About Hosei


Admission Policy

The University accepts students with the following motivations and capabilities, in consideration also of the earlier stated Educational Objectives and Diploma Policy.

  1. Persons with the basic academic abilities necessary for learning after entering the University.
  2. Persons with a certain level of ability to think, judge, and communicate on their own, and the motivation to further their ability in those areas.
  3. Persons with an active desire to further their knowledge by voluntarily cooperating, learning, and discussing with diverse people.
  4. Persons actively seeking to broaden their horizons globally and to acquire international knowledge and communication skills.

The University has established multiple ways of granting admission.

Methods of undergraduate course admission are by testing of academic ability and by recommendation. For testing academic ability there are general and special entrance examinations. Students are selected for admission based on objective and fair criteria for judging academic ability.

The main types of general entrance examinations at Hosei are Type A and Unified schedule exams. Others are exams using the National Center for University Entrance Examination and exams making use of outside English language testing. In addition, test venues are provided in different parts of Japan aimed at gathering diverse talent from a variety of regions by making it easier to take exams.

Special entrance examinations include those for adult members of society, for Japanese returning from living abroad, and for international students, as well as self-recommendation examinations making use of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, and special examinations administered by each faculty using their own comprehensive selection methods.

There are also examinations for students who wish to transfer from another educational institution. These include examinations for transfer students who are in the work force, or have completed another undergraduate course, or who wish to transfer as second-year or third-year students from another institution.

Admission by recommended candidates entrance examinations is based on assessment not only of academic ability but of suitability in such areas as the student’s individuality, motivation and ambition, other capabilities and experience. Admissions based on recommendations from designated schools, and special recommended admissions for persons with outstanding sports skills, are also available. By receiving recommendations from high schools throughout Japan and from overseas, the University welcomes large numbers of excellent and highly suitable students.

The University has three affiliated schools, from which admission by recommendation is made. The students admitted in this way from the affiliated schools form a group sharing an identity with the University.

Note that the Faculty of Law, the Faculty of Letters, and the Faculty of Economics offer correspondence courses, for which admission is decided by reference to documents.

Through this variety of admissions methods, the University seeks to admit students with diverse values, having different capabilities, coming from different regions, with different motivations and ambitions, and from different generations, to create a venue for diverse encounters. In such a venue, students are expected to study the curriculum based on University policies, and to acquire the “Practical Wisdom for Freedom” that is the University’s educational purpose.