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McMaster Life Science vs Waterloo Life Science

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Hey everyone! 
I'm having some difficulty deciding whether I should go to McMaster or Waterloo for life sciences. My goal is to one day attend medical school, and I'm not really all that sure which school would be best in helping me do that. What are some pros and cons about each program at each school that you think that I should consider?

Thanks!
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If u have co op at Waterloo then do that
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I don't! Not at either program :(
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Forget about coop for a life sci degree. The jobs are mediocre, it's a waste of time when you should be focusing on volunteer experiences and grades. You're not getting into med school just because you have coop in your degree title. 

I went to Mac for undergrad (not life sci). Have many friends who graduated from Mac life sci and none of them got into med school. They're all working in unrelated fields now, primarily business. Make sure you academically do well. This is all that matters for a life sci degree. You cannot do much with it without further schooling. 
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Thank you! Which program do you personally think is one that won't be difficult to do well in academically? I realize it depends on your work ethic, but I'd like your opinion.
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Co op gives you experience. Why would u just go for volunteer experience when you could get paid.  Your degree gets you the interview, your experience gets you the job
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But if you wanna get into med school how will co-op help since you are studying for another 4 years and not looking for a job
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The main goal is to get into medical school, as I have been told any medical school does not care where you did your undergraduate at. I think the main concern could be, which program could I get a  higher marks in?
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That can be hard to determine. People know other people that have attended either one of those schools, received high marks, and now are in medicine, pharmacy, optometry, or graduate school. McMaster and Waterloo life sciences programs are the practically the same. They both will teach you the things you need to know for medicine. Both schools have great and crappy professors. Both schools have courses that will be challenging and will be a bird course. Both schools will have bell curving. 

If you have excellent work ethic, organizational skills and the ability to communicate in both written and oral, you don't have to worry about that. If you have these qualities, ask yourself which university you, personally, like better (the environment, the feel of the campus, if you have high school friends that are going there), and which university is more affordable (costs can get high). 

- This is coming from a McMaster Student. 
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the one that has co-op. if none, go to waterloo. all of my friends with low average got into mcmaster so it's probably a joke right?
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Is this a troll post? Th minimum average to get into McMaster life science is 87-88%. It has the second highest admissions average for a life science program after McGill (I'm not counting McMaster Health Science or Western medical sciences in this).

Waterloo life sciences requires high 70s-low 80s (coop is low 80s). A simple google search would have told you that. 
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I don't think coop should be the deciding factor at all because medical school looks heavily on volunteering, research, other EC's, personally these activities will add more "points" to your application than a coop. 

Again, go to the school that is less competitive and that you know you will get a high GPA in. Don't go to a school for its prestige. With such a high competitive average for McMaster life science, it will be a VERY competitive atmosphere. if your average is just above that, you will be uncompetitive and be at the bottom of your classes. If your average is in the mid-high 90s, you will have a better chance of doing good in the program. I don't know about competitiveness at Waterloo but you would definitely need to do some research or contact some friends in the program. 
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I'm going for my third year at McMaster. It's not as competitive (depending on your definition of competitive) as many perceives it to be.  I've met many people first year and more in second year, in which I've aquatinted with them and some that I actually befriended. None of us competed to get the highest GPA whatsoever.  I got in with an average of 91%, but I still have a high GPA, one that is competitive enough for medical school. Of course, there are some people that refuses to help others because they want the advantage or for whatever reason, but I just ignore those people. As long as you are with a small group of trusted friends that'll help and not drag you down, you'll be fine.

High school averages mean nothing once you are enrolled in any program. Not every school in Ontario, in Canada or in the world has the same teacher that makes and marks tests in the same way. Some can be harder or easier than others. For example, one of my classmates that has since dropped out in 2nd year was admitted with a 95% and got a low GPA due to not trying hard enough. He was one of those people who studied only the night before a test (he thought he can pull this off in university, but he learned it the hard way). This seems to be a common practice in high schools across Ontario, which must be broken if a student wants to do well in university. There are some rare geniuses out there that can accomplish it (pure jealousy from the bottom of my heart).
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It's ultimately your choice, it's just an undergraduate so I recommend taking the offer in which is most convenient for you.

Which University is closer to home?

Will you have to live on campus?

Can you commute to at least one of these daily?

Which University has more friends attending?

Many factors to consider. If it was up to me I'd probably go to McMaster. A shorter commute, more friends, and I've also heard about many awful things that go on at Waterloo. 

Good luck on choosing, and I wish great success on your future endeavours.   
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Fully agree with this post. 

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Just go to a school where you can the highest marks easily or go to a program that rides the curve (Mac Health Sci) if you want to head to med school.
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Keep in mind that program only accepts 5% of their applicants.
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