Students from the United States of America

Undergraduate Entry Requirements

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Entry Requirements for US Curriculum

General Requirements

Cumulative GPA 3.2 out of 4.0 unweighted

also considered:

ACT or SAT

AP, IB Subject Exams, and college/university GPA also considered

Standardized tests are not required for all programmes, but will be considered - submitting test scores will do no harm to your application. UCD encourages all applicants to apply for their programmes of choice regardless of your access to standardized testing upon applying. 

Refer to our testing requirements FAQs for more information.

Please contact us for further information

English Language Requirements

C in High School Diploma (Grade 11 or 12)

UCD Minimum English Language Requirements

This page provides information and guidance on entry requirements for international (non-EU/ non-EEA) students only. Please be advised that your fee assessment status determines how you should apply.

In all cases, UCD applicants who are granted EU fee status will only be admitted through the Central Applications Office (CAO) system and in line with CAO policies and procedures and National University of Ireland (NUI) matriculation regulations.

If you are eligible for EU fees please contact UCD Registry-Admissions for further advice (www.ucd.ie/askus).

 

Specific subjects and grades required for programme are detailed below.

The equivalences are provided as guidance and are indicative only and are the minimum required to be eligible for consideration on a competitive basis. 

The information provided below is subject to change and annual review.

indicates course may not require standardized test scores for all applicants

indicates course has alternate entry pathway through Liberal Arts & Sciences (LBS1)

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Liberal Arts & Sciences* LBS1 Liberal Arts & Sciences 3.2 / 4.0 CGPA

3.0 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT

 
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Arts & Humanities BAU4 BA Modern Languages 4.0 / 4.0 GPA

3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1100 SAT or 22 ACT

At least one Advanced Level language must be selected, C in Third Level or 3 in AP in that language required. If studying two at Advanced Level, C in Third Level or 3 in AP required in both.
BAU5 BA Arts Joint Honours*‡ 3.2 / 4.0 GPA

3.0 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT

If choosing a language at Beginners Level, D in Third Level / 2 in AP / B- in HS Diploma in Other Language is required. If at Advanced Level, a C in Third Level or 3 in AP in that language is required. French is only available at Advanced Level.

 

For Mathematics subject combinations, we strongly recommend that you also have at least a  in Mathematics.

HSS6 Humanities: European Studies* 3.2 / 4.0 GPA 3.0 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT

If choosing a language at Beginners Level, D in Third Level / 2 in AP / B- in HS Diploma in Other Language is required. If at Advanced Level, a C in Third Level or 3 in AP in that language is required. French is only available at Advanced Level

HSS5 Humanities: Global Studies* 3.2 / 4.0 GPA 3.0 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT

If choosing a language at Beginners Level, D in Third Level / 2 in AP / B- in HS Diploma in Other Language is required. If at Advanced Level, a C in Third Level or 3 in AP in that language is required. French is only available at Advanced Level

AYS1 Humanities: Languages, Linguistics & Cultures* 3.2 / 4.0 GPA 3.0 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT

If choosing a language at Beginners Level, D in Third Level / 2 in AP / B- in HS Diploma in Other Language is required. If at Advanced Level, a C in Third Level or 3 in AP in that language is required. French is only available at Advanced Level

CAS1 Classics, Art History & Archaeology* 3.2 / 4.0 GPA 3.0 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT
 
CAS2 Classics, English and History* 3.2 / 4.0 GPA 3.0 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT
 
CCS2 Creative & Cultural Industries* 3.2 / 4.0 GPA 3.0 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT
 
ENS5 English Literature* 3.2 / 4.0 GPA 3.0 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT
 
ENS6 English with Creative Writing* 3.2 / 4.0 GPA 3.0 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT
 
ENS7 English, Drama and Film* 3.2 / 4.0 GPA 3.0 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT
 
ISS1 Irish Studies* 3.2 / 4.0 GPA 3.0 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT
 
MCS4 Music, Film and Drama* 3.2 / 4.0 GPA 3.0 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT
 
HPS1 History And Politics* 3.2 / 4.0 GPA 3.0 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT
 
HSS3 History* 3.2 / 4.0 GPA 3.0 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT
 
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Agricultural Science ANS1 Animal Science‡ 3.75 / 4.0 GPA

3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

Lab Science: B- in senior year HS lab science course or AP Science 2 or D in college/university lab science class

CPS1 Animal & Crop Production‡ 3.75 / 4.0 GPA

3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

Lab Science: B- in senior year HS lab science course or AP Science 2 or D in college/university lab science class

