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    I'm in my junior year of high school in America, and I'm beginning to look at options for college. I have always really wanted to go to college in the UK, my dream schools being UCL and Edinburgh(either studying art or history). However, 9th and 10th grade, I struggled a bit with math and science and I don't have the best GPA. Junior year is going really well though, and I'm taking APs and expect to do well on them. I heard that universities in England don't really care about American transcripts.. is that true? Will my SAT/APs be good enough?

    Thank you so much for any insight
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    (Original post by emmamernagh)
    I'm in my junior year of high school in America, and I'm beginning to look at options for college. I have always really wanted to go to college in the UK, my dream schools being UCL and Edinburgh(either studying art or history). However, 9th and 10th grade, I struggled a bit with math and science and I don't have the best GPA. Junior year is going really well though, and I'm taking APs and expect to do well on them. I heard that universities in England don't really care about American transcripts.. is that true? Will my SAT/APs be good enough?

    Thank you so much for any insight
    I would recommend you call them to ask.

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    came here to try and help, immediately realised I don't understand American qualifications goodluck
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    ucl must consider american qualifications - there are some american students at ucl this year, so you can definitely get an offer. always best to email/phone them and enquire directly but i don't see why it would be a problem
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    This is what UCL's website says about American entry requirements:
    "Undergraduate programmes If you know which undergraduate programme you wish to study at UCL please choose the programme from the undergraduate prospectus and select your country from the list in the International Qualifications section. For general entry to undergraduate programmes at UCL we require a minimum of: One of the following will be considered:
    - Five AP subjects, taken in the final three years of high school
    - High achievement in three AP subjects, when combined with a High School Graduation Diploma with 3.3/4.0 plus a SAT I with a minimum score of 1950/2400 (old test) or 1380/1600 (new test), or an ACT of 29 in the Composite Score and 29 in the writing score (or combined English/writing Score if taken before 2015)
    -High achievement in combination of five distinct AP and SAT subject tests, to include at least three AP’s. Please contact the undergraduate admissions office for further information.
    -The successful completion of one year of study at a recognised US university, Community or Junior College, with an overall CGPA of 3.3/4.0 (equivalent to a 2.1), when combined with a High School Graduation Diploma with 3.3/4.0 plus a SAT I with a minimum score of 1950/2400 (old test) or 1380/1600 (new test), or an ACT of 29 in the Composite Score and 29 in the writing score (or combined English/writing Score if taken before 2015)
    - Students who have not taken qualifications which are acceptable for direct entry to UCL will be considered if they have successfully completed a recognised international undergraduate foundation programme, including the UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates.
    Where a subject is required at A-level, the corresponding AP subject is required. Please note: Where A Level Mathematics is a required subject, students must hold AP Calculus. Calculus AB will only be accepted for Faculty of Engineering programmes, with the exception of Computer Sciences. All other programmes that require a Mathematics A Level will require Calculus BC.
    Students who have not taken qualifications which are acceptable for direct entry to UCL will be considered if they have successfully completed a recognised international undergraduate foundation programme, including the UCL Undergraduate Preparatory Certificates."
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    Hey there!
    UCL is a prestigious university consistently being placed as one of the top 10 unis in the world. So while in america a 4 is usually considered good, and most colleges give credit to that, tougher unis like UCL will usually be expecting 5s. The number of 5s and the ap's they require them in depends on the course you apply to and its level of competitiveness.

    I did some example research for you. (link: http://www.ucl.ac.uk/prospective-stu...istory-art-ba/)
    For example, let's say you were interested in applying to "History of Art." when you go on the course page on the UCL website there is a section called "international qualifications." If you select USA from the drop down menu, you can view the minimum requirements on AP exams to get an offer. In the case of History of Art, the min requirement is 5,4,4,4,4 in 5 ap subjects taken in the final 3 years of high school. You can view this info for any course you search.

    Another tip: try to take AP's relevant to your course you wish to apply to. A common comparison btwn the UK and USA unis is that the UK likes to make "specialists" while to US looks for the "well-rounded." so since you're interested in art/history look into taking apush, ap world, ap comp gov, ap arts, ap lang/lit etc. You obviously don't need to take every single one of those, but try to have a good mix of those in there. It's okay if you wanna try other subjects like ap stats (love that one) or ap bio, but simply,the more relevant subjects the better. Also make sure you do well and get 5's in the relevant subjects because thats what UCL will focus on.

    That further means keep your personal statement relevant as well!! I.e. if you apply to some art course, don't brag about a bunch of soccer medals. You need to show them that you have an understanding of your major and have a strong, focused interest in it!!

    In terms of GPA, transcripts, etc... UCL does look at it if you send it, but it's not really the main factor that's going to make their decision. Their main focus is exam scores. Just make sure you get above a 3.3 (i would personally recommend you get at least a 3.5 to be safer) and make sure you're not applying with like a bunch of C's on your transcript, and that part of your application shouldnt be anything to worry about. Again, it's mainly exam scores, personal statement, and your interview (if you do one) that are the big components of your application.

    Hope this is helpful information for you! I know what it's like being an american applicant feeling a little lost with the UK system. Best of luck to you in your coming senior year!! Woo!!
 
 
 
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