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

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. Giridhar reddy on November 3, 2017 at 8:54 AM

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

  2. Tsafack Kwifo Sathya Mikhaela on March 21, 2017 at 2:45 PM

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

  3. Neha on January 26, 2017 at 4:30 AM

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

  4. Vivek on December 29, 2016 at 8:02 AM

    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.

  5. Dr Nikhil Patil on December 28, 2016 at 1:38 AM

    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

    • Dr Nikhil Patil on December 28, 2016 at 1:51 AM

      i,m preferring phd , already done master in pharmaceutical medicine

  6. Luis on December 21, 2016 at 10:06 AM

    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 :'(

  7. kalpana on February 8, 2016 at 6:28 AM

    i have got 76 in toefl in 2 attempt, should i re appear?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on February 8, 2016 at 7:34 AM

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

  8. Meena Dave on December 14, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    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 ?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on December 14, 2015 at 3:51 PM

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

  9. Vamsi on December 13, 2015 at 1:00 AM

    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?

    • Raghuram Sukumar on December 18, 2015 at 9:14 AM

      Try retaking GRE. You can get 310 with 2 months prep.

  10. majod on June 16, 2015 at 1:23 AM

    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?

  11. Jagraj Singh on February 27, 2013 at 7:39 AM

    my toefl score is 76 so this conditional admission tag gonna hamper our academic profile during our education at the university ??

  12. Anu on February 27, 2013 at 1:04 AM

    I got 76 in toefl is that ok as i applied for Texas a&m university , of Texas-San Antonio …Wayne state university -Michigan ..Wichita state university -Kansas ..pls suggest me whether I”ll get an admission or not depending on my score n GRE score-293 n academic % is 79

    • HSB Counselor on February 27, 2013 at 1:49 AM

      Hi Anu, Your TOEFL score does not meet the minimum requirement of 79/120. You may get a conditional admission offer but that would need you to retake TOEFL to complete the admission requirement.
      GRE score is fine and academic percentage has been good. You can either plan for a TOEFL retake or can check for IELTS.
      Good day!

  13. Misha on January 23, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    I scored 70/120 for toefl ibt. Am i eligible to apply for undergraduate admission??

    • HSB Counselor on January 24, 2013 at 11:59 AM

      Even the undergraduates need to meet the admission requirement of 79. Check with the Universities you are interested in to apply to. Conditional admission is possible but that would require you to retake the test to meet the admission criteria.

      • Misha on January 25, 2013 at 12:10 AM

        is it possible to retake only the reading and listening section of the test because i score only 15 out of 30 for both the sections or should i retake the whole test.

        • mike on March 15, 2013 at 6:07 PM

          you will have to retake the whole test again!

  14. raghav on November 16, 2012 at 6:12 PM

    my ielts score is 6.0 can I apply for George mason University

  15. arun reddy on November 6, 2012 at 10:27 AM

    hi my toefl score is 40
    gre 268
    btech percentage is 60
    so would be able to get admission.

  16. vedavathi on June 11, 2012 at 2:06 AM


    my toefl IBT score is 74 and I am planing to take up MS in US in electronics and have 70% in my engineering .Please let me know if i could get into good university with this TOEFL score and if I am eligible for scolarships?????????

    Waiting for the reply

  17. jyothi on May 26, 2012 at 7:17 PM

    hi every one , I got 288/340 in GRE and 78 in TOEFL . can i get an admission into FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY ? please ans me as soon as possible i need help

  18. jyothi on May 26, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    Hey Hi,
    I got 288/340 in GRE and 78 in TOEFL ibt can u please let me know whether i can get admission in FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY ? wil b waiting for the reply
    Thank you

  19. jyothi on May 26, 2012 at 5:50 PM

    hey hi,
    i got 288/340 IN GRE and my TOEFL score is 78 will I get admission into FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY ? please do ans my question as soon as possible.
    Thank you.

  20. WD gunawardana on May 18, 2012 at 4:58 PM

    My toefl scores are as follows:
    speech 24
    total score is 77
    which universities can i apply for post graduate degreee in chemistry in north america

    • nimesh on May 28, 2012 at 2:38 AM

      hi My TOEFL score is 77 in gre score is 850 out of 1600 and gmat score is 390 i am looking out for university in USA for MS in master in information system which accept my above score for can you help me out

  21. Sheran malik on May 10, 2012 at 3:53 PM

    Hello my toefl scores r 54 humm nt enough with a gud result in board du u thnk that scores r enough

  22. Juvendi on May 8, 2012 at 9:44 AM

    I took the TOEFL exam 2 weeks ago and I got 75 points. I really would like to study business and administration during one semester in UK or in the USA but most of university requirements are 80 points. Can you help me to find a university where I can apply? Thanks

  23. Elham on April 22, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    my toefl score (PBT) is 513 with twe:4. can I get scholarship for master degree in agricultural biotechnology in USA? please answer me immidiately. I need your help.
    thank you so much.

