English Proficiency Policy

Students for Whom English is Not Their Language of Nurture

Undergraduate applicants whose language of nurture is not English must demonstrate English proficiency through one of these options:

  1. Successful completion of UNO’s intensive English program (ILUNO)a. Please consult the ILUNO website at world.unomaha.edu for more details.

a Excludes programs in the College of Agriculture, the College of Architecture, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and the Department of English.

  1. Submission of an official English proficiency examination score report. (TOEFL, IELTS, PTE, SAT or ACT.) Test options and required scores are listed by College.

a. Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

College

Paper

Internet

Agriculture

550

80

Architecture

550

80

Arts & Sciences

487*

57*

Business Administration

487*

57*

Communication, Fine Arts & Media

487*

57*

Education

500

61

Engineering

500

61

Department of English

600

100

Information Science & Technology

487*

57*

Public Affairs & Community Service

487*

57*

b. International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

College

Score

Agriculture

6.5

Architecture

6.5

Arts & Sciences

5.5*

Business Administration

5.5*

Communication, Fine Arts & Media

5.5*

Education

6.0

Education & Human Sciences

6.5

Engineering

6.0

Department of English

7.0

Information Science & Technology

5.5*

Public Affairs & Community Service

5.5*

*Scores less than 500 paper or 61 internet-based on the TOEFL or 5.5 overall band score on the IELTS must be validated by the ILUNO program or the UNO English Placement Exam. Enrollment in ILUNO’s Bridge Program may be required.

SPECIAL NOTE: TOEFL results from other institutions may not be used for direct application to the University.

  1. Waiver request. Naturalized citizens of the United States, refugees, immigrants and non-immigrants may request a waiver of the English proficiency requirement through one of these options.
    1. Graduation from an accredited U.S. high school. Official U.S. high school transcripts must be sent directly to UNO, and show acceptable scores in four units (years) of standard high school English courses and on the English portion of the ACT or SAT. If the waiver is granted, students will then take the UNO English Placement and Proficiency Exam (EPPE).
    2. Completion of an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree from a regionally accredited U.S. post-secondary institution with a 2.5 or higher grade point average. Official U.S. collegiate transcripts must be sent directly to UNO, and include specified collegiate course work completed with a grade of C or better. Additional requirements apply. Please contact Undergraduate or International Admissions for details.
    3. Completion of 64 or more transferable semester hours (or equivalent quarter hours) from a regionally accredited U.S. post-secondary institution with a 2.5 or higher grade point average. Official U.S. collegiate transcripts must be sent directly to UNO, and include specified collegiate course work completed with a grade of C or better. Additional requirements apply. Please contact Undergraduate or International Admissions for details.

After admission to the University, undergraduate students must take the UNO English Placement and Proficiency Exam (EPPE) before they are allowed to enroll in English courses. They must enroll in that course or sequence of courses indicated by their placement exam. Enrollment in the ILUNO Bridge Program may be required for any student whose English language ability is below acceptable standards based on the EPPE results.

Conditional Admission

Students who do not have qualifying English proficiency scores are encouraged to apply to UNO’s intensive English program, ILUNO. If academically eligible, ILUNO students will receive part-time or full-time admission to the first available term based on their English proficiency scores and/or successful completion of ILUNO – Advantage Track.

b Excludes programs in the College of Agriculture, the College of Architecture, the College of Education, the College of Education and Human Sciences, and the Department of English.

ILUNO’s Bridge Programc

The Bridge Program allows ILUNO students to take one to three undergraduate courses based on their TOEFL scores. These classes must be approved by their UNO advisor. Eligibility is limited to students with a qualifying TOEFL score.

c Excludes programs in the College of Agriculture, the College of Architecture, the College of Education, the College of Education and Human Sciences, the College of Engineering and the Department of English.