|EXAM||UG FULL ADMISSION REQUIREMENT WITHOUT RESTRICTIONS*||UG FULL ADMISSION WITH RESTRICTIONS**|
|TOEFL (iBT)||Composite score of at least 79, with a minimum of 14 in reading||Composite score of at least 61|
|TOEFL (PBT)||Composite score of at least 550, with a minimum of 48 in reading||Composite score of at least 500|
|IELTS||Composite score of at least 6.5, with a minimum of a 5.5 in Reading and 5 in Writing||Composite score of at least 5.5, with a minimum of 5 in Reading and Writing|
Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score of 480 or higher; or
25 or higher on Writing and Language Test; and 26 or higher on Reading Test
|Pearson PTE||Composit score of at least 55||Composite score of at least 44, with a minimum of 42 in Reading|
Students who do not meet this standard may be considered for conditional admission to a degree program, but will first need to attend the American English Language Program at NKU until this requirement has been met.
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) implemented readiness standards for all students entering Kentucky public colleges and universities in 2009. If your standardized test scores fall below the CPE college readiness standards you will be required to take a College Placement Test to determine proper placement in English, math, and/or reading prior to orientation.
CPE Placement Standards
ACT: English 18, Math 19, Reading 20
SAT (Prior to 3/2016): Writing 430, Math 460, Reading 470
SAT (After 3/2016): Writing and Language 25, Math 25, Reading 26
If your scores fall below the above mentioned, you must take a College Placement Test(s) in each of the areas in which you are deficient. You will NOT be able to register for classes until your College Placement Test(s) have been taken. The College Placement Test is only available to admitted students. You may choose to take the opportunity to re-take the SAT or ACT test to raise your subject scores.
Admission to NKU does not guarantee acceptance to all academic programs. The following academic programs have requirements above those listed for regular admission:
Additionally, music requires an audition. If you are interested in studying music, please email SOTA@nku.edu for more information.