Use a matrix to determine which university offer to accept

Where will you enrol at university?  Why?

Deciding between university offers can be stressful and confusing if you don’t have clear priorities.


My suggestion is to create a matrix that will highlight important facts and information. The headings you choose will be the things that are important to you along with key points such as cost, graduation rate and class size.


Set up your matrix:


Along the top list all the offers you are considering; along the left side list all the information you consider important in a university choice.  Remember that a lot of things that may be important are the cultural fit, opportunity for close mentorship with professors, study abroad opportunities and the attention you will receive which can be judged by the communication between you and the school so far.


For cost, graduation rate and average income after graduation, this site help those considering US schools. Unistats is helpful for this with UK information. For most other places, the information is found on university websites, and cost is in your offer letters. Remember if cost is a high priority, factor in travel costs as well.


Uni A Uni B Uni C Uni D (as many columns as you need)
Cost (tuition, board, flights, etc minus scholarship)
Graduation rate
Class size in my area of study
Opportunity for research or internships Best (suggested rating) OK Better Weak
Campus fit


NYU Abu Dhabi Info Session, March 9th 3-5pm

NYU Abu Dhabi would like to invite you and your parents to attend an upcoming information session:


Shenzhen: Saturday, March 9, 2019, 3pm-5pm


At this session, you will be able to learn more about


student life


the application process

financial support at NYU Abu Dhabi.

We will also be available to answer any other questions you may have.


Space is limited. Please RSVP by sending an e-mail to In your e-mail, kindly include “SHENZHEN” as the info session city name, your name, “Shekou International School”, and the number of people attending.


The venue address will be e-mailed to those that RSVP.


Plan Ahead

Summer is the perfect time to relax, pursue a hobby, extend your language skills, volunteer, work or do something new.  Many opportunities are available for exploring university programs and developing leadership skills through courses specially designed for international students. For more information, browse the list in the Resources section.

Learning beyond the classroom

There are many opportunities for students to gain first hand experience and valuable insight into specific academic areas or career interests.  Applications for summer programs, winter holiday programs and even short weekend courses are shared with students as they become available.  Keep up-to-date by regularly checking the Resources page of this blog, emails, and display boards on the 3rd floor of Bayside.


A highlight this November is the chance to join a specialised Young Engineer or Young Doctor program conveniently in Hong Kong.  Follow these links for details and to register:

The Young Doctor Programme (Hong Kong)

University visits to SIS

Dear Students,

It’s a great advantage to speak to university admissions officers directly!  Make time to speak to representatives from the various universities that come to visit our campus. Often, these are the people who first read your application and meeting students can provide a great impression. They can also give you the most up-to-date information as you consider your future options.

Check the calendar for details.

Ms B

University Offers to SIS Class of 2018

Congratulations to our Class of 2018!  Offers have been rolling in for months, and the list of amazing places our students have been accepted to is still growing.  Did you know that depending on regions and application time frames, some students are still applying, others have conditional offers and some have secure places and have put down deposits?!  Whatever the case, students have worked hard to be ready for this big step to university life and we are excited to share this list of acceptances!

Scroll to see it all 😉


Offers to Canadian Universities

Niagara College

University of British Columbia

University of Toronto



Offers to Hong Kong Universities

Hong Kong University

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Chinese University of Hong Kong



Offers to Korean Universities


Seoul National University


Offers to UK Universities

Brunel University London

Imperial College London

King’s College London

Loughborough University

University of Birmingham

University of Bristol

University College London

University of Edinburgh

University of Exeter

University of Glasgow

University of Greenwich

University of Manchester

University of Portsmouth

University of Roehampton

University of St. Andrew’s

University of Surrey

University of Westminster



Offers to US Universities

Barnard College

Boston University

BYU Hawaii

Carnegie Mellon University

Cornell University

Emerson University

Fordham University *with IGNITE scholarship

Loyola Marymount University

Lynn University *with scholarship

New York University

New York University Stern School of Business

Northeastern University

Rochester Institute of Technology

Stevens Institute of Technology

Trinity College

UC Berkeley


UC San Diego

UC Santa Barbara

UC Davis

UC Irvine

University of Pennsylvania

University of Southern California

University of Utah

University of Virginia

Attending a Liberal Arts university – 1:00 on Monday April 2

Students in Grades 11 and 10 will meet at 1:00 on Monday April 2 and use the advisory time to learn about what distinguishes a liberal arts university education.

The presenter represents Juniata College, one of the ‘Colleges That Change Lives’.  This means it has a particularly strong reputation for developing student skills and character throughout the university years.  Students can use this understanding of liberal arts to determine what the right fit is for them in shortlisting universities and programs that are right for them.

Learn more at