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The more people I talk to, the more confused I get about the entire process. I am in grade 12 and I will be getting my pin number on friday! I do not want to apply for early admission. Early admission wouldn't benefit me in any way, and if I applied for regular admission I could get my grades up. Thats the thing tho... Whenever I tell anyone that "i'm applying for regular (aka not early) admission" I just get a blank stare. I've even had someone tell me that regular admission doesn't exist and that applying at anytime is the same. So from my knowledge is this what early admission is vs "regular (aka not early) admission" is?

Early Admission:
They take your grade 11 second semester marks, and your grade 12 first sem midterm marks. If those marks are high enough you will get an admission offer earlier than people who have applied around lets say christmas. You have to keep a certain average to keep that offer but bottom line if you stay the same then you got it. The benefit is that you can start taking classes the summer before your first year (i think).

Regular Admission:
They take your grade 12 first semester final marks and grade 12 second semester midterm marks. You have to keep a certain average until the end of the year yes once you get your offer of admission, but because you are getting an offer around march- april there is no long waiting period of being accepted then looking at second semester of grade 12. The benefit is that they don't consider your grade 11 marks.

I didn't do the best in grade 11, I do not want to get an offer of admission based on those marks. I also don't see whats so great as you can get an offer in February but you are not really accepted until you know you've kept that average. Its the same for regular admission but you aren't waiting months after getting an offer to see if you're still eligible. Personally I know if I go for early admission and get accepted that i'll get lazy. I won't try as hard in second semester because in my mind i'll already be accepted you know? If I apply for uni around christmas time, and they do not look at my grade 11 marks but instead base my admission on grade 12 I know i will work hard through second semester as i'll have no other choice. So bottom line is what i've said about early vs regular admission correct? Does regular admission exist!!?!? If I apply later will they really not look at my grade 11 marks??? My goal is to be accepted to UofT St. George for life sciences. The other schools I will be applying to is UTM for the same thing and Ryerson for biomedical sciences for anyone wondering. 
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No matter when you apply (before the January 13 deadline) your grade 11 marks will be considered for early admission (both semesters, not just 2nd) If they are not high enough for admission, your application will be reviewed again once new marks are submitted to ouac. Early admission simply means the first round of regular offers that the specific universities send out. For example, early admission for western or queens could be in December but Guelph early admission is in February. You cannot withhold your grade 11 marks, everybody is considered for early admission. Early admission is the same as regular admission! Hope that helps, I know how it works because I helped my brother apply last year by the way :)
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Ohhhhh okay. I'm still a little confused though because lets say i'm applying to western or queens but I decide to apply late december/ january. Those people who applied earlier could get the first round of admission by december. So if someone gets an offer in december vs february or march isn't that a huge difference? One person would get an offer early and the other would later. So isn't applying for the first round technically "early admission".
Also, if I apply later... my application will be reviewed later am I correct? They have to review the applications of those who applied first so If I apply late december by the time they consider my application my first semester final grades could be considered right?
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I see what you're getting at here. However, if you apply in October versus even early January (deadline) the same marks will be reviews which are grade 11. Grade 12 marks will not even be uploaded onto ouac until the beginning of February at the earliest, this means that even if you apply on January 13th, you are still applying for the first round of admissions because the first round of admissions are based on grade 11 marks for most universities. Also, there is no difference between being accepted in December versus March besides the impact on your own personal feelings. And I'm pretty sure most universities review application quite quickly after receiving applications. For instance, my brother applied to Carleton in December and got accepted 2 days later! Also a lot of universities have rolling offers which means there are no set acceptance periods and right when you apply they may review your application and therefore you can get accepted in pretty much any month, not just around the time of new marks being released in ouac. If you have any more questions or need to clarify something I wrote feel free to ask :)
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Early Acceptance won't matter if you flop on your Gr. 12 Marks.  I'm pretty sure every Early Acceptance letter says it's 'conditional' and gives you a set of marks you have to meet in order to keep your acceptance. 

I've seen several people in my Gr. 12 year who let their foot off of the pedal after getting their Early Acceptance notice and ended up being rejected in the summer because their final Gr. 12 marks weren't high enough. 
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That is so true! That is why I do not want to apply early. If i'm already accepted, in my mind regardless of the offer being conditional it will make me work less. If I am applying for the first time in lets say mid december... I will be way more motivated to get my marks up then to apply today and get an offer around christmas. I guarantee you an early offer will make me slack off and i'm not proud of that but that seems to be the reality with me.
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I would still advise you to apply early since if you don't get it for early, they drop your application for standard and reevaluate you
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I guess my defence to that would be that my marks will be better if I apply later so why would I apply earlier with mediocre marks if it won't motivate me to do well for applying the first time later.
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Like someone said above, doesn't matter if you apply now or later. They won't reject you based on your grade 11 marks, they can only help you. Regular vs early admission is not really up to you (except for some schools that send out acceptances in Dec). Also, I've heard conditional offers are fairly easy to maintain.
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