College Planning Resources
Most British Universities require students to apply using the Universities & Colleges Admissions Service ( UCAS) forms (http://www.ucas.com), which is similar to the CA. The UCAS application is available online, and students can apply to up to 5 universities on UCAS. It is very important to review each individual university application form and deadlines( they are all different). While some schools in the British system ( St.Andrew’s) use a “rolling admission” process, it is recommended that students submit application materials as early as possible. As a general rule, students should apply to British universities by October 15th.
British Universities typically assess students based on their standardized test scores. U.S. applicants should expect to submit the SAT 1 or ACT and up to 5 AP exams (depending on the university), and/or three to four SAT Subject Tests depending on which university and program they are applying to.
APPLYING TO ALL BRITISH UNIVERSITIES, INCLUDING OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE
- By early August before senior year: select a maximum of 5 universities.
- Select a major at each school.
- Visit the webpage on each school’s website for the major to determine:
- Qualifications: how many AP’s, Subject Tests, SAT’s and ACT’s are required? Minimum scores?
- Whether there is a required exam. Examples: LNAT for law, BMAT for medicine, HAT for History. Registration deadlines for these tests may be as early as mid-August or early September.
- Register for any required exams. The latest deadline is October 15.
- Some majors/courses have UCAS deadlines earlier than applications to most of the other courses.
- Check to see if any schools have any written requirements. Some majors/courses require the submission of papers or require a written test if you are offered an interview.
- Teacher letters of recommendations must be submitted with the application.
U.S. QUALIFICATIONS FOR OXFORD AND CAMBRIDGE
Successful candidates would typically have SAT CR and Math test scores of at least 700, and an ACT with a score of least 32 out of 36. Both schools also expect 5’s in three or more AP tests in “appropriate” subjects, and/or SAT Subject Tests in 3 “appropriate” subjects at 700 or better. Additionally, students applying to specific courses/majors may have to take a written exam or submit written work for evaluation.
NOTE: When completing the UCAS, students MUST list ALL AP and ACT/SAT scores
Applying to Oxford:
- Choose the major/course (ox.ac.uk/courses)
- Submit UCAS no later than October 10.
- Which colleges within Oxford offer it? (ox.ac.uk/collegechoice)
- Are there entrance requirements? (Tests or Written Work).
- Register for any required exams. Register early. The latest deadline is Oct. 15.
- Are there written work requirements? (See http://www.ox.ac.uk/admissions/undergraduate_courses/applying_to_oxford/written_work/index.html)
- Late November: if the student is shortlisted, they will be invited to Oxford for an interview which occurs in the first two weeks of December.
- Mid-January: students will be informed whether or not they are offered a place at Oxford and at which college.
Applying to Cambridge:
- Choose the major/course (http://www.study.cam.ac/uk/undergraduate/courses/)
- Choose a college within Cambridge (http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/colleges)
- Apply by October 10 via UCAS. In addition to UCAS, Cambridge requires the Cambridge Online Preliminary Application (COPA) which is found at: http://www.undergraduate.study.cam.ac.uk/applying/copa
- Submit the high school transcript with the application
- Once UCAS and COPA are submitted, two responses will occur:
- An email directing the student to complete the Supplementary Application Questionnaire (SAQ)
- The student will receive a COPA reference number
- Completion and submission of the SAQ (the COPA reference number needs to be included)
- Late November: shortlisted applicants will be invited for interviews, which occur in the first two weeks of December.
- Mid-late January: applicants are informed about admission decisions.