The purpose of this questionnaire is to gather data with regards to your insights and expectations for your son or daughter's post-secondary plans beyond York. Your responses will be confidential. Your responses will also be evaluated in conjunction with a similar questionnaire already completed by your child. Thank you in advance for your thorough and thoughtful responses.

Class of 2020 University Planning Presentation
The entire slide deck as presented March 6th 2019

Missed the 90 minute presentation?
CLICK HERE to view the entire presentation.



Interaction Conference for University-bound Students April 24 - April 25

Interaction is a conference for university-bound Grade 10 and 11 students. Explore the University of Guelph community and learn more about our academic disciplines and student services. With a variety of sessions to choose from, this day will fly by!

Some sample sessions include:

  • The World of Undercover Police Operations

  • Exploring Careers: How to Prepare for Jobs That Don't Exist Yet

  • The Life Aquatic- The Hagen Aqualab

  • Views From Above: Using Drones to Study the World Around You

  • Business Communication: How to Say What You Mean, and Mean What You Say

Registration is required ($30 fee per student) and includes lunch.
Click HERE

SAVANNAH COLLEGE of ART and DESIGN is hosting an Information Session in Toronto this Saturday, March 30th at The St. Regis Hotel at 10:00am. This event will feature a presentation that covers their global campus locations, award-winning degree programs, career preparation, signature events, summer programs, admission process and much more. The presentation will be followed by an interactive faculty-led workshop for the students to participate in. It is free and open to all prospective high school students and their families.

Register HERE

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Now in its 10th year, the New England Center for Investigative Reporting will continue to host its Boston University Summer Journalism Institute. By Making Boston Their Beat, our program offers students an opportunity to build a solid foundation in journalistic writing and become better storytellers while reporting the facts.

Based at Boston University's College of Communication, students will attend a college-level writing class in the morning. In the afternoon, they are assigned to newsrooms to work withaward-winning journalists, such as Pulitzer winner Lara Salahi, as their editors to cover different stories – entertainment, politics, sports, metro and investigations – in the Boston area. Evening events range from guest lectures from local journalists at The Boston Globe Spotlightteam, WGBH, and WBUR, to tours of historic sites and museums such as Fenway Park and the Museum of Fine Arts.

Our two-week workshops begin on June 24, July 8, and July 22. At the end of each session, your student will walk away with:

·  Articles to add to their professional portfolio;
·  A unique experience to write about on their college application essay;
·  New friends;
·  An appreciation of journalism and the confidence to use their voice to tell stories in their communities.

We accept applications on a rolling basis, but strongly encourage students to apply early to secure their seat.

The deadline to apply for financial aid is April 1, 2019.
For more information about our program, visit our website and our FAQ section.


The Young Engineer Summer Internship: 19th-23rd July, London

The Young Engineer Summer Weekend: 21st-22nd July, London


The Young Doctor Summer Internship: 26th-30th July, London
The Young Doctor Summer Weekend: 27th-28th July, London

The Young Lawyer Summer Weekend: 6th-7th July, London

Investment Banking:

The Young Investment Banker Summer Internship (London): 2nd-6th August, London

The Young Investment Banker Summer Internship (New York): 9th-13th August, New York

The Young Investment Banker Summer Weekend: 3rd-4th August, London

Business Leadership:

The Young Business Leader Summer Weekend: 13th-14th July, London

These programmes provide immersive, 360-degree experiences with top executives who will coach your students to become dynamic young professionals. Some of the once-in-a-lifetime experiences your students can gain with us this summer:

Trading with investment bankers inside the London Stock Exchange

Navigating Martian terrain with engineers at the Airbus ExoMars global headquarters

Working with doctors to treat patients at the world-famous University College Hospital

Working on a homicide case from start to finish alongside top criminal lawyers

Developing a business plan with advice from corporate executives who advise FTSE 100 companies, and pitching the idea to venture capital investors

No prior experience or application is required. London programmes are held at University College London (UCL) and students will stay in UCL accommodation. New York programmes are held at New York University (NYU).

The 2019 Summer Schedule:

Click on any programme name above to view full details, including timetables of what students will be doing each day. Places can be booked via those links.

Class of 2020 University Planning Presentation

The entire slide deck as presented March 6th 2019

Missed the 90 minute presentation?
CLICK HERE to download the entire videotaped session.

