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Hey, I just created this thread if you guys had any questions regarding the application process or any of the major schools themselves. 

I applied to McGill Desautels, Rotman, Schulich, Laurier BBA, Western BMOS + AEO (Ivey) and Queen's Commerce. I got into everything except QC haha, and I chose McGill Desautels (best school/program ever!). 

Despite me choosing McGill, I did lots of extensive research on all the schools and I was all over this website last year too so feel free to ask me any questions!
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Were you a Chancellor nominee for queens commerce?
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Unfortunately, I was not a Chancellor Nominee for QC.
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How do you feel about McGill only taking into consideration academic grades rather than a balance between extracurriculars.....seems kinda silly especially for a business program.....
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Usually, the kids who apply to Desautels, also apply to Ivey/QC/Rotman, therefore they have experience. Desautels (from what I've seen in the past four months), is a very well rounded program. They faculty does their best to try to help each and everyone of their students. Management faculty is the most fun, out-going faculty there is. Everyone loves to get involved with extracurriculars..etc. With our 94.5 cut off, you'd think it's all geniuses that only study, but everyone is so social, and a lot more social that I am tbh (and im very social). Not to sound cocky, but it's like everyone's aware of the fact that everyone around them had a 95+ average so people don't really try hard to be smart-asses, because... everyone around you is also a smartass haha. It's a great school. Love it
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Why do you think you didn't get into QC? Also, how were you're EC's and essays?
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Reading back, my Queen's essay was sub-par. I think my PSE sounded just like everyone else's and there was nothing that made me standout. I should've focused on things that I have a deep connection with, but instead I just talked about positions like everyone else.
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Holy shitt is queens commerce actually that competitive?
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Yeah I believe it's a 7-9% acceptance rate. It's a great program, but don't get your hopes toooooooo high. Stay positive, but always keep in mind, there's a possibility you might not get in, so you should be very okay with going to your 2nd/3rd choice program.
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What was your average?
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I got into McGill with a 95.0 (exact) and the cut-off for Fall 2017 was a 94.5
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are you good at speaking and or understanding french? does this affect your life at mcgill at all or in the city? would it be dumb to go there not knowing french since you wouldn't be able to work in the city?
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I'm fully bilingual (French is actually my mother tongue). There's always the fear of going to McGill without speaking french, but the entire university is english, and also all employees in downtown Montreal are required to spoke both English and French, so you'll hardly get into a scenario where you can't communicate with someone. 90% of my friends don't speak french at all, you really don't need it, if you're a student in Montreal.
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Would you have chosen queens Commerce over McGill if you got an offer?
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Looking back now, nope. Visiting a school is something that I'd highly recommend. Living in the city of Montreal, just fits me more than the town of Kingston and I love McGill and the people (plus the legal age is 18, so imagine how great frosh/first year is). McGill offers numerous opportunities in terms of recruitment. There's only so much a school can do, must of it has to come from yourself, and connections you build. There's constant debates about top tier schools but honestly if you end up in Ivey, QC, Desautels, Rotman and even Schulich, work hard, build connections, I think you'll be fine.
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How extensive is the Schulich application? My current top choice is Ivey aeo and my backups would be laurier (accepted already) and McGill (my avg is above the cutoff). I'm also applying to Queen's but not banking on it. I was wondering if I should consider applying for Schulich even though I haven't done anything for it and haven't even applied on OUAC yet. Me not wanting to stay in the city is also kind of holding me back.
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Lol.. Schulich. The Schulich application is not extensive at all, but it's pretty nerve-wracking. I bombed the video interview but I still got into the program first round in March, so don't stress at all! Just remember to practice a lot! Also for Ivey AEO, write your application about things you're passionate about and show them there's a variety in your extracurriculars! 
Montreal > London (I've visited London several times). It all depends on the person, but I definitely recommend visiting schools before making your decision. Hope you get AEO!
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Also, if you don't mind me asking, what career path are you interested in as of now (finance, consulting, etc)? How does desautels do with regards to recruiting?
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Yeah honestly, don't go over the top and make your writing sound like a thesaurus because a lot of people from my school who did that, got rejected, even the ones with higher averages than mine, just sound formal/professional I guess. Yeah there's no harm in applying, and from what you've stated above, I think you have a great chance of getting into Schulich. Yeah my sister's at McGill too so I guess that influenced as well. If you see yourself at UWO over McGill then choose that for sure because then you'll love it even more. In terms of Career Path, I intend to do Consulting or Finance. Most kids at in Desautels major in Finance actually. There's several networking events, with major companies throughout the year (even if you're a first year, still attend them) and the great thing is you get the chance of getting employed in Toronto AND Montreal! In November, I was invited to a P&G Networking Cocktail and it was a great time. On the bright side, if you don't get AEO, you still have Desautels which is a great 2nd choice.
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Thats great to hear! I'm really gonna be considering desautels come May lol. I'm thinking of finance too so the fact that most kids major in it is a good sign in terms of its. Thanks again for doing this AMA
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After reading this thread, I'm also thinking of applying to Desautels. My reasons for not applying before was because its in Quebec and I dropped french in grade 9 so....
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^Glad I was able to help. It's really a great program (and school) and you get to know all the kids in your program pretty quickly.
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Any tips for queens app?
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Well I didn't get in, but I would say show variety and talk about EC's you're passionate about. Lots of people talk about sports or international work.
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Hi just wanted to know what sort of written essay I can expect in Schulic, if you could kindly let me know if someone you know has an experience applying or otherwise
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Basically the written section, is a timed response. They ask you a random question, and you have to answer it in a certain amount of words and within a certain amount of time. My question was "What's your favorite movie and why". Yup that's how random they get.
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any tips on the ivey application?
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Have variety in your extra-curriculars and it's okay to exaggerate some stuff because most people do, and you sort-of want to sell yourself but without sounding like a thesaurus.
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Hey, so I'm looking into McGill as well. When did you get admitted with a 95% average and were you from an Ontario high school? I heard last year of some people getting admitted in February with around a 96% average. I currently have a 96.5% so I'm stressin lolll
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Yeah, I'm from on Ontario high school. Since you have to apply to two programs, I got Arts like Feb 2nd I think and Management on May 5th (after midterms)
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Any tips for Rotman
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Ya go to queens
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