Undergraduate entry requirements by region

United States of America

Undergraduate entry requirements for applicants from United States of America.

To qualify for entry, you must meet general entry requirements, specific requirements for your chosen degree programme/major (where applicable) and meet English language requirements.

English language requirements

The University of Edinburgh accepts a wide range of qualifications for entry - most commonly for US students this will be a combination of US standardised test scores. If you are taking another curriculum such as the International Baccalaureate or French Baccalaureate, please see:

Undergraduate entry requirements

Test score requirements

All subjects require three standardised test scores, and these can be a variety of different combinations provided they are in different subjects.

At the point you apply, you do not need to have achieved all of these requirements, but you should be aiming to complete the requirements in your senior year. Please list on your UCAS application form all of the tests you have taken and intend to take.

Achieving the following grades will not guarantee you a place at Edinburgh, but will make you a competitive applicant. Please note, our Admissions Office will consider the other aspects of your application, such as the personal statement.

Examples of our minimum entry requirements in the standardised tests are:

  • ACT score of 27 plus two AP scores at 4+ or two SAT subject tests at 650+
  • SAT score of 1290+ (650+ in Evidence based reading and Writing and 620+ in Math) plus two AP scores at 4+ or two SAT subject tests at 650+
  • 3 AP scores at 4+
  • 3 SAT Subject Test scores of 650+
  • A combination of the AP and SAT, such as 1 AP score at 4+ and 2 SAT Subject Tests at 650+

Applicants should submit all of their test scores, and our Admission Offices will consider the highest scores submitted for each. Please note, the University of Edinburgh does not Superscore the ACT but will consider a Superscore for the new and old SAT. The optional essay sections are not required.

A combination of AP and SAT Subject tests are acceptable, provided they are in different subjects. For example, AP French and SAT Physics are acceptable as two scores, but AP French and SAT French are only considered once.

Please note AP scores are used for admissions purposes only, and no advanced credit is awarded as there is no core curriculum in Scotland. AP Research is not accepted as meeting one of the three required.

Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education

The Cambridge Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Diploma is accepted for entry. The Diploma must include three Cambridge International A Levels achieved with points equivalent to the A Level grade requirements for the programme including required subjects.

Point equivalencies are:

A Levels
Grade Points
A* 140
A 120
B 100
C 80

Subject specific requirements

Many of our degree programmes require that you have some experience of the subject at high school. This means that one or more of your three standardised test scores must include specific subject requirements, such as an AP score or SAT subject test in a certain subject relevant to the degree you are applying to.

Please check the following information and web pages for your subject specific requirements. If your subject is not listed e.g. International Relations, this means there are no specific subject test requirements.

Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Subject specific requirements for Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Science & Engineering

Subject specific requirements for Science & Engineering

Medicine & Vet Medicine

Veterinary Medicine
1. 5-year BVM&S (D100)

Normally 3 APs all at 4 or above in Chemistry, Biology and either Maths/Physics would be required. However, we are also happy to consider a combination of APs and SAT IIs (700+) provided that they are in different subjects. Prospective applicants are encouraged to get in contact with the Veterinary Medicine Admissions team prior to application for advice.

If Physics has not been studied as part of the AP/SATs, candidates must also provide evidence of a qualification at a minimum of SQA Standard Grade 2 or GCSE Grade B or equivalent in this subject.

All applicants to Veterinary Medicine will be expected to have relevant practical experience of handling animals.

Pre-Vet Programmes

Candidates with two years of a pre-vet will be considered for the 5-year BVM&S programme. We would expect high grades in all science subjects, specifically Chemistry, Biology and either Maths/Physics. An overall GPA of 3.4 (4 point scale) is expected.

2. Graduate entry programme (GEP) BVM&S (D102)

Pass in a 4-year undergraduate degree with a science major and a GPA of 3.4 or better. Candidates who want to be considered for the GEP must achieve high grades in the following subjects:

  • Biology/Zoology
  • Physics
  • Biochemistry
  • Organic and Inorganic Chemistry
  • Mathematics/Statistics

In addition, gaining high grades in the following subjects would strengthen an application for the GEP:

  • Genetics
  • Microbiology
  • Cell Biology

Graduate Record Examination - VMCAS candidates only

Scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test are required. GRE scores should be submitted to the School directly using 0917 (institution code) and 0617 (department code).

For Medicine (MBChB)
1. Entry direct from high school

Medicine has higher minimum entry requirements:

  • At least 3 APs at 5 or 3 SAT Subject Tests at 700+

    • These must include Chemistry and two of Biology, Math/Calculus or Physics

  • Scores can be a combination of APs and SAT subject tests

We may also consider routes other than standardised tests, based on school curriculum - prospective applicants should contact the Medical Admissions Office prior to application for advice on this.

Medical Admissions Office

Applicants for Medicine must also take the UCAT.

Find out more about the UCAT
2. Graduate Entry after completing an undergraduate/bachelor’s degree

Pass in a 4-year undergraduate degree with a science major and a GPA of 3.4 or better. If your science degree does not contain any Chemistry you will also require either SAT II Chemistry at 650+ or AP Chemistry at grade 4.

Biomedical Sciences 

Subject specific requirements for Biomedical Sciences include both Biology and Chemistry. This can either be an AP Exam at 4+ or 5 or SAT Subject Test at 650+.

Sending your scores

We do not require a copy of your high school transcript to be sent (unless requested) but once you have applied you should send us your official score reports:

College Board/SAT/AP scores: 0917

ACT: 5390

Further information on sending your scores can be found on the ACT, SAT and AP websites.

ACT Website

SAT Website 

AP Website

Applicant support

Further support on admissions is available from College Admissions Teams and Edinburgh Global.

College Admissions Contacts

Staff in the Admissions Offices will be able to provide further guidance on Admissions.

College Admissions Contacts

Transfer students

Completed study at another institution and want to apply to Edinburgh to complete your degree?

Transfer students


Watch our presentation on the admissions process for US students.


Chat to us

Talk to a member of staff online and view a presentation about study in Edinburgh.

Chat to us

Do I need a visa?

Check your immigration requirements.

Student Immigration Service

Support in your country

View a list of our overseas visits to the USA where you can speak to us about applying.

Our visits overseas

Student numbers

There are more than 2000 students from USA currently studying at the University of Edinburgh.

You can meet some of our current students at:

Student Stories - North America 

Contact us

The Edinburgh Global Regional Managers for USA are Aly Stewart and Tessa Bell. 

Aly and Tessa will help you with admissions advice and support.

You can email them at usa.enquiries@ed.ac.uk

Understanding your offer

For applicants with US qualifications who have received a conditional offer of study.

Understanding your offer