TOEFL Score 77, Can I Apply for Admission at US Universities?

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International Students applying for college admission at U.S. universities are required to submit their TOEFL scores.

Most American colleges and universities will require the minimum TOEFL score of 79, but what if the score is slightly less than 79?

We have already discussed about the Minimum TOEFL Score for U.S. universities in one of the previous articles; this will be continuation of that article.

There are a couple of things that can happen if the TOEFL score is lower than the required minimum score:

  1. The university admission committee will look at your credentials like academic score, English fluency in Statement of Purpose, score in English course, and GRE Score.
    If they think you have sufficient proficiency in English, you will get an unconditional admission.
  2. If the committee members feel you don’t have the required English speaking and writing skills, you will get a conditional admission.
    Here, you will either have to take one English course, or pass the English exam similar to TOEFL to be provided by the school.

If you happen to get a conditional admission, you can always re-take the TOEFL exam so as to improve your score and get your conditional admission status waived.

Some schools will give the option to take another English test in school as well.

Related: Which is right the acronym for TOEFL? – TEFL, TOEFL, TOFEL, TEOFL?


  1. Hello,
    My toefl score is 74. So, Can I apply for Ph.D in pharmacy in U.S? What are the names of universities which I can apply to?

  2. Sir I have got 75 in TOEFL , 298 in GRE and I have an aggregate of 79 in my BE. Will I get any admission from some university in US for electrical engineering?

  3. Hello ,

    I have 77 in my toefl .Suppose If i get a conditional admission and if i failed in the exam taken by university then ?

    1. Author

      You will go on probation and ask to take the English class again.

    1. Author

      Most good universities require 80+ in TOEFL, but some schools will ask you to get admission with conditional status.

  4. I scored 77 on the TOEFL IBT and it seems that a person to, at least, apply to a Master Program in the States is 80 or 90 according to the program that you want to enter.
    Also, it seems that not all Universities provide “conditional admission” to students who did not get the minimum passing score.
    I guess I will have to take it again :'(

  5. Hi,
    i have score of 284 in gre and 76 score in toefl, having 5 year experience in clinical trial, plus 2 recommeners from usa on faculty persons and publication and phd person reference from india howw is good chance of mine geeting admission to phd in pharmaceutical medicine/ sciences or masters in pharmacology/public health…i,m preferring

  6. Sir i have 292 in my Gre and in TOEFL i scored 76 , i have 65.5 in my b tech .
    Will i get admission in any of the following universities below-

    University of south Florida
    University of Texas, Arlington
    University of Illinois, Chicago
    State university of new York, Buffalo

    Please reply.

  7. I have scored 77 in TOEFL. Can i get admit to the US universities? GRE – 307 and B.E – 82%

  8. I have 78 in my Toefl. Can I apply for a full scholarship??

  9. sir, I got 79 in TOEFL and 293 in GRE and 77.5 percentage in my academics can I get universities for electronics

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