In addition we are looking for students who:
The more of these you meet, the more likely you are to get a place on the programme.
The best thing I’ve learned from the Sutton Trust US Programme is that there is no limit to what you can achieve. Being part of a network of students - all from working class backgrounds - and seeing all the things they’ve achieved is a truly amazing feeling.
Trae James | Babson College class of 2023
Academic performance and potential
What does this mean? Extracurricular involvement includes school and community activities, work experience, paid work, sports and music performance, volunteering, caring responsibilities and other interests.
This includes: leadership, service, work ethic, enthusiasm, drive to succeed.
Demonstrated interest in US higher education
We consider each student’s achievements in context. If your community, school or background has somehow limited your opportunities, we will take this into account. In the same way, if you have gone to a good school with many opportunities, we want to ensure you have taken advantage of these.
In the US, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and veterinary medicine are only offered at the postgraduate level. If you are confident you want to study one of these subjects, the Sutton Trust US Programme may not be the best choice for you. For these subjects, most British students find courses in the UK to be shorter and more affordable, and if they are interested in the US they tend to choose to study in the US short-term as part of a UK course or for their postgraduate studies/research.
Law is also only offered at the postgraduate level in the US. If you are interested in law you may study a related field at the undergraduate level in the US and then return to the UK to complete a law conversion course, so you’ll want to consider this before applying to the programme.
The Sutton Trust UK Summer Schools offer free subject-specific residentials in these areas – and many more – at leading UK universities.