When I google "I have been admitted to" I get a few hits such as the following:

"I have been admitted to the Institute for Orthodox Christian Studies."

"I have been admitted to the economics PhD programme at Boston College."

Still, I don't get more than a few relevant hits on UK pages, and I get no hits at all when I google "I have been admitted to a course" and "I have been admitted to the university". Consequently, I suspect that in English you use a different verb for this, instead of "admit", but I can't think of what this would be.

So, now my question is: what would be the appropriate way to say that the university has accepted my application for a course or programme?

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    Admitted is a perfectly good word, although one is usually admitted to a school or a program, not a specific course. A course is usually something like "Mathematics 101", and is part of a program.
    – stangdon
    Commented Feb 4, 2023 at 21:53
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    @Gerda When I search "I have been admitted to the university" (at Google.com, with quotation marks, in the Brave browser) I get "about 336,000 results". Google is notorious for providing inconsistent search results. (In fact, I was just discussing this within the past day for another ELL question.) Commented Feb 4, 2023 at 23:11
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    @Gerda Oh, when you wrote "UK pages", I didn't realize that that applied to the second half of that sentence, too. In any case, it is valid, as Stangdon mentioned; I have no idea why there are so few UK results. Commented Feb 4, 2023 at 23:21
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    @Gerda Very wise not to look at U.S. pages. Very few native speakers of English there. But the frequency of “admitted to” there is rather high according ngram. Probably immigrants writing books. books.google.com/ngrams/… Commented Feb 5, 2023 at 2:33
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    In informal American English, you would often use the phrase "got into"; you would say that you got into the university or course in question. I'm not sure if that usage is common in the UK.
    – alphabet
    Commented Feb 5, 2023 at 5:54

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Looking at ngram, there seem to be plenty examples of

admitted to X

where X is the name of a university and even more of the less specific

admitted to university


  • Thank you! I have to admit I'm not really used to using ngram – but this seems to be a much more reliable tool than simple google searches, so thanks for the eye-opener as well :)
    – Gerda
    Commented Feb 8, 2023 at 20:21
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    Be very careful with ngram. Context matters, and ngram has no idea what context means. Ngram is a tool, not an oracle. Commented Feb 9, 2023 at 2:57
  • Thanks for the warning – I'll keep it in mind :)
    – Gerda
    Commented Feb 9, 2023 at 19:42

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