Reference Information for AY2021 University Admissions Exercise
Applicants applying to the SUSS Full-time Undergraduate programme may refer to the below indicative grade profile (IGP) and number of programme places. The information is to be used as a reference only.
The SUSS holistic admission comprises both the applicant’s performance for the following assessment components (i.e., 4-stage assessment), AND the applicant’s grades scored for Singapore-Cambridge A-level in three H2, one H1 subjects, General Paper and Project Work (computed as University Admission Score [UAS]), OR grade scored for local Polytechnic’s Grade Point Average (GPA):
- Essay writing – responses to an essay in relation to the research topic and video(s) [which applicant would have to prepare in advance prior to interview day];
- Cognitive exercise – analytical and logical thinking test;
- Group discussion – verbal discussion on the research topic and video(s) which revolve around societal issues in Singapore and/or the region; and
- An individual or cluster interview – interview by faculty member(s) to understand the applicant’s intent to read the programme, his/her passion for the discipline, as well as to assess whether applicant’s disposition and personal attributes would fit the programme. Applicants are encouraged to share their portfolio, co-curricular activities, community service, volunteering work, leadership qualities, entrepreneurship skills, internship stints, work experience, and other personal non-academic achievements, etc. with the faculty member(s). Examples of relevant personal attributes are listed in TABLE 1 below.
TABLE 1 shows the percentage of AY2020 first choice applicants in various UAS (for A-Level students) and GPA (for Polytechnic students) bands who were shortlisted to undergo the SUSS's 4-stage assessment for admission into each programme offered by the University. For illustration: in the AY2020 university admissions exercise, 91.6% of A-level applicants with a UAS of at least 60.00 and 98.7% of local Polytechnic applicants with a GPA of at least 3.0 who applied for the Bachelor of Science in Marketing with Minor were shortlisted for the 4-stage assessment.
TABLE 2 shows the percentage of shortlisted first choice applicants in various UAS (for A-Level students) or GPA (for Polytechnic students) bands who received an offer to be admitted into each programme after completing the SUSS's 4-stage assessment. The percentages may appear low as they do not include applicants who received an offer for a particular programme but did not choose that programme as their first choice.
In summary, an applicant who is shortlisted by SUSS will be required to complete the 4-stage assessment. A total grading score will then be allocated to each applicant who has completed the 4-stage assessment. Course offers will be made based on the total grading score, taking into consideration the applicant’s performance in the 4-stage assessment, applicant’s personal attributes and programme choice preferences (first choice, second choice and so on).
TABLES 1 and 2 list personal attributes which interviewers look out for in an applicant, and which improve the applicant’s chances of being shortlisted and/or offered a place in each respective programme he or she is applying for.
TABLE 3 shows the total number of SUSS Programme Places taken up in AY2020. It is important to note that the number of programme places changes from year to year.
The information presented here is to enable prospective applicants to make informed choices in their application for admission to SUSS full-time undergraduate programmes. Meeting the grade/GPA score of a programme and having the required personal attributes do not guarantee admission to that programme. The grade and GPA and programme places may vary from year to year, depending on the number and performance of applicants and the number of places available.
Applicants seeking admission in AY2021 can expect competition to be keener for programmes with fewer places and a higher-quality applicant pool.