achieved.

• Students from universities that are members of an Exchange Partnership agreement with UNK will be allowed to submit a score from an Institutional TOEFL exam. Scores from this exam must be a 530 or higher in order to enroll in a full time undergraduate program.


If you match this profile, apply now.

If you do not meet the English proficiency requirement, you can still come to UNK by applying to the English Language Institute.