All international students from non-English speaking countries must take and pass the TOFEL before being approved for admission to Mississippi Valley State University. However, a waiver can be granted if any of the following conditions are met:

The prospective student must have taken and passed at least two years of English in his or her country of residence; or,

The prospective student must have a telephone interview with a representative of the MVSU English Department, Admissions Office as well as a representative of the MVSU International Program so that those representatives can assess the student's level of proficiency in speaking the English language. If all those representatives conclude that the prospective student is proficient at speaking English, then the student can be admitted to the university but must take the TOFEL promptly after arrival on campus.