In the context of applying to schools, should we use "admission" or admissions"?

Is it an "admission system," or an "admissions system"?

"Configure School Admission" or "Configure School Admissions"

  • Does this answer your question? When are attributive nouns plural? Commented Jun 13, 2022 at 18:38
  • Particularly in schools, and foods, local naming and usage conventions vary widely and unpredictably. Commented Jun 13, 2022 at 18:49
  • Why configure? Never heard of that. If you're talking about the department or the office, it's usually with an S; if you want to get into a certain school, you're applying for admission. But you can get a feel for this sort of thing from dictionaries and by doing some web searches. Voting to close. Commented Jun 14, 2022 at 1:03

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With regard to your question about whether to use "admission system" or "admissions system," here is an Ngram comparison of the frequency of published occurrences of "admission system" (blue line) vs. "admissions system" (red line) vs. "admission systems" (green line) vs. "admissions systems" (yellow line) for the period 1850–2019:

The chart indicates that "admission system[s]" was the earlier form and for a long time was at least slightly more common, but that "admissions system[s]" has been in widespread use for at least the past half-century and appears to have been marginally more common that the form with the singular modifier since the mid-1990s. On this record, there is no reason to suppose that either "admission system[s]" or "admissions system[s]" has an exclusive claim to popular legitimacy.


The system used by a manager at school level manages the admission process for many students. Within schools the admission of a student is typically called an admission, so the system is an admissions management system and "Configure School Admissions" would be correct.

From the point of view of a prospective student they are trying for a single admission, so the system is an admission system. However prospective students will not be authorised to configure the system.

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