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Admission Criteria

Applications for the Bachelor Program are only considered for admission to Year 1; therefore, we are unable to accept transfer students in Years 2 and 3 of the Program.

General Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet one of the following requirements:
- Currently be enrolled in the last year of secondary education and must graduate before the start of the Bachelor Program (e.g. French Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, A-levels, secondary school/high school diploma)
- Have recently graduated from secondary education
- Have recently graduated from secondary education and be currently enrolled in post-secondary education

Students are selected using a holistic approach to admissions. Therefore, the Admissions Committee considers not only academics (i.e. strong academic performance in high school, especially in mathematics and science), but also non-academic factors. We recognize exemplary, sustained achievement in any field of intellectual or creative endeavor; accomplishments in extracurricular activities such as performing arts or athletics, scientific competitions, internships, leadership in your school or community, volunteering, etc.

Specific Admission Requirements

Consistent with all of École Polytechnique’s academic programs, the Bachelor Program is designed for top students, with very high potential, capable to follow a rich and demanding curriculum. Admission to École Polytechnique’s Bachelor Program is highly competitive with a historical acceptance rate of less than 15%.

In addition to meeting the general admission requirements, applicants to École Polytechnique’s Bachelor Program should also meet the following specific requirements:
- have an overall strong academic average;
- take advanced mathematics courses, and at least one advanced science course;
- have a level of English sufficient to successfully complete this Program (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages level C1).

Admissions requirements by high school curriculum:

French Baccalaureate:
- Scientific stream preferred

International Baccalaureate:
- Mathematics and at least one science course should be HL courses. If mathematics HL is not offered by your school, you may provide evidence of an alternate advanced mathematics course/training (e.g. having taken an introductory college or university level mathematics class)

American (US) high school:
- Honors or AP classes in mathematics and/or sciences are preferred

British-patterned Education:
- Students who have completed the IGCSE or O-level exams have not yet met the requirements for admission in the Bachelor Program. We require further study, either completion of the two-year A-level program, the IB diploma program, or another similar academic curriculum

Other curriculum:
- If your high school curriculum is not listed above, you are also eligible to apply for our Bachelor Program

Home-schooled students are eligible to apply on a case-by-case basis. Contact our Admissions Office for more information at bachelor-admissions @ polytechnique.fr