While academic merit plays a key role in deciding the outcome of your application, we also consider exceptional achievements in co-curricular activities and competitions. You must have attained a very high level of achievement or leadership positions in activities. Examples of such achievements include International Science Olympiad medals, top national awards, national team sportsmen and exceptional rank in top university entrance examinations (e.g. IIT/AIEEE rankings, etc).
Participation in activities and achievements at intra school, house or class level (e.g. best student, most courteous, science/arts/cultural projects, etc) do not, usually, have a strong bearing on the outcome of your application.
Choice of courses
All applicants are allowed a maximum of 5 choices in your application.
Please list them according to your preference.
The order of the choices does not increase or decrease your chances in any of the courses. However, you should order your choices accordingly to your preference, as you will be admitted to the highest ranked course that you have qualified for.
The outcome of your application for admission will be released between May to July.
The decision on your application was made after careful consideration by the Admissions Selection Committee on the basis of your academic and non-academic records and the keen competition for limited vacancies.
An appeal for admission should be submitted only if you have additional information regarding your academic and non-academic achievements that was not presented in your earlier application.
You should submit an online appeal in late May or early June via Online Application Status Facility (OASF). Please do not submit multiple appeals to various departments in the University. Mass emailing to multiple parties within NUS outside the appeal protocol will result only in slowing down the appeal process. The NUS Office of Admissions makes the final decision on all appeals.
Verification of Documents
Successfully admitted applicants will be called upon for verification of their submitted documents when school terms starts.
When applicants arrive in Singapore for enrolment into NUS, they must bring along original copies of their identification, high school results, secondary school results and other material documents which they have earlier submitted in support of their application.
For applicants who are required to submit their C1 Advanced/Cambridge English: Advanced, IELTS, SAT and SAT Subject Tests and/or TOEFL scores, internet printout results of C1 Advanced/Cambridge English: Advanced, IELTS, SAT and SAT Subject Tests and/or TOEFL scores may first be sent to our office to support your application. Applicants are required to submit a copy of the original score report(s) to the Office of Admissions once it is available.
The University reserves the right to expel students who fail to turn up for the verification of documents or failing to provide the required documents.
English Language Requirement
The medium of instruction at NUS is English. To enable you to benefit from an NUS education, we expect you to have achieved a minimum level of English proficiency. For certain qualifications, you are also required to furnish additional English Language test scores.
Applicants may present any of the following to fulfil the English Language requirement:
The validity of C1 Advanced / Cambridge English: Advanced, PTE Academic, TOEFL and / or IELTS scores is two years. Only scores obtained in the two years leading up to the application deadline will be considered.
The validity of MUET score is five years. Only scores issued in the five years leading up to the application deadline will be considered.
The NUS institution code for TOEFL is 0786. The score report must reach the Office of Admissions by your application closing date failing which your application will be deemed incomplete and will not be processed for admissions consideration.
# IELTS Indicator score is not accepted.
* NUS only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not MyBest scores.
^ NUS accepts TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition test scores
ACT with Writing, SAT and SAT Subject Tests Requirements
ACT with Writing
The ACT consists of 5 sections: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science and Writing Test (Optional). For applicants who are submitting ACT in lieu of SAT, the writing component is compulsory. The minimum acceptable composite score for consideration by NUS is 29 and the writing component score as follows:
ACT taken on
||Writing Component Score (Minimum)
September 2016 or earlier
24 (Range between 1 to 36)
October 2016 onwards
8 (Range between 2 to 12)
For the ACT, all sections (inclusive of writing) have to be taken in one sitting. Combination of section scores from different sittings is not accepted.
The validity of ACT scores is five years. Only scores obtained in the five years leading up to the application deadline will be considered.
For more information on ACT, please visit http://www.act.org/
Our institution code is 5286. You may submit your ACT scores directly to the University or through ACT. The score reports must reach the NUS Office of Admissions by your application closing date, failing which your application will be deemed incomplete and withdrawn from consideration.
The SAT consists of 2 sections - Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and Mathematics. The minimum acceptable test scores are 600 for Evidence-Based Reading and Writing, and 650 for Mathematics.
All sections of the SAT have to be taken in one sitting. Combination of scores from different sittings is not accepted
SAT Subject Tests
The SAT Subject Tests are content-based tests. 3 Subjects Test should be taken. The Mathematics Level 2 subject is compulsory while the two other subjects may be of your choice.
Applicants are required to submit 3 subject tests as follows:
- Mathematics Level 2 ^
- A second subject of your choice (excluding Mathematics Level 1)
- A third subject of your choice (excluding Mathematics Level 1)
For SAT Subject Tests, NUS accepts the score for 3 subjects that are taken within two sittings over 12 months. All other combinations or mixing of scores are not permitted.
The validity of SAT and SAT Subject Test scores is five years. Only scores obtained in the five years leading up to the application deadline will be considered.
The second and third subjects should be chosen based on the subject prerequisites of the courses you are applying for at NUS. For example, if you are applying for Chemical Engineering, you will need to choose Physics and Chemistry. If, however, you are applying for Business Administration, you may choose any subjects except Mathematics Level 1. The minimum acceptable Subject Tests scores are 650 for each subject.
Applicants who wish to apply for Law or the double degree programme of Economics and Law are not required to present IELTS and/or TOEFL if they are presenting SAT and SAT Subject Tests as their basis for admission.
^ Mathematics Level 2 is a compulsory subject for all courses except Law. Applicants applying for admission to Law may take any subject combination for the SAT Subject Tests.
For more information on SAT and SAT Subject Tests, please visit http://sat.collegeboard.org/home.
You may fax your scores to the University at (65) 6778 7570. Our institution code is 3720. The score reports must reach the Office of Admissions by your application closing date failing which your application will be deemed incomplete and will not be processed for admissions consideration.