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Places I applied: 
UofT
UBC
McGill
McMaster
Queens

Got accepted to all of them. Shoot me your questions regarding the application process to the following universities and I'll do my best to answer them for you. If you're a troll, dont even bother wasting your time on here. I didn't have very much guidance when I was applying last year, so I hope that I can provide some guidance to the students applying this year. I know it is quite an overwhelming process, not knowing which universities you will be able to gain admission into, but I can provide you with some general idea of what grades/extracurriculars you would need for the following universities from my own experience. 
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What program did you get accepted to at ubc? With what grades and extracurriculars?
And also, any tips for the personal profile?
Thanks!!

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Hi! I got accepted into UBC's Bachelors of Sciences. My grade when applying to UBC was ~96%, some of my extracurriculars include competitive skating, lab research, volunteering at the hospital, president of my school's chemistry club, Model UN and science fairs. 

For the personal profile, although you may want to list all of your accomplishments, refrain from talking about everything, instead focus on 1 or 2 of your extracurriculars that changed you as a person/ or changed your perspective on a certain issue. What UBC wants to see is that you have learned something from your extracurricular activities. They want to see how the activity has challenged you in a positive way and how you responded to that given situation. It doesn't matter if you have a long list of accomplishments if you can't demonstrate what you got out of the accomplishment, it would only amount to a lackluster profile. Spend some time reflecting on each of your activities, and choose wisely which activity changed you the most. 
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Which school did you choose and why?

Thanks!
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I choose Mac because their health science programs seemed cool.
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What were the grades of courses you applied to the schools with?
What was your average?
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My program of choice for the following universities were either life or health sciences. My average grade for was ~93%, slightly higher when I was applying to UBC science.
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What programs did you apply to?
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Life and health sciences for the above universities
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Why would you list the universities that you applied to but not state the program/s? There are hundreds of different programs at these universities.
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Just curious, does UT have a supplementary essays or personal profiles for just general programs like comp sci? I couldn't fine one.. If there isn't, do they solely base your admission off your grades?
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I didn't apply to computer sciences for UofT, although I am pretty sure they only look at grades. (unless they changed it this year). 

Here is a thread from last years comp sci at UofT: https://yconic.com/discussion/university-of-toronto-computer-science-applicants-of-2017/hbjmAevMdafgOmeogvwo4OaNT6GYa42S
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Hello. Thank you for taking the time to do this. Do you think that grade 11 marks matter when applying during regular application times? I really wanna get into McGill, but I'm afraid my grade 11 marks will lessen my chance. So far I'm doing ok, but I have a stupid easy first semester and a loaded 2nd semester, which at this point, I cannot change. I fear that I will be overwhelmed in the second semester, and perform badly (math, chem, physics) There are many conflicting answers online on whether or not McGill takes into account grade 11 marks. Some say a strong YES others are like lol no. What do you think? How were your grade 11 marks?
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Not to worry! I was sort of in the same situation as you since there were some grades I also wanted to improve in grade 12. 

First, NO, grade 11 grades does not matter if you are applying during the regular admission cycle (which I believe is around February), EXCEPT, courses that don't have a grade 12 level but is a prerequisite for your program. What I mean is let say you didn't do well in grade 11 chemistry, there is always grade 12 chemistry to improve on. McGill will always look at your grade 12 level courses FIRST, if you haven't started that course yet, they will also resort to the grade 11 grade. 

Remember that there is absolutely no harm in submitting in your grade 11 grades in right now, because if your grades are not high enough, they will wait until your grade 12 grades come out to give you an offer if you qualify. I submitted my grades in December, but only got my admissions in May, they never rejected me because my grades were not high enough in the first round of admissions.  

