Rachel Kapelke-Dale

NYU TOEFL Requirements

New York University, located in the heart of New York City, is made up of a number of different “schools,” all of which look at the TOEFL slightly differently. The good news is that the majority of these schools do not have minimum scores that they require for admission; however, in most cases, successful applicants do score above 100 on the TOEFL iBT. Test scores in all cases should be less than two years old.


Important! Before proceeding further, note that every school at NYU has a different test code, so make sure that you send your scores to the right place. If you send them to the wrong school, NYU will not send them to the correct school for you—so if you’re on a deadline (or even if you’re not), better double-check!

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Undergraduate applicants are required to submit test results from the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic exams. After taking the test, don’t forget to keep up with your English when you’re admitted. NYU will test international students again when you arrive on campus! And if your English abilities (in speaking and writing) are not deemed to be “of a sufficiently high level to register for academic study,” you’ll have to register for noncredit English courses on campus — these will cost money, and might extend the time it takes you to finish your degree, so be sure to keep up on your practice. 🙂

For undergraduate admissions only, you don’t have to submit English exam scores if your native language is English; if you’ve been studying at an institution where the only language of instruction has been English, for at least three years, and you submit other standardized test scores; or if you’ve been educated entirely in English. However, NYU does encourage students wishing to take math- or science-based curriculums to submit test results, even if they are technically exempt from the requirement.

The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at NYU also requires an English exam for international applicants, and treats it much like the undergraduate admissions department does. Be careful, though—some departments may have set their own standards for TOEFL scores, so make sure you look at the departmental websites or talk to someone in the office before applying.

Stern Business School at NYU doesn’t have a minimum TOEFL score, though an English test is required of international applicants; meanwhile, Tisch School of the Arts uses the test scores for internal review in each department, and does not release their minimum score requirements.



  • Rachel Kapelke-Dale

    Rachel is one of Magoosh’s Content Creators. She writes and updates content on our High School and GRE Blogs to ensure students are equipped with the best information during their test prep journey. As a test-prep instructor for more than five years in there different countries, Rachel has helped students around the world prepare for various standardized tests, including the SAT, ACT, TOEFL, GRE, and GMAT, and she is one of the authors of our Magoosh ACT Prep Book. Rachel has a Bachelor of Arts in Comparative Literature from Brown University, an MA in Cinematography from the Université de Paris VII, and a Ph.D. in Film Studies from University College London. For over a decade, Rachel has honed her craft as a fiction and memoir writer and public speaker. Her novel, THE BALLERINAS, is forthcoming in December 2021 from St. Martin’s Press, while her memoir, GRADUATES IN WONDERLAND, co-written with Jessica Pan, was published in 2014 by Penguin Random House. Her work has appeared in over a dozen online and print publications, including Vanity Fair Hollywood. When she isn’t strategically stringing words together at Magoosh, you can find Rachel riding horses or with her nose in a book. Join her on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook!

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