Beyond York - January 12 / 2018

Ontario University Applications

The deadline for submitting your Ontario applications is Wednesday, January 17. You can still add or delete universities and/or programs as you do additional research or wish to amend your choices in light of your February (post-exam) grades. The last recommended date to submit such changes if you wish to be considered in the first round of admission is February 6. Some university programs will have earlier cut-offs.

Students should check to see if a supplemental application is required for programs of interest. Many highly selective programs (engineering, business, fine arts, education) require a supplemental form that is generally available (and submitted) online, through a portal linked to your university ID number.

Some upcoming deadlines to note:

Wednesday, January 17 @ 4 p.m.—Western University (Richard Ivey School of Business)

Thursday, February 1—University of Toronto Engineering essay and 2 videos

Thursday, February 1—Victoria and Trinity College supplements

Thursday, February 1—McMaster University supplemental essays (Arts & Science, Engineering, Integrated Science, Integrated Business and Humanities, Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences) Applicants to the Health Sciences program will be sent an individual deadline in February.

Thursday, February 1—York University (Schulich School of Business) leadership profile and video interview

Wednesday, February 14—Western University (Scholar’s Elective Program)

Thursday, February 15—Rotman Commerce essay and video

Thursday, February 15—Queen’s University (all programs) – PSE

March 1-April 6—University of Waterloo Additional Information Form (deadlines vary by program: Note: It is recommended that you complete the AIF within 3 weeks of submitting your application on OUAC.

Wednesday, April 25—Laurier University Applicant Background Summary (Optional) If your marks are slightly short of the traditional cut-off for a program of interest, you should submit this summary of your co-curricular commitments. Please consult with your counsellor if you plan to do so.

Application Deadlines for out-of-province Canadian Universities:

Monday, January 15—Scholarship deadline for King’s College (Halifax)

Monday, January 15—University of British Columbia

Monday, January 15—Major scholarship deadline for Simon Fraser University

Thursday, February 1—McGill University

Wednesday, February 7—Major scholarship deadline for McGill University

Wednesday, February 28—University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University

Thursday, March 1—King’s College (Halifax), Concordia University, Bishop’s University

Thursday, March 15—Dalhousie University

Waterloo engineering?

Complete the online video interview! Last year, Waterloo engineering added an optional online video interview component to the admissions process. You will be asked questions, given prep time, and allotted a set amount of time to respond. The system allows for unlimited practice sessions, but once you start the formal interview questions you only get one chance. One written and two oral responses are required. You will have to type in your Waterloo ID number (to ensure there are no mistakes in awarding points to the right person). Applicants will receive a personal email with an individualized link, inviting them to participate in the video interview. This email will detail all applicable instructions and deadlines. Bonus points from the interview will have some impact on an applicant’s ranking during the admission decision process.

Maclean’s ranks graduation rates of Canadian universities

As part of its University Guide 2018, Maclean’s has released a list of Canadian Universities with the highest and lowest graduation rates. The rate is calculated based on the percentage of full-time undergraduate students who began in Fall 2007 and graduated within seven years. The schools with the five highest calculated graduation rates are Queen’s University (89.5%), Western University (86.6%), McGill University (85%), Université Laval (83.7%), and Université Sherbrooke (82.7%). Maclean’s also notes that graduation rates are not included in its annual university rankings calculations.  Click here Maclean’s

WESTERN UNIVERSITY National Scholarships

Western’s National Scholarships are designed to recognize all-round excellence. They are awarded on the basis of outstanding academic performance to candidates who demonstrate ability for creative and innovative thought and a passion for the pursuit of learning. National Scholarships also recognize exceptional achievement in extracurricular activities such as the arts and athletics. A special emphasis is placed on a candidate's commitment to community service through ongoing contributions to school and community life.


With the exception of the International President’s Entrance Scholarship applicants, National Scholarship applicants must be Canadian Citizens or a Permanent Resident of Canada.

All applicants must have obtained a minimum overall academic average of 90% on all Grade 12U/M courses (or equivalent).

National Scholarships are available only at Western's main campus and Faculty Entrance Scholarships are available only within the faculty for which the scholarship has been awarded.

You must make an admission application to  Western University (main campus) to be considered for these scholarships and you must register as a full-time student.

The Beryl Ivey Continuing Entrance Award has a financial need component.

A supplemental application in addition to the National Scholarship application is required for students to be considered.

* Students in receipt of a National Scholarship or a Schulich Leader Scholarship are not eligible to receive a Western Admission Scholarship.

National Scholarship Program Brochure - (pdf)

Beryl Ivey Continuing Entrance Award Supplemental Application Form (pdf)

National Scholarship FAQs (pdf)

UBC Interdisciplinary Studies BA Program

The Interdisciplinary Studies BA Program (IDST) offers the independent, capable student a multidisciplinary alternative to the traditional, department-based Major. IDST provides students with an opportunity to expand beyond the narrow focus on one or two academic disciplines that is the norm for undergraduate students in the Faculty of Arts. Instead, IDST students design a cross disciplinary course of study that focuses on 2 of 4 much more broad and inclusive categories – the Humanities, Sciences, Social Sciences, and Creative and Performing Arts.

The point of the program is not to give students a “way out” of fulfilling the requirements of the various departments in the Faculty of Arts. Rather, the Program is intended to be flexible and to suit individual learning and career goals, and it is up to each student to decide the shape his or her individual program will take.

The Program may be appropriate as preparation for professional programs in Arts and other faculties, including Education, Journalism, Law, Library/Information Studies, Social Work or Architecture. IDST does not, however, permit the same concentration in a single academic discipline as would a departmental Major or Honours program, and students should note that further preparation may be required of candidates for Graduate Studies or even for Secondary Education. Students intending to apply to the Faculties of Dentistry, Medicine, or Pharmacy may also find it appropriate, but they are advised to note that these faculties require specific science courses for admission.

Students wishing to apply for the program should first read carefully through the Program Guide to ensure that they understand the requirements and then should either discuss their plans with the chair of the program, Dr. Michael O’Hagan