Tips for applying to higher education

11 •  Feb •  2021

What do you need to know before applying to a university, Technical Training Center or Professional Institute?

More than 265 thousand chilean students took the Transition Test (PdT) last January 4, 5, 6 and 7. More than a month after this exam, the results are already published and from this Thursday, February 11, young people can access their scores through the Ministerio de Educación’s website.

With the results in hand, students who want to apply to any of the 43 universities affiliated to the Council of Rectors, will have until February 15 at 13:00 hours to enter their options in the Admission Process 2021, available both in the Demre page and in the Mineduc, and decide among the 43 universities affiliated to the Consejo de Rectores.

But… what should young people know before sending their applications?

In the first instance, those interested must have taken the two compulsory tests of the PdT, the Reading Comprehension and Mathematics, plus a specific one, either History and/or Science. In the case of those who have taken the PSU 2020, they will be able to use those scores.

Secondly, applicants must have an average score of 450 points or more among the compulsory tests or have a high school grade point average that places them within the top 10% of their class.

Fulfilling these requirements, young people will be able to enter a maximum of 10 careers in their application, ordering them according to their level of preference. It is important to remember that the order is very important, since at the moment of being selected in a university, technical training center or professional institute, the following options will be automatically deleted.

Special Admission Programs

Another way to enter higher education is through the special admission process. This year, some universities have varied their admission possibilities. One of them is the Universidad de Chile, which launched two programs that give priority to young people from indigenous peoples and those with disabilities. In the case of the latter option, it only applies to those who want to enter the careers of Medicine or Philosophy.

Universidad San Sebastián seeks to reward leadership, since all young people who have participated in volunteer work or who have an entrepreneurial venture may apply for admission to any of the careers offered by the university.

Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez values all those who stand out in teamwork and social action. Those who have been class presidents during high school or who have done social work during their school years can be admitted by special admission.

Talent at an early age is highlighted by Universidad del Desarrollo. This campus seeks those who have had since their school years, precision regarding what career to study, admitting them for their early vocation.

The results of the applications can be found from February 28 through the Demre or Mineduc website. The first stage of enrollment will take place between March 1 and 3, while the second will be between February 4 and 10.

It should be noted that there are also careers with a direct application process, procedures carried out specifically by each institution. This system also applies to professional technicians, for whom enrollment is available until April 3.

For those who are still confused, the Subsecretaría de Educación started a series of virtual lectures that will explain the available tools, the university and professional technical academic offer, search engines, simulators and more. To find out more about the topics and register you can click here.