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Admission Questions? Ask a Current UBC Student!

326 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Jassim Naqvi
Hi guys,

I always remember finding this forum really useful back when I was applying for universities in 2012, and I'd like to offer you the opportunity to actually get some hard knowledge about admissions rather than just hearsay.  Though I'm in Sauder, I can answer any questions regarding direct entry to all UBC programs, Sauder transfer applications, and general university stuff.

You should all also take a look at the holy grail of UBC admissions, specifically table 18 where all admission averages for all programs for entry in 2013W are outlined.

Hope to see you all at UBC in September!
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I can answer questions related to UBC if you have any

twototango
55 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Jassim Naqvi
As mentioned above, based on my first year experience thus far, I am able to answer questions related to UBC in terms of admissions, residence, courses, do/don't and so on.

Understanding that many of you have probably received offers and are deciding which school to attend/reject, I decided to help answer questions to give insider info on UBC :)
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UBC Okanagan grade maintaining?

0 replies • Posted: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC
I got an offer from UBC Okanagan last night, and it said in order to maintain my seat, Id have to maintain my predicted grades of a BBC (Cambridge A Levels). What if I get something lower like a BCC or a BCD? Would they still let me study there regardless of their maintaining grade policy? Need help guys! 
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UofT Architecture Acceptance

Anonymous
17 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Anonymous
Anyone get accepted into UofT for architecture yet? 
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UofT LifeSci and UofT Med School!

Anonymous
1 reply • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Anonymous
I fell in love with UofT the moment I found their youtube channel, and  their website, and when someone from the university was at my school's University fair! From the questions i've asked previously on this forum i'm pretty sure I have a solid chance of getting into UTSG lifesci. I want to major in Human Biology and maybe minor in Psycology or genetics or something like that. From what i've heard UofT undergrad is a terrible idea because everyone has low 60's and its impossible to get good marks and that everyone has no life because they study so much and still get crap marks. What attracted me to the University were the research opportunities, and its downtown location which is also good for volunteering, internships, shadowing physicians, etc. Although i totally believe that it is very hard to get good marks is it really that bad? Realistically if it was so incredibly impossible and hard to do well in LifeSci undergrad and everyone fails, why do so many students still go there and apply? I think if it were really that impossible to get a good GPA for med school from undergrad that no one would attend. So my real question is how terrible and horrific is it to attend LifeSci and UofT St. George? I already know that easier universities are great for undergrad to get higher GPA's and because Uoft Med doesn't care if i did undergrad at UofT, but i literally cannot see myself going to any other university. I need to start falling out of love with UofT now if it really is so horrendous for the competitive path i want to take. I'm in love with toronto and all the positives that the University has to offer, but how realistic are the negatives that the University has to offer??
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Ryerson Accounting and Finance

2 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Anonymous
I was just wondering how the Accounting and Finance program at Ryerson is. I know Ryerson's reputation isn't as great as Waterloo or Schulich, but I was just wondering how it is because I got acceptance and I am considering it. 
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Employment Math Degree

Anonymous
0 replies • Posted: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC
What are some good salary jobs you can get with a math degree? What ahould I specialize in?
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Western Medical Science and McMaster Life Science

Anonymous
0 replies • Posted: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC
What are my chances of getting into Western Medical Science and McMaster Life Science.

Semester 1:
Bio:91
Functions:93
Exercise Science:92

Semester 2(probably going to get):
English:82
Calculus and Vectors: 88
Chem:94
Overall average is 90%
I also did grade 12 physics in summer school and got an 80%
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Just got waitlisted for sciences at UBC... is it all over? (IB)

Anonymous
7 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Anonymous
Hello,

I've had my heart set on UBC for quite a while now, and then just this afternoon I got the news that I was waitlisted on their student portal.

"We have evaluated your application and due to the competitive nature of your program, we are not able to offer you admission. Your application is currently wait-listed. Any changes to your application and wait-list status will be noted here and a final decision will be available to you by June 15th. Please note that a large number of wait-listed candidates do not receive offers of admission, and we encourage you to make alternate plans accordingly."

I'm wondering if anyone could tell me what my chances are of getting accepted, if at all. I'm a IB diploma student with a total predicted mark of 33. My predicted mark breakdown is:
6 - Chemistry SL, Geography HL
5 - Math SL, Spanish SL (final), English Lit. HL
4 - Physics HL (Trying hard to bring this up - is this mark the main cause of me being waitlisted?)
with 2 Predicted marks for TOK & EE. 

Does anyone know of IB students who got accepted with around a 33 predicted? I realise that their website has listed a "recommended" average of 29-32 for admission, and I'd like to think my PP was strong (Good ECs, but who knows, since it's relative scoring). My waitlist message doesn't even say the "Strong candidate", which it appears a lot of others have. 
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Will Physics 11 matter a lot for UBC admission?

shakiba22
6 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Anonymous
This is my first thread.. Here are my marks before my final exams, which are each worth about 20% - 25%, so they will not greatly affect my final mark.  I'm in my first semester of Grade 11: French - 92% Chemistry - 88% Physics - 85% Social Studies - 90%  I'm just wondering if this means I won't get accepted to UBC. Should I retake Physics 11 in summer school or night school to obtain at least 94%? I know chemistry I understand really well and I'm pretty confident that I will get a high enough mark on the final to get 90%.  What should I do? Can I get in or not because they look at my grade 11 marks right away. 
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Waterloo Engineering Admission 2015

bopeng1
424 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Anonymous
Hello fellow prospective Waterloo students!

My name is Bo and I'm a first-year Software Engineering student and Engineering Ambassador at the University of Waterloo. I know many of you are keen to study at Waterloo. I hope this thread will be very useful for you guys. I also started my blog: bo-peng.net/blog to write about my first year experience. I'll also be writing about the University admission process, and specifically for Engineering programs! 