  24. teja on April 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    Dear sir ,
    im teja i got 285 in GRE and my toefl is 76 , i want to pursue my Masters in US……is there any possibility that i cant get admit in any colleges…?Please suggest me some universities which i can apply……im planin for this FALL 2012……please give me reply soon……
    Thanking you,

  25. G.gouthami on April 4, 2012 at 1:29 PM

    how many univercitys are acepting the onlly toefel score

  26. nisha rajput on March 22, 2012 at 3:56 AM

    I scored 76 marks in TOEFLiBT.Am i eligible to get admission in any U.S.A university?I have done M.A,B.ed.My M.A is in history subject.I am from india.

  27. shweta on December 30, 2011 at 5:27 AM

    My gre score is 292 out of 340 and toefl score is 76 out of 120. Can i get admission for ms in computer science in a good university? please help me.

  28. ayid on December 20, 2011 at 5:09 PM

    i got 70/120 for my Toefl exam and that was my first time taking this exam without any preparation. the problem is, the deadline to sumbit my application and materials for music school was on 1st december. i did mention to the universities where i will submit the score as soon as possible. the minumum score for most of the schools im applying is 86. so i receved quite low score for toefl. so, my question is, how important Toefl for music composition course? is there any possibility for me to get the admission with the score due to the limited time im facing now? what should i do if im not going retake the toefl?

    thank you.

  29. nilima on December 11, 2011 at 1:23 PM

    i got 59 in toefl and 880 in gre. I want to apply in
    pharmaceutical science . please help me how can i get

  30. yugandhar on October 9, 2011 at 2:51 AM

    I scored 76 in TOEFL ibt… and my aggregate is 74 % in B.Tech in the stream of IT. I wrote Gre aswell. So , can u plzzzzz let me know whether i get admission in US universities with my toefl score…… and let me know the universities plzzz…

  31. Tvsmastar on September 4, 2011 at 2:28 AM

    I got toefl score of 71(R-15,l-15,s-20,w-21) and my gre(revised) score is ranged around 1050-1150 and i have 71.20% in my acedamics(engineering). can i get admission in a good university

  32. Chandrashekar Allumkonda on August 26, 2011 at 1:39 PM

    I got 78 Toefl scores…(reading-18,Listening-14,speaking-22,writing-24) and my GRE-1030(quant-750+verbal-250,AWA-2.5) and ACADS-75% in B.Tech ECE.
    So can I apply to universities with 80 TOEFL cutoff

  33. bramara on August 24, 2011 at 4:14 PM

    im teja i got a score of 950 in GRE and 77 in TOEFL . im from a b/pharmacy background.  so can u plz suggest me the universities and courses that i can opt 4?

  34. Saai Kaushiik on August 13, 2011 at 5:19 AM

    My TOEFL score is 82
    Is this score enough for the universities such as NIU, UFL, UMASS dartmouth, UTD

  35. Anas on August 3, 2011 at 7:09 AM

    can u plz send me the list of univesities which gives us admission in MBA only on the basis of TOEFL exam ..

  36. nacer tebainia on August 2, 2011 at 8:22 PM

    I got 48 ibt score .is it acceptable

  37. Vignesh on July 18, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Thanks for sharing this article. I got 89, and wondering how good a score is that. I feel that ADMIT is possible, but no possibility of scholarships 🙁

  38. tej on July 11, 2011 at 3:20 AM

    hiii….my score is 97 in tofel and without gre can i apply for doing masters in us..if so can u name the universities plzzzz

  39. tej on July 10, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    hiii….my score is 97 in tofel and without gre can i apply for doing masters in us..if so can u name the universities plzzzz

  40. sandeep on June 8, 2011 at 2:20 AM

    Dear sir/ma’am

    I am looking for doing master in construction management from Canadian or US university .I got tofel ibt 60 .Could i eligble for getting admission in respective university .

  41. indre on May 24, 2011 at 5:26 AM

    my score is 60 and i want to study in USA, which univeristy can I apply with this score?

  42. morele on May 1, 2011 at 3:07 PM

    i want to know if there are universities which take the toefl score mess than 4.5!thks for given me thier names and emplacemment!

  43. Shrithi Reddy on February 23, 2011 at 4:16 AM

    I have a score of 1140 in gre and 85 in my toefl examinations.I am interested in pursuing my masters in mass media communications in and around chicago or Illinois or pensilvaniya.Please help me out with the list of universities which facilitate the course of my interest according to what i hav scored in both the examinations.

  44. kumar on February 14, 2011 at 7:33 AM

    hi Teja… you can get admit into some college like st mary university at texas… But if you need average college you have give gre and also official reporting is necessary for most of college in texas….

