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HELP UBC Science admission
Grade 11 marks, does it actually matter for UBC science, later on specializing into biology? 
I am getting such a bad mark. My top 4 is biology, precalculus 12, chemistry 11, english 11 and im doing well in socials 11 as well. I go to school in BC. I am getting crappy marks in physics, like 60 70 something. Should I retake physics 11 or is it useless? Please be honest and helpful! 

Biology 11 92 
Precalc 12 87-88
chemistry 11 86-87
english 11 88
socials 11 90s 

The marks are not finalized as I am not finished the school year yet.
I Have not studied for the entire year and my marks are SHIT and now im so worried. Is it for sure UBC doesn't look at grade 11? I will be retaking my math 12 online as well as taking chem 12 online. Is UBC ok with online courses? Also, my volunteer is pretty good so I think my personal profile will be ok. In grade 12 I am pretty sure I can get like 92-93. Do you think I will be able to get into UBC science biology with a starting point like this? I will NOT be taking physics 12.
Please help!
OUAC confirmation number
I'm an idiot and I didn't screenshot my confirmation number when I accepted my offer. What happens if you don't have it and does anyone know how I can get it now? Should I cancel my offer then accept it again?
Well I'm Screwed.. Do I have a shot?
Okay I'm in a crisis right now :(
I'm waitlisted to GB and the ryerson mainsite and I got rejected from York today. I only applied to 3 programs because I was pretty damn sure I would get into a nursing program with an 88 average, but that didn't happen and I screwed myself over. I don't mind taking the year off the boost my average to hopefully a 92-93. Since I got rejected from York today I decided to delete that from OUAC and apply to business management. The program was open on OUAC and they take a 1185 students each year.. what do you think my chances are since I applied so late? (Literally applied a couple of hours ago)
Queen's vs Western for Engineering?
Help guys, I can't decide which school to attend. Do either offer co-op? Kingston seems dull but the reputation for Queen's is better I think. What should I do?
Engineering At Waterloo Predictions?
So at waterloo people getting rejected with 95+ avgs is very common right now especially in software and biomed.
How hard do you think'll it'll be next year? As a grade 11 student with a 89-90 avg i don't think there's a chance im getting in this.  hoping to apply for either Environmental or Civil and maybe Management. But if the trend continues im assuming next year the cutoff for Civil and Environmental would be >93-95. Also CS ofcourse (not having to include physics and chem help a ton, wish we could choose not to include english :(, )
Any people have suggestions for future graduates out of high school.
And im in Ontario and heard Ontario has a reputation for terrible terrible mark infaltions. (I know people from nearby schools who graduated with 99- 100 averages.. highest in my school in the last four years has been 95 so  even though i don't see it much i definitely know it's there). 
My plan right now if i don't get to increase my avg to atleast a 95 would be to apply for industrial/mineral for UofT and switch to computer/electrical after first year.
This is really making me feel like getting a job and saving up for private school lol
Seriously though this is getting out of control and unfortunately we can't do nun.
A guy in my school got rejected with a 93.5 avg got rejected from software, comp and electrical. going to waterloo AFM now...
also^ apparently system design and nano are in the same range a civil and environmental so might go for them next year.
is there still hope?!?
what are my chances of getting accepted into western if my average is .5% below the cutoff and there is still room avaiable for the program
Please help with my decision
Which of the following should I pick from. Explain choice plz.

1. U of T - ECE
2. Waterloo - Mechatronics Engineering
Grade 12 courses in grade 11
Someone told me the grade 12 courses you take in grade 11 don't count towards your top 6 when you apply. Is this true?
I'm really depressed right now. Don't know what to do. HELP :( :( :(
    I've always been a music lover since I was little and my dream is to pursue a career in music composition. I'm also pretty decent at math and the sciences, which is why my parents and my family relatives wanted me to go into engineering. I've had many debates with my parents and it didn't work out. I thought maybe I should just give up my dreams and obey my parents since they've worked so hard to raise me. They even immigrated to Canada to work on low wage jobs in order for me to have a healthy environment and less rigorous education (I came from China). 

    So I stayed away from playing music in the past 8 months and focused on my academics. I was a slacker from grade 9-11 and my marks were in the 60s and 70s, and even 50s. Because I care a lot about pride and prestige, I worked really hard this year and competed against the top students in each of my classes, and I got accepted into U of T Electrical Engineering. 

