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Updates from Universities

20 April 2020


By Mrs Haesler University Counsellor

On a personal and professional level, we are all adjusting to the impact of the Covid- 19 outbreak on a daily basis. Schools, Universities and Colleges worldwide are moving over to online learning as a basis for educational platforms, at the current time. Admissions policies, as a result, are being adapted and we endeavour to keep you updated regularly with key information appertaining to these changes.

Whilst Year 13 IB examinations have been cancelled, it is not anticipated that this will affect applications to Universities generally. A holistic approach is being adopted to admissions to overcome these difficulties, as outlined by the following examples:

The University of Leeds

"Looking ahead, we are continuing to make preparations to welcome our new students next semester. We are currently considering a number of options, including flexibility with late arrivals, new start dates and some online courses. We hope to be able to give some more specific information soon, but for now, we just want to reassure you we are looking at all the ways we can make your students study with us as smooth as possible given all the challenges we are facing."

Northeastern University (Boston)

"For applicants applying for the 2021-2022 academic year, Northeastern will adopt a test-optional admission policy for all students. Recognizing the challenging situation facing applicants from around the globe, our goal is to allow students the flexibility they need as they complete their junior year and begin to prepare their applications."

University visits 

For students who may be unable to visit university campuses at this time, many universities are offering online tours and information sessions. Students are advised to check the websites of any universities they are interested in for details.

It is important to remember that, as with the University Counselling Office at St. George’s International School, University admissions departments all over the world despite working remotely, are still very much ‘open as usual’. Do not hesitate to make contact with any questions or for advice.

SAT / ACT Standardised Testing

The College Board have announced a number of cancellations to test dates over the coming months. The latest updates for SAT testing opportunities for international test centres can be found here: https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/sat/register/international

In response to this decision, a number of universities have stated that submitting SAT or ACT scores has been made optional for 2021 applications and in some cases for the next three years. These universities include:

  • Babson College
  • Boston University
  • Case Western Reserve University
  • Colgate University
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
  • Santa Clara University
  • Texas Christian University
  • Tufts University
  • Tulane University
  • The University of California
  • Vassar College

Please check individual University websites for updated information.

Updates on offers to our current Year 13 students :

We are excited to announce updates to our extensive range of conditional offers from universities including: King’s College London, University of Sussex, University of Southampton, University of Winchester, University of Reading, University of Dundee, University of Leicester, Goldsmiths University of London, St Mary’s University Twickenham, Queen Mary University of London, University of Kent, University of Manchester, University of Nottingham, University for the Creative Arts, UCL, University of St Andrews, Lancaster University, University of Leeds, University of Birmingham, University of Liverpool, Royal Holloway University of London, University of Exeter, University of Bath, University of York, University of Warwick, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow and Imperial College London.

We are delighted to update the list of decisions that have already been received by our students which include offers from École hôtelière de Lausanne Switzerland, McGill University Canada, Franklin University Switzerland, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Fontys University of Applied Sciences and Keio University Japan, University of Amsterdam, Skidmore College USA, University of Lausanne (UNIL).

A few examples of the excellent range subjects for which offers have been received by our 2020 Cohort from above include:

  • Medicine – University of Glasgow, Imperial College London and University of Lausanne
  • Pharmacy – UCL and University of Nottingham
  • Psychology – Kings College London
  • Business and Economics – University of Edinburgh
  • University of Warwick - Politics, Philosophy and Law (PPL)
  • Physics – University of St Andrews
  • Aeronautics and Astronautics - University of Southampton

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