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McMaster Health Science FIRST YEAR (AMA)!!! Premed, applying, scholarships...

I'm a first year in BHSc at McMaster. Yconic was my life last year in grade 12 and I found all the forums really helpful so I thought I'd make my own. Feel free to ask me anything about the application process, what the program is actually like, or my extracurriculars and stuff. If you're feeling super stressed about anything and need to vent...I get it. I was in your shoes. 

I applied also to:
Western Med Sci
Queen's Science and QUARMS
UBC Science
McGill Science

My average was 98%
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Hi Katie!
I was just wondering if Mcmaster Health Sci looks at your grade 11 average? Because let's say I apply in december, but the only information they have is my grade 12 first sem midterms and my grade 11 marks. Also, what if I have some of the reuqired pre-reqs for the program (i.e. Bio, chem...) next semester. Will they not accept me until they see those marks second sem midterms, or what?

Thank you so so much :)))
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McMaster only looks at Grade 12 marks. I'm pretty sure Mac Health Sci only starts sending out acceptances in late April/early May, so they do wait to see your second semester marks.
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Hi there! 
I have had a pretty decent average in the past year (~93%) but was
Wondering if my ec's are good enough or if I should take on more;
- Write for the school paper
- Involved in school drama productions
- Volunteered with the city for over 5 years
- Part of the MakeAWish club
- Had a part time job for over a year but quit recently due to personal reason.

Hoping for UBC sciences.

Should this be good enough to suffice or...? Any other recommendations? 

Thank you!!
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Just so you know McMaster doesn't really care about your extracurriculars. If you managed to get them into you supp application, great, but don't force it.

As for UBC, average seems good and so do the extracurriculars. Just focus on writing a good profile photo and that it reflects who you are. The personal profile is way more important for UBC than any other university, (in my opinion).
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I applied to both health sci at McMaster and engineering at Queens. I'm pretty sure I want to go to med school eventually, but also kind of wanted to take engineering before to keep my options open. Alot of people say engineering is fine before going into medical school, do you agree? or would you suggest health sci or med sci
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I can't make this decision for you. I would wait and see where you are accepted first before worrying about it. Any undergraduate degree is fine if you want to go to med school, however the most logical choice would be to choose one where you can achieve a high GPA and still have time for extracurriculars.
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Why did you choose McMaster Health Sci over McGill, as McGill is a more well reputed school than Mac
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LOL. Welcome to the forum, Lily. If professional school is your goal then you really need to start doing some research. McGill is definitely more reputable than McMaster... for business and law where rankings actually matter. Going to McGIll for a useless Bachelor of Science isn't going to get you anywhere IF you don't do anything with that degree afterwards - medical school, pharmacy, optometry, physiotherapy, nursing, dentistry, etc.

McMaster health science is renowned because they have the highest success rate in sending their graduates to medical school. No other school or program in the country comes close to doing this. I have family friends with 95+ averages who went to U of T and McGill sciences, some dropped out while others came out with C's and B's... none of them got into medical school or any other professional school program. One is working as a receptionist right now at an accounting firm. 
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Because Health Science is known for sending students to medical school..
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My cousin went to McGill Life Science and then went to Yale for medical school! My other cousin went to Mac health sci and didn't get into any medical school........ Lmao
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Hi Katie I was wondering if you knew anything about Macs ARTACI program?
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I do know a few people. They seem to be really enjoying it. It also has its own inquiry but it's more philosophy based on what I've heard. Definitely worth checking out!
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What was your acceptance average?
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98% was my final average at the end of the year...cut off though was 88% so you had to be higher than that to accept your offer
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Do you know people who got accepted with low 90s? I heard that health science involves a lot of teamwork and presentations. What makes a good supplementary application?
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I don't specifically know people with low 90s but I'm sure there are some. Yes, health sci is all about group collaboration (not really presentations). We have group essays, groups assessments.
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How many people get into McMasters Health Science program? And I've heard that if you don't have over 90% you don't really have a chance in getting in, is that true?
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The cut off this year was 88%. Depending on the standard of everyone else applying if you meet the grade cut off you get to the supplementary and then from there it depends only on that. 

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The cutoff that is given by McMaster is 90%. I wouldn't think that they look at any applications below 90% because the pure volume of applications they get yearly would be too much to go through.
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I'm trying to head into medicine. If I apply to Health Sci and get rejected and later apply to McMaster's Medicine program 3 or 4 years later, will it hurt my chances of getting accepted to medical schools in Canada because it is a reputable program?
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Medical schools in Canada don't care about how reputable it is. They care about your GPA, your extracurriculars and your personality.
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Hi there,

Honestly thank you so much for creating this thread!!!!!
I know that it’s just been your first year of uni, but has there been much physics involved in this program? Is there a compulsory physics course that you need?  The reason I’m asking is because l’m in grade 11, talking physics, and debating whether or or not to take it I’m grade 12. 


Also, is there a reason why you didn’t apply to UofT?
Because I’ve heard many scary things about UofT., but I am considering it because I live 10 minutes away. (Want to Save money by staying at home)

Thanks you in advance!


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You don't have to take physics. The only thing we had to take was Chem, the rest are all health sci courses. 
I didn't apply to UofT because I heard that it's harder to get a high GPA also none of the programs really appealed to me. 
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hi,
Im hoping to get into UBC science, and I was wondering if they accepted you? Do most people who get accepted have like a 98% average? Does early acceptance require higher averages than for regular acceptance? 
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Hi,
So currently I have an average of 85% (due to my chemistry mark), but I am confident that I will end up with above a 90% by the end of the year. Just to clarify, Mcmaster will determine my average using the marks i get this semester and the marks from second semester. So even though i dont hit that 90% this semester, i still have a chance to be considered if i manage to increase my whole average by next semester?
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Hi Katie,
What's your opinion on attending a small university (E.x: Brock) for undergrad. I've heard that it's easier to a get a high GPA at smaller schools. My goal is to get into med school (med school doesn't care where you go to university). If I don't get into Mac health sci, would it make sense to go to Brock because it'll give me the next best chance to get a high GPA?

P.S: I live in Niagara Falls, so going to Brock would save me a lot of money 
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Hey Katie, I know you can’t twlk about your supp app verbatim. But how can you make your answers unique and personal? I find it’s hard to be creative, perosnal and formal??
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Hello, I am interested in Mcmaster Health Sciences and UofT Life Sciences. Mac Health Sciences makes offers of admission in May but UoftT makes early admission in February. I would be glad if I get accepted to this program but UofT is more convenient as it is close to my home. If I accept my offer of admission for UofT but later I receive an offer of admission from Mcmaster. Can I cancel UofT and respond to Mcmaster. Or does it matter if you respond to an offer early so you don't run out of space?
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You don't have to accept any university offers until Early-Mid June.
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