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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.

 

Undergraduate entry requirements

To be considered for a place on one of our undergraduate (bachelors) degrees, we typically require three grades or test scores from a possible combination of AP, SAT-S, SAT-R, ACT, Grade 12 Honors Class or Grade 12 College-level class. We can also consider one full year of College or a full Associates Degrees pending review of relevant classes taken.

When completing your UCAS application, please ensure you include all standardized testing, Honors and dual-enrolment classes you have taken, as well as any you are taking or intending to take in your senior year.

If you are taking tests or classes outside of the below, or would like further information on entry requirements, please contact our USA International Officer S.Steggles@soton.ac.uk.

On all of our course pages you will find the UK A-level and International Baccalaureate requirements. Please use the below equivalencies table to determine the entry criteria for your course.

*Please note - most courses requiring Math and Physics within the Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences will require an AP Calculus AB or BC and an AP Physics 2 or C.

UK A-level                                                        Entry Equivalences 
A*AA

Three AP tests at scores of 555 OR Three SAT subject tests at scores of 720, 700, 700 or a combination of the two. 

 

We can also consider excellent grades in Honors or College-level classes or ACT or SAT scores in lieu of AP or SAT subject tests on a case-by-case basis.

AAA

Three AP tests at scores of 555 OR Three SAT subject tests at scores of 700, 700, 700 or a combination of the two. 

 

We can also consider excellent grades in Honors or College-level classes or ACT or SAT scores in lieu of AP or SAT subject tests on a case-by-case basis.

AAB

Three AP tests at scores of 554 OR Three SAT subject tests at scores of 700, 700, 650 or a combination of the two. 

 

We can also consider excellent grades in Honors or College-level classes or ACT or SAT scores in lieu of AP or SAT subject tests on a case-by-case basis.

ABB

Three AP tests at scores of 544 OR Three SAT subject tests at scores of 700, 650, 650 or a combination of the two. 

 

We can also consider excellent grades in Honors or College-level classes or ACT or SAT scores in lieu of AP or SAT subject tests on a case-by-case basis.

BBB

Three AP tests at scores of 444 OR Three SAT subject tests at scores of 650, 650, 650 or a combination of the two. 

 

We can also consider excellent grades in Honors or College-level classes or ACT or SAT scores in lieu of AP or SAT subject tests on a case-by-case basis.

Associate Degree Equivalencies

 

 A*AA

 GPA of 3.3 or better is required

  AAA

 GPA of 3.2 or better is required

  AAB

 GPA of 3.1 or better is required

  ABB

 GPA of 3.0 or better is required

 
Additional Entry Requirements

Applicants who have completed the High School Diploma but do not have the relevant subject tests to apply to one of our Science or Engineering programmes may be eligible to apply to our Foundation programme.

Applicants with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or British A-Levels will be considered for admission to our Bachelor degree courses.

Please note that  Medicine applicants are required to take the UCAT test.

How to apply

To apply to the University of Southampton, you will need to submit your application through the UCAS website and use the University of Southampton code: S27.

To submit your AP or SAT results, please use our College Board code: 4872.

To submit ACT results, please send a scanned copy directly to the admissions team.
 

Postgraduate entry requirements 

 

Applicants can apply  here for postgraduate taught and research study.

 

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. We currently have over 100 students from the USA studying with us at the University of Southampton.

 

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 or to connect with our North American Society.

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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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