I ranked first in my university in my undergrads, which had many affiliated colleges. How can I specify that in an essay in a compelling yet precise manner?

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    Please clarify what you mean by ranked first in University?
    – Nobody
    Jan 11, 2016 at 14:32
  • @Susmitha Are you ranked first of the whole university(a university exam) or just the college of your affiliation?
    – Sathyam
    Jan 11, 2016 at 14:39
  • @sathyam I ranked first in the whole university Jan 11, 2016 at 14:44
  • @scaaahu I mean I secured the first rank among all the students who took the same course as I did, including all the colleges affiliated to the University. Jan 11, 2016 at 14:46
  • @sushmitachaudhari Please edit your question to include this information.
    – Sathyam
    Jan 11, 2016 at 14:46

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Making a note of the number of affiliated colleges might be fine. But I will suggest including the total number of candidates (students) in your batch that includes all affiliated colleges (if available) within which you've established your rank.

  • Thanks. I was apprehensive to write something like: "I ranked first among 500 students from different affiliated colleges under my University." Could I make it more precise and compelling? Jan 11, 2016 at 14:50
  • @sushmitachaudhari: You may replace "different" with the no. affiliated colleges. That might make a stronger point if that's what you prefer.
    – Ébe Isaac
    Jan 12, 2016 at 14:42

From your comments, it is perfectly fine to state that you ranked 1 in the university. In my case I had been asked to provide the number of students. I had no difficulty since mine was a National institute which is a university by itself, all I had to do is to count the number of students in my class. But in your case you might have to give a brief explanation about the affiliation, possibly an attestation from the University and college.

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