DSA to the U

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DSA to the U

Postby zbear » Sat Jan 25, 2014 9:05 am

I am sorry if this is a stupid question, but is there such a thing as DSA to NUS/NTU/SMU? :oops:

I hear of DSA to Sec School/JC/Poly, what abt the Us?

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Re: DSA to the U

Postby slmkhoo » Sat Jan 25, 2014 10:30 am

I believe all universities will have some kind of discretionary or special scheme for exceptional candidates (based on criteria other than just academic grades alone). Maybe you can look at individual websites?

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Re: DSA to the U

Postby mjl » Sat Jan 25, 2014 10:40 am

zbear wrote:I am sorry if this is a stupid question, but is there such a thing as DSA to NUS/NTU/SMU? :oops:

I hear of DSA to Sec School/JC/Poly, what abt the Us?

It is a valid question, not a stupid qn. Each uni has about 10% for discretionary admission. See below. Also, intl competitions medal winners are typically offered scholarships.

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Discretionary Admission »
NUS sets aside up to 10 % of course places for consideration of exceptional candidates for admission. For such candidates, NUS will consider other factors besides academic grades. The following are some samples of exceptional achievements that we may take into consideration:
1. Medal winner at International Olympiads (Biology, Chemistry, Informatics, Mathematics and Physics)
2. Winner in National Science & Talent Search competitions
3. Represented Singapore in Arts and/or Sports
4. Active participation in community service and volunteer programmes
5. Work experience relevant to the course applied for (supporting document/s is/are required)
6. Key leadership positions in community organisations, sports and athletic clubs, etc (outside school)

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Re: DSA to the U

Postby havok_ex » Sat Feb 01, 2014 2:46 am

Yes, NUS/NTU/SMU does have discretionary admissions. HOWEVER, your achievements must be very very outstanding and also coupled with good results. Its not like you are borderline or your results cannot make it into NUS, hence you use your CCA etc to get in. Its more like, your results are very good but didn't get into medicine, only got into pharmacy, but with the discretionary admission, you get into medicine. Its usually the case that their results are already good enough for a course in the university, but not enough for their first choice. The discretionary admissions are usually given to national players and other talents of that standard. SEA games is a minimal for most sportsmen.

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Re: DSA to the U

Postby phtthp » Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:10 am

Are there students who studied pharmacy (department of science faculty chemistry university course) initially first, then half way through convert to medicine, successfully ?

What pre-requisites required, to convert ?
(Note : Nothing to do with sports cca)

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Re: DSA to the U

Postby phtthp » Sat Feb 01, 2014 8:18 am

havok_ex wrote:Yes, NUS/NTU/SMU does have discretionary admissions. HOWEVER, your achievements must be very very outstanding and also coupled with good results. Its not like you are borderline or your results cannot make it into NUS, hence you use your CCA etc to get in. Its more like, your results are very good but didn't get into medicine, only got into pharmacy, but with the discretionary admission, you get into medicine. Its usually the case that their results are already good enough for a course in the university, but not enough for their first choice. The discretionary admissions are usually given to national players and other talents of that standard. SEA games is a minimal for most sportsmen.

Does this also apply to "a level" students who put medicine as their first choice, but subsequently only offered dentistry, but not medicine ?

How easy / difficult to appeal successfully, from dentistry to medicine ?
Insight info ?

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Re: DSA to the U

Postby havok_ex » Mon Feb 03, 2014 6:34 pm

From a local uni student's standpoint, a transfer is usually hard to get. Once you're in a course, its quite hard to transfer to another course. Even if you do get to, you will have to start back from year 1. Its quite difficult and it will be dependant on your current uni GPA and your A-levels. Of course, transfers are easier if you are from the same faculty, like for example, a year one civil engineer transfer to mechanical engineering. Those kinds of transfer are easier to succeed. But to a course like medicine? It will be difficult, from dentistry shouldn't be too hard though. The fact that you got dent means you are of a certain calibre. Unlike say from NUS science to medicine, thats nearly impossible.

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