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Entry requirements for the USA

Language requirements

All students from outside the United Kingdom need to meet our English language requirements. These depend on whether you are applying for pre-degree, undergraduate or postgraduate level.

Applicants from one of the recognised Majority English Speaking Countries (MESCs) do not need to meet these requirements.

If you don't achieve the required score, you may be eligible to join our pre-sessional English language course.

Academic requirements

Level of entry General qualification requirement
Foundation
  • High School Diploma or completion certificate
  • A portfolio of art work is also required for the Art and Design Foundation course
Undergraduate degree (year 1 entry)
  • Secondary School Diploma (grade 12)
  • American High School Diploma (with 3.0 G.P.A)

And:

  • Grade 3 or above in at least two Advanced Placement Tests in relevant subject area (please see chart below to see what subjects each faculty require for AP tests)

Or:

  • SAT Reasoning Test
  • Critical Reading: 550 +
  • Mathematics: 550 +
  • Writing: 550 +
  • SAT Subject Test of 550 + in related subject if requested by department or if student has no AP classes

Or:

  • Or ACTs of 26 of higher
  • See chart below for specific departmental requirements
ACT college code 7030
SAT and AP college code 7342
Undergraduate transfer
(advanced entry, year 2)
  • University grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Individuals may apply to UCAS for year 2 entry. However, university credits earned elsewhere will be evaluated by the faculty. These credits may or may not count toward your Kingston University degree.
Postgraduate taught masters
  • Bachelors degree with a 3.0 grade point average, with the following exception:

    for the Faculty of Science Engineering and Computing, a bachelors degree with a good grade point average in relevant subjects.
  • For certain courses work experience will also be required
Postgraduate research masters
  • Bachelors degree with a 3.0 grade point average
  • For certain courses work experience will also be required
MBA
  • Bachelors degree with a 3.0 grade point average
  • Two years' work experience
Postgraduate research
  • Please contact the individual faculty for entry requirements
Faculty Advanced Placement Tests (AP) required by Faculty (undergraduate courses)
Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture
  • Students applying for a degree in Fine Art (studio-based) will first need to complete the foundation year before beginning the undergraduate degree at Kingston University. Please contact the Faculty to see if this applies to you (some courses are exempt).
  • Or SAT Subject test in above subject area, with a score of 550+
  • Students with the Diploma but no AP work or SAT Subject scores may apply for a foundation programme
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Grade 3 or above in at least two Advanced Placement Tests (AP requirements depend on the applicant and the subject he or she wishes to study, for example English Literature requires AP English Literature, etc)
  • Or SAT Subject test in above subject area, with a score of 550+
  • Students with the Diploma but no AP work or SAT scores may apply for a foundation programme
Faculty of Business and Law
  • Grade 3 or above in at least two Advanced Placement Tests (any subject, some courses may require grade 4)
  • Students with the Diploma but no AP work or SAT Subject scores may apply for a Foundation programme
Faculty of Science, Engineering and Computing
  • Grade 3 or above in at least two Advanced Placement Tests (AP requirements depend on the applicant and the subject you wish to study)
  • Or SAT Subject test in relevant subject area, with a score of 550 or above in related subject
  • Students with the Diploma but no AP work or SAT scores may apply for a Foundation programme
  • In some cases, ACT results of 26 or higher will be considered. Please enquire with the Faculty.

*Applications are considered on an individual basis and other qualifications/work experience may be taken into consideration.

You can also view our undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

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