Stanford TOEFL Requirements

Despite being a proud Cal grad (Stanford’s biggest rival!), I can admit that Stanford is a great school. If you’re hoping to study here as an international student, read on for information about Stanford’s TOEFL requirements.

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Stanford TOEFL Requirements for Undergraduates

Stanford does not require a TOEFL score for international undergraduate applicants, however, they recommend one.

If English is not your native language, we recommend, but do not require, the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). The TOEFL cannot replace the SAT or ACT Plus Writing.

On another page, they “strongly recommend” that non-native speakers take the TOEFL. Also note that Stanford does not recognize IELTS scores as a measure of English proficiency.

Since Stanford has a very low acceptance rate, you should do everything you can to improve your application. For international students, this means taking the TOEFL. 🙂

Stanford TOEFL Requirements for Graduate Students

Stanford’s GradAdmissions site states that “scores are required of all applicants whose first language is not English.” Like many other schools, there are exceptions to this rule. You do NOT need to take the TOEFL if:

  • You earned a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a university in one of the following countries: the US, Australia, Canada (except Quebec), New Zealand, Singapore, and the UK.
  • If you earned a degree in a country not listed above, but the ONLY language of instruction was English (meaning all classes were conducted in English), then you will need to submit a TOEFL Waiver Request form.

Being a US citizen does not exempt you from having to take the TOEFL.

Also note that Stanford does not accept IELTS scores.

Stanford’s TOEFL Code

The university’s code is 4704, and it doesn’t matter what department is specified.

Score Requirements

Like many other schools, this varies by degree. All doctoral programs require a minimum score of 100, master’s programs in the humanities, social sciences, and education require a score of 100, and master’s programs at the School of Engineering require an 89. 🙂

For more on minimum scores, check out our infographic.


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    Rachel helps eager students find out about Magoosh. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a super helpful double major in History and French. In her free time she can be found eating peanut butter, drinking five cups of tea per day, and playing with cats.