ND Senior to The London School of Economics and Political Science
Bridget Reilly, Senior Communications Intern
Notre Dame student, Evan Schlosser ‘18 went outside of the box when applying to college. Evan applied and was accepted to The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). In addition to LSE, Evan has been accepted to King's College, London, the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and Queen Mary University of London. He was accepted to the Bachelor of Science (BSc) International Relations degree. Evan applied to LSE because of its status as the most culturally diverse university in Europe and one of the most in the world. One hundred thirty-three countries and one hundred different languages are represented and spoken at LSE, and only fourteen percent of the students come from North America. As a world renown public research institution, LSE has a fantastic public lecture series, with priority access given to LSE students. Past lecturers have included Angela Merkel, Bill Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Dimitry Medvdev, Nelson Mandela, David Cameron, and Sheryl Sandberg, as well as all 18 LSE graduates who went on to become Nobel Prize winners.
As an Honours degree, the BSc International Relations offers students the opportunity to pursue a dissertation in the final year. This particularly peaked Evan’s interest as he enjoyed writing a collaborative policy document (which was similar to an individual dissertation) on the South China Sea last summer, which was presented to a panel at the U.S. State Department. Also, the BSc International Relations offers a unique set of courses for its students, it enables its students to take classes outside of the department, and also offers students the opportunity to study in other countries due to LSE’s partnering with several other universities around the world. Evan explains, “My primary motive for studying in London centers around the fact that, as both a political and financial capital, London is one of the world’s most international cities in Europe. London is a geopolitically active city, as well as being home to numerous think tanks, non-governmental organizations, and international businesses. As a capital of the UK, I was particularly motivated to apply to schools in London to pursue a long-time interest of working for a Member of Parliament. So I hope that I can take advantage of all the travel and employment opportunities available to me as an international student.I am excited by the opportunity to spend my study abroad year at Sciences Po in Paris. LSE also operates summer academic programs at the University of Capetown, South Africa and Peking University in Beijing, China that I would be very interested in pursuing.”
Evan found that the application process to LSE and to other schools in the United Kingdom were much simpler than in the United States. Like the Common Application, Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) allows students to write one essay called a “personal statement.” LSE does not accept supplemental material, such as a resume and non-academic letters of recommendation, and they do not offer interviews. Evan said his application included only his academic qualifications, his personal statement, and one reference letter. Most universities in the UK, including LSE, undergraduate programs are three years rather than four years. These undergraduate programs primarily focus students on their degree rather than taking a wide range of foundational courses, such as English, History, Math, Science, etc. Because of this, Evan explains, “Applicants must have advanced academic qualifications in addition to a U.S. high school diploma, in order to meet minimum academic entry requirements to be considered. U.S. advanced academic programs often considered as equivalents to the U.K.’s A-Levels are the Advanced Placement (AP) Program and the International Baccalaureate. I applied to LSE using the AP Program, and the Bachelor of Science International Relations degree at LSE required me to score a five on five AP exams. Once applicants meet their country’s equivalent of the academic entry requirements, LSE conducts three rounds of assessment of applications. After each round of assessment, LSE contacts the applicant, providing a notification that either the application has progressed to the next round or an unsuccessful admissions decision.”
Evan’s goal is to work for an intergovernmental organization, such as the United Nations, the World Bank, or the World Trade Organization. He felt that schools in London would help him reach this, especially LSE. Evan states, “I am grateful that my Notre Dame experience, through participating in clubs such as Model UN and the Debate Team, as wells as taking Mandarin Chinese and French, has helped prepare me for this path.” In 2017, LSE received 1,014 applications for the BSc International Relations degree that met the minimum academic entry requirements for 63 places.
Evan very much appreciates all of the time that Ms. Ivins and his guidance counselor, Mr. Clancy, spent with him to adjust his schedule in order to meet LSE’s requirements. Evan really cannot thank Mr. Clancy enough for his work on Evan’s reference letter and his strong support of Evan’s application to London universities.
We very proud of Evan Schlosser for his outstanding accomplishment in being accepted to The London School of Economics and Political Science! Keep up the great work!
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