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TOEFL Accepting Universities in USA- Your Guide

Updated on 05 July, 2023

Mrinal Mandal

Mrinal Mandal

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The TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based Test) is the most popular version of the examination. It is designed to evaluate the English language abilities of candidates. Is TOEFL Exam accepted in USA or other countries? It is accepted in 160+ countries, and by 11,500+ leading universities throughout the UK, Canada, Europe, Asia, New Zealand, Australia, and the US. Along with the iBT, there are the PBT (Paper-Based Test) and iBT Home Edition versions too. TOEFL evaluates the four core academic attributes in English, namely listening, reading, writing, and speaking.

TOEFL Accepted Universities in USA

Here is a list of TOEFL accepting universities in USA

Name of the Institution

Applicable Courses/Departments/Programs

Auburn UniversityGraduate Courses
University of AlabamaGraduate Programs, Undergraduate Programs
Northern Arizona UniversityCenter for International Education Exchange Program, Undergraduate Programs
University of ArizonaDepartment of Gender & Women's Studies – Graduate, College of Public Health-Graduate, College of Law, Graduate College, Master of Science in Hydrology, Masters of Public Administration, School of Sociology-Graduate, Undergraduate Programs
University of ArkansasGraduate and Undergraduate Programs
California College of the ArtsGraduate and Undergraduate Programs
California Institute of Technology (Caltech)Undergraduate Programs
California State University (all locations)Undergraduate & Graduate Programs
San Francisco State UniversityUndergraduate & Graduate Programs
San Jose State UniversityGraduate Programs
Santa Clara UniversityGraduate School of Business
Stanford UniversityGraduate and Undergraduate Programs, Graduate School of Business
University of California - BerkeleySchool of Law, Graduate Programs, Undergraduate Programs and Berkeley Global Access
University of California - DavisGraduate School of Management, Graduate Programs and Undergraduate Programs
University of San FranciscoGraduate-College of Arts & Sciences
University of Southern CaliforniaGraduate and Undergraduate Programs
University of DenverUndergraduate Programs
University of Northern ColoradoGraduate and Undergraduate Programs
Yale UniversityGraduate School of Arts and Sciences
University of DelawareGraduate and Undergraduate Programs
Georgetown UniversityGraduate School of Arts & Sciences, McDonough School of Business, Graduate- Data Science and Analytics, School of Continuing Studies, Undergraduate Courses
Florida Institute of TechnologyGraduate and Undergraduate Programs
University of Central FloridaUndergraduate Courses
University of MiamiUndergraduate Courses
Emory UniversityGraduate - School of Business
University of GeorgiaGraduate and Undergraduate Programs
University of North GeorgiaGraduate and Undergraduate Programs
University of West GeorgiaGraduate and Undergraduate Programs
Northwestern UniversityThe Graduate School, Undergraduate Programs, Weinberg School of Arts and Sciences, Department of Economics
University of Illinois - Urbana ChampaignGraduate and Undergraduate Programs
Purdue UniversityGraduate Courses
Kansas State UniversityGraduate School, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, College of Veterinary Medicine
Pittsburg State UniversityUndergraduate Courses
Louisiana State UniversityGraduate and Undergraduate Programs
Johns Hopkins UniversityCarey Business School, School of Education, School of Medicine, Whiting School of Engineering
Harvard Law SchoolGraduate Courses
Harvard UniversityUndergraduate and Graduate Courses
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)Undergraduate Courses
Northeastern UniversityUndergraduate Programs
Tufts UniversityGraduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
University of MichiganUndergraduate Courses
Princeton UniversityGraduate School
Columbia Law SchoolGlobal Business, Executive LL.M. Program
Columbia UniversityUndergraduate Courses
Cornell UniversityUndergraduate Programs
New York UniversityGraduate School of Arts and Sciences, Tisch School of the Arts
Carnegie Mellon UniversityCollege of Science, Department of Chemistry, School of Design, School of Drama
Pittsburg State UniversityUndergraduate Programs
The Pennsylvania State UniversityUndergraduate Programs
University of PennsylvaniaUndergraduate Programs
Brown UniversityUndergraduate Courses
University of Rhode Island Graduate SchoolGraduate School
University of South CarolinaGraduate Courses
Washington State UniversityGraduate Courses
West Virginia UniversityGraduate Programs
University of Wisconsin Law SchoolGraduate Courses, Undergraduate Programs


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Minimum/Maximum Scores Accepted

A score above 100 is favourably perceived by top universities in the US like Cornell University for instance. However, some universities take minimum TOEFL iBT scores of 70 as well, like the University of Idaho, for example. Hence, the minimum could be anywhere around 70-79, while the maximum could be 100 and upwards. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Which universities accept TOEFL in the USA?

There are many universities that accept TOEFL in the USA. Some of the top names include Yale University, the University of Washington, Cornell University, Harvard University, and Stanford University.

How much TOEFL score is required for the USA?

A good TOEFL score for studying in the USA usually hovers between 70-100. However, getting 79-80 is considered sufficient for admissions into good U.S. universities or colleges. However, top colleges require scores in the 90-100 brackets as well.

Does the USA accept the TOEFL test for student visas?

Yes, before you apply for the student visa, you will have to gain acceptance into a course in the US. You will have to demonstrate your proficiency in English with the TOEFL iBT or any equivalent test.

Which is better for the USA IELTS or TOEFL?

The TOEFL is the commonly-accepted English language proficiency test in the US. However, the IELTS is also accepted by most universities here. American universities are more inclined towards TOEFL, while IELTS is more popular in other global regions. However, you can take any of these two tests for determining your proficiency in the English language.

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