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Will I get into Harvard with my 62 average?
So recently, Ive been having dreams on going to Harvard. I think Harvard is a very cool school because its filled with great minded people. I also heard there are some chicks there too. So I was wondering if I can get into Harvard with my 62 average. 
Advanced Functions - 56%
English - 55%
Food and Nutrition - 150%
Calculus - 20%
Biology - 39%
Chemistry - 54%
I know I'm not the greatest mind, but Steve Jobs went to Harvard and dropped out to make Facebook. Look at him now. He's a billionaire. He wasn't the most brilliant minded but he still went to Harvard but dropped out to make Facebook. So guys, do think I can make it to Harvard with my Grade 12 marks? I feel like I can because Steve Jobs did it. Please don't post mean comments because it will hurt me and make me cry.

Harvard has rejected me. :( Its honestly sad. I had so much goals that I wanted to accomplish at Harvard. On the bright side, I GOT ACCEPTED TO UCLA IN LOS ANGELOS, CALIFORNIA!!!  I got accepted for Women Studies program. Who needs Harvard, when you can get accepted to UCLA for Woman Studies!!! Thanks for all your support and prayers for me trying to get into Harvard!! 
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University Transfer Averages
I've applied to Western Engineering and McMaster Engineering from another university and I understand they treat the averages from other Universities differently than they do HS students' averages. Does anyone know about what the difference in equivalent percentages would be comparing an HS average vs a University Transfer Average?  
I've heard its about 7-8% difference, but I've also heard 4-5% and up to 12% so I am not too sure.  
I currently have an 85.3% average coming from another Engineering Program at another University.
Easiest course at Virtual High School?
Anyone know what course I should take online to boost my average? Can anyone share experiences with the course they took? Do universities accept courses from outside of day school?
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Basically i applied for  e-learning in October, it is February now i still have not received confirmation of enrollment. My guidance Councillor told me that i am on the wait list. and that the last day to get enrolled in e-learning is march 5th 2018. Has anyone ever been wait-listed for that long or had this type of a problem please help Thanks
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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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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