Admission of Students for Whom English is a Second Language (ESL)

Students applying to the College of Mount Saint Vincent’s academic programs must include in their application proof of a sufficient mastery of English, both oral and written, at a level appropriate for academic studies at a U.S. college or university.

This requirement may be met by providing the College of Mount Saint Vincent with an official score on the TOEFL exam, IELTS exam, or SAT exam.  Unless otherwise specified in the degree program of your choice, the minimum acceptable score on the IELTS is 6.0 and TOEFL is 550.

Applicants whose scores are below these minimum requirements, but otherwise fulfill all of the other requirements for admission, may be granted “conditional admission” into a program of undergraduate studies at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. Students who have been granted conditional admission must successfully complete a program of English Language training before enrolling in academic coursework. This English Language Training (ESL) program is offered on the Riverdale campus through the College’s partner, the ELS Language Centers. A student’s language skills are assessed on entry to the program and the student is placed in the appropriate level of English Language study. The length of time required for reaching a satisfactory level of competency varies with each student, and the level on which the student was placed after assessment.

Students enrolled in an English language training program will reside on campus, attend language training classes full-time, and are provided with full room and board. ESL training is structured as a series of intensive one-month modules and are offered year-round.

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