CPS3 Crop Science‡ 3.75 / 4.0 GPA 3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

Lab Science: B- in senior year HS lab science course or AP Science 2 or D in college/university lab science class

DBS1 Dairy Business‡ 3.75 / 4.0 GPA 3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

Lab Science: B- in senior year HS lab science course or AP Science 2 or D in college/university lab science class

EQS1 Animal Science - Equine‡ 3.75 / 4.0 GPA 3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

Lab Science: B- in senior year HS lab science course or AP Science 2 or D in college/university lab science class

ESS1 AgriEnvironmental Science‡ 3.75 / 4.0 GPA 3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

Lab Science: B- in senior year HS lab science course or AP Science 2 or D in college/university lab science class

ETS2 Agricultural Systems Technology 3.75 / 4.0 GPA 3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

Lab Science: B- in senior year HS lab science course or AP Science 2 or D in college/university lab science class

FAS1 Food and Agribusiness Management‡ 3.75 / 4.0 GPA 3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

Lab Science: B- in senior year HS lab science course or AP Science 2 or D in college/university lab science class

FAW1 Food Business with Chinese Studies‡ 3.75 / 4.0 GPA 3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

Lab Science: B- in senior year HS lab science course or AP Science 2 or D in college/university lab science class

FOS1 Forestry‡ 3.75 / 4.0 GPA 3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

Lab Science: B- in senior year HS lab science course or AP Science 2 or D in college/university lab science class

 

FSS2 Food Science‡ 3.75 / 4.0 GPA 3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

Lab Science: B- in senior year HS lab science course or AP Science 2 or D in college/university lab science class

FSS6 Sustainable Food Systems 3.75 / 4.0 GPA 3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

Lab Science: B- in senior year HS lab science course or AP Science 2 or D in college/university lab science class

HLS6 Horticulture‡ 3.75 / 4.0 GPA 3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

Lab Science: B- in senior year HS lab science course or AP Science 2 or D in college/university lab science class

HMS1 Human Nutrition‡ 3.75 / 4.0 GPA 3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

Lab Science: B- in senior year HS lab science course or AP Science 2 or D in college/university lab science class

UAS1 Agricultural Science - Omnibus 3.75 / 4.0 GPA 3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1000 SAT or 20 ACT

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

Lab Science: B- in senior year HS lab science course or AP Science 2 or D in college/university lab science class

 

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Architecture, Planning, & Environmental Policy LDS2 Landscape Architecture* 3.5 / 4.0 GPA

3.0 / 4.0 GPA and
1100 SAT or 22 ACT

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

RCS3 City Planning &
Environmental Policy*‡
3.5 / 4.0 GPA

3.0 / 4.0 GPA and
1100 SAT or 22 ACT

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

ATS4 Architecture‡ Available Through
Liberal Arts & Sciences (LBS1)
3.5 / 4.0 GPA and
1200 SAT or 25 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

 

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Engineering NUS1 Engineering Omnibus‡ Available Through
Liberal Arts & Sciences (LBS1)

3.5 / 4.0 GPA and
1200 SAT or 25 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better

Math: AP Calculus or Statistics score of 3 or better or college/university math class grade C or better

Lab Science: B in in senior year HS course or AP Science 2 or C in college/university lab science class

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Business BSS1 Commerce‡ Available Through
Liberal Arts & Sciences (LBS1)

3.5 / 4.0 GPA and
1200 SAT or 25 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better

Math: 600 in maths section of SAT or 26 in maths ACT or 3 in AP Calc or Stats or C in college/university math class

B722 BSc Business‡ Available Through
Liberal Arts & Sciences (LBS1)

3.5 / 4.0 GPA and
1200 SAT or 25 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better


Math: 600 in maths section of SAT or 26 in maths ACT or 3 in AP Calc or Stats or C in college/university math class

BSW1 Commerce International Unavailable 3.5 / 4.0 GPA and
1200 SAT or 25 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better


Math: 600 in maths section of SAT or 26 in maths ACT or 3 in AP Calc or Stats or C in college/university math class

If choosing a language at Beginners Level, D in Third Level / 2 in AP / B- in HS Diploma in Other Language is required. If at Advanced Level, a C at 3rd Level / 3 in AP in that language is required. French is only available at Advanced Level

BSS2 Economics & Finance Unavailable 3.7 / 4.0 GPA and
1400 SAT or 31 ACT and
Two AP Scores 3 or Better