  45. teja m on February 14, 2011 at 6:30 AM

    want shortlist universities in texas state without gre exam….so please kindly give me the details

  46. deewakar on December 4, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    my score is 85 and i want to study in around Virginia area, which univeristy would be appropriate for me please sugest me.
    I havnt tried for any, so which would be apropriate for let me now
    enlist me with few uniersities name

  47. Nanditha on November 26, 2010 at 9:31 PM

    My TOEFL iBT score is 93. It meets the minimum requirements for all the universities I have applied, except Ohio state university. For OSU the grad school requirement is 79 but the program to which am applying needs 100. What should I do? I have already applied with this score.

  48. Maggie on November 23, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    My toefl score is 79, what universities in America can I apply for a MS or PhD?

    • HSB on November 24, 2010 at 3:19 AM

      Yes, you can. Majority of school require 79 and above. YOu are right at that cutoff point.

  49. Varun Kalyan on November 8, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    I have got a TOEFL score of 85(reading-16,listening-17,speaking-27,writing-25),which of the universities do I qualify for with this score.My GRE score is 1020(Quant -670,verbal-350 ).I want to pursue an M.S in Biomedical engineering.My Academics are good.

    I need help.

  50. surgururaja on November 7, 2010 at 9:49 PM

    i got 45 in toefl ibt can i get admission for phd in US universities or any other country with aid.

    • kumar on February 14, 2011 at 7:34 AM

      no dude retake take the exam

      • neda on June 24, 2011 at 9:21 AM

        my toefl score is 520 with twe:4. can I get scholarship for master degree in economics in US or Eruope? please answer me immidiately. I need your help.
        thank you so much.

  51. RANJEET on October 20, 2010 at 8:28 AM

    I got toefl score 54.can I elligiable to get admission in MS into usa. Can this score is sufficient for getting visa in USA .PLZ give me reply….How much Gre SCORE IS REQUIRED FOR GETTING ADMISSION ……..

  52. Ravi Jyoti on October 19, 2010 at 1:01 PM


    My name is Ravi.My gre score is 1130 and Toefl score is 83. Can you suggest me few good university where I can apply.

  53. Shilpa on August 31, 2010 at 11:52 AM

    My toefl score is 76. do i get admission in University of texas at dallas (requirement is 80)

    does it make any effect on my admission.

    please let me know.


    • gigo on September 29, 2010 at 7:34 AM

      Hello shilpa.

      my name is gigo.i just got my toefl score.igot 74 .i need to know whther u got admission or not.or i have to rewrite.plz reply me .

    • yugandhar on October 9, 2011 at 2:46 AM

      hey silpa.. i too got the same score…… i need to know whether u got admission or not…… plz rply

  54. kumar on July 28, 2010 at 1:37 AM


    I took toefl exam on july 10 2010. Did any one received toefl score ….

    • Sahana on June 18, 2011 at 12:22 PM

      it takes 2 to 3 weeks sometimes fr the results to b announced so dnt worry. all the best fr the outcome

  55. sanket on July 10, 2010 at 2:01 AM

    hey guys…

    Ma TOEFL score is 67.Can i get an admission to a decent uni for MS in USA if m havin GRE score above 1050?Pls do rply guys. m a bit confused.

  56. Karan on January 10, 2010 at 3:34 AM

    hey , poeple i have got toefl score that is less than the conditional requirement of university of maryland, as i have scored 79 in my toefl but the requirement to get conditional admission is to have minimum score as of 84, and unconditional is 100….. so please tell me would it make any effect on my admission in that university….



  57. gangadhar on December 10, 2009 at 6:05 AM

    I got gre 1020 and toefl score 49.can get admission into usa for doing my mba r ma.plz give me reply….

  58. c.patel on September 16, 2009 at 4:36 AM

    I scored 61 in toefl exam. I am an undergraduate student so would be able to get admission. i scored 980 in GRE so is it possible to get admission in M.S. in pharmaceutical science.

    • sheikh shoaib on January 19, 2011 at 4:04 AM

      hey dear, shoaib here. I am alkso pharmacy gradute like
      you. I also get low toefl score in toefl 67. I want to apply in
      pharmaceutical science like you. please help me how can i get

  59. Harsh on September 11, 2009 at 8:44 PM

    I scored 61 in toefl exam. I am an undergraduate student so would be able to get admission.

  60. Afshan on June 1, 2009 at 5:39 PM

    I got a conditional I20 coz my TOEFL score is 76. Will a conditional I20 be a prob in getting visa???

    • Elham on April 22, 2012 at 4:51 AM

      my toefl score (PBT) is 513 with twe:4. can I get scholarship for master degree in agricultural biotechnology in USA? please answer me immidiately. I need your help.
      thank you so much.

      • neosss on May 11, 2012 at 10:40 AM

        did u get visa……

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