Students from the United States of America

Undergraduate Entry Requirements

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Entry Requirements for US Curriculum

General Requirements

CGPA 3.0 out of 4.0 unweighted scale

also considered:

ACT minimum 22 or SAT minimum 1090

AP, SAT II, and IB Subject scores also considered

Standardized tests are not required for all programmes, but will be considered if submitted. 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 Average in US High School English Courses

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. In addition, please note that the equivalences shown 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)

 CodeDescriptionSATACTGPAOther Requirements
Liberal Arts & Sciences* LBS1 Liberal Arts & Sciences 1090 22 3.0  
 Code DescriptionSATACTGPAOther Requirements
Arts & Humanities







BAU4 BA Modern Languages 1190 24 3.5 Note: If you choose to study a language at advanced
level during your first year, it is recommended that
you have at least a score of 3 in the AP exam in that language,
or equivalent. 
BAU5 BA Arts (2 Subjects)*‡ 1090 22 3.0

For French language combinations a minimum score of 3 in AP French is required.

German & Spanish: In First Year two streams are offered,
one for absolute beginners and another for non-beginners.
For the non-beginners level a minimum score of 3 in relevant AP exam is required.

 
HSS6 European Studies* 1090 22 3.0
HSS5 Global Studies* 1090 22 3.0
AYS1 Languages, Linguistics and Cultures* 1090 22 3.0
CAS1 Classics, Art History and Archaeology* 1090 22 3.0  
CAS2 Classics, English and History* 1090 22 3.0  
CCS2 Creative & Cultural Industries* 1090 22 3.0  
ENS5 English Literature* 1090 22 3.0  
ENS6 English with Creative Writing* 1090 22 3.0  
ENS7 English, Drama and Film* 1090 22 3.0  
ISS1 Irish Studies* 1090 22 3.0  
MCS4 Music, Film and Drama* 1090 22 3.0  
HPS1 History And Politics* 1090 22 3.0  
HSS3 History* 1090 22 3.0  
 CodeDescriptionSATACTGPAOther Requirements
Agricultural
Science
ANS1 Animal Science‡ 1190 24 3.5

530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT 

Lab Science B- average in HS

CPS1 Animal & Crop Production‡ 1190 24 3.5

530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT

Lab Science B- average in HS

CPS3 Crop Science‡ 1190 24 3.5

530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT

Lab Science B- average in HS

DBS1 Dairy Business‡ 1190 24 3.5

530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT

Lab Science B- average in HS

EQS1 Animal Science - Equine‡ 1190 24 3.5

530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT

Lab Science B- average in HS

ESS1 AgriEnvironmental Science‡ 1190 24 3.5

530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT

Lab Science B- average in HS

ETS2 Agricultural Systems Technology 1190 24 3.5

530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT

Lab Science B- average in HS

FAS1 Food and Agribusiness
Management‡
1190 24 3.5

530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT

Lab Science B- average in HS

FAW1 Food Business with Chinese
Studies‡
1190 24 3.5

530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT

Lab Science B- average in HS

FOS1 Forestry‡ 1190 24 3.5

530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT

Lab Science B- average in HS

FSS2 Food Science‡ 1190 24 3.5

530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT

Lab Science B- average in HS

HLS6 Horticulture‡ 1190 24 3.5

530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT

Lab Science B- average in HS

HMS1 Human Nutrition‡ 1380 29 3.7

530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT

Lab Science B- average in HS

UAS1 Agricultural Science - Omnibus
(You can decide on your area of
study during first year).‡
1190 24 3.5

530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT

Lab Science B- average in HS

Competitive applications also typically present 1-2 AP scores of 3 or better, SATII Subject Test Scores of 600 or better, or equivalent combination 

Applicants to Human Nutrition typically present 2-3 AP scores of 3 or better, SATII Subject Test Scores of 600 or better, or equivalent combination.

 CodeDescriptionSATACTGPAOther Requirements
Architecture LDS2 Landscape Architecture* 1090 22 3.0 530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT
RCS1 City Planning &
Environmental Policy*‡
1090 22 3.0 530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT
ATS4 Architecture‡ 1380 29 3.7 530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT
Competitive applications to Architecture also typically present 2-3 AP scores of 3 or better, SATII Subject Test Scores of 600 or better, or equivalent combination
 CodeDescriptionSATACTGPAOther Requirements
Engineering NUS1 Engineering Omnibus‡ 1380 29 3.7

AP Calculus or Statistics score of 3 or better or SAT II Math 2 score of 700 or better

Laboratory Science: B in High School Diploma / SAT II 600 / AP Science 2

  Competitive applications also typically present 2-3 AP scores of 3 or better, SATII Subject Test Scores of 600 or better, or equivalent combination 
 CodeDescriptionSATACTGPAOther Requirements
Business BSS1 Commerce‡ 1380 29 3.7 600 in maths section of SAT / 26 in maths ACT 
B722 BSc Business‡ 1380 29 3.7 600 in maths section of SAT / 26 in maths ACT 
BSS2 Economics & Finance 1470 32 3.75 AP Calc/Stats score of 3 or better / SAT II Maths 700 or better
BSW1 Commerce International 1380 29 3.7

600 in maths section of SAT / 26 in maths ACT 

For French language combinations a minimum score of 3 in AP French or equivalent is required

Competitive applications also typically present 2-3 AP scores of 3 or better, SATII Subject Test Scores of 600 or better, or equivalent combination

 

