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I was wondering, what kind of ECs or how many ECs would it be good to have to remain competitive when applying to Schulich, Queens etc. while having a 90+ Average.
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That's a very subjective question because there are no specific ECs you must have, but commitment to activities really help. Leadership positions would also be a big help. Throughout all my applications I just emphasized how I was an all-rounder through my ECs and diversified them, I included a leadership within school, leadership out of school, and school teams. For Schulich you can list whatever amount you want, but for Queen's you have to state 5 ECs so make them good. I wouldn't worry too much about Schulich though because you can have decent involvement and still get it, they emphasize more on marks. Queen's emphasizes more on the essay so make sure you talk about ECs and tell them what sets you apart.
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To expand on what goldmansachs said, even if you have many ECs/leadership positions/long-term commitment, make sure that you are able to explain why those ECs are good (only works on some applications), and also try to show some tangible results (again, can't always do this).

You might have good ECs, but the person evaluating you might not see it that way. And vice versa- someone you think might not have good ECs could be considered to have great ECs. It's fairly subjective.
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Yeah, think of your essays as an interview, it's the only shot you have to get them to know you personally so make every word count. Good luck.
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Quality > Quantity.
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Just fill SOMETHING out for Schulich and you'll get in 91+, Queen's weighs the essays more.
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For Ivey & Queen's you really need to have ECs that you have had over a long period of time. They look for long term commitments. They are not interested in kids who picked up a million ECs in the last 2 years of high school. They're looking for kids who have been competing in sports since they were kids, have been volunteering substantial amounts of time for at least 3-4 years, etc... Not to say if you don't have that you won't get in, but your essays and marks better make up for it.
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