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It is really harder to get and maintain a high average at a larger university as opposed to a smaller one?
I have heard that is is harder to get a good average at a larger school like U of T or McGill as opposed to schools like Brock, Lakehead and UOIT.  Why is that so? Should I go for the larger program or a smaller program where the class sizes are smaller. Thanks!

Also, I have gotten into life science and Biomedical Engineering programs if that matters. I hope to pursue graduate studies depending on how things go. 
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Are all "U" classes equal
My school requires us to take 4 religion courses, and I'm pretty sure my religion mark will be in my top 6 for my average. 

If for example, me and another kid are hypothetically fighting for the last spot in a program, but we are so similar, including average, if his top 6 had the same 5 as mine but say a science class instead of a religion class, would he be accepted before me? 

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Queens University Concurrent Education Offers of Admission
As schools are beginning to give out offers of admission, this discussion is for students who have applied for Concurrent Education at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Please indicate if you have been accepted, including the date you were accepted, your grade and where you're from. I'm nervously waiting  to hear back and I really hope I get accepted. GOOD LUCK TO EVERYONE!!
Queens Life Sciences vs Mac health sciences vs Brock med sciences + med plus
Hey everyone! I am interested in these programs and have searched through many discussions yet they left me further confused. I hope some of you can provide input on what you think is the better program and why. As well as any advice you have to offer :)

a little bit about me; I am a current grade 11 student. I hope to one day be a doctor (my backups are working for my dad's company as a financial advisor or teaching science to elementary kids). I currently have a 90% average. I have done a 5-month co-op placement at my local hospital to make sure health care is for me. I am in a French program as well as the health SHSM. 

I also apologize for adding to the constantly growing amount of discussions on pre-med programs

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not sure if i should apply to the top schools.

i  go to Mary Ward and I have an 81 average currently because my marks dropped because I slacked a bit and rushed to hand in some assignments.
I'm also struggling with math, but I just did a test today and I saw an improvement in myself..
I have until mid February  to raise up my marks.

my current marks are

functions - 70
calculus and vectors - 78
english - 74
religon - 82 
accounting 80 
psychology 100
international business 83 

English used to be a low 80 average
religion used to be a 93 average
international business used to be a 90 average
I believe I can bring my marks up including maths
but I feel like I'm also being too optimistic about math going up.
 The problem I have with math is silly mistakes and not fully grasping a concept and especially not focusing on the small details I usually skim over.

I'm prolly gonna get shitted on here because majority of threads I see of students posting marks are 90s for business.

the schools I want to apply to are Schulich BBA , utsc BBA, maybe queens but I have a  health problems so  Toronto schools I prefer i guess, Ryerson  AFM, york commerce and maybe rotman

If I'm getting too ahead of myself to maybe being able to raise my overall top 6 average to a low 90
should i just apply to ryerson york and guelph or something then?
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Undergrad Decision Making
So I'm looking to hopefully go into medicine in the future and I'm having some trouble deciding on an undergrad. I'm interested in the sciences (more bio and chem than physics). 
So far, i really enjoy these:

Western- Med Sci
McMaster-  Med Sci (I don't know if this exists, the process is really confusing to me on the website) 
Guelph- Bio-Med 
Uni of Ottawa- Biomed science (LAST RESORT)

Anyone give me some insight on some of these programs, or recommend me other similar ones for the same uni or different unis (preferably in Ontario) 
rotman commerce colleges?
I'm confused.
Even if I won't be living on residence I have to apply to one of the colleges but whats the purpose of it? what good does it do? what are the benefits? I heard that some are more prestige than others because of the curriculum or something.
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Physics or Geography?
I'm in Grade 12 right now in BC and I want to go into Sciences in University. I am taking Chem and Biology right now, but I want to take another science just in case. For the university I want to attend, they take the best two sciences. I don't know which I should take, though, for my third course: physics or geography. Which of these courses are harder? I got a 94% last year in physics but don't really have an equivalent class for geo. I'm good at memorizing and understanding concepts like in Bio, too. So which one would I have a better chance at doing well?
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How do university exams differ from high school?
Since it's prime midterms season in university, I'm wondering as a high school student, what are the biggest differences between taking an exam in high school versus in university, in your experience. Every professor will have a different way of administering tests, of course, but what can one expect? Is there much difference between the two?
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Gap Year
I've been thinking of taking a gap year before entering university. Should I still apply during grade 12 or should I apply during my gap year?
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University Applications: Things to Keep in Mind
Hi! I'm Chanel, one of your yconic student ambassadors for 2017-2018. 

