How is this year's admission campaign organized?
This year's admission campaign is organized similar to last year's - the students first choose a School. Traditionally, there are five of them:
School of Translational Information Technologies,
School of Computer Technologies and Controls,
School of Photonics,
School of Biotechnology and Cryogenic Systems,
School of Economics.
Then they have to choose a program. This year, there are 70 Bachelor's programs and 158 Master's programs. One can find more about each on this year's admission campaign’s website.
How many tuition-free positions will there be at ITMO University this year?
There will be 1195 tuition-free positions on Bachelor's programs, more than 2400 positions on Master's programs and 270 tuition-free PhD positions. One can find all the corresponding information on our website.
Will there be any bonuses for those who apply on this year’s Bachelor's programs?
The applicants could get up to 10 bonus points to their Unified State Exam results by participating in such ITMO's projects as the ITMO Vkontakte Olympiad, the Physics: Game of Light online game and the like.
Also, in 2016 ITMO University introduced three new ITMO.FAMILY scholarships: the Gold, Silver and Bronze student IDs, each with particular bonuses.
If a student scores from 285 to 300 points for their three Unified State Examinations, or is a winner of some high-level contest (international or nationwide), he gets the Golden ID, a place in dorms in the city center and 15,000 rubles for every month of his first year as ITMO's student.
Also, there are Silver (275-284) and Bronze (265-274) IDs, with scholarships of 10,000 and 7,000 rubles correspondingly. This money will allow the students to plan their budget and educational path during their first year; later, they will have the opportunity to compete for enhanced scholarships, conduct research and individual projects and earn a lot more. Our top priority is to attract talented students, and we are ready to commend them for the competencies they've developed before entering ITMO.
Are there any changes in regards to paperwork?
In comparison with 2016, there are none. Apart from the basic documents, the applicants are to sign their consent on entering the university, where they specify their program - the one that suits them most.
We see this document as some confirmation of the applicant's serious intention to study; in a sense, it's more important than any other. An applicant can change his decision only once. Starting with June 20, all the information about the applicants will be sent to the Federal Information System, which is meant to prevent confusion in cases when a single applicant submits multiple applications.
What about the competition this year?
Everything will be organized as in 2016 - to get a tuition-free position, an applicant will have to compete with not just those who applied for the same program, but with everyone who applied for the same School. Such an approach allows us to enroll applicants with the best Unified State Examination's results; last year, the average score of students who got tuition-free positions was 86,9; this way, ITMO entered Russia's top-10 universities as the country’s 3rd best technical university.
Applicants for Master's programs will compete within their chosen programs only, as older students better understand what they want to learn next. More than half of the Master's students come from other cities and regions; for them, we organize off-site entrance examinations. We've been using the same practice for PhD programs for several years already.
How should applicants send in their documents?
There are several ways of doing it. After June 20, any applicant can bring them personally to the admission committee. Documents can also be sent by mail. Yet, to apply for a tuition-free position, applicants have to send in the originals of their documents.
What are the most important dates of the admission campaign?
We accept documents from June 20 until July 26. The orders of admission will be issued on July 29, August 3 and 8 for tuition-free positions and on August 8 and 18 for fee-based positions. Documents of those who apply for correspondence programs will be accepted until August 12, and the orders of admission will be issued on August 18.
As for Master's degree programs, we'll be accepting documents from June 20 till August 5; the orders of admission will be issued on August 15 and September 19 (for correspondence programs).
Any changes in admission of international students?
No. We plan to increase the number of international students at our university. This year, we plan to accept about 700 of them. The admission committee for international students is located in the center of St. Petersburg, on Kronverkskiy 49, in ITMO's main building.
This year, we'll be accepting a new category of students, as well - winners of different contests who've received a quota on studying at Russian universities. This year, there'll be about a hundred of such students on Bachelor's programs.
How will the admission campaign be organized?
Admission campaign's team
During the admission campaign, ITMO's staff and students will help the applicants puzzle out all the nuances that have to do with sending in documents and passing exams. Representatives of ITMO's faculties and departments will tell of the university's many educational programs at the special zones at the university's entrance. There will also be a resting area for applicants and their parents. Staff working at special information stands will consult the applicants about everything related to documents, and, surely, the admission committee will be ready to answer any questions related to the admission campaign.
At the ITMO.Place creative space, the applicants will have the opportunity to experience the university's unique atmosphere.
The admission campaign's main concept is that ITMO University is our home, and we are all a big family. Everyone who shares our values is part of this family as well. Which is why we want our applicants to feel the university's unique atmosphere and learn of the educational environment where they will spend the next several years. We take pride in being the first non-classical university, and we are happy to be so popular amongst applicants and their parents - with each year, our family grows bigger!
Is the concept the same for the Faculty of Secondary Vocational Education?
Surely! Yet, there are small differences. When we promote our university to potential Bachelor's students, we stress that the students will come to St. Petersburg, a city of many new opportunities. When speaking about Master's programs, we focus on different aspects: interesting tasks and high wages. As for the Faculty of Secondary Vocational Education, we mostly speak to the applicants' parents: we explain that their children will receive high-quality education as part of a great university.
How does one assess the admission campaign's results?
One of the main criteria for Bachelor's programs is the average score for the Unified State Exam. For Master's degree and PhD programs, that would be the demand for them, the competition, and the students' overall level. Also, it is most important that everything is well-organized and efficient. Yet, the main criterion for our university is the students, their talent and motivation.