As for your second semester classes, you can either choose an easy elective to take or you can take a spare as your fourth course. In university (especially McGill), your course load will be very. much tougher than high school. So it is actually a good opportunity to work on your time management and test taking skills with a heavy course load to prepare for university. Just work hard to improve for grade 12 because you can't go back and change your grade 11 marks. Again, this is only from my personal experience, if you want to confirm anything, you can always call McGill's admissions office. 
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Hi,
Are you enjoying your experience in Mac HealthSci? What do you plan on doing after completing your BHSc?
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Hey! Yeah I am enjoying the program, there aren't very many tests and a lot of group work. It is mostly problem-based learning, which can be challenging but is definitely a good skill to have. The environment is also super supportive which is always good. I'm going to try applying to medical school, if that doesn't work out, then maybe I'll apply to optometry or dentistry.
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Hi! Do you have any advice for the Mac HealthSci supp app? Would it be weird to mention an extracurricular activity or an experience in one of my answers , even if the question doesn't specifically ask for those?
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If the question didn't specifically ask for extracurriculars, I wouldn't force it, because most likely, they just aren't looking for extracurriculars.  If you do have impressive extracurriculars, you can try to fit it in, but it may just end up disrupting the flow of the essay and could be off topic.  Just be wise in what you are going to talk about in the amount of space you have because it is very limited. My advice would be to try to think outside of the box with your answers; they have a lot of people applying and if your answers are going to sound the same as everyone else, then why should they admit you?
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Hi! I’m applying to UBCO this year, in the falculty of science, and was wondering about the personal profile. I’m not quite sure how to start off on how to describe myself. I also have a question for the extracurricular part. What does it mean by family responsibilities? Thank you!
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I think your first step is to research why UBC would ask that question. If you were in their shoes, why would you ask a candidate to tell you about themselves? Most likely, they are trying to get to know you better, see if you have any interests or accomplishments outside of school, and see whether you are a good fit for the school. You can try focusing on one of your passion and really expand on that. Or you can share something interesting about yourself that would set you apart from other candidates. I'm not sure about the family responsibilities category, I would phone them to make sure.
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Thank you! This advice really helps!
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No problem!
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what was you average
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Like I said above, it was ~93-94%
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I am actually interested in all these universities (for engineering)! Do they all have supplemental applications or interviews?
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I didn't apply to engineering although I have a couple of friends who did.

UofT- Yes there is a supplementary and online interview 
UBC- Has a supplementary essay for all of its programs 
McGill- No interview, only grades
McMaster- The new engineering program that is combined with health sciences (IBEHS) has both a supplementary application as well as an interview, the regular engineering program I believe only looks at grades
Queens- I know they have a personal statement of experience (PSE) for all of their programs although it is optional
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I got a few questions, mostly directed towards your UBC application since I am applying there as well.
Firstly: What program did you apply to?
What was your academic average range?
What kind of extra-curriculars, work, volunteering, etc were you involved in that you put on your application?
But most importantly to me, how long was it until you received your response letter following your application?
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You can ignore question 2, (sorry)
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Hi! I answered the EC's and grades in my first response above. I submitted my UBC application around the end of December or beginning of January and I got my acceptance for BSc and Dual Degree Program in Management around April.
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I’m applying from BC and have a question about the Ontario universities. Do they always take 6 grade 12 course to calculate your admission average?
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This is a very broad question because it varies from every university and program. You would need to go to their websites to look at their admission requirements for your program.

I know for McMaster, if you come from BC, some programs (business/comp sci) only look at 4 grade 12 courses, while some programs (health sci) look at 5 grade 12 courses. This varies between your chosen program and the province you're coming from. 
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What program did you apply for at Queen's and did you do a PSE?
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Yes I did do a PSE, it is mandatory for commerce (where I applied).
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I want to go for nursing if I had an average of 83% and I have a 65% in my data and Chem will I be setting myself up for failure? I am interested in brock, York, Trent, Ottawa and just a few collabs around those areas
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First, go to their websites and look at their program prerequisites and grades. Having their minimal requirements does not guarantee acceptance.
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Okay, so long story short. I did pretty bad in grade 11 and a few of my grade 12 elective courses due to incredibly intense personal circumstances. However, I am doing an extra year of high school now to get all my credits and apply for university and currently have an 88.6 average in all 3 of my grade 12 courses, also I'm taking grade 11 bio because I need it for bio 12 next semester as my forth course this semester, instead of a 12 U course. So, overall I will probably have 3 grade 12 courses with very good grades and 2 with crappy grades as a part of my top 6, with one pending due to the fact that I am doing grade 12 English, next semester..........if the top 6 is calculated based off of my past year and current marks ..... on the other hand if UBC looks at all my Grade 12 grades this year (first sem final and second sem midterms), I will hopefully hit that 93% general cutoff mark for the program. 

