As we prepare for our NACIS graduating class of 2021 to turn their tassels, we reflect on the journey they took to get here. From ensuring they had multiple extra-curricular activities to studying hard to receive top marks in all of their subjects to filling out multiple college applications, we are proud of each NACIS graduating student that will stand on that stage.
We want to take this chance to congratulate the students for their hard work. I have had the privilege of watching them work diligently through the IB programme and I’m proud to say that their commitment has paid off.
- Mr. David, Head of IB
This year, our G12 students have received high-quality university offers from top schools around the world. Despite increased competition for university places with standardised testing requirements being removed due to COVID and many would-be 2020 entrants deferring for a year, 100% of students were admitted to one of their top choice schools.
Since I know I want to be a diplomat in the future, I decided on a political economics major. When looking for universities, I identified those that were known for political science and economics and did a bit more research on them. I chose three safe choices, three match choices and at least four reach choices in Singapore, US, UK, Hong Kong and Canada. The application process was touch because each region has different requirements, but ultimately it gave me plenty of choices.
For our students who applied to US universities, even with unprecedented competition for admission and uncertainties of COVID, we also saw 100% of applicants land a spot in the top 50 US schools including University of California – Davis, University of Wisconsin – Madison, Boston University and University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign.
Siri -G12 Student
I’m looking forward to broadening my social circle and international perspective at university. I hope to get to know more people with rich cultural backgrounds and different ways of thinking. I also look forward to the knowledge and skills I will gain at school.
UK applicants also secured spots at some of the top universities in the both the country and the world including University College London, University of Edinburgh, University of Manchester and King’s College.
Our NACIS University Counselling program is something we pride ourselves on, as our counsellors get to know the students individually and help them to identify the best-fit school and area of study for them. Two of our students who have chosen to pursue art and design both landed places in top 10 art schools in the world, Glasgow School of Art and The Pratt Institute. Though they are not ranked as top overall universities in the world, securing a spot at these competitive and prestigious universities is an incredible achievement for these students.
We work with Grade 12 students to provide support for worldwide university application systems, finalise university lists, write a personalised Counsellor letter of recommendation, review and share advice on how to improve personal statements and prepare for interviews. Having worked many years as a university counsellor, I whole-heartedly believe in the “best fit” approach and I work closely with students to help them identify the best university to achieve their future goals.
- Ms. Vivian
University Guidance Counsellor
Choosing the right college was a big deal for me, and it took a long time to think through it all. A critical thing to know is whether you should choose the school based on the overall ranking or the ranking for your major. Ultimately, I chose to attend Babson College outside of Boston because its undergraduate entrepreneurship program has been ranked 1st for the last two decades, despite not being ranked on the overall university ranking list. Knowing this is what I wanted to study, I chose to go here.
The success of NACIS students this year is reflective of our strong academic programme and the NACIS difference. The university admissions of NACIS students contribute to the amazing offers we have seen across all of our Nord Anglia schools in what was an incredibly challenging year. We could not be prouder and are looking forward to celebrating our graduating class tomorrow!