BEYOND YORK - Sept. 19 / 2019

University Visits

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Monday September 23rd - 7:00pm

There will be a Grade 12 University Application Parent Workshop held at The York School. This workshop will inform parents of the university application process their students will be initiating.

Visit Universities in Canada this Fall

This term is the best time for Gr 11-12 students to visit a university campus at one of the many Fall open houses events showcasing academic programs, student life and opportunities. Click HERE to see a list of scheduled Open Houses at several of Canada’s top universities. Students are welcome to arrange individual campus visits outside of these planned events.

Study and Go Abroad Fair

Coming Sunday, October 6th to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (North Building) A free education expo offering students an opportunity to meet face-to-face with almost 100 top universities from around the world to find out about degree and certificate programs, scholarships, admission requirements, etc. Embassies and student travel organizations will also be at the event for information on visas, language travel, volunteering, and internships.

The website for more information is

UK University Fair

Students who are planning applications to UK universities may wish to attend the UK university fair on October 4 (3-6 pm) at the Chelsea Hotel, 33 Gerrard Street. Admission officers from 40 schools will be present to answer your questions. You can register here.

Warwick University Student counselling sessions

Warwick U and The York School’s admission liaison partner, Sarah Jamieson, is offering students one-to-one meetings online via Skype/WhatsApp to chat about Warwick and studying in the UK.  Booking is easy and available at

International students attending UK universities will receive Work Visa’s for up to two years

A new immigration route has been announced that means that International students in the U.K. who have studied any subject will be able to stay in the U.K. for up to two years to find work. The new route will be a separate visa requiring a separate application, and it is expected that students entering the UK in the 2020-21 academic year intake.

Students will need to have completed a degree from a university or higher education provider. The new immigration route will build upon the U.K.'s effort to recruit and retain the best and brightest global talent, and is in recognition of the important contribution international students make to the U.K. both culturally and economically. The new immigration route has no cap on numbers. Last year UK universities educated around 460,000 international students, not including those from within the EU. The government aims to grow the number to 600,000 over the next 10 years. 

Study in Australia fair

Students who are considering post-secondary opportunities in Australia (undergraduate, post-graduate or exchanges) might wish to attend an information fair on October 5 (11 am-4 pm) in the York Room at the Hilton Toronto, 145 Richmond St. There is a break-out session for medicine at 11:30 and a session for dentistry at 1:30.

Early admissions programs at US colleges

Each year, there is much debate in the American press about the advantages and drawbacks of early admission programs at US colleges. Many of our students are unsure whether they should be considering an early application. For those who have investigated their options carefully, have grades and standardized test scores that fully reflect their academic potential, and have started their applications, an early application could be to their advantage. As always, we counsel students individually on this matter, as there are many variables to consider.

Certainly, students who look at admission statistics for early and regular applicants worry that they might be at a disadvantage if they fail to apply early. These statistics, however, can be misleading as, at most universities, early applications are dominated by students with the very strongest grades and test scores and those with a legacy advantage or athletic recruitment. There is also a marked difference between admission rates for Early Decision programs (where students are legally bound to accept an offer of admission if it is made) and Early Action programs (where students can apply to, and consider offers from, other colleges in the regular round of admission).

Students who feel that they need the fall term to bring their grades and test scores will be advised to either apply in the regular round of applications or explore schools offering a second round for Early Decision candidates. Those students wishing to file an early application to a US college are reminded have a meeting with their counsellor and should have the completed application by Monday, October 14 in order to allow time for review.

Demonstrated interest in US college applications

At many US colleges, “demonstrated interest” can be an important factor in determining which candidates may be made an offer of admission.  Admission officials know that students who have shown a strong interest in their institution are more likely to accept an offer and therefore increase the school’s “yield” (an important factor in many ranking tables).

One of the most compelling ways to demonstrate interest is to visit the college or university, taking the time to attend an admissions presentation and participate in a campus tour. However, for those students who cannot afford the time or money to make such a visit (and for those who have completed a campus visit), there are many ways to show keen interest:

  • Attend a session hosted by a representative from that school; arrive at the session having completed some research and prepared to ask good questions.

  • Request materials from the admissions office or contact the admissions office with thoughtful questions not easily answered from the website.

  • Contact a professor in a department of interest or a coach/adviser in a co-curricular activity you plan to pursue.

  • Participate in an on-campus or alumni interview (where available).

  • Write thoughtful and specific supplemental essays.

  • Apply early (after consulting your counsellor).

  • Apply for honours programs or special scholarships that require extra effort (where you are a good candidate).

  • Interact with the school on social media.

Remember that colleges want to be fairly confident you will say “yes” before they send you an offer!

Interested in Engineering?

Students who are considering engineering as an option for university study should check out the “Try Engineering” website at There is much useful information about the different branches of engineering study and careers in each discipline.

Global Scholars and Global Citizens at U. of Toronto

This fall, U of T is launching the Global Scholars/Global Citizen initiative, providing U of T students with the opportunity to curate unique international education experiences through specialized courses and programs that build toward their professional goals.


Did you know that U of TORONTO sends more students abroad each year than Harvard, Yale, Penn and Dartmouth combined? This year, U of T is tripling financial support for learning abroad to ensure that all students have the opportunity to go global.


The Loran Scholars Foundation is beginning its search for the 30th class of Loran Scholars. Loran Scholars are those students who are dedicated to serving others, show promise of leadership and have integrity, courage, compassion, grit and a high level of personal autonomy. Up to 34 Loran Awards, each valued at $100,000 over four years of undergraduate studies, as well as up to 104 finalist/provincial awards ($5,000 or $2,000 each, respectively) are awarded to promising candidates.

Grade 12 students may now apply at As in previous years, a high school transcript, a reference from a teacher or community member and have their school sponsorship confirmed must be completed by 8:00pm (Eastern Time)  October 17th

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Bronfman Fellowship:

Every year, 26 outstanding North American teenagers are selected as Bronfman Fellows. The Fellowship begins with a free transformative and intellectually adventurous summer in Israel, where Fellows engage in thought-provoking study and conversation and make lifelong friends. The teaching covers a broad range of traditional and contemporary Jewish texts at a university level. Fellows are part of an extraordinarily active, 1,200+ member alumni community. Applicants must be in Grade 11, self-identify as Jewish, and live in the U.S. or Canada. Apply online by December 1 on the Bronfman Fellowship website.

Learn more about becoming a Fellow.