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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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Hello, I'm planning to apply to UBC under Faculty of Sciences as an undergrad then in third year apply for pharmaceutical sciences. Tbh, I'm concerned about  how I'm going to manage tuition. I'm also looking into scholarships, but since I'm in gr 11, I'm not allowed to apply for some since I need to be in gr 12, but: 
1) I have heard of student loans, have you applied for them before? If yes, how did you 'm also looking into scholarships, but since I'm in gr 11, I'm not allowed to apply for some since I need to be in gr 12, but apply? What was amount they offered?
2) I am  thinking to have a job while I study at UBC, how likely am I to have a steady income AND continue to do well academically? 
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Great questions. I applied to the faculty of sciences as well, and although I did not get scholarships from UBC, I did get some other ones from my province. 

For your first question, it depends on the province you are in. Each province provides their students with student loans so you would need to look that up for the process of applying. You can apply for student loans in grade 12, usually after you have already received your acceptance and offer to your university of choice. The amount offers depends on a wide range of criteria (tuition, school fees, family income, scholarships...etc.). Although for me, they gave me exactly what I asked for. 

For your second question, personally, I would suggest getting a job or internship in the summer rather than during the school year. As you probably know, a transition into university is a tough one so I would definitely focus on academics first and get my grades up (it is not worth it if your GPA suffers). UBC science is not easy and I have heard their workloads are quite tough. If you want to get a job during the school year, I would suggest maybe starting in the second semester when you have already adjusted to the pace of university and know how to be well balanced. 


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I applied to Uoft and just checked my JoinID where it says they have reviewed my application(1st choice). How long before I hear a reply? Also, when does UBC start sending out their responses for those who applied for early admission? Thank you!!

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I never applied early admissions for UBC but my friends who did got their acceptances during December. Again, it varies depending on when you applied. 

If it says that UofT has already reviewed your application, then you should expect their decision quite soon. 
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Hi, I applied to McGill recently and have around a 96% average at the moment. There was a portion on the application that asked about any test I have written  and I wrote the SATs back in May so I entered my score. I didn't really study for the SATs, I kinda wrote it for fun (yes, i know that's weird) but I got a 1390 which isn't very high. I am from Ontario by the way. Anyways, i was wondering if that would affect my application or if they would only look at my grades since I'm an Ontario student. Would you happen to know anything about that?
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Canadian schools don't look at SAT.
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My Question is the program I am interested in requires English is and one of the Advanced Functions, one of Calculus and Vectors or one of Data Managment but says prefered Calculus and Vectors, the question is I need to do Advanced Functions in order to do Calculus and Vectors so if I do both and I get a 75 in Advanced Functions and an 85 in Calculus and Vectors will they look at English, Advanced, and Calculus and other top 3 courses or look at English one math and other top 4 courses?
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I'm pretty sure the universities above all have an english requirement. If it says one of advanced functions or calculus/vectors or data management, it means they will only look at one of them.
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Hi I'm currently debating between Western Med Sci and Mac Life Sci. It would be great if you could share your opinions not only based on the program pro's and con's, but as well on school environment as well. I am interested in knowing what the major differences are between the programs and the pro's and con's of each. I am curious in knowing about student life and which school has a better atmosphere. I am also personally interested in perusing music as well, which school would be better to accommodate for that. Let me know about all of your personal opinions of these schools and these programs in particular. What school and program did you end up choosing?
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I never applied to Mac life sci or Western med sci, Im in mac healthsci right now. The atmosphere at Mac is nice, people are willing to help each other out, its never cutthroat competion, although this is only my experience from my program. Although Mac lifesci is pretty hard from what I've seen, their schedule loads are pretty tough (though it may be the same with every university).


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hi! just asking about uoft!! i applied about a month ago but they still haven't reviewed my application. should i be panicking? my dream = stgeorgeuoft LIFE SCI. do you think i got a chance? my average=86
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If your grade is below 90, it'll def take slower because they start admitting applicants with the highest averages, once spots are filled, the rest are rejected. I got in with low 90s so I don't know if mid 80s would get you in. Depends on your years applicant competitiveness as well.
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hey thanks for the info! how long did it take for you to be accepted? do you know any that got admitted with mid to high 80's? thanks!
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I actually forgot when I applied to UofT (maybe Nov or Dec) but I got my acceptance in beginning Jan. I don't personally know anyone who went to UofT with high 80s, but I'm pretty sure there are students who got admitted with that grade.
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I'm planning on applying to all these universities too for science except for u of t. What were your grades and extra curriculars like? I currently have a 96 in physics, 97 in math, 96 in english/ap english, 93 in chemistry, 87 in histoire mondial, 100 in physical rducation and 62 in français (public exam course). I've also completed the duke of edignburgh bronze award and am currently working on the silver award. For the award I volunteeer at my school's math help ever week as a tutor and I'm also a tutor with an organization at my school where I get paid a credit that I can only use towards post secondary institutions. I've also been playing piano since I was 5. What would you say my chances are of getting in to queen's or mcgill (those are my top two)
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I would say pretty good chance, McGill only looks at grades,  I answered about my EC's in another question.
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Hello, does McGill only takes two 4M courses as a maximum?
I read this on their website: However, all types of performing arts courses at the 4M level (allowing only a maximum of two) will be eligible for inclusion in the top-six average. 
But I just want to clarify if this means all 4M courses in general or just things like arts and drama 4M courses. There are 4M courses that are not related to the preforming arts, so does that mean they will allow more than 2? 
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Unfortunately Im not the admission officer and I do not understand what 4M means. Please contact them, good luck!
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No, i'm surprised people actually fall for this
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If my final English grade will be low 80s while the other 5 high 90s, what will be my chance at being accepted into UofT mathematics?
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very high
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Yeah like the person above said, you should have a pretty good chance with those marks, as long as your english doesn't drop to low (like 70s or 60s) then you should be fine.
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When did u submit ur application for health science. It's says to be completed in feb so I'm kinda worried if I don't have ready by that date. Do they tell u in advanced?
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You submit mid Feb when they send you an email giving you a 5 day window.
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My average is around high 80s to low 90s. What are my chances for Mac math or physics?
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Well, what is their admission cutoff?
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