English Proficiency Requirements

All students applying to UCCS whose native language is not English must demonstrate their English language proficiency through one of the following three means before they are able to enroll in classes at the university:


English Language Proficiency Requirements
  • TOEFL:  Students must receive a minimum score of 80 on the iBT or 550 on the paper-based exam within the past two years.  (UCCS code: 4874)
  • IELTS:  Students must receive a minimum score of 6.0 within the past two years.
  • ACT/Compass Exam:  UCCS Intensive English Program students must receive a minimum score of 270.

Students are exempt from submitting one of the above test scores if they meet any of the following conditions:


English Language Proficiency Exemptions

  • Completion of English Composition I and II at a regionally-accredited post-secondary U.S. institution with a 'C' grade or better.
  • AP: Completion of both English Language & Composition and English Literature & Composition with a score of 4 or better.
  • IB: Completion of English A-1 HL with a score between 6 and 7.
  • SAT verbal score or 430 or better. (UCCS code: 4874)
  • ACT English sub-score of 18 or better. (UCCS code: 0535)
  • Citizen of a country whose first/official language and the language of instruction are English and has completed all secondary or post-secondary schooling in that country.

If you are interested in more information regarding the Intensive English Program, please visit our English Language Center website. Sponsors and administrators of students are encouraged to contact Ms. Mary Hanson at mhanson3@uccs.edu or 1-719/255-3218.