Beyond York - February 2 / 2018

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Concordia University is hosting an Open House on February 10th in Toronto next week.

They will be hosting a Public Information Session at Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel on Thursday, February 15th from 6:30-7:30 PM. This session is designed for prospective undergraduate students (and their parents) who want to learn a little more about Concordia, admissions requirements, and the city of Montreal.

Concordia Undergraduate Information Session
Thursday, February 15, 2018 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Toronto Marriott Bloor Yorkville Hotel
90 Bloor Street East. Toronto, ON. M4W 1A7


International Education Experience

Students who may be thinking about an international educational, volunteer, or work experience should check out the Study and Go Abroad Fair on Sunday, March 4, 1-5 p.m. at the Metro Convention Centre. Details here.

University visits over March Break and beyond

All Ontario universities will have tours during both weeks of our upcoming March Break. Grade 12 students who are weighing their choices should seize this opportunity to get a clear sense of a campus and its culture. Grade 11 students should target one or more universities to start getting ideas about your approaching applications next year.

The following campuses are hosting Open Houses with special events showcasing their programs:

  • Brock University—April 8
  • Carleton University—Humanities (February 3, April 7); Business (March 3); Journalism (April 7)
  • University of Guelph—March 25
  • Lakehead—April 14
  • Laurentian University—March 10
  • McMaster University—May 12
  • Nipissing University—March 10
  • University of Ottawa—March 17
  • Queen’s University—March 10
  • Ryerson University—March 12-16 (see website for details)
  • University of Toronto St. George Campus—March 12-16 (see website for details)
  • Scarborough Campus—March 24 Mississauga Campus—March 25
  • Trent University—March 16; May 12
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology—March 3
  • University of Waterloo—March 10
  • Western University (all campuses)—March 10
  • Wilfrid Laurier University—March 10
  • University of Windsor—March 3
  • York University Keele Campus—March 24 Glendon Campus—March 2

Updating of Grade 12 marks on OUAC

Students who have applied to Ontario universities will have their academic information updated by the first weekend in February to reflect the grades from their exams. Universities will be sent your current IB grades and the percentage grades for your equivalent Ontario credits. In April, the next set of grades will be submitted.

University Admissions Process

Some universities in Canada have adopted the practice of making conditional offers to a small number of students. Some of you, therefore, have received offers already and more will hear good news over the next month. Do not panic if you do not receive an offer this early. Many of the more competitive programs will wait for additional academic information before making any offers. As soon as Ontario universities receive the February grades, many admission offices will begin to make conditional offers to applicants they perceive to be the most highly qualified. These offers are usually extended between late February and early April.

In cases where a supplemental application is required for admission, you will not be considered until that information has been submitted, so the earlier the supplement goes in, the better.

In some instances, however, Ontario universities will wait until they see the April grades before they make a decision about your admissibility, either because your standing wasn’t quite high enough in February or because you have applied for a highly selective program such as Queen’s Commerce, U of T or Waterloo Engineering, or the Arts and Science program at McMaster. These conditional offers will typically be made in April or May.

Universities in other provinces take a similar approach, although there are significant differences in timing. All students will have heard from Canadian universities (one way or another) by late May.

Mid-Year Report for US colleges and universities  

By Feb 9th, a mid-year counsellor report and grades will be sent through Naviance (or the appropriate electronic portal) to those US colleges and universities that require updated information for applicants’ admission files. Please understand that because of the volume of information received by such schools, it may take some time for them to update your status to show receipt of these documents. Please be patient.

Summer Enrichment Programmes

Summer opportunities are an important way to enrich yourself, as well as strengthen your profile. What you do during your summer vacations can often give admissions counselors an idea of what kind of person you are and what you care about. Use your summer experiences to explore an academic interest, deepen a talent or passion, strengthen your skills in a particular subject, or immerse yourself in another culture by learning the language and studying the literature. For some ideas, take a look at this thorough guide compiled by Mimi Doe.

Cornell University Summer College offers academically motivated high school students the chance to experience college life at a great Ivy League university, take regular college classes with Cornell faculty, earn college credit and a Cornell transcript, prep for college applications, and make friends from around the world. Click for Eligibility requirements and further details here.

Medical, Dental or Pharmacy in Hungary

The University of Szeged, one of the leading universities in Hungary, has been offering an English-language medical program for three decades. The Faculties of Dentistry and Pharmacy offer similar programs. Almost 1400 students from over 30 countries study in a multicultural, affordable setting. Graduates are entitled to apply for hospital residencies worldwide and can participate in the US Medical Licensing Examination. EU citizens receive an automatic license within the European Community.

The university offers direct admission to the medical, dental or pharmacy programs for those International Baccalaureate diploma candidates who achieve a grade of 5 or higher in two of biology, chemistry, physics, or math and English. Such IB applicants are not required to sit for an entrance examination.  For more information, click here.