Math: AP Calculus or Statistics score of 3 or better or college/university math class grade C or better

 

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Law BSJ4 Business & Law Unavailable

3.5 / 4.0 GPA and
1200 SAT or 25 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better

Math: 600 in maths section of SAT or 26 in maths ACT or 3 in AP Calc or Stats or C in college/university math class

LWS2 Law with French Law Unavailable

3.5 / 4.0 GPA and
1200 SAT or 25 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better

Language: AP French 4 or college/university French class grade B

LWS6 Law Unavailable 3.5 / 4.0 GPA and
1200 SAT or 25 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better

 

LWW1 Law with Philosophy Unavailable 3.5 / 4.0 GPA and
1200 SAT or 25 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better

 

LWW2 Law with History Unavailable 3.5 / 4.0 GPA and
1200 SAT or 25 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better

 

LWW3 Law with Politics Unavailable 3.5 / 4.0 GPA and
1200 SAT or 25 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better

 

LWW4 Law with Economics Unavailable 3.5 / 4.0 GPA and
1200 SAT or 25 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better

Math: 600 in maths section of SAT or 26 in maths ACT or 3 in AP Calc or Stats or C in college/university math class 

LWW9 Law with Social Justice Unavailable 3.5 / 4.0 GPA and
1200 SAT or 25 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better

 

LWWC Law with Chinese Unavailable 3.5 / 4.0 GPA and
1200 SAT or 25 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better

Note: No prior knowledge of Mandarin required.
Those with prior knowledge of Mandarin are most welcome. 

LWWD Criminology with Psychology Unavailable 3.5 / 4.0 GPA and
1200 SAT or 25 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better
 

 

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Social Sciences COS1 Philosophy, Politics & Economics* 4.0 / 4.0 GPA

3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1100 SAT or 22 ACT

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

ECS4 BSc Economics* 4.0 / 4.0 GPA

3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1100 SAT or 22 ACT

Math: AP Calculus or Statistics score of 3 or better or college/university math class grade C or better

EMS1 Economics, Mathematics & Statistics* 4.0 / 4.0 GPA 3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1100 SAT or 22 ACT

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

PCS2 Psychology Unavailable 3.8 / 4.0 GPA and
1400 SAT or 31 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

SBU2 BSocSc Social Policy & Sociology* 4.0 / 4.0 GPA 3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1100 SAT or 22 ACT

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

SBU3 BSc Social Sciences (2 Subjects)*‡ 4.0 / 4.0 GPA 3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1100 SAT or 22 ACT

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

SCS1 Computational Social Science* 4.0 / 4.0 GPA 3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1100 SAT or 22 ACT

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

 

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Science BSS3 Actuarial and Financial Studies Unavailable

3.8 / 4.0 GPA and
1400 SAT or 31 ACT and
Two AP Scores 3 or Better

Math: AP Calculus or Statistics score of 4 or better or college/university math class grade B or better

 
CSSA Computer Science Unavailable

3.5 / 4.0 GPA and
1200 SAT or 25 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better


Math: 600 in maths section of SAT or 26 in maths ACT or 3 in AP Calc or Stats or C in college/university math class

 
Science programmes, including:  
SCU1 Science - Explore Multiple Streams‡ Unavailable 3.5 / 4.0 GPA and
1200 SAT or 25 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better


Math: 600 in maths section of SAT or 26 in maths ACT or 3 in AP Calc or Stats or C in college/university math class

Lab Science: B in senior year HS course or 2 in AP Lab Science subject or C in college/university math class

 
BLS1 Biological, Biomedical & Biomolecular Sciences‡  
CHS2 Chemistry (includes Medicinal/Sustainable/Biophysical)‡  
EES1 Earth & Environmental Sciences‡  
MHS2 Mathematics (includes Applied/Financial/Statistics)‡  
PYS2 Physics (includes Theoretical/Astronomy & Space Science)‡  
Check out the Science Brochure for details!
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Sustainability STS1 BSc Sustainability 4.0 / 4.0 GPA

3.33 / 4.0 GPA and
1100 SAT or 22 ACT

Math: 600 in maths section of SAT or 26 in maths ACT or 3 in AP Calc or Stats or C in college/university math class

 

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Health Science BHS1 Biomedical, Health & Life Science Unavailable

3.8 / 4.0 GPA and
1400 SAT or 31 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better

Math: 600 in maths section of SAT or 26 in maths ACT or 3 in AP Calc or Stats or C in college/university math class

Lab Science: B in senior year HS course or 2 in AP Lab Science subject or C in college/university lab science class

MDS2 Medicine Unavailable

3.7 / 4.0 GPA and
1400 SAT or 31 ACT and
Two AP Scores 3 or Better

+ Interview
Successful applicants often present with stronger academic background.

