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How important are volunteer hours?

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Now I have 79 hours, but is more the better? do they have an effect on the admission decision? thank you ~ :)
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The more the better. They help.
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They are important but don't forget about work experience, its important too
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Sorry, I might be hallucinating here but did you apply to 15 programs?
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And apparently if he gets accepted to McGill and UBC he will be attending them at the same time.
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If you're talking about the volunteer hours you submit to your high school, those don't matter as long as you have 40. Universities only receive a transcript with a checkmark that indicates that you have completed 40 hours.

For more competitive programs, you will need to complete an Admission Information Form (Supplementary Form or other name) where you'll indicate extracurriculars, work experience, volunteerism and other things you have done in the last X years. This is where universities will weigh your contributions.

Quality > Quantity!
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@saber33 wrote
And apparently if he gets accepted to McGill and UBC he will be attending them at the same time.



LOL :compress:
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@Arctic wrote
If you're talking about the volunteer hours you submit to your high school, those don't matter as long as you have 40. Universities only receive a transcript with a checkmark that indicates that you have completed 40 hours.

For more competitive programs, you will need to complete an Admission Information Form (Supplementary Form or other name) where you'll indicate extracurriculars, work experience, volunteerism and other things you have done in the last X years. This is where universities will weigh your contributions.

Quality > Quantity!




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Volunteer hours show you are dedicated and you are able to balance many activities.
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When getting admissions into undergraduate programs, universities only check to see if yo have completed 40 hours.

But volunteer hours are important when, for example, you are applying to medical schools or anywhere else after you finish your undergraduate degree.

I am not too sure about any other programs besides medical, but I know for a fact that many universities look at your volunteer hours and what organizations you have been part of and most of the time that is the deciding factor.

In some cases, people with the highest marks but no volunteering compared to people with average marks with lots of volunteering will not be accepted. Volunteering is really important.
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I had over 600 hours :)
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Around 200 hours would be more than enough. Just do something which will benefit you in a long term.

Right now I am volunteering at the Food Bank. I only go to Special Events. For example, a new bank branch opened and I went volunteering there with a Food Bank organization. I got a chance to talk to a couple of managers and employers who work at that bank.
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@igill wrote
When getting admissions into undergraduate programs, universities only check to see if yo have completed 40 hours.

But volunteer hours are important when, for example, you are applying to medical schools or anywhere else after you finish your undergraduate degree.

I am not too sure about any other programs besides medical, but I know for a fact that many universities look at your volunteer hours and what organizations you have been part of and most of the time that is the deciding factor.

In some cases, people with the highest marks but no volunteering compared to people with average marks with lots of volunteering will not be accepted. Volunteering is really important.


Many undergraduate entry programs don't even consider volunteering at all (only a supplementary form for scholarships). LifeSci at UofT for example doesn't assess anything that's not a mark at all.

By the time you apply for med school, any volunteering you did before you went into university better have been replaced by new/better ones! :)
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leaves, unless you want to be the next Mother Teresa, forget about the number of volunteer hours and focus on how you want your volunteer experience to reflect on your essays.
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