 CodeDescriptionSATACTGPAOther Requirements
Law BSJ4 Business & Law 1380 29 3.7 600 in maths section of SAT / 26 in maths ACT 
LWS2 Law with French 1380 29  3.7 AP French score of 3 or better
LWS6 Law 1380 29  3.7  
LWW1 Law with Philosophy 1380 29  3.7  
LWW2 Law with History 1380 29  3.7  
LWW3 Law with Politics 1380 29  3.7  
LWW4 Law with Economics 1380 29  3.7 600 in maths section of SAT / 26 in maths ACT 
LWW9 Law with Social Justice 1380 29  3.7  
LWWC Law with Chinese 1380 29  3.7

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

Competitive applications also typically present 2-3 AP scores of 3 or better, SATII Subject Test Scores of 600 or better, or equivalent combination

 

 Code DescriptionSATACTGPAOther Requirements

 

 


Social Sciences






COS1 Philosophy, Politics & Economics 1190 24 3.5 530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT 
ECS4 BSc Economics 1190 24 3.5 AP Calc or Stats 3 / SAT II Maths 650 
EMS1 Economics, Mathematics & Statistics 1190 24 3.5 530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT   
PCS2 BSc Psychology 1470 32 3.75 530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT 
SBU2 BSocSc Social Policy & Sociology 1190 24 3.5 530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT   
SBU3 BSc Social Science (2 Subjects)‡ 1190 24 3.5

To Study Mathematics: 600 in maths section of SAT / 26 in maths ACT

To Study Economics: 530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT   

Languages: For French language combinations a minimum score of 3 in AP French or equivalent is required.

SCS1 Computational Social Science 1190 24 3.5 530 in maths section of SAT / 21 in maths ACT 

Competitive applications also typically present 1-2 AP scores of 3 or better, SATII Subject Test Scores of 600 or better, or equivalent combination 

For Psychology, AP combined score 15 (max 4 AP scores at 3 or better will be considered), or equivalent combination.

 CodeDescriptionSATACTGPAOther Requirements
Science BSS3 Actuarial and Financial Studies 1470 32 3.75 AP Calculus or Statistics score of 3 or better 
CSSA Computer Science 1190 24 3.5 600 in maths section of SAT / 26 in maths ACT 
SCU1 Science Omnibus‡ 1190 24 3.5

600 in maths section of SAT / 26 in maths ACT

Lab Science B average in HS

Competitive applications also typically present 1-2 AP scores of 3 or better, SATII Subject Test Scores of 600 or better, or equivalent combination

 CodeDescriptionSATACTGPAOther Requirements
Sustainability STS1 BSc Sustainability 1090 22 3.0 600 in maths section of SAT / 26 in maths ACT  

 

 

 CodeDescriptionSATACTGPAOther Requirements
Health Science BHS1 Biomedical, Health & Life Science 1380 29 3.7

600 in maths section of SAT / 26 in maths ACT

Lab Science B average in HS

MDS2 Medicine  1470 32 3.75 Applicants are expected to have completed 4 years of English, at least 3 years of Math, (4 years recommended) at least 2 years of History/Social Science and at least 2 years of a laboratory science subject (4 years recommended).
MDS4 Radiography 1470 32 3.75
MDS5 Physiotherapy 1470 32 3.75
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 and MCAT must normally have been issued within two years prior to the start of programme.

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.

Competitive applications to Biomedical, Health, & Life Science also typically present 2-3 AP scores of 3 or better, SATII Subject Test Scores of 600 or better, or equivalent combination

For Medicine, Radiography, and Physiotherapy, AP combined score 15 (max 4 AP scores at 3 or better will be considered), or equivalent combination.

 

 CodeDescriptionSATACTGPAOther Requirements
Sports and Performance MDS8  Health & Performance Science 1470 32 3.75

600 in maths section of SAT / 26 in maths ACT

Lab Science B average in HS

SMS2 Sport & Exercise Management 1380 29 3.7

600 in maths section of SAT / 26 in maths ACT

Lab Science B average in HS

Competitive applications also typically present 2-3 AP scores of 3 or better, SATII Subject Test Scores of 600 or better, or equivalent combination

 CodeDescriptionSATACTGPAOther Requirements
Veterinary Medicine VTS1  Veterinary Medicine 1470 32 3.75

Applicants are expected to have completed 4 years of English, at least 3 years of Math, (4 years recommended) at least 2 years of History/Social Science and at least 2 years of a laboratory science subject (4 years recommended).

Applicants should also have completed advanced level chemistry, typically with an AP score of 3 or above or equivalent

Applicants must normally have at least 60 hours practical experience relevant to animal handling. This must include experience with at least two of the following four animal categories: Pets, Horses, Farm Animals, Wildlife/Zoos. 
Special arrangements for applicants seeking entry in 2021 and 2022: due to the difficulties applicants are experiencing in securing placements as a result of the pandemic, the requirement has been reduced to 15 hours and it will only be necessary to have experience in one animal category. However, we would strongly encourage applicants to get as much experience as possible across all categories.

VTS2 Veterinary Nursing 1380 29 3.7

600 in maths section of SAT / 26 in maths ACT

Lab Science B average in HS

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 


Competitive applications to Veterinary Nursing also typically present 2-3 AP scores of 3 or better, SATII Subject Test Scores of 600 or better, or equivalent combination

For Veterinary Medicine AP combined score 15 (max 4 AP scores at 3 or better will be considered), or equivalent combination.



 

Non-EU undergraduate applicants may present the above recognised exams as consideration for entry.

Please note that the equivalences shown are the minimum required to be eligible for consideration on a competitive basis. Entry requirements are reviewed on an annual basis.

If you are presenting with qualifications other than those indicated please email NorthAmerica@ucd.ie

If you are presenting with International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or A Level (+GCSE O Level) Cambridge International please click here.

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