Effective Spring 2021 - Domestic students are no longer required to meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement. Domestic students admitted prior to Spring 2021 are still required to meet the English Language Proficiency requirement.
International applicants for whom English is a non-native language must provide proof of English language proficiency. Applicants can fulfill the English language proficiency requirement in one of four ways listed below. Note for international applicants: This requirement must be met one quarter prior to matriculation. For example, if an applicant is admitted to autumn quarter, proof of English language proficiency must be received by the university by July.
1. Submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores at or above the following minimum scores
3. Transfer students can fulfill the English proficiency requirement based on classes if ALL of the following apply:
Enter as a transfer student at UW Tacoma with at least 30 transferable college-level credits from another accredited U.S. higher education institution; AND
Earn a 2.75 or higher overall grade point average in transfer coursework (GPA); AND
Complete two college-level English composition classes with a GPA of 3.0 or higher in each course.
4. Submit Duolingo English Test Scores
Achieved a minimum score of 105
It is encouraged that students consider the IELTS or option 3 listed above
International students whose primary and secondary education took place in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States are exempt from this requirement. Students who were born in one of these countries but were educated elsewhere are still required to satisfy the English proficiency requirement.
The university reserves the right to request TOEFL or IELTS scores in cases where the admissions office determines that more information regarding an applicant’s English language proficiency is needed.
These are pre-major requirements and academic departments may have additional requirements. Applicants are strongly encouraged to review the admissions requirements for theirchosen major.
Milgard School of Business applicants:
Undergraduate transfer applicants to the Milgard School of Businessare required to submit at least one test score to apply to the business major:
Combination of English composition course prerequisite and the Personal Statement
The TOEFL or IELTS test results can be submitted to the Office of Admission with the general application, and the Milgard School will be able to review the results when they consider an application to the major.