12 Universities for IELTS Score 5.5 [ TOEFL 46 to 59]

Looking for Universities in U.S. that accepted IELTS Score 5.5 and above for U.S.A.? Here is a list of 12 universities that will accept an IELTS score of 5.5 and above.

But, before we look at the watch this short video that explains the following

  • The English proficiency requirements
  • Minimum IELTS (or TOEFL) score Requirements
  • Options for Low IELTS Scores
  • Apply for Universities or ReTake the Test?

Universities listed below are a generic list and it may not offer the programs you are looking for, but gives you an idea of what to expect during the admission process.

You can also find the corresponding TOEFL scores (Internet-based, computer- and paper-based tests).

Yesterday, we published the post, 15 Universities for IELTS Score 6.5 and above.

Universities – IELTS Score 5.5

  1. University of Missouri (TOEFL 61)
  2. Ohio University (TOEFL 61) Conditional Admission
  3. North Dakota State University (TOEFL 71/525)
  4. The University of Texas-Pan American (TOEFL 61; Paper 500)
  5. Central Michigan University (Conditional admission – TOEFL iBT 61 to 78; PBT 500 to 549)
  6. The University of Louisiana at Monroe
  7. Southern New Hampshire University (TOEFL iBT 71; PBT 530)
  8. New Mexico State University (197 CBT; 71 iBT; 530 PBT)
  9. Kent State University (TOEFL score 525, 197, or 71; MELAB – 77 or IELTS score of 5.5)
  10. Murray State University
  11. Washington State University
  12. Oklahoma City University

TOEFL to IELTS Score Conversion Table

toefl to ielts score table


As you can see in the first part of the above TOEFL to IELTS table, your score range is 46 to 59 in TOEFL.

  • Decide if you want to retake the test or apply for Bridge program in better universities.

If you decide to retake the IELTS test, then make sure you are really putting in the required effort to improve your English Language skills.

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  1. Muhammad Hamid

    Moreover, I am looking forward to take admission in MS comp. science

    Waiting for your prompt response.

  2. Muhammad Hamid

    I got overall band 6.5 but got stuck in writing, kindly suggest me universities where I can apply with this score.


    L: 7.5
    S: 6
    R: 6


    Pls i got ielts band of 5.5 , and will like to apply for admission this year pls help me. Thank u very much .

  4. Islombek

    Hi,dear sir.I got 5.5 in the IELTS test,I want to study (business&management) in the U.S.A.Please,could u give me your advises.


    My IELTS result 5 bands
    READING :5
    READING :5
    i want to study MS in computer science can u give any sugessitions

  6. raju lama

    i got 5.5 on averall

    reading 5.5
    listening 5.5

    writing 5.5
    speaking 6
    what should i do please I’m in trouble

  7. Arsalan

    I got 5.5 bands in all & now want to continue my studies Either in USA, Canada , Australia or Austria please guide me any uni

  8. Suman Poudel

    I have Ielts score of overall band 5.5

    Is there any chance if getting visa to study Bachelor in USA?
    please suggest me the probability and possible university if there any

      1. Pirashanthy Vijayakanth

        My IELTS score overall – 5.5

        S – 5.5
        R – 5.0
        L – 5.0
        W – 5.5
        i would like to study Business Management (Bachelor Degree) in USA…can you suggest any universities please…..


  9. Nav dhillon

    i got 5 .5 Bands
    i have done my 12th with medical recently which country can i apply

  10. mohammed mazhar

    sir i am mohammed mazhar i got 5.0 in ielts ,so kindly suggest some college for mba in usa my num 8801651750

  11. mohammed mazhar

    gud afternoon sir i am mohammed mazhar i got ielts score 5.0,i would like to study in your college

  12. siva sankar k

    Hi sir ,
    sir i am siva sankar i got ielts 5.0 but i want to study for mba in u.s.
    so which university accepting my admission

  13. varun

    i got ielts 5.5
    Listening: 5.0
    Reading: 5.0
    Writing: 5.0
    Speaking: 6.0
    Overall: 5.5
    i want to study MS in computer science can u give any sugessitions

  14. jmal

    I completed BS mechanical engineering in2014 with gpa 2.65 and i got 5.5 band in ielts.Now, i m seeking admission in germany and austrailia..kindly tell me is it possible to get admission in MS.

