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I'm very confused about the differences between these two programs. My knowledge to this point is that both programs take the exact same courses first and second year, and in third year is where it changes. This is where I'm confused. What are the differences in the programs in third and fourth year? Which program is easier to get a good GPA in? Which program is considered harder? Better? Thank you!
I just finished first year in Western MedSci and I'm going into my second year in the fall. I'm also a 2016 Western National Scholarship recipient (the President's Entrance), so if you have any questions about the program, admissions, or scholarships, let me know!
I can also give some advice on first-year courses if need be - even though I didn't get the most perfect GPA haha (3.8). Also, I can give some insight into a few clubs and the variety/nature of student life!!
Based on my situation, I would really appreciate your opinions about which offer I should accept: a $26,000 entrance scholarship from UVic, or a $20,000 Centennial Scholars Entrance Award from UBC.
I am going into a bachelor of science, and my long-term goal is to enter medical school leading to credentials as a physician. UBC might give me an edge due to its reputation, but I may be better off financially if I accept the $26,000 offer from UVic because $6000 is a significant amount of money. I come from deep financial need, and that is why I need to consider these things very seriously.
Here are the facts:
Pros for UBC:
The Centennial award will appear on my UBC transcript after graduation (which would look very good to prospective medical schools).
If I receive external scholarships that cover my first-year tuition, any unused money from the annual allotment of Centennial Scholarship funds ($5,000) could be deposited to my bank account (so I could use it in the future or for living expenses).
UBC has the Science One program, which I have been interested in for some time now.
Cons of UBC:
Offers less money than UVic
Is not compatible with the UBC Student Housing Assistance Grant.
Pros of UVic:
Offers more money than UBC.
I am eligible to receive more entrance scholarships from UVic that can be combined with my current UVic offer.
Cons of UVic:
I am not certain, but I've heard that UVic does not give remaining entrance scholarship funds directly to students to use for living expenses or for subsequent years if their tuition is covered by other scholarships. (Does anyone know if this is true?)
Some other questions I have:
For UVic and/or UBC, if I receive more external scholarships than I need to use for tuition in first-year, can the financial aid office deposit the money into my bank, or save them for me in second-year? I'm asking because I know that a lot of scholarships cannot be deferred, but I don’t want to lose any scholarship funds; what would my options be?
Does anyone know if the UBC Centennial Scholars Entrance Award is compatible with other UBC Major Entrance Scholarships?
Does anyone know if UVic transcripts show that the student received an entrance award?
Anyhow, those are the things I need to think about. Thank you for your feedback!
As a grade 12 student striving for medical school, undergraduate grades are crucial. Is McGill's life science program as difficult as it is said to be? If so, is it worth going to this school for the prestige, or would attending UOttawa for easier grades be more beneficial in achieving my final medical school goal?
Basically what I said above. I just finished my third year at Western Med Sci! I know choosing a university is tough (I had a really tough time choosing) and trying to determine how you'll do at university is stressful, but let me know what questions you have and I'll do my best to answer them!
Also, despite being in third year, I can definitely answer questions about first year and all other years. I've been pretty engaged with helping out first years, so I know a decent amount about all years (or at least I like to think I do haha).
Update: I just got into med school, so feel free to ask those questions as well.
Hi everyone! I was recently accepted to Western University's Medical Sciences program, and I have a few questions.
Firstly, given the fact that I'm not taking Physics 12 or Calculus 12 in high school, will first year be a significant struggle? I got 90% in Physics 11 and 90% in Pre-Calculus 12, which I know aren't spectacular marks. I perform much better in the areas of chemistry and biology, but I'm worried that the mandatory physics/calculus courses will drag me down remarkably.
Secondly, how realistic is it to maintain a decent GPA (say, 3.6+)? For instance, I''m aware that schools like UofT and McGill are well known for brutal grade deflation. Would you say that it's relatively doable to succeed at Western, provided that you have solid work ethics?
And finally, how well does the Med Sci. program prepare you for graduate studies? I'm not exactly aiming for med school, but rather veterinary or pharmacy. Again, I suppose that this comes back to the question of whether a high GPA is achievable, since I know that GPA is a crucial factor in grad school admissions. And if I later decide not to pursue graduate studies, will there be jobs open to students with just a Bachelor of Medical Sciences?
Thank you! And if anyone has additional information pertaining to Western's social life, residence, etc. I'd love to know, too!
What's the best and easiest online school? I am hoping to take a group 1 credit to get it done with but I want to do something easy and will guarantee me a good mark.I was hoping to do ILC but wanted to know if anyone has any suggestions or feedback.
im a grade 12 student who wants to get into med school and i have been reading that almost 40% of kids who get accepted into med school are from mcmaster (my own doctor is from mcmaster as well). I want to go to university of waterloo (i got in to u of w and still waiting on mcmaster) and i dont really want to go to mcmaster but im starting to think i should. can anyone give thoughts and/or elaborate.
It’s now our time to apply and be admitted! This thread is geared towards the science programs for Ontario. If you get accepted to the following programs, or any similar: Life science, Health Science, Biology, Bio-Med, Medical Sciences, etc.
(Ontario Universities / 2018 APPLICANTS)
Please TRY Including the following:
Date of Application:
Date of Offer:
Grade 11 Average:
Grade 12 First Semester Average / Second Semester Mid-term:
101 or 105 Student:
Yes I'm aware it's early! But the last year thread was made in October and some students end up getting early acceptance so this should be helpful! :)
I'm a first year in BHSc at McMaster. Yconic was my life last year in grade 12 and I found all the forums really helpful so I thought I'd make my own. Feel free to ask me anything about the application process, what the program is actually like, or my extracurriculars and stuff. If you're feeling super stressed about anything and need to vent...I get it. I was in your shoes.
Hi I’m a grade 12 international student who’s attending high school in Nova Scotia, I have applied to Medical Sciences program but I am waitlisted right now. I have an average 94 for my first semester, but I just got an email that I am wait listed. They want list of my second semester courses, I take English12, Calculus 12, and Biology 12. It hasn’t updated yet. Does this letter mean I am rejected? Or is there any possibility that I will get accepted?
I'm currently a grade 11 student, and I am planning on pursuing a career in the medical sciences field (to potentially become a doctor/medical researcher one day)
I know that I am capable of achieving high marks, but I'm worried that marks along won't be enough to be able to be accepted into a competitive program such as Mcmaster, Western, or U of T.
I plan to get into medical school afterward, but am worried again that if I am not accepted, where a general science/medical science degree would get me.. but I plan on going to medical school!!
So current university students/medical student applicants/students what would your advice to me, a grade 11 student be? What kinds of activities/jobs/internships/opportunities/marks did you have or would recommend in order to be accepted??
What did you do in grade 11/12 to truly stand out from the crowd?
Hey I'm beginning to stress out. My current average is around 92% and I'm just wondering if anyone with similar average got in already. Please say where you're applying from, you're average (11/12 whatever was used to accept you) and when you applied/got accepted.