University applications appear as a hefty pressure, but it's a gateway to the excitement of post-secondary. Here are four tips to help make this responsibility more manageable. 

1. Picking a school - create a list

Picking a university takes time and planning. Take some time and assess who you are as a person and think of your strengths. Also, consider your learning strategies (smaller classes, lecture styles, etc.) to identify how different colleges will be the proper fit to cultivate your strengths. However, ensure that you are being realistic about your choices and discuss options with your guidance counselor while reading the school's requirements. A tip is that you should be able to come up easily with five reasons why that university is the right fit for you.

2. Put some personality in it 

Don't be afraid to stand out a little. It's easy to write a 500-word essay on "Why is this University Made for You?," but filling them with keywords taken directly from the school's site becomes monotonous for the university. They already know if they have small class sizes or a beautiful campus, but they don't know why YOU specifically want to be a part of their school. 

3. Show Sincere Interest

It's easy to just fill out forms, but aimlessly applying sounds robotic. To be taken seriously, you've got to show some interest. Visit the university, go on tours and meet with admissions officers and ask questions. If you can't visit in person, take advantage of college fairs and the internet for modes of contact. Staying in touch helps you stand out. 

4. Take the Lead

Throughout the process of applying, remember that it is your future and it is both a responsibility and redeeming. Take charge of making a to-do list, arranging visits and interviews and reaching out to admissions offices yourself. 
Looking for best private school in Ontario?
Blyth Academy is a private high school in Ontario currently with fourteen campuses. Each school is designed to be a boutique of 50-150 students and has an average class size of seven. Blyth Academy offers a comprehensive full-time program, as well as part-time, private, semi-private, summer school, and online classes. Our primary focus is to enhance academic achievement to prepare all students for university and beyond. As testament to our unique teaching methods and strategies, 98% of our students go on to post-secondary education, with 95% receiving their first-choice of school. 40% of students received either partial or full scholarship to post-secondary education.
Is this a good grade 12 course timetable?
Is it too busy? Should I move some courses to balance out the difficulty/workload? Should I not take a non-prereq course? What do you think? How do you think you would handle it? 

* - means prereq

Semester 1   
Biology *
Adv. Functions *
Challenge + Change

Semester 2 
English  *
Chemistry *
Calculus + Vectors *

How to figure out which courses to take to transfer to US / transfer credits
I am going to UBC for my first year undergrad,, but am planning to potentially transfer to an American school second year. As course planning is coming up soon, I was wondering what is the best way to figure out which courses / electives I need to take in order to get the correct/enough credits to transfer to a school in the US? For example, if I wanted to transfer to UC Berekley, the requirements are listed at the following link: 


But the information is very vague and does not really refer to Canadian curriculum. Thanks in advance!
Withdrawing University of Toronto offer
Is there a specific date that I have to withdraw my offer from University of Toronto (that I accepted)  by?  I'm planning to go to UBC, but don't want to withdraw my UofT offer until I'm 100% sure I'm going to UBC. Thanks!
Medical School Admission Facts for High School Students
Did you know…  

1. Most provinces (with the exception of Ontario) reserve about 90% of seats for “In-Province” (IP) Students. Criteria for being IP varies from school to school, though going to a university away from your home will increase your chances for acceptance (ie. Going to UBC for undergrad when you are from Alberta will give you IP status for UofC, UofA, and UBC Medicine!).

2. It takes on average 3 tries to get accepted into Medicine. Treat each year as a learning experience and know that you will be getting closer and closer with each attempt. Don’t give up!

3. Good grades are a small part of the entire application! In most cases, GPA and MCAT are worth only 25% (sometimes even less, as Cumming School of Medicine is only 10%) of the entire application, with the Interview being 50% and your CV being 25% or more. In fact, stats have shown that a 4.0 GPA gives you only a 36.6% chance of acceptance! There are, however, other stats, such as MCAT, that are taken into consideration.

4. Any undergraduate program can get you into medicine! (So do what you are passionate about.) This will not only make you enjoy your undergrad more but will help you in building a strong portfolio that is unique, diverse, and tells the admissions committee who you are! Do remember to check the prerequisites for each university however!