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Individual offers are made by UK universities on a rolling basis and are communicated (along with the specific conditions required) on the tracking section of the UCAS website. You do not have to make any choices until you have had a decision from all the UK schools to which you have applied.

Once all the decisions have been communicated to you, however, a choice must be made. You may hold only two offers: one will be your firm choice, the other your insurance choice. In most cases, the offers will be based on an expectation that you will achieve a certain point total. If your offers are conditional on IB results, it is important that you accept an offer of admission from a Canadian university in order to ensure that you have a place next year in case of an unexpected drop on your May exams.

In many cases, UK universities will also make an offer of admission based on your OSSD results.

If you have not met the requirements for a place, it is essential that you check with the individual university after you receive your IB results in July in order to verify your status. In many cases, you might not have your offer confirmed until the A level results are released in mid-August. Your counsellor will be happy to help you through this process, if necessary.


We know that many of you have been hearing back from universities with information about your admission status or scholarship offers. Don’t panic if you haven’t heard from all your choices. Schools vary considerably in the scheduling of their offers!

Please drop by or send us an email sharing your news (no matter what the outcome). We have no way of knowing where you stand unless you tell us. Don’t forget to update Naviance as well.


Pre University Summer School for summer 2019.
·         Business, Management & Economics
·         Medicine & Healthcare
·         Law

The programme will run from 13th July – 27th July 2019 at the cost of £2,600 per student and this includes on campus accommodation, half board catering, transfer and both the academic and social programme.

This Pre University Summer School is aimed at four key objectives

1.       Provide an insight into careers in the fields of study that students are interested in, both in the UK and internationally.
2.       Explore different areas of study concerned with the interests of the students
3.       Learn about the foundations underpinning their fields of study and the challenges in each area
4.       Preparation for life as a student at highly rated Russell Group University or elsewhere

The sessions are taught using a variety of seminars, lectures, workshops, presentations and group based study to give students a taste of the requirements of studies in the three different areas.

Business, Management & Economics

The Pre University Summer School in Business, Management & Economics looks to introduce students to the subject areas that may form part of their studies in the different degrees. This includes but is not restricted to topics such as micro and macroeconomics, the relationship between society, Business and the consumer, and how markets behave. There is also a look into the fundamental principles of organisation management and Human Resource Management. This gives students an insight into what they could be learning and help them begin to realise or continue to develop areas where their particular interests may lie.

As part of the Pre University Summer School, we aim to show students a glimpse of their potential futures after their studies, which may include going out into the professional world or continuing with Higher Education into postgraduate studies. We look to introduce the students to a variety of professionals from Human Resource Directors, Chief Executive Officers, Entrepreneurs and lecturers amongst others so they can really learn what shape their future could take professionally.

Medicine & Healthcare

Our pathway in Medicine & Health introduces students to the variety of studies and careers that lead to a life in the provision of healthcare, from doctors to scientists and mental health professionals.

Our programme looks at sessions ranging from practical clinical skills and dissections, to the history and foundation of modern day healthcare systems around the world. We aim to show students what topics they may cover in their studies and prepare them for the level of the courses they would face at a top UK university. This includes a field trip to a university hospital, visits from professionals and sessions on healthcare from a patient’s perspective and discussions with current patients. This is topped up with a study fair where the students have the opportunity to speak to lecturers and current students from a variety of programmes working towards becoming healthcare professionals.

Another aim is to show students the potential professions and the challenges and benefits it may bring. This is achieved through sessions with professionals and a careers fair with the opportunity to chat with several different professionals including GPs, Mental Health Specialist, Surgeons, Lecturers, Medical Scientists and Radiographers amongst other professions.


The Pre University Summer School in Law aims to introduce students to some of the subject areas that they would be studying with a Law degree and to experience the level of studying required at University. This includes but is not restricted to fields within Criminal Law, Consumer Rights, Artificial Intelligence, Law of War, and the foundations of legal systems around the world.

The subjects are presented via a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops with faculty from our Law school, external experts and current students to ensure they gain a variety of perspectives regarding the study of Law at a top UK university.

Another key aim of the programme is to give students the opportunity to glimpse their potential futures through field trips to witness cases in a court and meet professionals in the field. This could include barristers, solicitors, judges and lecturers in law and talk to them about how they progressed to their current position and the benefits and challenges they have encountered.


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—Journalism (April 6)
Ryerson University—March 30
University of Toronto
·         Mississauga Campus—March 31
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.


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:

·        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!