  15. pavan

    I hav 5.5 in ielts I like to do Ms in USA suges me sme universities.. For civil programs or cs

  16. David

    Hi!!!I’m David. I have done my IELTS test with the band of 5. Could you please tell me that I am eligible to apply in the university of U.S for education? I really need your help. I will be very thankful to you. Thanks again!

  17. sumanth

    i got 5 in ielts….im intrested to study ms in usa,,is it possible?
    give me your sugessitions

  18. kuldeep kaur

    i got 5.5 band in ielts…n i wanna study in US…in aerospace engg…is dere any chance to get admission in US..

  19. mahfuj

    hello sir
    i got 5.5 on ielts .can i eligible to study in australia or usa for bachelor programs?
    if possile plz informed me

  20. arjun

    guys this is arjun i got 5.5 ielts..!! can i get a admissio from wshington stat university

  21. Sindhu Nulu

    i got 5.5 average band,is there any best universities in australia and us with that score sir.listening-6,reading-6,writing-5.5,speaking-4.5

    1. SATWIK

      brother u improve ur speaking and re-take exam. bcz there is not university with 5.5 if it lucky u get any unversity then u have face lot of problems and im sure 99% u doesnt get VISA.. so exprecisely said. remind my words

  22. brami

    hi,with score of 66 in toefl .could i get visa for us(university of missouri)..

  23. jobandeep singh

    i got 6 band in Ielts so i want to go us for further study where should i go to apply for visa nd i also want to know which college or university are accept Ielts 6.0 band plzzz give me answer

  24. juraev Alisher

    hi,sir i really want to study in USA because it is my was my dream so it is time to fulfill my notion. i have 6 score IELTS but i want to say that money is problem to pay my contract for this risult i need a scholarship. can you give me any advise?

  25. Moznu

    Dear sir,
    I am from Bangladesh
    My ielts score 5.5

    I want to go to Australia for BBA programe .what can i do now.And is that is possible to go?

  26. Sultan

    I would like to ask you that I got 4 in iltes exam so do you know any school can except me

    feel free to ask question

  27. shahin

    Dear sir,
    I am a international student my IELTS score 5.5 have any university they accept me for MBA

    1. Mohammad.R.Farhooi

      I am Mow, from Iran. I have 5.5 score and I have graduated in Electrical Engineering
      How can I come to the America and continue my education ? I want to apply for master program

  28. Naflaa

    I got 5 score in ielts can I get unconditional admission in any university for master

  29. sashi

    i m frm nepal but i m living in dubai , can u please helpme ..is it posible that i can apply USA ,ielts score is 5.5 … .. for bachelor degre .do reply me soon..

  30. Daniel

    Dear sirs
    I am applying to ask for admission to you program . I am Ethiopian with IELTS score 5.5 and looking for my bachelor  degree   

                     Tel +251911150230

  31. harkomal singh

    sir i got 5.5 band so i want to go to australia.plz reply me as soon as possible….

  32. rasty

    hi,i got 6 in ielts.but not individually.so in australia is there any chance to study in any university for undergraduation?

  33. nitinkamboj

    hi, i`m nitin i am doing ielts . i want to go usa. so plz tell me how many band required for usa.

  34. niranjan

    hi my name is niranjan, i finished my bsc nursing and i have 1 year experience. I got ielts score 5.5 in each band. Is there any job oppourtunity to work in uk please inform me

  35. pooa

    hi , i am pooja from India . i have 5 band in ielts exam. please tell me any university in canana or australia . please reply me soon. thank you.

  36. Sasi Reka

    I have completed MSc Medical Microbiology in India. I would like to work in Canada. Is IELTS is required? if so wheather academic or general?

  37. vinod

    hi,i am vinod 4m india,i scored 5.5 band in ielts,i cumpltd electronics communication enginnering,tell me that which universites are accept 5.5 score in us

  38. smika

    i got over all band score 5.5 in IELTS and have completed my bachelors degree and planning to study abroad for master level in Australia as dependent student so please provide me some guide line and suggestion about which city to apply in australia thanking you

  39. ali

    i am from pakistan and recently i,ve completed my bachelor degree in computer science.
    i got 6 band in IELTS test.i am seeking admission in ms in USA.is there any chances.
    i need some suggestion.

