Your university years are a time when you will do a great deal of growing, learning, and exploring. You will meet with success and disappointment. You hopefully take risks and find direction for your future. Sounds important? It is! And it all starts now with your university search, or your search for other options after high school. The search is long, involved, time-consuming, and requires great effort on your part. But the results and rewards will affect the rest of your life. Approach the selection process as your first university course.* Deciding where you want to go and what you want to do when you leave school is is challenging enough in a home country situation. For our students, with a myriad of experiences, countries, and cultures to build on, the choices can be even more confusing. Students from ASH go on to study at colleges and universities all over the world. From the time students come into the High School, we guide and advise on course selection, and in the final years, provide support for the college and university application process.
* from the Preface of Steps Along Your Path: A College and University Planning Guidebook by Peter Loy
Standardized testing is commonly used in the application process for US colleges. Every college has different requirements, but most require students to submit scores from either the SAT or ACT tests, plus perhaps one or more SAT Subject Test scores. Standardized testing is not required for application to UK or Dutch universities.
ASH is a testing center for the College Board examinations described below, the PSAT, the SAT, and the ACT.
The SAT® is a widely recognized US college admissions test that tests your knowledge of reading, writing and mathematics. Almost all colleges and universities in the US require SAT or ACT scores to help them make admission decisions.
The American College Test, or ACT®, is a national college admission examination that assesses high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. It is curriculum focused, and consists of tests in English, Reading, Mathematics, and Science Reasoning, plus an optional writing section.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is for non-native English speakers wishing to attend college or university where English is the language of instruction. The testing site for TOEFL is in Arnhem.
August/September - College Application Review Evening for Seniors An in-depth look at the application process in the US, UK, Netherlands, Canada and other countries, and guidance on using Naviance to manage the process.
Make an appointment to see Mr Loy.
Request recommendations from your teachers.
Finalize your list of college/university options.
(Re)Take ACT SAT and Subject Tests, if necessary.
Prepare applications. Apply!
15 October - Application deadline for Cambridge, Oxford, and UK medical and dental programs.
1 November - Early application deadline for many US colleges.
Mid-November - Early application deadline for many US colleges.
Early December - Early application deadline for some US colleges.
Early to mid-December - Notification of early application decisions from most US colleges.
1 January - Regular application deadline for many US colleges, and UK universities.
Early January - Notification of early application decisions from some US colleges.
Mid-January - Regular application deadline of other US colleges.
March/April - Notification of regular application decisions for many US colleges and UK Universities.
1 May - Deadline for responding to offers of admission for many colleges.
Early May - First deadline for responding to offers from UK universities.
Early June - Second deadline for responding to offers from UK universities.
1 July - AP results are available by telephone.
Early July - IB results are available online.
Third Thursday - A-Levels results and clearing begins for UK universities.
College & University Representatives
We are looking forward to seeing you here at ASH. Come and learn more about our school and meet with our students. To arrange a visit, please contact Peter Loy, Director of University Guidance.
We are located conveniently close to The Hague, Amsterdam, and Schiphol International Airport. You can combine your visit with some excellent sight-seeing, and visits to other international schools nearby.