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

Lab Science: B in senior year HS course or D in college/university lab science class

MDS4 Radiography Unavailable 3.8 / 4.0 GPA and
1400 SAT or 31 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

Lab Science: B in senior year HS course or D in college/university lab science class

MDS5 Physiotherapy Unavailable 3.8 / 4.0 GPA and
1400 SAT or 31 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

Lab Science: B in senior year HS course or D in college/university lab science class

MDS9 Medicine (Graduate Entry)

The 4-year graduate entry programme is open to applicants who hold or are expected to hold an Upper Second Class Honours degree (NFQ Level 8) in any discipline with a CGPA of 3.0/4.0 or above, or equivalent. Additionally, all applicants are required to submit a current GAMSAT* or MCAT* score (minimum 57 and 503 respectively). Although only graduates are eligible to apply for this programme, the graduate Medicine degree is equivalent in standard to the undergraduate Medicine degree. Eligible applicants will also be required to complete an interview.

*Currency of Results: GAMSAT: must have been taken within two years from 01 September prior to the start of programme (i.e. for admission in September 2024, the earliest acceptable test date would be 01 September 2022). MCAT: must have been taken within two years from 01 August prior to the start of programme (i.e. for admission in September 2024, the earliest acceptable test date would be 01 August 2022).

Students who have previously been unsuccessful in any Medicine programme (i.e. have not met academic or other requirements within the programme) or have any issues which would affect their registration with the Irish Medical council will only be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis in exceptional circumstances, to be considered by the Medicine programme board.

MDSJ Diagnostic Radiography (Graduate Entry) The 2.5-year graduate entry programme is open to applicants who hold an NFQ Level 8 degree at the minimum award level of 2.2 or equivalent. Applicants are also required to have a Science subject at minimum level Irish Leave Certificate O6, IB Standard Level 4, GCSE Grade C or equivalent.   

 

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Sports and Performance MDS8 Health & Performance Science Unavailable

3.7 / 4.0 GPA and
1400 SAT or 31 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better

Math: 600 in maths section of SAT or 26 in maths ACT or 3 in AP Calc or Stats or C in college/university math class

Lab Science: B in senior year HS course or 2 in AP Lab Science subject or C in college/university lab science class

SMS2 Sport & Exercise Management Unavailable 3.7 / 4.0 GPA and
1400 SAT or 31 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better

 

Math: 600 in maths section of SAT or 26 in maths ACT or 3 in AP Calc or Stats or C in college/university math class

Lab Science: B in senior year HS course or 2 in AP Lab Science subject or C in college/university lab science class

 

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Veterinary Medicine VTS1 Veterinary Medicine Unavailable

3.8 / 4.0 GPA and
1400 SAT or 31 ACT and
Two AP Scores 3 or Better

Math: A in senior year HS math class with 4 years of math taken or 530 in maths section of SAT or 21 in maths ACT or D in college/university math class

Lab Science: AP Chemistry score of 3 or better or college/university chemistry class grade C or better 

Applicants must normally have at least 60 hours practical experience relevant to animal handling. This must have been undertaken in the last three years i.e. for entry in 2024, between 1st February 2021 and 5th July 2024, and all details must be submitted by 5th July 2024 to be taken into consideration. This must include experience with at least two of the following four animal categories: Pets, Horses, Farm Animals, Wildlife/Zoos. For full details and to complete your records of experience, please click here for more information

VTS2 Veterinary Nursing Unavailable

3.5 / 4.0 GPA and
1200 SAT or 25 ACT and
One AP Score 3 or Better

Math: 600 in maths section of SAT or 26 in maths ACT or 3 in AP Calc or Stats or C in college/university math class

Lab Science: B in senior year HS course or 2 in AP Lab Science subject or C in college/university lab science class

VTS3 Veterinary Medicine (Graduate Entry)

The 4 year graduate entry programme is open to applicants who hold or are expected to hold an honours degree in a biological / biomedical / animal science discipline with a CGPA of 3.0/4.0 or above [or equivalent].

For full details about the application and assessment procedures, including information about pre-requisites, please refer to the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine website: www.ucd.ie/vetmed

 

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