University Visits - Week of September 30 - October 4
Here is a list of the upcoming University visits that we are hosting next week:
Duke, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt
Representatives from Duke, Johns Hopkins, Northwestern, and Vanderbilt Universities will be hosting an information session for students and parents at The York School, on Thursday, October 3 from 7-9 p.m. Space is limited as this presentation is open to the GTA. Advance registration is required.
Click here to register.
Online tools for researching Canadian universities
In addition to the Ontario Universities’ Info website http://www.ontariouniversitiesinfo.ca/
there are other websites that can be very helpful for investigating Canadian universities. For in-depth profiles of admission requirements, programs and facilities check out:
University Study Canada https://www.universitystudy.ca/.
Maclean’s magazine http://www.macleans.ca/tag/macleans-on-campus/
Interested in scholarships? Lots of information is available at https://yconic.com/.
If you sign up as a member and create a profile, you will be sent emails for awards that match your profile.
University of Toronto National Scholarship
The University of Toronto National Scholarships target students “who demonstrate superior academic performance, original and creative thought, and exceptional achievement in a broad context. The National Scholars will be those who not only excel in academic pursuits but also have an enthusiasm for intellectual exploration and involvement in the life of their school and community.” Candidates must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents intending to begin post-secondary study at the University of Toronto in September 2020.
For the ten finalists selected as National Scholars, the University of Toronto will cover tuition and incidental fees for four years will provide residence support in the first year, and will include an additional, renewable, monetary award based on individual financial circumstances.
The finalists who are not designated National Scholars will receive an Arbor Scholarship valued at $7,500 for the first year, renewable at $1,500 for subsequent years. Both the National and Arbor Scholars will be assigned a faculty member to act as a mentor during their initial year of undergraduate study and will be invited to attend various special events in their honour.
If you feel that you fit the above criteria, you are invited to apply online here.
The deadline for your application to be submitted is Thursday, October 24. Your teacher referee will be sent a link once you have submitted your application and has one week to submit his or her letter. Remember that teachers need lots of notice in order to produce a highly polished, persuasive reference;
Do not leave this application to the last minute. It is a complex one and requires lots of time and thought. The competition is extremely fierce. Your counsellor will be at your side to help you edit your application
Queen’s University Major awards and scholarships
Students with an average of 90% or higher based on their Ontario Secondary School Diploma are automatically offered a merit-based entrance scholarship at Queen’s University if they are accepted into their program of choice. In addition to these very generous awards, there are a few major entrance scholarships or awards that require a special application.
All of Queen’s Major Admissions Awards (MAA’s) stress outstanding academic achievement (in most cases, an average of 90% or above, factoring in all your high school grades from Grade 9-present), demonstrated leadership, and community/school involvement. Some also require candidates to demonstrate financial need or be resident in a particular region e.g. the Sobey Scholarship is aimed at students residing in an Atlantic province and planning to enter the Bachelor of Commerce program at Queen’s.
Students interested in applying for these awards should check the Queen’s University website for information concerning the value, selection criteria, and application procedures for these scholarships. Applications are available here.
Queen’s University Chancellor’s Scholarship
The Chancellor’s Scholarship requires a nomination from The York School. Our school is permitted to nominate only one candidate. Candidates for the Chancellor’s Scholarship are expected to demonstrate academic excellence (a minimum average of 90% based on all your high school grades), outstanding leadership, and creative and original thinking.
You should seek nomination for this scholarship only if you intend to take up the award if it is offered. Students who intend to apply Early Decision to a US college are not eligible to be sponsored for this award as they are prepared to make a binding commitment elsewhere.
Completed applications for the Chancellor’s Scholarship (minus the letter of reference and transcript) must be submitted Monday, October 28 in order to be considered for nomination. A sample of the application can be found here.
Please discuss your suitability for a scholarship with your counsellor.
Applications for all major scholarships at Queen’s must be submitted through the Queen’s SOLUS portal before December 1. In order to ensure that you have a SOLUS account in time, it is recommended that you apply to Queen’s through OUAC no later than Wednesday, November 20.
All applicants for these major scholarships require a letter of reference; please make sure you give your referee lots of notice.
New application process for the QuARMS program at Queen’s University
The Queen’s University Accelerated Route to Medical School (QuARMS) is an opportunity for ten outstanding young Canadians to apply for medical school after only two years of undergraduate study in the Faculty of Arts and Science. QuARMS students will apply directly to the School of Medicine and will not be required to provide MCAT scores; however, they are not guaranteed admission.
