Aarhus University introduces grade point averages for all science and engineering degrees

In future, students must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 7.0 on the Danish 7-point grading scale to be directly admitted via quota 1 to a degree programme at Science and Technology. The new requirement is intended to strengthen the quality of the degree programmes, reduce the dropout rate, and produce better graduates.

2017.10.09 | Anne-Mette Siem

Photo: Poul Ib Henriksen, Aarhus University

As of 2018, Science and Technology is changing the admission requirements for Physics, IT and Computer Science. From 2019, this will apply to all the degree programmes at the faculty, where young people are educated in science and engineering subjects. In future, students must have a minimum GPA of 7.0 in the qualifying exam and a minimum GPA of 7.0 in Mathematics A to be directly admitted via quota 1. Students who do not meet the requirements can apply for admission via quota 2, and must sit a qualifying exam. The aim of the qualifying exam is to help students clarify their choice of studies, and to identify the most motivated and qualified students.

“The aim is not to educate fewer students, but to find the right ones. We’ll continue to educate all those with the ability and motivation to complete our degrees. The aim is to strengthen the quality of our degree programmes, and produce better graduates. We’ll achieve this by ensuring that the students not only want to, but also have the ability to undertake our degree programmes. This will benefit the students and us, and especially the business sector, which employs them when they’ve finished,” says Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen, Science and Technology.

“With the new admission system, we’re focusing on helping students to determine their study choice, and to admit them to the right degree programme. Making them better prepared for what lies ahead helps reduce the dropout rate, and ensures that they avoid unnecessary failure and changes to their study programmes. Our subjects pave the way to an exciting future, but it’s important to know that the subjects they tackle are not always easy,” says Vice-Dean for Education Finn Borchsenius.

Experience from admissions to Physics, IT and Computer Science in 2018 – and from other degree programmes with qualifying exams – will be used in the final composition of the qualifying exams for the entire faculty.

 

For more information, please contact

Dean Niels Chr. Nielsen
+45 2899 2541
dean.scitech@au.dk

Vice-Dean Finn Borchsenius
+45 2381 5322
finn.borchsenius@au.dk

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