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Admissions Policy

At the ILA we know that it would be simple to base our admission policy on quantifiable criteria. However, our educational mission demands that before we admit an applicant we discover how that person might contribute to and benefit from the lively, academic, social, and extracurricular activity at the Institute and the University. For this reason, we ask each applicant to submit a range of documents that help us to select each incoming cohort of students. Within the larger University, the ILA student body is small (approximately 200 students divided over four years, with additional students studying in our classes from other departments and programs across the 29,000-student University).

The ILA is dedicated to creating a community of students who are all committed to an interdisciplinary, liberal arts program of undergraduate education that is unique in its global outlook and local context. To achieve this, we especially look for the following qualities in our applicants:
1) linguistic skills that allow effective self-expression in both written and spoken forms;
2) a critical literacy that enables both independent thinking and questioning of assumptions;
3) a diverse background with a multitude of educational and social experiences;
4) the maturity to take responsibility for academic learning and life in a new environment;
5) the intellectual curiosity to reflect upon global issues through the local lens of Japan.

The ILA assumes that all applicants have an excellent secondary school record. However, over and beyond a high GPA and outstanding standardized exam scores (typically students accepted to the ILA have an IB score of 32 or above, SAT score of at least 1650, or three GCE A levels), most importantly we look for applicants who demonstrate a passion for the liberal arts program with an obvious and strong potential for contributing to the intellectual and social life of the Institute.