Test of English as a Foreign Language

  1. Students who have a TOEFL score of 500-525 (173-195 computer) or an iBT score of 70 may be granted admission for degree studies, but must first enroll in an upper-level intensive English program. Only under special circumstances, and with the requirement of additional intensive English language studies, will students be admitted with less than a 500 (173 computer) on the TOEFL or 70 on the iBT.
  2. Students who have a TOEFL score of 525-550 (195-213 computer) or an iBT score of 70-80 may be granted admission and may enroll for a combination of degree studies and certain English language courses, depending on an evaluation by our ESL instructor prior to registration for courses.
  3. Students who have a TOEFL score of 550 (213 computer) or an iBT score of 80 may be granted admission and may be allowed to enroll for degree studies on a full-time basis.

For additional information about recommended intensive English programs, write to the Director of International Admission, Admission Office, CSB/SJU, Collegeville, MN 56321-7155 FAX 320-363-3206 or e-mail: [email protected].


TOEFL-Test of English as a Foreign Language
P.O. Box 6155
Princeton, NJ 08541-6151
Tel: 609-771-7100 (Outside U.S.A. and Canada)
      887-863-3546 (Inside U.S.A., toll-free)
Fax: 609-771-7500
E-mail: toefl@ets/org
WWW: http://www.toefl.org

(TOEFL/TSE services will respond only by letter to examination inquiries. Responses will not be made by fax or telephone.)

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University do not offer a full English as a second language program, but do offer support courses in ESL. International students needing intensive English instruction prior to enrollment are referred to the ELS Language Centers located in the United States.

ELS Language Centers (Santa Monica)
1413 2nd Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Tel: 310- 451-4544
Fax: 310- 451-7795
E-mail: [email protected]
URL: www.els.com

The closest ELS Language Center to CSB/SJU is located in St. Paul, MN, 70 miles south of the campuses. The address is:

ELS Language Center
C/O University of St. Thomas
2115 Summit Avenue, Mail LOR 108
St. Paul, MN 55105-1096
Tel: 651-962-5990
Fax: 651-962-5991
E-mail: [email protected]
URL: www.els.com

Completion of ELS Level 115 will satisfy the colleges' English language requirement for admission. 

The Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT I) or the American College Test (ACT) is generally not required of international students. However, international students are advised to take the SAT or ACT, if possible, for it can often establish admissibility for an applicant when foreign records alone do not.