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Information for students from the USA

Find out about the American student community at Southampton, entry requirements for our courses and other information specific to your country.

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Entry requirements

This information is for general guidance only; entry requirements vary for different courses. For more specific details, please visit the relevant course web page or contact the admissions office for your chosen subject area.

Foundation year entry requirements

If you don't have the traditional entry requirements for our undergraduate courses, you may be able to qualify by doing one of our foundation programmes first. To find out more, visit our foundation years page or contact the International Office team.

Undergraduate entry requirements

To be considered for a place on one of our undergraduate (bachelors) degrees, you will need:

UK A-level                                                        Entry Equivalences 
A*AA

Three AP tests at scores of 555 OR Three SAT subject tests at scores of 700, 650, 650
Plus
SAT-R at score of 1380 or ACT test at score of 29

AAA

Three AP tests at scores of 555 OR Three SAT subject tests at scores of 650, 650, 650
Plus
SAT-R at score of 1350 or ACT test at score of 28

AAB

Three AP tests at scores of 554 OR Three SAT subject tests at scores of 650, 650, 600
Plus
SAT-R at score of 1320 or ACT test at score of 27

ABB

Three AP tests at scores of 544 OR Three SAT subject tests at scores of 650, 600, 600
Plus
SAT-R at score of 1290 or ACT test at score of 26

BBB

Three AP tests at scores of 444 OR Three SAT subject tests at scores of 600, 600, 600
Plus
SAT-R at score of 1290 or ACT test at score of 26

Alternatively, we also consider the following qualifications for entry onto our undergraduate (bachelors) degrees:
High grades in UK A levels or Cambridge A levels

International Baccalaureate (IB) 30 - 38 points with 16 - 18 at the higher level

Postgraduate entry requirements

Masters programmes

Bachelors degree from a recognised institution minimum GPA 3.0 out of 4 

UK 1st degree equivalent: GPA 3.6 out of 4.0
UK 2.1 degree equivalent: GPA 3.2 out of 4.0; GPA 3.0 depending on awarding institution

PhD programmes

Good grades in bachelors and masters degrees awarded by a recognised university, and a strong research proposal

English language entry requirements

Student from the USA do not need to take an English language test to demonstrate their level of English proficiency. Find out more about our English language requirements and support.

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The American student community

We are pleased to welcome students from the USA to the University each year. In 2016/17 we have 67 American students studying with us.

Student-run clubs and societies

Getting involved in clubs and societies is a great way to meet other students from your country and from around the world. There are many societies run by the University's Students' Union (SUSU) for different interests, religions, sports and academic groups.

Visit the University of Southampton Students' Union (SUSU) website for more information about clubs and societies.

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USA student profiles

Read about Kelsey Miller's experience of studying for an MA in Philosophy and hear about her time at the University on her student profile

Take a look at Denise Greenfield's student profile to hear about how she enjoyed her time here as a postgraduate student

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