Students at NLCS are academically ambitious, meaning that they aim to apply to some of the top universities the world has to offer. We have an outstanding record of supporting students in achieving their top choice of university.

In 2022, 21 students took up places at Oxford and Cambridge universities, and 8 students secured places at Ivy League universities or equivalents (including Yale, Brown and Princeton). Recent leavers have also accepted places to study at McGIll University and University of British Colombia in Canada, Saarland University in Germany and Trinity College, Ireland.

“I chose to apply to the US because I really appreciate how I will be encouraged to continue exploring academically with a liberal arts focused degree. I can continue pursuing multiple interests deeply and thoroughly and even try new subject areas.”

– Lara Zakaria, Successful application to Princeton University, USA

We are proud of all the destinations that our students move on to following their time at NLCS. Universities recognise the academic excellence and passion that our students have, as well as the leadership qualities and confidence that they display. We provide the strongest possible foundation for students to achieve extraordinary things in their time beyond school, and are always delighted to celebrate such success when they come back to visit us as part of the ONL community.

Many of our students are attracted by multi-disciplinary opportunities, and this has led to an increase in successful applications to courses, including Liberal Arts, both in the UK and in the USA.

Our system of encouraging students to take on responsibilities in running our wide range of Senior Societies, our Charity Committee and our Peer Mentoring scheme allows them to engage in activities which are often directly relevant to their proposed course of Higher Education, as well as to develop vital transferable skills of leadership, teamwork and management.

According to the Head of Admissions at a prestigious American Ivy League institution, schools such as NLCS not only lay the foundation for university life – they give students the confidence to put themselves forward and aim for the top:

“Because students coming from all-girls environments are either in leadership roles or used to seeing their friends in them, their expectations are raised about the roles they will play on campus, and that is a very good thing.”

– Dean Janet Lavin Rapelye, Princeton University, New Jersey

To support students, we have a dedicated Director of University Admissions specialising in overseas applications and host a structured programme of presentations, visiting speakers, workshops and individual advisory sessions; these include:

  • An Evening with America’s Top Universities
  • USA Applications Information Evening
  • USA College Essay-Writing workshop
  • USA Applications Consultation Evening
  • Individual Subject Mentor Consultations with Year 12 Students