My questions are:  
1. How is the admission process usually done - I know it's on google but any more thorough answers?  
2. What are my chances of getting in? Do I have any hope?  
3. Would my top 6 automatically be calculated with all the grade 12 courses, I already have, before my second semester marks come in?  
4. Should I apply by December 1st or the later deadline with these grades?  

Grade 11 courses to date:  
SCH3U(recovered) - Chemistry: 87   
BAF3M - Accounting: 81  
ENG3U - English: 80  
HSP3U - Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology: 75  
MCR3U(recovered) - Functions: 58  
TGP3M - Photography: 51  
SBI3U - Biology: 15  

Grade 12 courses to date:  
CHY4U - World History: 1  
HSB4U- Challenge and Change :35  
HSC4M - World Cultures : 3 
IDC4U - Interdisciplinary Studies: 50  
PSK4U - Kinesiology: 28  

First semester in progress Grade 12 courses (mid-term marks):  
MHF4U - Advanced Functions (fully repeated): 90  
SCH4U - Chemistry: 90  
HFA4U - Food and Nutrition: 86  
(Also doing SBI3U - Biology 11 (repeated): 85)  

Second Semester Courses:  
ENG4U
SBI4U  
MCV4U
SES4U  

5 Achievements:  
Worked at the CNE  
President of the Student Council  
Started Training in Martial Arts  
Volunteered in the kitchen helping the lunch lady  
Deputy chief editor for my school yearbook  

Thanks for any help given!!! Really deeply appreciate it because I'm very stressed. 
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1. How is the admission process usually done - I know it's on google but any more thorough answers? 

This is a very broad question. I can't tailor exactly what you are unsure about during the admission process so I would suggest you go to UBC's website to look at their admission process. (I can't explain any more detailed than that.)

 2. What are my chances of getting in? Do I have any hope? 

What is the program you are applying to? If you go to their website, they will have a list of minimum admission averages for all of their programs. 

 3. Would my top 6 automatically be calculated with all the grade 12 courses, I already have, before my second semester marks come in? 

Depends when you apply, if you apply early admission, they will most likely look at your grade 11 grades. (or any prerequisite courses you have not completed in grade 12 level for your program) 

 4. Should I apply by December 1st or the later deadline with these grades?

Since I don't know your program, you'll have to look at your program prerequisites and see whether you meet the minimum average cutoff with your top 6 average. 

Personally, I wouldn't waste time stressing because once you submit your application to UBC, they take A WHILE before they can get back to you (because they look at your essay responses as well). On the safe side, I would apply to a couple more universities just in case. 
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How likely am I to be accepted into McGill chemical engineering with a 95% average? Also, is it easier to get into Queens engineering than McGill?
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is it easier to get into Queens engineering than McGill

