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Top US Engineering Programs That Do NOT Accept IELTS Scores

As you all surely know, if you’re an international student and you want to study in the US, you’ll need to take an English language proficiency exam as part of your university applications. But, which exam should you take? We’ve already written a comparison of the content on the TOEFL and IELTS, as well as a comparison of the scores on the two tests, but there’s another question that’s important to consider:

Do the universities you’re applying to accept TOEFL or IELTS or both? Do they prefer one test over the other?

If you’ve already taken IELTS, but you want to apply to a school that only accepts TOEFL scores, then you’ll need to take the TOEFL, too. To make sure that doesn’t happen, read this post. 🙂 Below, I’ve listed the best engineering universities that only accept TOEFL scores.


Top Engineering Programs That Do NOT Accept IELTS Scores

Of the top 20 ranked graduate universities in the US for engineering, here are the ones that do not accept IELTS scores for admission. You can click on the links to be taken to the schools’ websites where they mention testing requirements.

1. Stanford University

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2. Georgia Institute of Technology

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3. Harvard University

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** says that Cornell Engineering accepts IELTS scores, however on Cornell’s website, only TOEFL scores are listed for both Master’s and PhD programs.

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An Important Note!

You should always confirm your specific testing requirements by visiting the admissions sites of the schools you plan to apply to. 🙂

Happy testing!

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2 Responses to Top US Engineering Programs That Do NOT Accept IELTS Scores

  1. tanmay December 23, 2017 at 5:31 am #


    I see that this was posted in 2015. Have you updated this lost recently? If not, may I know which universities do not accept IELTS scores? I am planning for MS in CS in USA.

    Thank you

    • David Recine
      David Recine December 23, 2017 at 1:15 pm #

      We haven’t updated this post recently, to my knowledge, but I can look into that for you and come back and let you know. In the mean time, for current answers, directly check with your prospective schools or prospective school website– that’s always the best approach regardless. 🙂

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