Undergraduate students who score above 70 on the Stout ESL Battery may be eligible for admission to the UW-Stout if they meet all of the Stout admission criteria and have submitted all of the necessary application materials. Students who are conditionally accepted into a degree program, and who score above 70 on the Stout ESL battery, above 70 on the TOEFL iBT, or above 6.0 on the IELTS — before the first day of class — will have the ESL requirement waived. English course placement would be based on the English Department placement policy for international students.
Undergraduate students who score below 70 on the Stout ESL Battery (or who previously scored below 61 on the TOEFL iBT or below 5.5 on the IELTS), as well as non-degree seeking ESL students, will enter the ESL Institute. Students may challenge their placement into the ESL Institute by submitting an official TOEFL iBT score of 61 or an IELTS score of 5.5 to the Undergraduate Admissions Office as part of their application process.
However, once a student has started classes at the ESLI, the student must complete that term of study and wait until the beginning of the next term before exiting from the ESLI program.
In addition, while enrolled in ESLI, students must maintain good academic standing or they will not be allowed to begin coursework at Stout, regardless of their TOEFL or IELTS scores.