Pacific Islands University will admit students of any race, national or ethnic background to any of its programs. An admitted student is granted all of the privileges and services associated with PIU, as well as the responsibilities of belonging to this academic community. Thus, PIU maintains a policy of non-discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or age as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 (approved, Board of Trustees, April 2, 1992).

PIU is eligible to accept foreign students as approved by the US Department of Homeland Security under the F-1 designation.

As a private religious institution, PIU reserves the right to exercise preference on the basis of its biblical beliefs and conduct in all of its employment practices and student admissions.

Application materials can be obtained from the PIU offices listed on the contact page or can be downloaded by clicking here.

Course credit may be given for work completed at an accredited institution where the grade was C or better.

All instruction at PIU is in the English language. If English is not the student’s primary language he or she must take the TOEFL.

A minimum score of 400 on the paper-based test (or equivalent) is required for admission to the Certificate in Basic English program.
A minimum score of 475 on the paper-based test (or equivalent) is required for admission to our undergraduate programs.
A minimum score of 550 (or 79 on the Internet-based test) is required for admission to our graduate programs.

Additional admission requirements can be found on pages 11-17 of the newest PIU catalog. (.pdf) .


Students who do not meet entrance requirements fully (475 on the Institutional TOEFL or its equivalent) at the time of admission, but who demonstrate likelihood of success through their personal references, face-to-face interviews, or other factors (and score a 400 on the Institutional TOEFL or its equivalent) are termed “Remedial” students. Among the most common issues that cause students to be classified as such are the following deficiencies:

    • Low English scores on TOEFL or PIU-administered English evaluations.

All Remedial students are accorded probationary status when admitted and are officially notified of this status through their letter of acceptance. Students with documented weaknesses in English will be tested by PIU upon admission and retested at the conclusion of their first semester of study to seek evidence of appropriate progress as well as at the conclusion of their second semester as a Remedial student (if needed). At the conclusion of the first year of study, the Admissions Committee will evaluate the student’s academic, linguistic, and spiritual progress and make decisions regarding retention, granting regular status, or continuing probationary status. PIU offers formal ESL classes for Remedial students who have deficiencies in English. Remedial I program admits students with a TOEFL score of 400-434 and Remedial II program admits students with a TOEFL score of 435-474 at which point all courses taken will be ESL classes.

The student is removed from Remedial status when he/she receives a score of 475 or above on the Institutional TOEFL, or its equivalent, either after completing the first or second semester.