This article first appeared in BTS Issue 4.

SUTD is a very young university, what is its reputation like?

Well, we topped the list of emerging engineering schools in the world in a study* commissioned by MIT.

Also, we are ranked the 5th-most influential scientific research institution in telecommunications^. SUTD was the only non-US institution to make the top 10 list, ahead of Princeton University and Carnegie Mellon University in the US. How’s that for perspective? 😉

*‘The global state of the art in engineering education’ by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
^‘The State of Innovation Report 2017’ by Clarivate Analytics.

As with other engineering schools and programmes, are the number of male students at SUTD significantly higher than the females?

Not at all! We’re proud of our gender diversity where 40% of our #SUTDents are females.

I’m worried that my grades won’t make the cut and that I don’t get a place at SUTD.

Don’t worry! At SUTD, we have a holistic assessment of all our students. Grades are not the be-all and end-all, we look into every student’s portfolio consisting of their CCAs, recommendation letters (by teachers), blogs and videos (optional) to assess if they’re a good fit for SUTD.

We are inspired by students who pursue their passions and hobbies while juggling their academic studies! This is also why SUTD does not have Indicative Grade Profiles! 😉

I’m not sure what to expect of the culture at SUTD…

SUTD has a very close-knit and collaborative culture. A few main reasons for this are our multidisciplinary curriculum and unique pedagogy, and the fact that all students stay in the hostel and study in small cohort classes of 50 students in their first three terms.

I want to pursue my own interests but I am afraid I don’t have the time to do so…

Wednesday and Friday afternoons are set aside for you to participate in Fifth Row activities (aka CCAs) and pursue your own passions.

The Independent Activity Period (IAP) in January is an extension of this objective! Before the new semester begins, you can participate in a myriad of activities; from conducting classes to share your knowledge on an area you are passionate about, to participating in competitions. Our students have held a crash course for French, introductory dive classes, wine appreciation sessions and even made their own acoustic panels for the jam room. Pretty cool, huh?

Being a young university, are the career prospects of SUTD graduates limited? 😕

We have over 1,000 internship partners. And we don’t mean to toot our own horn but here’s a look at our Graduate Employment Survey (GES) statistics. Our graduates go on to better the world and if you would like a glimpse, check it out here!


More questions? Chat with us at or visit here to find out more!

Missed our Open House talks? Rewatch the sessions here.

#whySUTD? We’re glad you asked – here’s why!

It can be hard to ask the right questions that will help you to decide which university to join, so we’ve compiled a list of FAQs for you here.

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