Selection of applicants for undergraduate courses will be based on academic merit. Due to keen competition for limited vacancies, the choice order of courses will also determine the selection outcome. Hence, applicants are advised to list out their course choices in their order of preference.
Applicants will be considered for admission based on the strength of their academic achievements and additional interviews/tests if required. Applicants would need to obtain good passes in the following subjects:
Best four content subjects (i.e. 3 H2 and 1 H1 content-based* subjects, with at least 1 content subject to be from a contrasting discipline)
Best three ‘A’ Level content subjects
General Paper (GP) or Knowledge Inquiry (KI)
Either General Paper (GP) or Knowledge Inquiry (KI) subject taken in the same sitting with the H2/’A’ Level content-based subjects.
Students may take KI in lieu of GP. As KI is counted as two H1 subjects (one in place of GP and one for H1 requirement), students who take KI will not be required to take the H1 content-based subject.
If your subject combination is beyond the norm, please refer here for more information.
H1/‘AO’ Level Project Work
Mother Tongue Language (MTL) Requirement
Meet the Mother Tongue Language (MTL) requirement for admission by having one of the following*:
- Minimum of D7 for the higher MTL paper taken at the 'O' Level examination.
- Minimum of ‘S’/ ‘D7’ grade for the H1/‘AO Level’ MTL paper or General Studies in Chinese.
- Minimum of 'S'/‘O’ grade for the H2/‘A Level’ MTLL paper taken at the 'A' Level examination.
- Pass in the MTL 'B' Syllabus paper at the 'A' Level examination.
If you have been exempted from MTL, the MOE-approved subject-in-lieu will be considered as your MTL subject.
*Applicants who are unable to fulfil the MTL requirement but satisfy all other admission requirements will be admitted to the University on a provisional basis. Applicants will be required to fulfil the MTL requirement before being permitted to graduate.
Admission to NUS is based upon open competition amongst applicants. Potential applicants may refer to the Indicative Grade Profiles (IGP) and course places of the previous academic year to make more informed choices when applying for admission. Please click here for the latest IGP.
* Please note that H1 Mother-Tongue Language (MTL) subject cannot be considered in-lieu of a H1 content-based subject.
Please refer here for more information on the various subject combinations.
For courses that require additional interviews/tests, applicants will also be assessed based on their performance during interviews and/or tests.
If you have done well in your MTL subject at the ‘A’ Level examination, you are allowed to use the MTL bonus points to gain admission to the Arts & Social Sciences (MTL Related) Courses. More information can be found at this link.