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VIDEO: US university admissions staff explain why they value Cambridge qualifications
A global leader in education, the USA is home to some of the world’s most famous universities. With a thriving population of local students, the US has also become the most popular destination for international students, with over 800,000 currently enrolled in higher education institutions across the country.
Every year both local and international students with Cambridge qualifications attend top universities across the USA. Many universities also offer advanced credit to students holding Cambridge International A Levels, which means that Cambridge students are already ahead in their undergraduate programme before they even begin their college enrolment.
This video provides an insight into why university admissions staff in the USA value Cambridge qualifications so highly:
Leading universities in the US require Cambridge International AS & A Levels for admissions, but some colleges and universities will accept students with five Cambridge IGCSEs or Cambridge O Levels at grade C or above. Check the admissions policies at individual institutions for more information.
Over 600 universities in the US accept Cambridge International AS & A Levels, including all Ivy League colleges.
A number of research studies have explored the ability of Cambridge International AS & A Levels to predict ‘college-readiness’ – results suggest that Cambridge qualifications compare favourably with other recognised programmes in the US such as Advanced Placement (AP) and the International Baccalaureate (IB).
Recognition of Cambridge Pre-U is growing. All the Ivy League colleges accept Cambridge Pre-U and so do many other leading universities in the USA.
The Cambridge International AS & A Levels that make up the Cambridge AICE Diploma are welcomed by leading universities in the USA - as shown in the following video, which also explains how the Cambridge AICE Diploma prepares students for university study.
The video below outlines the benefits Cambridge qualifications to students, including how their qualifications prepared them for study at university.
Learn more about recognition of the Cambridge AICE Diploma in the Cambridge in the USA section of our website.
Cambridge International AS & A Levels are considered college-level courses of study. In the USA, good grades in carefully-chosen Cambridge International A Level subjects can result in up to one year of university course credit. For more information on credit policies, please check with universities directly.
Find out more in Destination USA – our detailed guide to the application process which also features Cambridge student success stories.
Please always check directly with your target institution and/or study destination for up-to-date admissions requirements and policies for local and international students.
Find out which universities and colleges in the USA recognise Cambridge qualifications by searching our recognitions database.
This information was correct at time of publication. Please always check directly with your target institution and/or study destination for up-to-date admissions requirements and policies for local and international students.