Whether it’s economics, paleontology, or art history, students can find a formative college-level experience on campus this summer - a variety of courses in diverse subject areas and engagement levels that match any motivated high school student. Programs include:

  • Pathways: Explore a cutting-edge field of study not often covered in high school curricula though three-week courses in subjects such as economics, molecular engineering, data science, law & society, world politics, and urban studies. Students engage in lectures, discussions, and other activities that feature multiple faculty instructors and other practitioners in the field.

  • Immersion: Through labs, discussions, field observations, and other hands-on activities, students immerse themselves within a specific topic through these three-week-long undergraduate-level intensive courses designed for pre-college students by UChicago faculty and instructors. Course subjects include neuroscience, international relations, art, philosophy, biotechnology, physics, and more.

  • Stones and Bones: Students go behind the scenes at the Field Museum—one of the world’s great natural history museums—and into the field to learn about how fossils are collected, analyzed, and conserved.

  • Admissions Academy: Along with their selected summer opportunity, students can participate in workshops that focus on the holistic admissions process, provide insights on admissions to highly selective colleges and universities, and offer essay writing tips.

Apply by February 27th for the best selection of courses! Visit



All Ontario universities will have tours during both weeks of the upcoming March Break and into the spring term. This is a great opportunity for Grade 10-12 students to get a clear sense of a campus and its culture; if you contact the admissions office, you may also be able to arrange to sit in on some lectures.Some campuses are also hosting Open Houses with special events showcasing their programs; some Open Houses require prior registration.

Some Open House dates are listed below

Brock University—April 7th
Carleton University—Architecture (February 1), Humanities or Business (February 2), Journalism (April 6)
University of Guelph—March 24
Laurentian University—March 9
McMaster University—May 11
Nipissing University—March 16
University of Ottawa—March 16
Queen’s University—March 9
Ryerson University—March 30
University of Toronto
·         St. George Campus—March 11-15 (see website for details)
·         Scarborough Campus—March 23
·         Mississauga Campus—March 31
Trent University—March 15
University of Ontario Institute of Technology—March 2
University of Waterloo—March 9
Western University (all campuses)—March 9
Wilfrid Laurier University—March 9
University of Windsor—March 2
York University
·       Keele Campus—March 30
·      Glendon Campus—March 31


The University of Szeged, a leading university 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. In recognition of the superior preparation provided by the International Baccalaureate curriculum, the university offers direct admission to the medical, dental or pharmacy programs for those 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.


Students thinking about an international educational, volunteer, or work experience should check out the Study and Go Abroad Fair on Sunday, March 3, 1-5 p.m. at the Metro Convention Centre. More details are available here.


Some universities in Canada have adopted the practice of making conditional offers to a small number of students based on their grade 11 final marks. 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.

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 Feb.  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.

The winter term grades are used by some universities to determine the level of scholarship they offer to a student, while other universities will wait to decide on scholarship offers until they see the final grades in July. Either way, April grades can have a significant impact on your financial future!

April grades also come into play if you are placed on a wait-list for a US university. An increase in marks in the winter term can strengthen your case for a late offer of admission.

All university offers in Canada, the US, and the UK are conditional on final grades and offers of admission can be withdrawn if the final grades in July are not satisfactory.

Out-of-Province Universities

All students are reminded that in order for The University Counselling Office to send transcripts to out-of-province universities, they must add these schools to their Naviance account.

In many cases, out-of-province applications have a spot for your OUAC reference number. McGill University and the University of British Columbia also require IB students to include their IB personal code on their application. Your IB information can be found in your Managebac account.

Deadlines for out-of-province universities vary:

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

·        Tuesday, January 15—University of British Columbia

·        Tuesday, January 15—Major scholarship deadline for Simon Fraser University

·        Friday, February 1—McGill University

·        Thursday, February 7—Major scholarship deadline for McGill University

·        Thursday, February 28—University of Victoria and Simon Fraser University

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

·        Friday, March 15—Dalhousie University

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Students who have applied to UBC may note that their application account mentions the need for an “interim official IB Anticipated Grades Form.” Please be reassured that the IB Schools of Ontario interim transcript that The York School sends to UBC for all our students is considered acceptable for this form. There is no need for concern.


It is important for students and parents to remember that the vast majority of scholarships at Canadian universities are based on grades and do not require a separate application. The competition for those few scholarships that consider both grades and extracurricular activities is extremely intense, requiring top marks and outstanding leadership in non-academic commitments. Such applications require a considerable investment of time, as they must be completed carefully if they are to impress a scholarship committee. Rushed applications are never successful!

Remember that if the scholarship requires a letter of reference, you must first speak with the teacher, adviser, or coach. Please try to give referees at least a month’s notice whenever possible. A good letter of reference takes time to write! It is courteous to write your referee a note of thanks.

Your university counsellor is pleased to assist you in brainstorming ideas for application essays and in editing the final version. Don’t hesitate to ask!


Carleton University Prestige Scholarships

Carleton University offers 24 Prestige Scholarships ranging up to $30,000 in value. Students submitting an application must have an admission average of 90% or better and must have demonstrated leadership roles in their extracurricular activities throughout high school. Applications can be found on the website or here. Completed applications must be received by the university awards office by March 1.

Dalhousie University scholarships

At Dalhousie University, a scholarship application can be completed on line if you already have an offer of admission. There is a paper application for those students who have applied to Dalhousie, but not yet received an offer. Most scholarships are based solely on academic merit and leadership qualities; however, a few consider financial need as well. In order to be eligible for consideration, students must have at least 26 IB points or a minimum average of 80% in their Ontario diploma. The application deadline is March 1; more details can be found here.

Major scholarships at Mount Allison University
The premier entrance scholarship at the university is the Bell Scholarship (worth $12,000 per year), celebrating students who have demonstrated strong academic ability, leadership potential, and achievement in volunteer work and extracurricular activities. Three letters of reference are required. The application also requires a summary of your extracurricular, volunteer, and work activities as well as a 500-word essay. More information about all scholarships at Mount Allison can be found here. Students must have received an offer of admission before that date in order to gain access to the online application and submit before the deadline of March 1


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