    Getting the marks needed for engineering admission at U of T was a really big stretch for me because of how bad my foundations and study habits were in the lower grades. I've pissed off a lot of my friends and teachers this year because of how academically focused and stubborn I became. Some of them are going to different universities this year and I really regret not spending enough time with them. I don't even know if I'm going to enjoy my life as an engineering student and engineer. I can't switch into music because my parents will be disappointed in me and I will feel bad.

 Is it worth sacrificing the things you enjoy doing and live on pride and live for others? 
This debate has been going for very long. 
Whuch university is in your opinion better?
Hi, I'm an Indian.
Have an offer letter from UTSC CS co-op
I just wanted to ask is it even worth paying 38000 canadian dollors??
How about UCL or Uni. of Manchester?
Current UBC student - ask me anything
I'm a second year UBC student. I took first year sciences, lived in rez, and have since transferred into Engineering. I'm also an Orientations Leader and a volunteer for Destination UBC.

I can answer questions about about rez life, science, how I got into UBC, engineering or transferring. This is my second forum post, my old one was getting huge and a bit unwieldy. 
Really depressed. Accepted my offer of Kinesiology at York University but I can't afford my first year
Hi guys, I live in Venezuela and I don't have family nor close friends in Canada. I applied to York University this year and I've been admitted to the Kinesiology program to start this Fall. Everything went out pretty well but I didn't get any scholarship and in my country we are facing an economical crisis that got worse lately and now it is almost impossible to change our currency in dollars and either way it's an awful lot of money to afford at least my first year at York University. I'll need to pay residence and a meal plan. 

DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ANY ALTERNATIVE SCHOLARSHIPS? Do you think if I manage to pay at least for the fees of this first semester I could work throughout the whole fall and save some money to pay the fees for Winter? Is there really anything I can do once I arrive in Canada to help myself pay? 

I have work experience in my country, I'm currently working as an English teacher in my country and I also worked in a travel agency for a time.

My email is, I have a plane ticket to leave in September and I even though I don't have the money to pay for an education I'm saving and doing my best. If there's anything you advice me to do please let me know.

Thanks a lot! 
Most Fun Musical Instrument In Your Opinion?
Hey! So I was thinking of getting lessons on an instrument this summer, and continuing it for who knows how long. Anyway, I've played the guitar a bit, and know the basics. I want to know what instruments you guys think are fun to play and how much it costs for the instrument.

Which University?
I am deciding between McMaster, Queens and McGill. I got accepted to Health Sciences at McMaster, which is supposed to be a really good program, but I'm not sure it would be my favourite place to be. I was accepted to Engineering and Sciences programs and McGill and Queens. I think McGill would be really fun, but its far from home and I've heard it is really hard to get a high GPA, so if I ever wanted to go to medical school it would be really hard to get in. Queens seems like a bit of a compromise between the two, but I'm not even sure what program to do (Engineering or Sciences) and if I choose one and decide to switch, how hard would it be?
Will I be able to transfer into Life Sciences at Queens?
I haven't accepted my offers of admission for university next year, because I cannot decide if I want to do Engineering or Life Sciences (I would most likely do one of the two at Queens). I am wondering if anyone knows how how hard it would be to switch from Engineering into Life Sciences second year, or from Arts and Sci into Engineering second year at queens? Which would be a tougher switch? Would I have to do extra courses?
Nursing Hopefuls 2015!
Hey everyone!

I saw this thread last year and thought it was worth while to do! For anyone applying to 4 or 2 year programs.

1. Which school(s) are you applying to?
2. What other programs are you applying to as your back up?
3. What average are you aiming for your final year?
EXTRA - I want current Nursing students to be included as well! Tell us where you go, where you applied to and what your GPA in Grade 12 was or post secondary if thats what your doing right now. Also, a few pointers, tips and guidance is always great!:cheers:

1. I want to go to McMaster (4 year), Queens (4 year or 2 year), Western (2 year), UofT
2. Nursing, and nothing else!
3. I had mid 80's in high school and currently have a 3.1 from Uoft B.A second year

So common guys, reveal yourselves! ;)
Hey everybody, this is a post for people applying to an architecture undergrad next year. I've just been accepted to Carleton for architecture for this fall 2015, and I want to share what I've learned about the process.

First, if you think you are going to be applying to architecture, research the schools! There isn't a huge number of programs in Canada (see for the list), and the main ones that people apply to are Waterloo and McGill (best of the best!), Ryerson, Carleton and U of T. There are a lot of pros and cons to each school, with very different requirements for each, and not every school will be for you.

