- Entry requirements for undergraduate courses
- Entry requirements for postgraduate programmes
- Scholarship information
- British Council in the USA
- Meet current students online
Entry requirements for undergraduate courses
Please use only one method of applying.
If you are using UCAS to apply for other UK universities, please also make your University of Bristol application through UCAS and do not use the Common Application. The UCAS code name and number for this University is BRISL B78.
AP and SAT results can be sent to Bristol via the College Board Code: 5371
We will consider applicants with the following*:
A High School Diploma with a GPA of 3.0 minimum AND EITHER
- SATR (SAT I) with at least 1950 combined score
- ACT with a score of at least 27
Plus one of the following**:
- Three SAT Subject Tests (SAT II) of at least 650 (700+ for competitive courses)
- Three AP subjects of at least 4 (5 for competitive courses)
- A combination of SAT Subject Tests and AP Exams (to make a total of three)
- An Associate Degree with a CGPA of 3.3 or better out of 4.0
*Many undergraduate programmes require higher scores for entry
**Some courses may require a specific AP Exam e.g. Any course asking for Maths will insist upon AP Calculus BC at grade 5
Additional Entry Requirements
Applicants who have completed the High School Diploma combined with a successfully completed appropriate foundation/bridging programme will be considered for admission to our Bachelor degree courses.
Applicants who have successfully completed the first year of a U.S. University degree will be considered for admission to the first year of our Bachelor degree courses.
Applicants with the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma or British A-Levels will be considered for admission to our Bachelor degree courses.
Please note that we do not generally require any standardized tests, but students for Law will need to take the LNAT, but Medicine applicants are not required to take the UKCAT test or the BMAT.
Please note that competition for places at Bristol is very strong, so the achievement of the qualifications listed above does not guarantee that an offer will be made. We aim to get you a response as quickly as possible to help you plan your studies.
Students who are already at University in the United States but who are interested in spending one or two credit-bearing semesters as an undergraduate at Bristol should consult our Study Abroad pages for more details. Study Abroad applications do not go through UCAS.
Entry requirements for postgraduate programmes
You can apply online for all our postgraduate programmes.
The standard requirement for entry to a taught Masters programme at Bristol is an undergraduate (Bachelor) degree that is equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class degree (also known as a 2:1).
Applicants who hold a Bachelor (Honours) degree will be considered for admission to a Masters degree.
A CGPA of 3.2 or above is considered equivalent to a UK Upper Second Class degree.
Applicants who hold a 2 year Masters degree from the United States or a 1 Year Masters from the United Kingdom will be considered for admission to PhD study. A research proposal is required.
To investigate research opportunities in our faculties please visit the postgraduate prospectus.
- American Association of University Women - the largest source of funding for graduate women in the USA
- Department for International Development - shared scholarship scheme
- Fulbright Scholarship
- Bristol Marshall Scholarships/Marshall Scholarships
- Rotary Foundation Scholarships
An International Office Scholarship is available for new international students.
Further information about scholarships is available from the University's Student Funding Office.
British Council in the USA
The British Council has offices in more than 100 countries. Many of them are able to give guidance and information regarding Higher Education in the UK. Here are details of the Washington Office, please visit the British Council website for further information.
The British Embassy, 3100 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20008-3600, USA
Tel: 1 202 588 6500
Fax: 1 202 588 7918
Meet current students online
The University Students' Union has a number of cultural societies. You can check their website to see the whole range of clubs and societies that are here.