List any questions below! I will try my best to respond to your questions daily.

Admissions 2015: How it's going to work by Prof Bill Anderson

Useful Links:
Professor Bill Anderson's Blog on Waterloo Engineering Admissions
Waterloo Engineering Shadow Program
OUAC Important Dates
Which Engineering Program is right for you? Quiz
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Questions regarding admission to UBC

Anonymous
1 reply • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Anonymous
Hello, I am a grade 11 student in BC. I have read through many threads on this website and it seems as if my grade 11 marks will not be considered except for early admission, but please correct me if I'm wrong. My following marks as of now:
Pre-calculus: 94%
English: 96%
Social studies: 98%
French: 96%
Biology: 96%
Chemistry: 100%
Physics: 90% :(

It may seem pointless to post them since they are most likely not going to be used, but here comes my questions:

1) If I keep up these marks, will I stand a good chance at getting into UBC's Sauder, sciences, or engineering?
2) Let's say that I choose not to take physics 12 next year (if I choose not to go into engineering), is there still any reason for UBC to look at my physics 11 mark?
3)I've been confused about this for a while now: I've heard that UBC will look at grade eleven marks because grade 12 marks are not yet finished. Will they look at grade 11 term two marks or the final mark of grade 11 courses?
4) What kinds of extra curricular activities should I try to get myself involved in to be able to compete with the vast majority of UBC applicants?
5) Does UBC have any opportunities to study abroad? If so, where?
6) What do you think are the top universities in Canada for science and business?
7)Will taking calculus in high school be really helpful if I take calculus in university?
8) IMPORTANT **If my native language was say, Spanish, could I still take Spanish 12 and use this as one of my four grade 12 courses?**
9) I've heard that SFU Beedie is better than UBC Sauder. Is this true?
10)Is taking Pre-calculus 12 or any grade 12 science during the summer online a wise or bad idea? 

Sorry for having so many questions. It'd be extremely helpful if you could give a bit of insight on all of them, but if not, then sharing some information is better than nothing at all :). Thanks!




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Best Engineering Program at Waterloo?

Anonymous
2 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Anonymous
Hey! I know Waterloo is known for it's crazy good engineering department, however I was wondering which engineering programs are Waterloo's strongest? I'm primarily interested in factors such as employability, enjoyment, and salary after graduation. Thanks!!
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would it hurt?

ikr
5 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Anonymous
I have many guy friends in my class who have ended up proposing to me! I cant be rude to them but denying will hurt them (I've tried that with one). Can someone please suggest something?
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PROM IDEAS 101

Anonymous
2 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Anonymous
hey, im an 17 year old asian dude who is planning on pursuing in business/computer science double degree. But, prom is just around the corner and I was wondering if you guys can give me some cute/fun promposal ideas I could do?
I'm planning to ask a white girl out btw. Any tips?
Some ideas I was thinking were:
- flash mob
- ping pong balls in locker idk
- any more???
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UBC Acceptances

0 replies • Posted: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC
Hi has anyone got accepted into UBC yet? Ive got into UBC Bachelor of Arts program and hope to make some friends too! Since Im coming from overseas :)
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UBC Applicants 2015

30 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Angela Kwan
Hey everyone! Seems like a few people have started these up in the past but I don't see one for this year's application cycle, so let's make it through this together! UBC is my first choice as I'm sure it is for many other as well;

I was hoping we could all get to know each other :)
1. Where you are from (which province/international)
2. Faculty & prospective major 
3. Grade 11 courses/average 
4. Grade 12 courses/average
5. Top reasons for wanting to go to UBC
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UofT Kinesiology

Anonymous
0 replies • Posted: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC
has anyone gotten accepted to UofT for kin yet? if yes, what's your average? 
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Laurier BBA Acceptances?

Anonymous
3 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Highschoolkid .
Hey, so awhile back I got an email from Laurier explaining that acceptances will go out in 3 phases, where the second phase happens in march/april based on a combination of Gr11/12 marks. I was wondering if its the top 6 marks out of the gr11/12 marks, even if let's say I have 2 maths in my top mark, will they count both or just one? Sorry if this is confusing to understand, lol 
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Queen's Acceptances

carolinef97
13 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Anonymous
Hey!
I was just wondering... does Queen's send acceptances in the mail or is it just electronic? Random question... but I've been checking my mail box endlessly (even though I already got the acceptance in the mail).

cheers.
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First job after graduation?

Anonymous
4 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Anonymous
I am going to graduate with a business degree, but I don't have a job yet and no real prospects.  What do I do?
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Queens biology or guelph zoology!?

Anonymous
0 replies • Posted: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC
So Im trying to decide in between queens biology or univeristy of guelph zoology! I am planning to complete a masters in zoology anyways so I'm wondering if I should just do a general biology for my undergrad as it's more general. Would love to hear pros and cons for both schools! Thank you!! 
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Best universities for math

Anonymous
7 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Anonymous
The above says it all. What are the best universities for math? Why?
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Schulich Scholarship advice!

Anonymous
2 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Anonymous
Ok, so I've been nominated for the Schulich Leaders Scholarship... any advice? What average is considered academic excellence? What EC's are they looking for? How important are the reference letters? 

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Queens science without calculus?

Anonymous
3 replies • Last reply: 7:02AM February 28, 2015 UTC by Anonymous
Hi!! so I applied to Queen's BSc in jan. I have around an 87% average and I am taking Bio 12, Pre-Calc 12, Chem 12, Eng 12, FRAL 12, and I have completed Physics 12. I didn't take calculus 12 and I do regret not taking it. On the queen's website it says that calculus is recommended but it doesn't say it's required. Do i still have a chance to get accepted!!?
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