  40. Siddheshwar

    Hi I completed diploma in pharmacy and bachelor in pharmacy and I have four years of pharmaceutical experience but I have IELTS 5.5 BAND SO which college give me opportunity to study in cannada and which course

  41. Rohnit

    Hi, I am Rohnit and I did Master in computers Application (MCA). I got 6 bands overall Reading 5 Listening 5.5 Writing 6.5 and Speaking 6. I want to apply Canada for post graduate diploma or masters. Just want to know that 6 bands are sufficient to apply Canada or not?

  42. Asif

    I want to get admission in any Canada College / University with a IELTS band score 5.5 (Not less than 5.0 in each band)

    Which college / university is suitable for me….



    hi sir, i passed btech in 2012 with IT background n secured 65% with 1 backlog.
    n sir i scored 5.5 in ielts overall i.e..,lis-5.5, reading-5.5, writing-5.5, n speaking-5.5. pls give me som some inf abt univs in canada which will get admission to my profile and if once i get admission den is there any problem at the time of visa because of low ielts score pls provide some inf urjently

  44. ambika

    hi i m ambika . I have got 6.0 in IELTS . I m in nursing profession an having a six years of working experience. and i passed bachlor in nursing, plz suggest me which university is good for study master in nursing and wat is the process to apply?

  45. smile khan

    I Am Ismail khan,Scored 5.5 bands in ielts help me with the universities interested i need the list help me out

  46. Zee


    I got 5.5 on IELTS , is it possible to study Finance in Canada?


    1. Akif

      Hi.my name is Akif.I am from Azerbaijan.I have got 6.0 point from IELTS.Please,can you say me which Universities accept with this score?

  47. sabina sharma

    i passed my intermediate level 3 years ago,now im doing job and i do the ielts and get 5.5,i want to join bachlor level in austrilia,which austrilian universities accept me ? reply me soon

  48. Raheel

    Hi Sir,
    My name is Raheel and I am from Pakistan and i have got 5.5 in IELTS exam . could you please guide me in which universities i can apply. It can be in any country (CANADA, UK, Australia, US).


  49. Kemo

    hello people,,

    I’m trying to find an academic university admission as an undergraduate student in a unique, cool, good people, awesome place in the US. I’ve got 5.5 IELTS score, and people always are saying that i’m good looking! However, i’m on a quest finding the best choice, and will appreciate any help.

  50. SHAHID

    hi this is shahid .i have done my ielts test with the band of 5. sir could you tell me .am i eligible to apply in the university of U.S for education? i really need your help .i will be very thankfull to you

  51. alina chauguthi

    hi,i got 5.5 score IELTS and i want to stydy in Australia so is it possibile

  52. Asif

    I got 5.0 in IELTS.i want to study in EEE as a transfer student in US.can i study with my IELTS score

  53. akram

    I have got overall band score in IELTS 5.5 and I want to study biotechnology or nanotechnology in Australia is it possible? you may suggest some universities or colleges emmediatly

  54. hum nath kharel

    dear sir/madam
    i have got 5.5 score in ielts and i want to study master in managemement in berlin it is possible for me or not

  55. Praveen

    hi this is praveen and l got 5.5 band in ielts and 276/340 in gre i am eligible for u.s edu

  56. Divya

    hi sir iam divya i have persued b.tech EEE with 78.9% and scored 5.5 in ielts. am i eligible to get admission in university for m.s

    1. Anonymous

      Hi Divya,If you secured 78 % in B Tech then it’s not even hard for you to score bands 7 in IELTS.Take IELTS again and I am sure you will get good bands….

  57. sameera

    I have an ielts score 6.0 and can you suggest me some universities plz………………..

    1. A D M Shafiqul Islam

      Hei! I’m from Bangladesh. Here I’m studying HSC at a madrasah. My question is,will I be ale to apply at undergraduation level of USA universities with my madrasah certificate? Which certificate I will get that is equivalent to college certificate of Bangladesh. If I can apply then with only a band score 6 in IELTS exam and sponsorship will I be accepted by USA universities? I want study BBA or Economics at undergraduate level. Please answer my questions.

