School Admission Application


There is no one hard and fast rule when writing an application to the school. Each application would be different depending on the school, the level and the strengths of the child. It is always a good idea to call your school first to find out if they have any vacancy, who to write to, whether there is an application deadline, and any specific guidelines for application to the school (e.g. whether there is an admission form and what documents to include). 

 

What to write about would very much depend on the level of the child / young adult. In any case, you should bear the following two points in mind:

 

1. The school admission application letter is essentially a marketing brochure for you / your child. You should try and communicate you / your child’s strength in the fewest words and concise terms.

 

2. Always be extremely polite. Praise the school a lot and give reasons why you or your child would like to be admitted.

 

A. Kindergarten and Primary School Enrollment Application


This application letter is usually written by one or both parents (having both parents signing has the advantage of demonstrating that they are on the same page):

 

1. First state your child's current grade level and the level he / she is applying in the school and in which academic year.

 

2. Write down your child's strengths academically and socially.

 

3. Mention any extracurricular activities and awards your child has (sports, music?).

 

4. Praise the school and its educational facilities. Mention what you love about the school, how you agree with its teaching philosophies, why you love the school and you want your child to get into the school. It is important to do some background research on the school online.

 

5. Write down why your child is a good fit for the school and will excel in it.

 

6. Explain why you are planning to change school. Mention any important situation, such as moving to another area.

 

7. Include a picture of your child where appropriate.

 

8. Thank the school for considering your application.

 

B. Secondary, High or Senior School Admission Application

 

This application letter can be written by the parents or the student. Obviously it is more impressive for it to be written by an aspiring student as it demonstrates the motivation, manner, writing skill and organisational skill of the student:

 

1. First state your current grade level and the level you are applying in the school and in which academic year.

 

2. Mention your academic performance in previous years – include any awards, publications, honours, coursework that do not appear on your academic results or transcripts.

 

3. Mention any extracurricular activities, community service, work experience, and hobby.

 

4. Include any special skills (such as foreign language fluency or computer programming expertise)

 

5. Praise the school and its educational facilities. Mention what you love about the school, how you agree with its values, why you love the school and you want to get into the school. It is important to do some background research on the school online.

 

6. Write down how you can contribute to the school academically, socially, or through your sporting, music or other achievements.

 

7. Explain the reason why you would want to be admitted to the new school. Mention any important situation, such as moving to another area.

 

8. Thank the school for considering your application.

 

C. University or College Application


A college application letter should be well written as it demonstrates the motivation, manner, writing skill and organisational skill of the student. Keep it simple (2 pages) and to the point. Stick to the facts (which must be accurate and verifiable), be honest, accurate and do not brag. The admission offices are trained to spot inconsistencies and may seek to verify the facts.

 

1. State your personal details including name, address, telephone and email.

 

2. Clearly state which degree or course you are applying for. Are you already doing relevant subjects in your secondary education and are you enjoying them? Do you understand the course you are applying for? You should show a clear understanding of what it entails in the letter. If you have any career aspirations, mention your career goal and how the degree or course can help in achieving that.

 

3. Include information on your high / secondary school with your graduation date, GPA (weighted), class ranking, SAT / ACT score, IB score, GCSE score (or the equivalent in your jurisdiction).

4. Mention your academic performance in previous years – include any awards, publications, honours, coursework that do not appear on your academic results or transcripts.

 

5. Mention any extracurricular activities, community service, work experience, and hobby. Provide specific details of your role and responsibilities, hours you put in relating the extracurricular activities to differentiate from other standard college applications. If after-school work limits your ability to participate in clubs or sports, make sure your resume highlights your job responsibilities, training, and on-the-job skills.

 

6. Highlight any special skills (such as foreign language fluency or computer programming expertise). Focus on the depth and length of the skills. When writing about skills, activities and achievements meet the requirements, keep in mind that colleges prefer to see you focusing on one or two key skills or experiences rather than knowing a little about everything.

 

7. Tailor your letter to each university / college. Mention what you love about the field / area you are applying for and why you would like to do the particular degree / course in the university / college. It is important to do some background research on the school online.

 

8. What do you have to offer to the university / college? How you can contribute to the university / college life, academically, socially, or through your sporting, music or other achievements.

 

9. Thank the university / college for considering your application.

 

10. Include any references or testimonials from people who know you if required.

D. Graduate School and Post Graduate Admission


For graduate admission, your application letter will be very different from standard university / college applications. For postgraduate application, you should demonstrate:

1. Your career goals and how receiving postgraduate training in your chosen field can help you achieve your career goals.


2. Why choosing a particular department at the university you are applying to. Name the professor you want to work with and tell them why they are important to your training (you will need to conduct extensive due diligence on the university and department).

3. Your research interests. Tell them how you want to increase the human knowledge base by exploring issues that have not been fully studied.

4. Finally, show that you understand that graduate training is long, difficult, and rigorous, but you are willing to invest time because you are highly motivated.

Competition for admission in graduate and undergraduate programs can be fierce. It would be a good idea to apply to more than one universities / colleges and hope for the best. Good luck!