5. Average national acceptance rate for Medicine is 10%! Check out some of these numbers:
• U of T: 3,488 Applications for 259 seats (3.96 Admission Average)
• McMaster: 5,271 Applications for 203 seats 
• Queens: 4537 Applications for 100 seats
• UCalgary: 1,600 Applications for 155 seats (85% of seats reserved for Alberta Residents)
• UBC: 2322 Applications for 288 seats (90% of seats reserved for BC Residents)  

My advice on beating the odds is be strategic and start early! You are in the beginning of this journey so the entire process is still in your hands to be decided. We all have our own pathways to medicine… welcome to the game!

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Business Schools - International Recognition and MBA prospect
There are a lot of threads about which top undergrad business schools will grant more employment opportunities. I'm choosing to focus less on that and more on which schools are well-known internationally and/or if students in any have advantages when it comes to applying to MBA.

My own plan is to do an MBA in the States and possibly work at a global company.

Any info would be appreciated! Thanks
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Need assignment help?

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I have some resource like https://assignmentau.com but i need more.

How are you going to #BeBoldForChange?
Tomorrow, Wednesday, March 8th is International Women’s Day! Every year there is a different theme and this year’s theme is #BeBoldForChange

Gender equality has made progress throughout the years. However, girls continue to face exclusion in many aspects of life, including education. Did you know that according to UNICEF, an estimated 31 million girls in primary school and 32 million girls in secondary school face gender inequalities that prevent them from attending school?

Be bold for change calls upon women (& men) to challenge bias and inequality, campaign against violence, forge women’s advancement, celebrate women’s achievements, and champion women’s education.

 I would like to create awareness in this student-based setting because we are the up and coming generation to speak up and make a change. As a student-athlete, I would like to celebrate women’s achievement in sport and in the classroom. Sports and athletics have traditionally been dominated by males. If it wasn’t for the progress made towards gender equality, I would not be the woman I am today. 

Sport has enabled me to pursue post-secondary education and has contributed to my success in the classroom. Education has given me a future of choice. 

Sport and Education have given me the confidence to pursue my dreams and has improved my self-esteem.

Sport and Education have given me opportunities to travel the world and develop important life skills.

It is important to celebrate the progress we have made towards gender equality while recognizing that inequalities still exist within our community and globally. Being physically strong doesn’t make me any less of a ‘girl’ and the traditional female responsibility of being a caregiver is not going to stop me from having high career aspirations. I think that in order to make a change, we need to have a voice and become positive role models for upcoming generations. March 8th is also a “Day Without a Woman,” a one-day strike for women around the world to demonstrate the impact women have in both the domestic and global economy. Women are encouraged to take the day off from both paid and unpaid work (if possible), wear red to show solidarity and refrain from shopping.

How are you going to #BeBoldForChange? Do you think there will ever be equality between genders? If so, how do we get there? 

-Michelle Young, yconic student ambassador
Getting your offer and choosing the right university
Offers are coming out and now it’s time to make the decision of your life. Which university will you be in this upcoming fall and how are you going to make your choice? Here are thinks to think about ...

Scholarships and the Cost
University is an expensive investment, and one of the best ways to help pay for it is through scholarships. While there are many small external scholarships that you can receive, much of the scholarships come from the university itself. From the entrance scholarships to the full-rides (potentially even more!), this is the best way to keep down that student debt and might be an important factor! Be on the lookout as many of them come out in April/May!

Residency vs Home
This is a big one and is typically the reason that student’s may or may not want to leave home. Residency is definitely an experience of a lifetime and the short commute to campus is definitely a benefit! But it definitely is expensive (Usually $10,000-$15,000 for Food and a Room each year). Living at home is also a great option, as you have the support of your family and can save up financially.  

“Prestige” of the University  
Some may say that one university is better than another. Other’s say that all universities in Canada are the same across the board. Whatever your view is, the University can play a factor into your decision, but my personal experience is that you should not pick a university based on the name of the institute, but more importantly, to pick one based on the program!

How are you preparing for this big decision? What are some influences that will shape your choice? Share your thoughts today with the yconic community!

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Picking a School
I'm a grade 12 student and the deadline for applications is coming really soon, but I still don't know where I want to go or what I want to do and I'm starting to panic. I have some ideas but I don't know how to make the decision!!

How did you guys pick where you wanted to go? What factors played a big part in your decision? Where are you now and what do you think?

Honestly any information would be greatly appreciated!!