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Hey I'm interested in University of Alberta's engineering program. I just have a couple of questions because I know some studentaward users here are from U of A:

1) Where does it show Ontario admission requirements/cutoffs?
2) Does Alberta offer a strong co-op program like Waterloo?
3) Which engineering programs are the best at U of A?
4) When can Ontario Students apply?
5) What's the ethnicity like in U of A? Indians, Tamils, Italians, etc.
6) How is the campus/party life?

Thanks in advance for any responses.
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The requirements are going to be the same for everyone no matter what province they are from. You can find course equivalents here: http://www.admissions.ualberta.ca/en/ProgramsAndRequirements/General-Requirements/Admission-Course-Equivalents/Provincial-Equivalents.aspx#ON

You can apply anytime before the deadline.
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it says a competitive average is 80%, but i'm assuming that's only for people from Alberta? What would it be for Ontario?
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Why would it be different :S
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Isn't Alberta a top engineering university? 80% seems kind of low for a university that would get a lot of applicants.
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If it says 80% then it's probably just 80%.
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80% is the cut off, not the average I think. It is a top university. nsx is wrong, the requirements ARE different depending on what province you come from.

1) Where does it show Ontario admission requirements/cutoffs?
http://www.admissions.ualberta.ca/ProgramsAndRequirements/General-Requirements/Admission-Course-Equivalents/Provincial-Equivalents.aspx#ON

2) Does Alberta offer a strong co-op program like Waterloo?
Yes, their co-op program is very good, my friends all got great jobs.

3) Which engineering programs are the best at U of A?
They're all good. What are you interested in?

4) When can Ontario Students apply?
Now if you want

5) What's the ethnicity like in U of A? Indians, Tamils, Italians, etc.
All of the above. Lots of Indians and Asians specifically, because they're the most visible minorities. Not very many black people

6) How is the campus/party life?
A lot of fun if you know the right people. That could be said of anywhere
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thanks ktel, i was hoping you would answer. How are the chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering programs? Also, where can I find more about their co-op because I was browsing their website and i didn't really see anything about co-op. Do you have any idea of how I can commute from Ontario and Alberta during holidays, etc.?
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I took MecE, which was great. ChemE and EE are also great too. They're all just very different. So maybe it's a good thing you're looking at a school with a general first year so you can figure it out a bit.

There is a whole website on co-op: http://www.coop.engineering.ualberta.ca/

My boyfriend is from Ontario and he would come home for Christmas and summers and that was it (he was non co-op). Since you plan on doing co-op you don't get summers off, but you could potentially get a job in Ontario if you wanted. I know people who worked in BC, Ontario, up North, Germany, you name it.
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Thanks, so how would you compare this to Waterloo? I was thinking of applying to this as my 3rd backup choice to 1) waterloo and 2) UofT
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Well, it really comes down to whether you want Alberta or Ontario. They're both really great schools. Obviously my boyfriend chose U of A over all of the Ontario schools, and is now gainfully employed in Ontario. You can't go wrong with any of those 3 choices.
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he chose it over waterloo? and is there a program that U of Alberta's known for? do you know how much he spent for commuting? I mean like plane fares, etc.
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I have no idea which schools he applied to, so maybe he hadn't applied to Waterloo, who knows. U of A is well known for all the major disciplines, but in particular petroleum engineering is well known as well as nanotechnology (they have amazing facilities at NINT). There's a lot of really prominent researchers and a lot of research money at the U of A. I was reading an article recently about how a lot of the schools in Ontario are slipping in rankings and funding, and what stood out to me was the number of research chairs the U of A had recently been awarded. I wish I could find the article now, it was interesting, and specifically mentioned schools such as Queens and Waterloo can't keep up.

And a return plane trip from Edmonton to Toronto is $500-700. Up to $700 at peak times, such as Christmas, but if you get a good seat sale you can get $500 or slightly under.
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yeah i was interested in petroleum engineering, but i thought that its a major in chemical? are they both in different streams, or the same program? Is petroleum engineering a bad working enviroment with the smell of fumes, or is it more of an office workplace? Btw, I think 500 is pretty cheap for plane fare, but it's still a lot of money as an expense. That's why Alberta's becoming more and more as my 3rd option.
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Petroleum is within the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. As is mining, which is another specialized program worth mentioning. You could have a variety of jobs in petroleum, from field to office or a combination of the two. I'm pretty sure they take workplace safety pretty seriously so you wouldn't be sniffing gas or anything.

You could also go a petroleum route through Chemical Engineering. I would suggest you research the difference between the two routes.

$500 isn't bad and you're probably only going to be taking two flights a year. Factor in the fact that U of A tuition is cheaper than Ontario and the flights are paid for.
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what do you mean it's paid for? And is petroleum a good engineering profession in ontario as well? I know alberta is rich in resources
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I mean you easily save $2000-4000 in tuition at the U of A, compared to U of T (I don't know what Waterloo is like), and flights are $1000 so you're coming out ahead.

I really doubt you would find much petroleum work in Ontario as there's not a lot of oil there. If you go into that field you're looking at the oil-producing regions across the world (including Alberta).
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I got conditional acceptance into U of A, you're in as long as you keep an 81% average. I think the most competitive programs to get into are biomedical and mechanical. You would get countless co-op/work placement positions as you're so close to oil companies. There are also many entrance scholarships offered there as well.
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