Beyond York - October 5 / 2017


All students will be submitting their applications online through a centralized system operated by the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC). The Personal Identification Numbers students will need to log on to the OUAC system should arrive at our school later this month. We will be showing our Grade 12s how to log in during adviser period.
 
Only after a student has submitted and paid for their choices, will they receive an OUAC reference number. Many out-of-province universities subscribe to the OUAC database. Your OUAC reference number is generally requested on their individual institutional applications. Failing to include this reference number may result in delays in offers of admission from non-Ontario universities. Students are therefore encouraged, whenever possible, to submit their Ontario applications prior to sending applications to universities in other provinces.
 
Our deadline for all students to have submitted their OUAC applications is December 15th. The hard real deadline for submitting completed applications to OUAC is January 17th.

Student Services will be uploading the final grades from previously completed Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses (all 3U/M and 4U/M courses) to OUAC. This will also include marks from any summer course(s) a student has reported to our office.
 
All current courses in progress will also be identified to OUAC; when interim grades for these courses are available after the February report, they will be updated in OUAC. At that time, we will also submit interim IB grades. Current courses will once again be updated in April. When final Ontario Secondary School Diploma and IB Diploma grades are available in July, they too will be transmitted to OUAC in order to confirm conditional offers of admission.
 
There is a base fee of $150 that covers three program choices; each additional program choice costs $50. Applicants may apply to as many Ontario universities/programs as they wish; however, students are limited to a maximum of three program choices at any one university (including affiliates). Some universities may further limit the number of programs to which candidates may apply. It is important to stress that programs can be added or changed after the initial submission up until February 6, 2018.
 
Admission Cut-offs at Canadian Universities                                
The admission process at Canadian universities is fairly straightforward: offers are either based entirely on Grade 11 and Grade 12 high school grades, or on a consideration of your Grade 12 English + your top 5 other Grade 12 courses. Extracurricular activities and short personal statements are increasingly the norm for competitive programs.

Universities may state academic minimums for a particular program (e.g. applicants must have a 90% average in their Ontario diploma to be considered) or they may publish the minimum average that secured entry into a particular program the previous year. Entrance averages fluctuate each year. These are guidelines only. Students can see the grades required for their programs of choice by consulting the eINFO website or browsing the admission websites of individual universities.

Huron University College’s partnership with Harvard Business School
Last year, Huron University College became the only university in Ontario to establish a partnership with Harvard Business School’s HBX CORe program, allowing its students to earn a Credential of Readiness from Harvard University.

The HBX CORe program is a primer on business fundamentals built around the case method of instruction in Business Analytics, Economics for Managers, and Financial Accounting. HBX CORe provides Huron students with the skills and confidence needed for success, as well as a strong foundation in business essentials. The program is driven by interactive peer-to-peer engagement. Financial aid is available, helping ensure that promising students do not face barriers to access.
 
Interested in Finance?
King’s University College (Western University) and Fanshawe College have developed a new program in Finance and Wealth Management that allows students to earn both a degree and diploma within four years. Students will have the opportunity to earn a number of certifications (i.e. Certified Financial Planner and Mutual Funds Licensing) as well as preparing to write the exams for the Canadian Securities Course and Life Licensing Qualification Program. For more information, click here.

Schulich Leader Scholarship                                      
The Schulich Leader Scholarship is an undergraduate entrance scholarship for students intending to enrol in STEM degrees (science, technology, engineering, or mathematics) at one of 20 Canadian or 5 Israeli universities www.schulichleaders.com. The award is valued at $60,000 over 4 years; the final selection of the 25 winners will be carried out by the participating universities.
 
The York School is allowed to nominate only one candidate for this award. The nominee must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and possess two of the three following attributes:
• Academic excellence;
• Outstanding community, business or entrepreneurial leadership;
• Financial need.

Regular Applications to UK Universities               
Applications to Oxford, Cambridge, and direct-entry medical programs are in the process of being sent (Due October 15).

All other students applying to UK universities in the regular round must confirm their intentions by October 15th.  All UCAS applications must be completed before December 15th so that your counsellor can verify them.  Students will want to complete a draft of the statement at least two weeks prior to this date so that they can discuss it with their counsellor and make revisions. The official deadline for UCAS applications is January 15, 2018.

The 2018 SHAD program will run from July 1 - 27
 SHAD VALLEY is an enrichment program that empowers exceptional high school students – at a pivotal point in their education – to recognize their own capabilities and envision their extraordinary potential as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers. Each year, SHAD provides the opportunity for 700 students from across Canada and internationally to attend a month-long summer program, in-residence at one of several Canadian host universities, focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math). There are currently more than 15,500 SHAD alumni including 30 Rhodes Scholars, Top 40 Under 40 & Top 20 Under 20 award recipients, and many other accomplished professionals, all sharing the transformational SHAD experience and ability to leverage their SHAD network for life.
 
SHAD is seeking high achieving students interested in STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) with incredible intellect, drive, initiative and creativity, who are seeking an enrichment experience. The admission process is competitive. The application takes into consideration both academic results and extra-curricular participation. Please review the application requirements below before starting the online application. Preparing some information beforehand is recommended(e.g. essays, identifying a reference, etc.). The online application due date is November 20*, by 11:59 PM.  Review a PDF version of the application.