University Ranking and Information

Rough guide to the grade profiles of the 10th percentiles of ‘A’-Level applicants offered places for courses at Singapore Universities during University Admission Exercise.

Local University Courses
Materials Science & Engineering AAA/A AAA/C ABB/C
Business Admin AAB/B AAA/C AAA/B
Bioengineering ABB/A AAB/C ABB/B
Engineering Science BBB/A AAB/C ABB/C
Engineering BBB/A ABB/B BBC/B
Mechanical Engineering BBB/A ABB/B BBB/C
Arts & Social Sciences BBC/C ABB/C ABB/B

US Universities Ranking

Popular Top Universities
Name US News Rank THE1 Rank Early Admission Scheme2 Regular Admission Deadline SAT 25% 3 SAT 75% 4
Harvard University 1 1 EA 1-Jan 2100 2390
Princeton University 2 5 REA 1-Jan 2100 2370
Yale University 3 10 REA 31-Dec 2120 2390
Columbia University 4 18 ED 1-Jan 2080 2350
Stanford University 5 4 REA 1-Jan 2010 2300
Uni. of Pennsylvania 5 19 ED 1-Jan 2030 2300
CalTech 7 2 EA 3-Jan 2140 2340
MIT 7 3 EA 1-Jan 2110 2350
Dartmouth College 9 99 ED 1-Jan 2050 2360
Duke University 9 24 ED 2-Jan 2020 2290
University of Chicago 9 12 EA 2-Jan 2090 2330
  1. THE = Times Higher Education Supplement (UK). (NUS is ranked #34, NTU #174, Oxford and Cambridge joint #6)
  2. EA=Early Action (Non-binding), unlimited number | REA=Restricted Early Action (Non-binding), limited to one | ED=Early Decision (binding), limited to one | All deadlines are 1 Nov except Washington University in St. Louis (15 Nov)
  3. 25% of admitted students obtained SAT scores equal to or lower than this. [Add 100-150 for international students]
  4. 75% of admitted students obtained SAT scores equal to or lower than this.
  5. Most require candidates to take 2 SAT Subject Tests. These should be taken in different fields (e.g.: 1 Math, 1 Science)

To help you prepare for university admissions, click on the button for interview tips from Oxford University!

General Pointers for SAT students

Make plans to take the SATs – both the Reasoning Test and Subject Tests – ASAP. Most students take the SATs at least twice before obtaining a “satisfactory score.” (

1.  SAT Reasoning Tests comprises: Critical Reading, Math, Writing, each with a maximum score of 800

2.  Start doing your research and reading up about universities.  Most private US Universities offer financial aid to international students. However, admissions decisions are need-aware (i.e.: applying for aid will disadvantage your application) with the exception of Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT, Dartmouth, Cornell, Georgetown and Amherst.  Often, financial aid recipients will be required to work on campus.

3.  If you plan to apply for financial aid (need-based or merit-based), do not apply under Early Admissions.

4.  Most US universities offer merit-based scholarships which go a substantial way in defraying costs.  Again, competition for this is extremely keen.

5.  Medicine and law are post-graduate degrees in the USA and will require a bachelors’ degree for admissions.

6.  Materials required for applications: (1) Personal particulars – the usual information about the applicant; (2) Academic Transcript – “O” Level Results or equivalent Transcripts, Promotional and Preliminary Examination results, “A” Level Results.

7.  SAT Results – Reasoning Test and (for some) Subject Tests (at least two subjects)

8.  Personal Statement and Essay

9.  Teachers’ Recommendations and Evaluations (a school teacher who taught you in the college you attended).

10.  International School Supplement (filled by teacher)

11.  Interview by alumni