Admission Group I admission is based on the grades obtained in the Finnish matriculation examination, IB, EB or DIA/RP degrees.
To be considered in Admission Group I, you must fulfill the following minimum requirements set by the study options: the grade of M (magna cum laude) in the advanced mathematics test or E (eximia cum laude approbatur) in the basic mathematics test. This requirement applies also to applicants with an IB, EB or RP/DIA diploma.
Calculating the scores
In the Finnish matriculation examination four subjects are scored:
- mother tongue
- mathematics (advanced or basic syllabus)
- the language for which the applicant receives the highest points and
- out of the remaining subjects, the subject for which the applicant receives the highest points.
The grades of international diplomas are converted into their Finnish matriculation examination equivalents with the help of the IB/EB/RP/DIA diplomas table below. The total score, calculated from the applicant’s grades in the Finnish matriculation examination or on the IB/EB/RP/DIA diploma, is the academic index used to rank the applicants.
A Finnish as a Second Language or Swedish as a Second Language test taken instead of the mother tongue test is regarded equivalent to the mother tongue test. If applicant has taken two mother tongue exams, the other (better performing) will be calculated as a mother tongue and the other can be calculated as the language for which the applicant receives the highest points. For applicants who have taken tests of different levels in the same subject (for instance, basic and advanced mathematics), the grade most advantageous to the applicant is counted towards the score. The applicants cannot receive points for Finnish matriculation exams tests in the subjects of humanities and natural sciences (reaali) taken before 2006.
The order of admission is determined by the academic indexes calculated on the basis of the total score for the upper secondary school diploma.
When two or more applicants receive the same academic index, (the same combined score), their ranking is based on their grades in individual subjects, considered in the following order:
1. the applicant with the most points for the mathematics grade
2. the applicant with the most points for the mother tongue grade
3. the applicant with the most points for the advanced language (Language A) grade
4. the applicant with the most points for the subject most advantageous to him or her out of all the remaining subjects.
If the score is still tied after all the rules above have been applied, all applicants with the same score are admitted, even if this means exceeding the original number of student places available.
The points of applicants who finish their IB diploma in the spring 2023 are calculated based on their Candidate Predicted Grades. The points of applicants who finish their EB examination in the spring 2023 are calculated based on the official predicted grades. If you are accepted based on predicted grades, the selection is conditional until you submit an official certificate of the final grades to Aalto University. If the points calculated based on the final grades are lower than the points calculated based on the predicted grades, your admission offer may be revoked. If your final score is higher than the predicted grades or preliminary marks, you may be admitted to a study option for which the predicted score had been insufficient.
All possible national changes to the scoring tables will be taken into consideration.
If an applicant admitted in admissions group I renounces his or her student place, the applicant ranked next in the same category, after any tied scores have been resolved, will be admitted. At the discretion of the university, the applicant ranked next in the same category, after any tied scores have been resolved, may be admitted to replace a student who has enrolled as non-attending.