Personally, I applied to two streams of the B.Arch program at Carleton (Design, and Conservation and Sustainability), which was my first choice school. I also applied to U of T, and the new program at Laurentian University (which isn't yet listed on the raic website), and I was accepted to both. From what I've heard through doing a looot of research, U of T has a pretty terrible program because its mostly theory based and essay writing, so for those reasons it was my last choice (But of course I'm no expert, this is just what I've heard). The only things it seems to have going for it are that its in downtown TO, and its a fairly prestigious university. My main reason for applying to U of T was that there was no portfolio required, just the "One Idea" application.

I also applied to Laurentian last minute, and I only had about 2 weeks to do the portfolio which was pretty stressful. As the program isn't on the RAIC website, I didn't even know about it until I stumbled across it in a forum. I really liked the program, but I am not a fan of Sudbury, so I wasn't keen on having to live there for 4+ years. Since its such a new program (started in 2013 I think), there isn't much info online about it. One great thing about Laurentian is that they had an awesome video online, outlining the sort of things they wanted in the portfolio. 

The reason I chose all 4 of the programs I applied to was because they are "Architectural Studies" programs, compared to "Architectural Science", which I understand is a little more about the engineering and science behind a building rather than its artistic design. Basically I just really hate science and the idea of combining it with my greatest passion, architecture, just grossed me out. Honestly theres probably not much difference between the two types of B.Arch, but I just didn't want to risk it lol. I didn't apply to the big schools like Waterloo and McGill because I didn't have the grades to get in (even though McGill has been my dream school for years :/). Oh well, I'm super excited to be going to Carleton anyway!


Okay. This is the big part. Basically, for every school (except U of T), you are going to need a portfolio to get in. This is where you show them that you're creative and a good match for the program. Most of them just ask for general creative work. They usually aren't looking for drafting or architectural related stuff, as you will be learning that stuff next year anyways. Portfolios are a way for schools to get to know you without having to meet you.

Portfolios are a lot of work. A crap ton of work. And if you are going to be applying to multiple schools, you're going to need multiple different portfolios. My situation worked out quite well, because although I applied to 4 schools, I only needed 2 portfolios. U of T didn't need one, and my Carleton one was good for both programs. So it was like 4 for the price of 2!

Anyway, just keep this in mind when you think about where you're applying. Its certainly possible to do 4 portfolios, and I know lots of people who have done it, but its A LOT of work, and you need to start way in advance. I'm a procrastinator, and as I mentioned, I didn't start my Laurentian portfolio until 2 weeks before it was due, and my Carleton one about a month and half before. BIG MISTAKE. It was extremely stressful, and I had to pull more all nighters than I'd like to count, on top of doing my homework and keeping my average up. So please, for your sanity, START NOW! I can't stress this enough. Just start thinking of creative art ideas, start painting, drawing, sketching, whatever.

As for the content:

Personally, I am not an artistic person in the traditional sense. I haven't taken art since the 7th grade, and I was never very good at it anyways. So I signed up for art lessons and my instructor helped me with nearly all my pieces, which was awesome. I also did a lot of work on my own. I would spend hours in my basement painting and drawing while I watched all 7 seasons of Boy Meets World! Haha.

A lot of what I did sucked, in my perfectionist-over-achiever opinion, but I kept it just in case. And it came in handy because I ended up throwing some old pieces into my Laurentian portfolio just to fill the pages.

I can barely remember what I put in my portfolios, but for a few examples:

-A collage using water-colour and crumpled paper
-An acrylic painting of a flower, but using weird colours like purple and blue for the stem
-Some watercolour landscapes
-Charcoal sketch landscapes (BTW, I really like charcoal. Even the worst drawing looks awesome in charcoal, so I strongly recommend it if you're a beginner!)
-Pastel of a lions head (which was really bad...)
-Sketch of a city

Basically, what I recommend is that you really show variety, both in your subjects, and in your mediums. Do a painting, and a sketch, and a charcoal drawing, etc. Also, don't make all of your work relate to architecture. What I did is I did one or maybe two pieces that had a building or a house in them, but otherwise, as you can see above, I did everything from flowers to portraits.

Don't just make the bare minimum required number of pieces. Do lots, and then chose your best work for the portfolio. And get somebody else (like an art teacher)'s opinion too. Something that looks terrible to you might look really cool/creative to someone else.

In addition to my pieces, I also made my own portfolio case instead of buying one from the store. I seriously recommend this because while there is usually a limit on the amount of pieces they want in your portfolio, you can go a step further and show even more creativity in the case itself!

The mailing of the portfolio....

