IBA Admission for September 2021

IBA Admission for September 2021

Due to possible effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on the grades of applicants graduating in 2021, RSM has decided that this year’s admission will be based on:

  • the grades from the penultimate year
  • AND the grades obtained during the first half of the final year (first term/semester).

You will most likely receive the grades of your fall semester around December or even mid-January. We advise you to submit your application only after you have received the grades from the first half of your final year! In the meantime you can already prepare and start with the application process. Once your first term grades are available, all you then need to do is to add the grades and submit your application. The final deadline to submit the Online Application Form (OLAF) is 31 January.

Not all schools can provide first term grades before 31st January because for instance, the term is not over yet and the final grades can therefore not be calculated, or the grades are not available due to administrative reasons. So, what should you do in that case?

We have created a short FAQ which may answer some of your questions:

  • If your school cannot provide an official first term report before the end of January, we recommend to provide any (progress/midterm) grades that are available before the application closes (31 January). Your school can include an explanation in the RSM diploma statement form

  • We recommend you to submit your application only once you have received your first term grades but no later than 31st January. If no first term grades are available, you can add any (midterm/progress) grades obtained so far. Given the number of applications we expect to receive and the limited time to assess them, it’s not feasible for us to have students first submit their application with only their penultimate year grades and add their first term grades later.

  • No, we don't accept documents sent by e-mail. All documents and transcripts must be uploaded in the Online Application Form (OLAF). 

  • If the application has not yet been submitted, grades can be added to the application until 31 January. Once you have submitted your application, it is not possible to add new or revised grades. If, for instance, you do not meet the mathematics requirement, you can still prove your proficiency in mathematics by taking the IBA mathematics exam to compensate for a lower mathematics grade.

  • If no first term grades or any midterm/progress grades are available, we will use the grades of the penultimate year just as we would normally do. If, for instance, you do not meet the mathematics requirement, you can still prove your proficiency in mathematics by taking the IBA mathematics exam to compensate for a lower mathematics grade.

  • We prefer not to use predicted grades for the assessment but if no first term grades or any progress/midterm grades are available, we are willing to accept predicted grades next to the achieved penultimate year grades. Please be aware that a decision will not be based solely on predicted grades. You may, for instance, still need to take the IBA mathematics exam in order to be eligible for selection.

  • The grade average calculation will be based on the 5 VWO grades and the 6 VWO first term grades obtained until December/mid-January. If you have a 5VWO end of year report, you need to upload this together with your 6 VWO first term report. If you don’t have a 5 VWO end of year report, you need to send all your grades obtained during 5 VWO.

    If your 6 VWO (SE) grades also include 5 VWO grades, the school must clearly indicate this either on the transcript or in the RSM (VWO) Diploma statement form.

    If the grades have different weights, the school should clearly explain this so that this can be taken into consideration. If no explanation is provided or it is unclear, the grade average will be calculated according to our own interpretation.