About USP

The University Scholars Programme (USP) is a multidisciplinary, partially residential, academic programme for National University of Singapore (NUS) undergraduates.

We admit 180 students each year, and offer the freedom to explore across disciplines, a wide range of extracurricular and overseas opportunities, and a close community of exceptionally motivated and talented students. The aim is to produce graduates with the intellectual rigour, initiative, and innovative spirit to make significant contributions to society.

To this end, we provide an environment for exploration, collaboration, and creative discovery. Our unique modules are designed to develop interdisciplinary thinking. Learning extends beyond the classroom through a wide range of research, internship, community involvement, and study abroad opportunities. Perhaps most important of all, our students learn from each other by working and discussing together in a host of different settings.

USP is an honours programme. Our students are concurrently enrolled in one of seven faculties or schools – Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Computing, Design and Environment, Engineering, Science, and Law. They do 30% of their academic work with USP, and 70% in their home faculty or school where they do their majors. Our students attend USP classes that are taught in seminar style, with class sizes ranging from 10 to 35. This facilitates maximum interaction between professors and students.

In August 2011, the USP includes a residential component where USP students live and learn together in the USP residential college in the University Town. All USP students will stay at the USP residential college in Year One and a second year over the course of their studies.

Students apply to join USP. Application is by transcript, essay, and interview with our professors and alumni. Students are admitted based on their academic potential and co-curricular achievements, together with their passion, motivation, and curiosity.

USP is not a scholarship disbursement programme. USP students may however apply for NUS scholarships, or can be recipients of other scholarships.

Upon successful completion of USP requirements and an honours programme, USP students graduate with an honours degree from their faculty or school, and a certificate that recognises them as University Scholars.