How Do We Select Our Students?

Admission Limits and Procedures

Degree programs may have restricted or free admission, depending on capacity and demand. You will only be able to enroll on degree programs with restricted admission if you have successfully applied for a place. Information on whether your desired degree program currently has any admission restrictions can be found on our Degree Programs page. Regardless of any admission restrictions, you should use our Application Guide to apply and register for your chosen program.

Admission procedures

The following three admission procedures apply to all EU/EEA nationals and people considered equivalent to them. You can find out which procedure is used for your chosen degree program at www.uni-bonn.de/studienangebot.
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Numerus clausus values

The minimum grades for admission (numerus clausus values) listed below are values for undergraduate degree programs from past selection procedures. At present, however, these thresholds are only of very limited informative value as the admission procedures have undergone fundamental changes. Whether admission to a certain degree program is currently restricted is shown in the list of degree programs.

Admission restrictions by location (local numerus clausus)

The following criteria are used to select applicants for places in academic disciplines subject to admission restrictions in certain locations (local numerus clausus):

  • 20 percent of places are allocated based on university entrance qualification results (quota by top Abitur grade).
  • 80 percent of places are allocated via the University Selection Process (Auswahlverfahren der Hochschulen, AdH).

Under the University Selection Process, places are allocated based on university entrance qualification results after deducting advance quotas (e.g. for foreign applicants) plus a waiting period of up to seven semesters in total. Rankings are established for this purpose, with a maximum of 100 points available (see the “Explanation of rankings used in the local numerus clausus process”). Some degree programs may have additional suitable selection criteria (e.g. aptitude test for university studies, existing professional qualifications) and apply a weighting to them provided that they specify this in regulations specific to the degree program in question. There are two different ways to apply for degree programs with admission restrictions by location:

a)

Local numerus clausus (University of Bonn)

Applications are submitted directly via the University of Bonn’s own application system.

b)

Local numerus clausus (DoSV)

Applicants begin by registering on the hochschulstart.de website before submitting their actual application via the University of Bonn’s application system. Applicants are automatically taken to the application system after registering and choosing their degree program at hochschulstart.de. The Dialogue-Oriented Service Procedure (DoSV) consists of several phases, in which up to 12 applications need to be submitted and ranked in order of priority. Within the individual phases, offers of admission are issued that can be accepted.


Nationwide admission restriction

Central admission process

Nationwide admission restrictions apply to Human Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and Veterinary Medicine degree programs. Places are allocated via the central admission process run by the University Admissions Foundation. The process has three quotas in which applicants can be selected:

30%

Quota by top Abitur grade

30 percent of places – divided up by state – are allocated based on university entrance qualification results (quota by top Abitur grade).

10%

Additional aptitude quota

10 percent of places are allocated by applying the “additional aptitude quota”. Only non-grade-based selection criteria are applied, meaning that high school grades are irrelevant for this quota. As well as subject-specific aptitude tests (e.g. the TMS test for medical degree programs), relevant vocational qualifications and, on a transitional basis, waiting periods are also taken into account.

60%

University Selection Process (AdH)

60 percent are allocated through the University Selection Process. Here too, subject-specific aptitude tests and relevant vocational qualifications, but also individual Abitur grades can be taken into consideration alongside university entrance qualification results.

How does the University of Bonn select?


No admission restrictions

Degree programs without restricted admission

Some degree programs do not have any admission restrictions. This means that anyone interested will be given a place on the degree program provided that they meet the admission requirements (with some programs also requiring an aptitude test). There will therefore be no need to apply in advance in the case of undergraduate degree programs. However, you will need to pre-register online before the mandatory enrollment process.


EXPLANATION OF RANKINGS USED IN THE LOCAL NUMERUS CLAUSUS PROCESS

Rankings are drawn up in two different quotas as part of the local numerus clausus process. Here is an explanation of how this works.

Application no. Average grade Service
Applicant 1 Grade 1,3 Service
Applicant 2 Grade 1,3 -
Applicant 3 Grade 1,4 -
[...] [...] [...]
Applicant 20 Grade 2,1 Service
Applicant 21 Grade 2,1

Example table: Selection within the quota by top Abitur grade

Quota by top Abitur grade (20%)

Within this quota, applicants are selected based on university entrance qualification results, i.e. their average Abitur grade or a (country-specific) equivalent. We are assuming that there are a total of 100 places available on an imaginary degree program. In other words, there are 20 places for the “top performers” in the Abitur:

  • All applications are ranked by average Abitur grade.
  • The minimum grade for admission (numerus clausus value) for this admission process can now be read off by looking at the 20th position in this ranking.

If several applicants have achieved the same average Abitur grade (i.e. an equal position in the ranking), any service record (e.g. Federal Voluntary Service, community or social service) will be taken into account and that person given priority. If ranking positions are still equal after applying this method, lots will be drawn.

University Selection Process (80%)

Applicants are selected by scoring them based on their university entrance qualification results and their waiting time of up to seven semesters. The selection criteria are
weighted as follows:

  • University entrance qualification results: up to 60 points
    Waiting time: up to 40 points

We have assumed a total of 100 free places on our imaginary degree program, 20 of which have already been allocated to the “top Abitur grade” quota. This leaves 80 places for the University Selection Process.

  • The individual score achieved by all applicants is now calculated based on a specific conversion table and ranked in order.
    Looking at the 80th position (i.e. the final place in this quota) now reveals how many points a candidate would have needed to achieve in order to secure a place in this admission process.
Application no. Score Service
Applicant 1 78 -
Applicant 2 67 Service
Applicant 3 62,5 Service
[...] [...] [...]
Applicant 80 17 Service
Applicant 81 17 -

Example table: Selection within the University Selection Process quota


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