Undergraduate Admissions

Last Update: 
7 November 2022
One procedure and four evaluations to give all the best profiles a chance at success

At Sciences Po, we see each candidate as a singular individual with a unique combination of skills, interests and passions. We choose students for who they really are, and we want each and every one of them, regardless of their origins, secondary school, social and economic background or academic journey, to have the same opportunity to show their potential and convince our jury.

All applicants - whether French or international - will be evaluated in the same ways, on identical criteria. The evaluations are demanding, and require diverse and complementary qualities. We make our evaluation criteria clear and transparent in order to give all the best talents a chance to be selected.

Eligibility Criteria

Our new and unified admissions procedure is divided into two pathways corresponding to the circumstances of each candidate. It is the responsibility of the applicant to find out which pathway applies to his or her circumstances at the time of applying.

Applications for the undergraduate programme at Sciences Po are subject to certain eligibility criteria. Accordingly, candidates are eligible to enter Sciences Po in the first year of the Undergraduate College if they are currently enrolled in study for a general or technological French Baccalaureate (FR), or an equivalent foreign diploma of secondary education. They must be preparing to sit these assessments for the first time, over the course of the academic year underway.

Please note:

  • Applicants who have obtained their Baccalaureate or equivalent foreign diploma in the 12 months prior to sending off their application may be permitted to apply, as an exception and on certain conditions. In particular, the candidate should not have been enrolled at another institution of higher education during all or part of these twelve months. This includes institutions offering preparatory classes for the Sciences Po admissions procedure.
  • Candidates may only submit one application to the Sciences Po undergraduate programme.
  • Candidates may only submit their application through a single admissions pathway.

Common expectations

Sciences Po Undergraduate College is a three-year first cycle education, made up of a network of seven campuses. The social sciences and humanities  program is based on three pillars: academic excellence, international opening and civic engagement.

Each year, we recruit students who accomplished an excellent academic record in High School , who confirmed it with the end of year secondary examinations and are able to defend their motivation and personal written project and to convince a jury during the oral examination.

Furthermore, they are able to:

  • Know Sciences Po educative programme; 
  • Demonstrate a strong interest in social sciences and humanities;
  • Be interested in French and international current events and contemporary issues;
  • Be able to mobilize and bring together relevant knowledge;
  • Show strengths at oral and written expression;
  • Demonstrate intellectual curiosity and critical thinking;
  • Show one’s capacity to develop a personal reflection;
  • Show one’s personal commitment and team spirit;
  • Be fond of innovation and multidisciplinarity;
  • Master English language for English taught programs. 

Four Evaluations for all applicants

4 Evaluations: Grades, academic performance, written pieces and interview

The new admissions procedure consists of four separate evaluations, which are the same for all applicants. This plural assessment requires students to have achieved academic excellence throughout their last three years of secondary school, confirmed by the results of their Baccalaureate diploma or equivalent. They must know how to present themselves and express their motivations in writing, and be able to convince the jury in an interview.

Whatever their academic journey and whatever subjects they have chosen at secondary school, all candidates have the same opportunity to demonstrate their talents and potential.

The Admission Decision

Each of the four evaluations carries equal weight in the admission decision: it is the combination of all these results that qualifies the candidate or not. The interview mark complements the other three marks obtained in the application phase. Selected candidates are chosen for their ability to shine in different and complementary lights.

Two platforms for each admissions pathway

All applicants are assessed against the same expectations. French and international secondary school students follow the same procedure, using two different platforms:

A selection of the best talents

A commitment to selecting students with diverse talents has been at the heart of Sciences Po's educational principles since its creation. This new admissions procedure supports and reinforces our ambition to provide an education valuing ​​openness, adaptability, critical thinking and the ability to build bridges between disciplines.

The new procedure also strengthens Sciences Po’s commitment to advancing equal opportunities through proactive policies, such as our Equal Opportunity Programme, launched twenty years ago. With evaluation criteria that reward both academic performance and extracurricular activities, and abolish the “eliminatory” oral exam (formerly the deciding factor of Sciences Po’s admissions process), the procedure gives a fair chance to all applicants, in all their diversity and in whatever field they may excel.

Finally, thanks to its presence on the Parcoursup platform, Sciences Po is now accessible to all students in France, across all regions and secondary schools. The application process is more approachable than it once was: Sciences Po appears as a choice amongst others, with clear evaluation criteria and requirements.

Find out which admissions pathway corresponds to you

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