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University Admissions and Career Guidance
Transitioning from high school to tertiary education is a challenging time in a student’s life. Our school's College Counselling Staff are here to aid students in making that transition as smooth as possible and prepare them for life after NUS High School. To accomplish this goal, we work with students to identify universities for tertiary education and assist them in applying to those schools.
Our guidance programme includes individual counselling and various guidance activities such as, learning how to write a CV, interview skills, career and college applications, in addition to other services.
You can find the following information at this section:
- Information on University Admissions and Career Options
- Services that the College Counselling Office Offers
- Quick look of the Universities where our Alumni are at
Information on University Admissions and Career Options
I. NUS High Diploma and University Admissions
Below is an overview of how local and overseas universities (e.g. in the US and UK) assess/evaluate applications from NUS High graduates.
For local universities, they primarily look at our students’ results at NUS High School for admission into various programs. The student’s overall CAP score is the most predictive indicator for admission into a faculty. In some cases, certain programs or faculties will require additional information from the students, such as an interview, essay, or portfolio for consideration.
NUS High School students apply at an earlier application window as compared to A level and other IB students to some of our local universities, i.e. NUS and NTU. Some of our NUS High School students also receive their admissions offers earlier than their JC counterparts.
For Admissions to US universities, the NUS High Diploma results play a critical role in the academic assessment of our students. The AP result acts as supplementary supporting academic information, together with the SAT/ACT scores. In the US admissions process, especially for the more competitive schools, the admissions team would also review the other achievements, abilities and qualities of the applicant. These are derived from reading their essays, references, other parts of the application and maybe an interview. Their objective is to select students who fit well and would contribute to their community. Upon admissions, students with good AP results may apply for credit exemption – allowing the student to complete the degree programme in a shorter period of time.
For Admissions to UK universities, NUSH diploma results would usually be used to evaluate our students. In some cases, AP results will be read together with our diploma results. Depending on the choice of course at the target universities, there may be additional test required (regardless of A level/IB/ NUSH Diploma) i.e. Medicine would require BMAT/UKCAT. Besides the academic results, UK universities would also read the student’s personal statement, reference, other parts of the application and maybe conduct an interview. Their objective is to be certain that the student is indeed suitable to study the selected course in their university.
The NUS High School Diploma helps prepare students for careers in any field. A majority of our students do Math, Science, Engineering, Computing, and Medicine, however we also have very successful students that have gone on to do Law, Business, Humanities, Art, and Music at university. Our goal is that a student graduates from NUS High School with the discipline and the ability to think scientifically and critically - skills that will help them in any field that they choose to take up.
Services that the College Counselling Office Offers:
- Individual and small group consultation
All students and parents are welcome to make an appointment to see the college counsellors regarding queries about educational, career pathways and scholarship matters.
Students can consult the counsellors individually or in small groups if they have similar requests for assistance.
- University Admissions Guidance
Each year, millions of students apply to universities, and competition gets more intense each year. College counselling provides guidance in preparing for university entrance exams and aid in developing a student’s portfolio. College counsellors provide insight into the college admissions process, application essays and interviews. We help students present themselves to both local and overseas universities in the best possible light.
- Guidance lessons during ACE periods
All students in Year 1 and Year 3 meet up with the pastoral and college counsellors in the first semester for an introduction to services available to them. University and career guidance lessons are incorporated in the ACE periods for students in all levels. In Years 1 to 3, students are taught how to set goals for high school and self- awareness of their interests and skills. They learn to develop skills for exploring careers. In Years 4 to 6, students learn to set targets for tertiary studies and are taught how to write CVs, personal statements and university application essays.
Our students are informed about admission requirements and available programmes in local and overseas universities through regular talks and seminars. Students also have the opportunity to interact with university professors and admissions officers in such sessions to have a better idea of the various universities' academic programmes, requirements, undergraduate life and career prospects.
- Career Day
Career Day is an annual fair held in school whereby students and parents have the opportunity to attend talks and speak with representatives from local and foreign universities, as well as various scholarship organisations. It is a platform for students to directly engage with the scholarship organisations and get personal contact with the scholarship providers and universities.
Naviance Family Connection
Students have access to Family Connection, a web-based resource to help them research and plan for university as well as to find out more about different careers. Through these exploratory activities, students develop self-awareness, find out more about options available to them and learn to create personal higher education and career plans.
The College Counselling office and the school library have guide books and brochures pertaining to university admissions, career choices and scholarships. These are available for loan or consultation by the students.
- Scholarship application
Students receive information and assistance regarding the application of high school and undergraduate scholarships. Students are kept informed of scholarship opportunities for both local and overseas scholarships. College counselling unit works with students and scholarship bodies to identify possible scholarships for students and assist them in successful applications. Students are given guidance on their application essays and well as interview skills training.
Our alumni have been offered placements in the following universities:
Australia National University, Monash University, Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, Seoul National University, Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore Management University, Singapore University of Technology and Design, University of Adelaide, University of Hong Kong, University of Melbourne, University of New South Wales, University of Queensland, University of Sydney, University of Tokyo, Waseda University, Yale-NUS
Brown University, California Institute of Technology, Carnegie Mellon University, Cornell University, Duke University, Emory University, Harvard University, Harvey Mudd College, Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, McGill University, Princeton University, Reed College, Rice University, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Stanford University, Tufts University, University of British Columbia, University of California, Berkeley, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor , University of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, University of Waterlo,, Vanderbilt University, Wesleyan University, Williams College
Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne, Heidelberg University, Imperial College London, King’s College London, London School of Economics, Oxford University, University of St Andrews, University College London , University of Cambridge, University of Edinburgh, University of Glasgow, University of Nottingham, University of Warwick
Students will also be able to obtain advice on the application of scholarships from our College Counsellors.
Scholarships offered by (or in conjunction with) local universities:
- National University of Singapore
- Nanyang Technological University
- Singapore Management University
- Singapore University of Technology and Design
•Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*Star) •Building and Construction Authority (BCA) •Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) •Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) •Economic Development Board (EDB) •Energy Market Authority (EMA) •Government of Singapore Investment Corporation (GIC) •Housing & Development Board (HDB) •Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) •Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS) •Land Transport Authority (LTA) •Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore •Ministry of Defence (MINDEF) •Ministry of Education (MOE) •Ministry of Health •Ministry of Home Affairs •Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) •National Arts Council (NAC) •National Council of Social Services (NCSS) •Public Service Commission (PSC) •SembCorp Industries Ltd •Singapore Airlines (SIA) •Singapore Airlines Cargo Pte Ltd •Singapore Exchange •Singhealth Group •Singapore Indian Development Association (Sinda) •Singapore Land Authority (SLA) •Singapore Power •Singapore Press Holding Ltd •ST Engineering Pte Ltd •Urban Redevelopment Authority (URA) •Yayasan Mendaki and more.
Mr Allan Uy
Dr Piriya Sasajala
MOE Education and Career Guidance (ECG) Counsellor
Wednesday and Thursday (by email appointment)