  58. sameera

    hi i have got ielts band 6.0, so can you suggest me some universities plz…………………………………………………………………………………………….

  59. manish mahat

    i got 5.5 band score in ielts 5.5 in listining 5 in reading n speaking n 6 in writting i have 6year gap in education in+2 i got 54 percent can i apply for austrailia for bachelor degree or not sooner

  60. pooja sharma

    i got 6 band in ielts can i take admission in Auckland college under Auckland university for pg diploma in hr.send me list of colleges where i can apply

  61. ADIL

    I have scored 5.5 band i have completed Diploma In Pharmacy and i wish to apply for canada is it possible and if yes for which course

  62. haniya khan

    hi…i got 4.5 in IELTS exam…its difficult to me because i have done FSC in CS,my age is 19 years,i want to study in Australia in business field.can its possible that with 4.5 grades,i got admission in Australia???please help me,i am very disappoint from my future,its my dream otherwise my dream will scattered and i cant do any thing in life,please help me,can it possible by some source that i got admission with 4.5???

  63. md javeed ahmed

    hi! i got 5.5 bands overall in ielts over my strugle lots, i did bacheolar of compter application with aggrigate 63.44, and i have no back log. incontrast to, i want to do master of computer science in meelbourne as early as possible. as a result, please reply me some university accepts it mentioned above. thank you.

  64. sandeep

    sir,i got Ielts 6.0 want to do mba in U.S.A. can u tell me the list of universities and who doesn’t require GMAT and gre


    Hi, this is Ardavan ,i want you to help me to fined a University that takes students with IELTS score 5.5 a Academic for continueing Education in Master in Field of Sport and relations.
    Because i have Bachelor in Physical Education and Sport Science
    also i am the Instructor of Karate and the champion of Karate for 11 years in my country and because of this i am so eager to continue this Field
    thanks alot
    Ardavan Bokhtoortash

  66. ganesh

    hi ,

    i got 5.5 in ielts could you please help me in finding the college to get admission in post graduate courses in canada and australia.

  67. faheem

    i think it’s quite difficult to study in Australia WITH BAND 5.5 but its not impossible you need to search such universities which requires 5.5 band i have already seed many universities that requires minimum 6 bands in ielts.

  68. Sonam kocher


    I am searching for universties in nz for master in Business Administration or in Computer Application. I have a 5.5 Scores in IELTS. I want to go with my spouse, can this score help me.

  69. Asad Shaikh

    I am asad shaikh please tell me that is there any university in dallas texas who accept IELTS test because i want to do bachelor’s in business administration i need to have all the broechurs containing details about the course..


  70. HADI

    I am searching for a university in US or UK to study a master of public health (MPH) full time or part time, I have IELTS SCORE OF 5.5.Can you help me to get this university?

  71. Lakhybilling

    I ‘ve ielts5.5 scores. can I apply for canada.if I then in which collage or univercity

  72. kanna

    Hai to All,

    Is Southern New Hampshire University [SNHU] is Good university or else Black Listed University in USA for F1 Visa.pls let me know.

  73. boloro

    hello , this is Boloro . I have ITP toefl score . Is the same as PBT toefl ?
    pls , list me JAPANESE universities that accept ITP OR PBT toefl score . I interested in landscape design faculty .

  74. Rohan

    Im cmpletd my enginering wth 65% bt i hav 18 bck logs. I wna pursue my m.s in germany. Am i elgble..d nly drawbk is my bck logs..does dt afct my chances of m.s n germany? Do i get gud univrsty if i 6.5 in ielts? Plz sugest me

  75. esraa

    hi there..
    i’m international students , i want to study master in Special Education. i’m looking for an admission in the USA universities which don’t require GRE, and requires 5.5 minimum for the IELTS test ..
    thank you

  76. mandeep singh

    i got 5.5 band in ielts. now i want to do b.tech in canada. plz tll me abt visa procedure.

  77. praveen

    how much ielts band required to get seat in usa universites for doing mba ?