I live in Ottawa, so I was able to drop my portfolio off at Carleton, which I did about 3 days before it was due. My Laurentian portfolio on the other hand, had to be shipped, and I did this at the very last minute. It was a disaster. The portfolio was due on a Saturday at 5:00pm, and we mailed it on the Thursday. The courrier people promised us that it would be there on time, but on Saturday freaking morning they called us to say it wouldn't be there until Tuesday, as it was a long weekend. SO, in a huge panic, I had to throw together a digital portfolio and email it, using the crappy pictures I had taken of the real portfolio and powerpoint. It was awful. In the email, I basically pleaded with them to still consider my real portfolio when it arrived, as it was a better representation of my work, and I guess they did. Phew. So, moral of the story kids is don't procrastinate -.-.

Though I can't vouch for it personally, I know that other schools like Waterloo, McGill, and Ryerson, have various other admission procedures, like interviews and drawing tests, but you'd have to look into that. (Thats another reason I didn't apply to any of those schools. No scary interviews for me! :P)

Grade 12 averages and courses

Ah yes, the topic of our every thought and nightmare. When I was looking through these forums doing research, everybody was whining about their 90+ averages, and I was like wtf? I am a decent student, but definitely not 90 average material. Sooo, I narrowed my school choices down to the ones I could actually get into. Right now, I have about an 85 average, which is what all the school accepted me with.

As for courses, I took:

Advanced Functions- 77 (I really struggled with this class, and if you're not so great at math I highly recommend getting a tutor)
English- 94 (took this in online summer school which was awesome. Super easy course, plus I got to take a spare in its place first semester!)
Physics- 80
World Fashion- 92 (A mixed level course, and it was soooo easy!)

And this semester I have French (Currently sitting at an 84) and Calculus (Currently 87). I'm also doing co-op with a landscape architect, and learning a ton of AutoCad, which I'm hoping will help me out for next year!

To get into University, you need 6 U/M courses. For most B. Arch programs, you will need atleast ENG4U and advanced functions, and probably calculus and physics. If I were you I'd find the easiest possible mixed courses to make up your last two courses (like my world fashion), so that you can focus your time on the courses that actually matter for uni, like math.


And finally, the last step in the process. Acceptances for other programs start rolling out around Christmas time. As a B.Arch applicant, prepare to sit back and wait patiently while all of your friends get accepted to their programs, because arch acceptances don't start coming out until the spring. I got accepted to U of T and Laurentian at the end of March, and Carleton this past week on April 21st. Honestly, you'll have friends who have been accepted to university while you're still working on your portfolios! It sucks but its worth it in the end. Architecture is a competitive program, but the feeling of getting in at the end is amazing. 

Carleton for example only accepts 90 kids out of 700 applicants (or so they say), but a lot of those applicants don't stand a chance due to really bad portfolios and grades below the minimum average, and a lot more of those applicants end up refusing their offer when they get accepted to another school. So don't get freaked out by the numbers like I did. You DO have a chance of getting in, you just have to give it your best effort!

Wow this was long. I am not saying I know everything, I just wanted to share what I have learned, because I sure wish there was something like this ^^ when I was applying! If anybody has anything to add, please feel free! Goodluck! :)
Ivey HBA Acceptance Thread 2015
This is just a thread for applicants entering HBA1 in the fall at Ivey Business School (people actually starting HBA1, not high school applicants for AEO), feel free to share when you got your acceptance!

Schulich Second Round!
Anyone expecting a second round offer with midterm marks? What are your averages like?
Summer Job
Any tips on for getting a summer part time job? This will be my first job so I just wanted some opinions and experience from you guys? I am in Grade 11 btw with no work experience whatsoever. 

Thank You 
UTM or UTSC or Western????
I've been accepted to UTM Commerce, UTSC Management (with Economics Specialist), King's (Western) BMOs, and Western BMOs. I'm having a really hard time deciding between those four and I have to make a decision by Monday. Please help, any sort of input is appreciated! :)
Computer Science co-op UTSC??
Hi! Does anyone know the average cut off rates for the computer science (co-op) program at UTSC? Does an average of 86 give me a good chance or no? Oh and one more thing. I've yet to receive my first term midterm marks, but I know I did horribly in Chemistry (70 on the dot or maybe even lower). But I'm not considering my Chem OR Physics mark to be in my top 6. In my top 6, I have adv functions, calculus, english, international business, and I'm planning on taking 2 easy courses next year, to boost up my average. So to sum it up, this semester, I only have advance functions and english (since I'm not counting Chemistry) as one of my top 6.. Will they send my Chemistry mark to UTSC as well? I'm panicking, because it might impact my acceptance.. :/