Conditional Admission

For Graduate and Undergraduate Wayne State University Applicants

For most degree programs at Wayne State University, students who do not have the minimum level of English language proficiency but meet all other admissions requirements are eligible for conditional admission.

To be considered for conditional admission, students submit their application materials to the English Language Institute (ELI), who will work with departments on campus to determine whether or not applicants meet all other requirements. If so, students may then enroll in English classes at the ELI and once they complete all the courses at the highest level of the ELI (or achieve English proficiency of either 550 TOEFL ITP, 79 TOEFL iBT, 6.5 IELTS, or 85 MELAB), they can pursue their admission to their intended degree programs.

International students interested in an admission to a degree program at Wayne State after they complete their English studies in the English Language Institute should do the following:

  1. Submit an application for admission directly to the University. Undergraduate applicants should click on the "university application" link and graduate applicants should click on the "graduate admissions application" link.
  2. Submit an Application for Conditional Admission.
  3. Submit a Statement of Financial Support if you are applying for a student (F-1) visa. Be prepared to upload the following:
    • If a government, agency, or organization is providing funding to the applicant for studies in the United States, a verification letter from the government, agency, or organization of this sponsorship.
    • If personal/family funds are to be used, a bank statement to cover at least one year of expenses in the United States.
  4. A $50 testing fee, payable by check or money order, is due upon arrival at the ELI.

Contact Dr. Bruce Morgan, ELI Director, if you have any questions: or 313-577-8072.

Students meeting the requirements for conditional admission will receive an ELI I-20, an official ELI admission letter and an official letter of acceptance from the university in an academic program for the following year. These should all be presented at the student's visa interview.

NOTE: Students will study full time in the ELI program until they meet the Wayne State University English proficiency requirement. The ELI I-20 will be changed into a University I-20 after the student meets the English language proficiency requirements for full-time admission.

The ELI offers comprehensive and innovative language programs at five levels of proficiency, using an integrated curriculum of listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading, writing, and grammar. Students who pass all Level 5 classes at the ELI will meet the general English language proficiency requirement for admission to both undergraduate and graduate programs at Wayne State University.