  78. sena

    please i have not written ielts nor toefl but i want to find out whether i will be able to get an invitation and visa to come and write the English proficiency examination in any of the above listed schools and how?my name is Sena and i'm from Ghana and have completed secondary level education.thank you

  79. Rajni Guru

    Hi, this is Rajni Guru. I have done my graduation in (B.A)
    and i want to do MBA in HR form USA. I have got 5.5 bands in ielts
    exam. Can i apply for this course. Plz suggest me.

    1. faheem

      For MBA program overall requirement is 6.5 bands and universities are accepting minimum grade for masters is 6.0 band.But don’t be disappoint nothing is impossible.you should try your best.

  80. Kaled

    I have an ielts score 5.5 and I need to get admission in any university in USA my major is geology and I need to get admission as soon as I can,,,,

    is there any help…… Thanks a lot..

  81. priya

    list me some universities in states for MHA program where scholarships are given.My toefl score is 87 and gre score is 1090.Scholarship is my main concern.Please help me with this.Thanks.

  82. Nwankpa Christopher

    Please i need the list of Universities in Philadelphia that accepts ielts band score 5.5.



    I want to know about the universities requires only IELTS for Phd program…

  84. mohammad abdul kalee

    hello sir, i have completed graduation in commerce and i want to study mba from united states of america ,can u list of the universities which does'nt require any kind of exam(for example :-Gmat,ielts) and hw can i convience vfs officer in embassy

  85. dilip ghimire

    i have one question to u?i wan a apply for jan 2011 session i have got 5.5 in ielts and in +2 i have got 3.50(71.58) GPA.and my sat exam was on 6 nov.can i sent my sat result after i get admission for scholarship.could i get admission without sat result.plz tell me fast.i ma going to apply for I-20

  86. ambika

    hi its me ambika

    i have score 5.5 in IELTS and i am working as a intermediate nursing tutor since 2007.i have a bachelor degree of hospital nursing and also have a 2 years of clinical nursing experience.so,my query is that could i get an admission for bachelor or post-graduation course?

  87. mukarram

    hello..by not writing GRE can i give a perfect reason to the visa officer…im a computer science student im writing only Ielts..to get admission in washington state uni…

    by the way my friend gat a visa he didnt write gre too…

  88. prakash

    hey i m prakash from india…i had done mah ielts…with 5.5 bands i just want to kno d names of dos university which gives me admission easily on these bands..location of universities is dallas texas

  89. Manish

    hey thanx HSb for listing these universities..my toefl score is 77

    Reading 16 List 16 Speaking 20 writing 25

    can i get admission in these Unis for MBA??

    Plz reply..

  90. Nitish


    I am Nitish from India. I have done my B.Tech in Electronics & Communication Engg. I want to know about the Masters degree which i can pursue in US and what is the eligibilty for that.

  91. jessica


    This Jessica from India, I have done a masters in Biotechnology. I was woking as a lecturer for two years. I wish to do a graduate studies in the US. I am interested in studying Microbiology and Immunology or Molecular and cellular Biology. I dont want to take up GRE. I have already taken up IELTS and scored 6.5, but its not valid now. Please help me to choose a university that Do not require GRE. I am ready to take up Toefel and IELTS.

    Thank You.

  92. ganiyu abayomi taohe

    i am international student and i would like to study in usa,i have ielts5.5 .i want to read any business related cources,acountancy,or international relations,io reaaly need your help

  93. Arashad

    Hi, sir i am from oman and i have completed my intermediate from pakistan, now i want to get admission in the united state in the field of petroleum and gas supportin scholarship funding. please kindly suggest me how can i see mw this dream exactly right. thanx.

  94. Precious james

    i wrote toefl pbt and scored 455 and i want to start as a freshman for bachelors degree,can this score help me

  95. Mohammad

    Hi there,
    I’m international student and I’ve got scholarship from my government . Also I’ve got 5.5 in the IETLS exam. I want to study master in Microbiology or Microbiology & Immunology or Molecular Microbiology but WITHOUT GRE or GMAT. I’ve an experience work for four years as a laboratory technician in the Ministry of Health. My major is bachelor degree in Microbiology and I’ve some certificate relative with Microbiology. In addition, my wife also has scholarship and she want to study like me and her has is bachelor degree in Biology.

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