LOL, really? The trolls on this forum are endless. 
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Queen's is 90-91, max. McGill can get much higher than that depending on the program. I don't know myself how competitive Chem Eng is there, and while I can't say you're guaranteed, I would imagine you at the very least have a very good shot.
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I think McGill's engineering cut-off was 95-96% last year? They may have updated it this year so I would check that first. I got into McGill's life sciences with their cut off grade, but it will also depend on the competitiveness of this years applicants. I think you would have a decent shot for McGill Engineering and you're definitely a competitive applicant for engineering at Queens!
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I was just wondering how you decided to choose science over commerce (since you said you applied to QC). I am interested in going into either commerce or science but I just can't seem to make a decision. i'm not sure if you've always been more pro-science so that was your deciding factor but if you could help me out on making decisions, I would really appreciate it, thanks!
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Hey! Great question, when I was applying to university, I knew I wanted to go into the sciences (more specifically medical school) because that was where my interest lied. My decision for applying to Queens commerce was actually a backup plan just in case I change my mind about med school because at that time, I was not 100% certain what I wanted to do yet. 
My grade 12th year was in short, a time where I reflected on my passions, my strengths and weaknesses, and a time spent deciding on what I wanted to do for the future. I also gained some research and clinical exposure in the field of medicine which helped me enormously in making my decision. After becoming a regular hospital volunteer, I got to see the roles of health care professionals, what they did, who they helped, and all of those factors allowed me to gain a better understanding of a doctor's role in the field. So if you decide to go into sciences, what are possible careers you are thinking of? Once you know what you want to do, shadow them and ask questions to see what they do on a daily basis and whether you see yourself doing that in the future. 
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Just wondering but does the order of your choices matter for ubc. For example, if you were to put sciences as your second choice and someone else put sciences as their first choice. Would they have a better chance of getting into sciences over you, even though you have higher grades, and are more well rounded than the other person. (That is if you get rejected for your first choice. )
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I am not entirely sure about this question, although from my application, they considered my first and second choice separately and gave me admission offers for both. The good thing about UBC is that even if you get into your first choice, you will still be considered for your second choice. The science program is huge at UBC so if you have high 80s, low 90s average and decent EC's, it shouldn't be too tough to get in.
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would it be possible to make it into ubc engineering with an 86 gr 12 avg with decent EC's ?
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http://you.ubc.ca/applying-ubc/how-to-apply/required-grades/

Since they say mid-high 80s, and if you have strong EC's, it is definitely possible to gain admission into their engineering program (since they weigh their EC's quite heavily), but it is not guaranteed. I would apply. 
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So you got into McGill with a 93 average? Considering their cut off was a 93 and they require no supplementary app, that's very impressive.
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Also, when did they send your acceptance offer?
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I got mine around 1-2 months after I put in my grades
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you got accepted to health science at mcmaster ? with a 93%? your application mustve been amazing. how long did it take and what was ur process to write it?
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I didn't think my application was "amazing" at all tbh, I think it was largely based on luck considering my average when they were considering me was probably below 93 since I was slacking off second semester.

 I think I first looked at the questions around late Dec but didn't start writing anything, just kind of thought about it, although it was meaningless since I rarely came up with ideas without writing them down. Around January, I realized I actually had to get started on this thing, so I wrote my first copy for q1, mid January I wrote my answers for q3. I ignored it for a week and then came back to it to revise and check whether my ideas were being expressed clearly (important: you need your reader to understand your point right away, don't be ambiguous with your answers to the questions). So by end of Jan I had a good copy for q1 and q3 but didn't even get started on q2 since I had no idea what to write. I guess pressure took hold of me 2 days before the application was due and I still had nothing for q2, so I wrote the first thought that came into my head and stood with that. Guess I got lucky and they liked it. :) 

When submitting your application during mid-Feb, make sure to submit at least 1 day in advance! I submitted in 1 day beforehand, but my friends who tried to submit it on the day it was due couldn't because there was something wrong with the server. (guess too many people were trying to submit at once) Plus, it would be awfully sad knowing you worked so hard yet missed the deadline by a few minutes. 
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I love how. Genuine and kind u are. Thank you.
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Glad to help :)
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Hi, I was just wondering what my chances are like for the UBC (Okanagan) in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE) program with a 87%-92% average and a good personal profile (volunteering activities, participating in Harvard Model United Nations and winning an award, president of the student council, director general of Model United Nations in my school and 7 times president, sports involvement and part of a ballet academy ). Thanks!
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Your EC's sound pretty impressive, although UBC is not only looking for strong EC's but also what you have learned from them. Simply, it's not enough just to list them, but also take some time formulating ways that you can convey what you did and what you learned from them. 

As for your average, I'm pretty sure that most competitive programs in Canada (exception McGill) usually have 90% as a cutoff, so if you hit that, you should be good. 
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Are there any unconditional offers given by Canadian universities?
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The ones I applied to all gave me conditional offers, if you have a particular university in mind, it would be best to contact the school directly and ask.
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