University of Virginia


We have University of Virginia (, University of Wisconsin-Madison ( and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ( all visiting BISP on Monday 29 September. These three are all exceptional universities both academically and athletically. They will be available from 12:30 – 14:00 in the MTB Foyer to answer any questions.

In the same week on Friday (3 October), we have Chapman University and Furman University visiting. They will be available in the MTB Foyer at 12:30 – 13:30 and will also be giving a presentation in the Conference Room at 14:45 – 15:45 on the American application process, essay writing, SATs and their specific institutions.

All interested students and parents are invited.

For more information, contact Martyn Rowlands: [email protected]


Chapman University

  • One of the oldest private universities in California
  • Chapman sits at the hub of Orange County and a stone’s throw away (35 miles) from Los Angeles.
  • Just over 6,000 undergraduates attend Chapman.
  • Solid programmes in film, television, theatre, and music as well as stellar programmes in journalism and business.
  • The spotlight is definitely on those looking to build careers in film and television, whether on a movie set, behind the camera, or on a stage.
  • No athletic scholarships, but 17% of undergraduates receive merit scholarships worth an average of $15,552
  • Chapman is an NCAA Division III school with over 18 teams, from Water Polo to Baseball.
  • 10% of the student population is from Asia.


Furman University

  • One of South Carolina’s oldest private liberal arts universities
  • Strongest Programs: Business, Chemistry, Psychology and Political Science.
  • Situated 140 miles from Atlanta and has an undergraduate student population of just under 3,000.
  • 46 states and 53 foreign countries are represented in its student population
  • 40 areas of study with selected majors and minors
  • Student-to-faculty ratio of 11:1
  • 20 NCAA Division I sports teams, including Tennis, Soccer and Lacrosse.
  • Average financial aid awarded to international students is US$31,891
  • Prominent alumni include Nobel Prize-winning physicist Charles Townes and Keith Lockhart, director of the Boston Pops Orchestra
  • Unique facilities: observatory, center for engaged learning, center for international education, center for collaborative learning and communication, center for sustainability.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC)

  • The first public university in the United States to open its doors (in 1795)
  • Has an undergraduate population of just over 18,000 and sitautions 26 miles from Raleigh.
  • The campus is spread over 730 acres of trees, lawns and 30 miles of brick-paved walkways.
  • More than 70 undergraduate degree programmes are offered, some of the strongest disciplines are sociology, philosophy, chemistry, business, political science, journalism, classics and biology.
  • Prominent staff include Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Oliver Smithies who received the Nobel Prize in 2007
  • UNC offers more than 300 study abroad programs in more than 70 countries.
  • Approximately 140 merit-based scholarships are awarded annually to qualified first-year students; athletic scholarships are also available
  • UNC has over 27 NCAA Division I sports teams and have been national champions in men’s and women’s basketball, soccer, lacrosse, field hockey.
  • UNC’s women’s soccer team has won 22 national championships since 1981.
  • Unique facilities: planetarium, observatory, arboretum, botanical garden, art museum.


University of Virginia (UVA)

  • Founded by Thomas Jefferson in 1819
  • Has just over 16,000 Undergraduates and is situated 85 miles from Washington D.C.
  • 88 bachelor’s degrees offered in 85 fields
  • No financial aid for international students, but there are a number of prestigious merit-based and athletic scholarships
  • The Jefferson Scholarship: provides the full cost of attendance at the University for four years.
  • The School of Engineering and Applied Science Awards: Offers four half-tuition scholarships to students who are citizens of other countries.
  • The Cavaliers field a number of competitive teams, including men’s and women’s swimming and men’s tennis.
  • Overlaps with (according to the Fiske guide 2014): Duke, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Virginia Tech
  • Charlottesville is ‘the perfect college town’, says an anthropology major, ‘malls and historical places are located close by


University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Situated 150 miles from Chicago, between two glacial lakes, spreading out over 936 acres of hilly, tree-covered land.
  • Has an undergraduate population of just over 31,000 students.
  • One of the best and most well-rounded state schools anywhere: ‘diverse, intellectual, fashionable, and moderately hedonistic’ (Fiske Guide 2014)
  • Demanding academic climate with 70 programmes considered in the top 10 nationally, such as the biological sciences, communications and social studies.
  • The most popular majors are political science, biology, economics, history, and psychology
  • Unique Fsacilities: a teaching nuclear reactor, observatory, botanical gardens, arboretum and museums
  • Professors are among the nation’s best: Nobel laureates, National Academy of Science members, Guggenheim fellows.
  • Has 23 NCAA Division I sports teams, from Male Wrestling and Female Volleyball to Male and Female Swimming and Golf.
  • Ranking 18th in the USA and 24th in the world according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), also known as the Shanghai Ranking