Ultimate Guide to College Application: Singapore Management University (SMU)

The Singapore Management University (SMU) is one of the leading specialist universities in Asia and Singapore. Situated in the Central Business District, SMU has an average intake of 9000 undergraduates per year. This article will summarise how you can apply to SMU in the coming application cycles.


Application Overview


Similar to other universities in Singapore, SMU divide their applicant pool according to the various

high school degrees available:

  • Singapore-Cambridge GCE ‘A’ Level (‘A’-Level)

  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma

  • Polytechnic Diplomas

  • NUS High School Diploma

  • International and Other Qualifications

  • Transfer Applicants


After applying online, please upload the following documents using the online upload function at Applicant's Self Service. Academic results/transcripts/certificates must clearly show the applicant’s name, and the name and logo of the awarding institution.

  • NRIC for Singapore Citizens; NRIC and Passport Particulars Page for Permanent Residents; Passport Particulars Page and Singapore Student Pass for Non-citizens.

  • Singapore-Cambridge GCE O-Level results, SPM results or equivalent.

  • Singapore-Cambridge GCE A-Level results.

  • University results, if any.

  • School Testimonials/Extra-Curricular Activity/Co-Curricular Activity/Special Achievements/Award Records, if any, that are relevant to what you have indicated on your online application form (Under CCAs and Achievements).

  • Medical report, if you have any disabilities or major illness.

  • Criminal offence records, if applicable.

An application fee of S$15 is payable. Payment is to be made by Visa or MasterCard. Debit cards and charge cards (AMEX, Diners Club) cannot be used for this payment mode. You can make the payment via Applicant's Self Service after submitting your online application for admission.

Academic Year 2022-23 application opening date: 16 October 2021

Academic Year 2022-23 application closing date: 19 March 2022, 11.59 pm Singapore Standard Time


Below are the sections in which you need to fill in for your college application:

  • Personal details

Basic background information


  • Contacts

Your email, phone numbers, etc.


  • Qualifications

Your pre-university education qualifications, such as A-Level, or IB.


  • Test results (Optional)

Any relevant standard tests results such as the SAT, ACT, IELTS, or TOEFL could be submitted here.


  • Work Experience (Optional)

You may share up to three relevant internship/ work exposures, which could set you apart from other candidates


  • Achievements

Indicate your relevant Co-curricular Activities achievements which you consider the most important to you. Furthermore, within this


  • Quick Takes

A short paragraph showcases your personality based on the prompts provided.

Examples of such prompts:

  1. What would you say is your greatest talent or skill? How have you developed and demonstrated that talent over time?

  2. What have you done to make your school or community a better place?

  3. What are your future plans or career interests?


  • Supplementary Information

Student profile related questions.


  • Programme & Scholarship Choice

Indicate your scholarship choices, as well as your respective courses and majors if applicable.


  • Tuition Grant

This section only applies to Singaporean Permanent Residents (PR) and International Students. Singaporeans are automatically granted tier A Tuition Grant.



Waiting for Outcome

Depending on the course(s) you have applied for, an interview and/or selection test may be required before an admission outcome can be made. For instance, interviews and essay writing tests for Law shortlisted applicants will be conducted from end-March to April 2022. Candidates will be notified by SMU of their application outcome via emails from February to July.


We wish you all the best in your university application this window. Should you wish to maximise your chance of an offer, contact our friendly consultants at KB Consulting to find out how we can support you.





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