Admissions and Standards Committee

Motion to Increase TOEFL Scores

Effective Summer 2001, the TOEFL score required for undergraduate admission shall be 550/213.

We currently require a score of 525/200. The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia has asked its member institutions to re-examine TOEFL admission scores. The proposed increase means that the percentile rank would move to between the 57th and 69th percentile from between the 45th and 57th percentile.

This increase is consistent with the University's stated goal of increasing admission standards in line with the Board of Regents new standards for research universities. The increase is also consistent with prior and current efforts undertaken by Georgia State University to increase admission standards and to become more selective in admissions. In addition, international students will face an increase in admission standards at a time when standards increase for non-international students. Initially we may experience a decrease in admissions based on data provided by the Admissions Office. Of the 164 students admitted recently with at least a 525 score, 22% would not be admitted if the minimum were raised to 550. However, the Committee believes that by becoming more selective, Georgia State becomes more competitive and will attract a higher quality of student in the end.

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