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How Are Applicants Selected for University Studies? Review of the Current Situation in Germany

Sat, April 18, 8:15 to 9:45am, Virtual Room


It is only in recent years that most universities in Germany have been able to select their students themselves. We present a systematic review of the admission procedures currently in use in the almost 10,000 study programs offered for first-year students. Results show that in the majority of cases, applicants are selected essentially on the basis of the mean grade of their school-leaving certificate (Abitur), but that private universities in particular increasingly apply additional selection criteria such as standardised tests, admission interviews, or self-assessment-tools. We discuss whether selection procedures increasingly differing between universities can improve the prediction of study success and decrease social disparities in the access to higher education in Germany.