In addition to their degree-related curriculum, QuARMS students “will be exposed to learning experiences that are closely aligned with the core competencies for physicians.” These enrichment and experiential learning opportunities “will hone the students’ skills in advocacy, communication, collaboration, and professionalism.” Students will be encouraged to interact with their local communities and also build new connections with communities in other parts of Canada and abroad.
Candidates for QuARMS should demonstrate the following skills and characteristics:
Commitment to service
Proven academic ability
Critical and creative thinking
Ability to relate to people
Exceptional leadership qualities
Diverse academic interests
Maturity and integrity
Humility, altruism, and humanism
A QuARMS application no longer requires a nomination from The York School. Students express their interest in the program by applying to Queen’s programs in Arts, Science, Computing or Health Science. They then click a button on OUAC next to their program option at Queen’s (ideally before November 20) and submitting their Personal Statement of Experience through their Queen’s SOLUS account before the December 1 deadline. Queen’s will then contact students of interest and request a supplemental application. Forty students will be selected to participate in the final interview process.
More information is available here.
New Commerce minors at the University of Guelph
Students in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Guelph can now choose from the following business minors: business, business data analytics, business economics, economics, entrepreneurship, human resources, international business, marketing, project management, sustainable business, and sport & event management.
UC-Berkeley’s Management, Entrepreneurship and Technology Program
The University of California at Berkeley has introduced a four-year program that allows students to earn Bachelor of Science degrees in both business and engineering. The M.E.T. program is designed to provide extensive resources and strong industry partnerships to aspiring innovators and entrepreneurships. The six streams include bioengineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering & computer science, industrial engineering & operations research, materials science & engineering, and mechanical engineering. For more information, go to https://met.berkeley.edu/.
Honours Arts Co-op: Students applying to Honours Arts can now add co-op to their degree! Co-op is now available for all 23 Honours Arts majors.
New minors available to all Waterloo students for fall 2020:
UK study info meetings and new programs at Warwick
UK study info meetings
Our UNIVERSITY liaison REPRESENTATIVE AT The University of Warwick in England will be offering in-person and Skype/WhatsApp 25 minute one-to-one chats for our students and parents this month and next. See below for dates and times:
Toronto ON, Canada (Downtown) Saturday October 26, 2019: 09:30-12:30 (ET)
Toronto ON, Canada (Downtown) Monday October 28, 2019: 15:30-19:00 (ET)
Saturday October 12, 2019 12:00-15:00 ET / 11:00-14:00 CT / 10:00-13:00 MT / 09:00-12:00 PT
Saturday October 19, 2019 12:00-15:00 ET / 11:00-14:00 CT / 10:00-13:00 MT / 09:00-12:00 PT
Wednesday October 23, 2019 16:00-20:00 ET / 15:00-19:00 CT / 14:00-18:00 MT / 13:00-17:00 PT
Saturday October 26, 2019 14:30-19:00 ET / 13:30-18:00 CT / 12:30- 17:00 MT / 11:30-16:00 PT
Booking for one-to-one chat sessions is essential. These chats are informal and don’t impact admission – they are simply provided to help offer information. Details and booking are available at: https://your.warwick.ac.uk/form/northamerica19
Warwick University New programs
Economics, Psychology and Philosophy (EPP) is a new interdisciplinary degree that we’ll be launching for 2020 study. It’s not yet detailed on our website or prospectus, so this is hot off the press!
Key points are:
EPP is akin to providing a foundation in Behavioural Science / Behavioural Economics
The most similar program at another UK university is LSE’s new Behavioural Science degree, but Warwick’s EPP could be said to be more interdisciplinary in terms of the departmental collaboration
The program draws on Warwick’s interdisciplinary strength and history of established teaching and research collaboration between Warwick Business School, Economics, Philosophy, and Politics and International Studies
The model is similar to PPE in that students on EPP will be able to specialise as they move through the degree (for example, taking a bi-partite stream)
Interdisciplinary modules will be available and there will be a capstone module in the final year
EPP can be described as a new program in a tested, proven model
Other new programs at Warwick for 2020 include:
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 - October 6, 2019
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 https://www.studyandgoabroad.com/toronto/
UK University Fair - October 4, 2019
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 https://your.warwick.ac.uk/form/northamerica19
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 - October 5, 2019
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 www.tryengineering.org. 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 apply.loranscholar.ca. 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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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.