Conditional Admission for International Students

If you have recieved conditional admission, you must provide additional information in order to receive full admission to Syracuse University. 

Please refer to your letter to determine whether your offer of admission is pending proof of English proficiency, proof of financial support, or both, and follow the instructions below.

Once you have met your condition(s), you will be eligible for full admission and we will send your official admission papers and any appropriate immigration documents. We cannot guarantee that space will still be available at the time the conditions are met. Therefore, it is in your best interest to send this material as soon as possible in order to secure a place in your program of admission.

If you were selected to receive a merit scholarship, this award will be included in your conditional admission letter.

Note: This page is not an indication of conditional admission to the University. All students are officially notified by electronic and standard mail.

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Proof of English Proficiency

If you have been conditionally admitted for English proficiency, it was either because:

  • You have not met the minimum composite score requirement for your school or college, or
  • You have met the composite score, but not met the sub score requirements set by Syracuse.

You may fulfill the English Proficiency condition by submitting the appropriate TOEFL/IELTS score or by enrolling in the English Language Institute (E.L.I.)

Please refer to the chart below for the minimum TOEFL and IELTS score requirements for the college to which you were admitted.

CollegePreferred TOEFLPreferred IELTSPreferred Cambridge
College of Arts and Sciences,
College of Visual and Performing Arts (Communication and Rhetorical Studies program)
Preferred TOEFL
Preferred IELTS
Preferred Cambridge
Whitman School of Management,
School of Architecture
Preferred TOEFL
Preferred IELTS
Preferred Cambridge
S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications
Preferred TOEFL
Preferred IELTS
7.0 (7.5 preferred)
Preferred Cambridge
185 (191 preferred)
School of Education,
College of Engineering and Computer Science,
David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics,
School of Information Studies,
College of Visual and Performing Arts (Departments of Art, Design, Drama, and Transmedia, Setnor School of Music)
Preferred TOEFL
Preferred IELTS
Preferred Cambridge
All colleges
Preferred TOEFL
No TOEFL subscore under 20
Preferred IELTS
No IELTS band under 6.0
Preferred Cambridge
No Cambridge sub score under 176

Minimum TOEFL sub scores:

  • Writing: 21
  • Speaking, Reading, and Listening: 20

Minimum IELTS bands:

  • Writing and Speaking: 6.5
  • Reading and Listening: 6.0

TOEFL/IELTS scores must be sent directly from the testing service. Copies of test scores submitted by the student are not acceptable.

English Language Institute

If you received conditional admission to your second or third choice college, you must meet the score requirements of the college to which you are conditionally admitted.

It is possible to meet your English proficiency condition by enrolling in the English Language Institute (E.L.I.). If you choose to fulfill your English proficiency requirement by attending our English Language Institute rather than submitting new TOEFL/IELTS scores, you will be able to pursue your academic degree at Syracuse University upon successfully graduating from Level 4 of the program. If you choose this option, you may not submit new TOEFL/IELTS scores to fulfill the English proficiency requirement. E.L.I. will send you information and an application shortly. Syracuse University reserves the right to make a final determination of your English proficiency and therefore, your eligibility to enter the University on a full-time basis.

Proof of Financial Support

Acceptable proof of financial support includes, for privately sponsored applicants, a signed and dated letter from the bank that includes the U.S. dollar amount of support and certified bank statements, which indicate that the sponsor has sufficient funds to meet your first-year expenses at Syracuse University per the University's current estimate of $76,599 for the 2019-20 academic year. This amount includes all University and living expenses for the full academic year (fall and spring semesters). The certified bank statement need not show the total amount of funds in the account. Rather, it must state that the account has at least $76,599. A statement of income or earnings does not constitute proof of sufficient funds.

You may fax documents to 1+315.443.3423 or scan and email to All financial documents must be written in English or translated in English and valid within one year of the start of the semester. Please include a copy of your passport with the financial documents. Write your name and date of birth on all documents you send. Financial documentation must be dated within one year from the start date of your enrollment.

Review the estimated cost of attendance for international students. The estimated cost of attendance for the 2019-20 academic year will be finalized in March.

Government-Sponsored Applicant

If you are a government-sponsored applicant, you must submit a copy of the award letter from your sponsor. It must specify, in U.S. dollars, the amount per year of study, the duration of the award, and a list of the expenses covered by the award. Photocopies of financial documentation are acceptable. 

Scholarship Recipients

If you received a Syracuse University scholarship or an outside scholarship, the amount needed to demonstrate sufficient funds for the purposes of receiving an I-20 will be the difference between the estimated cost of attendance of $76,599 and the amount of your scholarship(s).

Student Athletes

Student athletes are not exempt from this requirement. Student athletes who receive an athletic scholarship must also provide proof of personal funding to cover all costs above and beyond their athletic scholarship. Please contact the Office of Admissions to obtain the outstanding required amount.