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Tough for first year?
I am planning to take the following courses for first year at UTSG:
1) BIO120 and BIO130
2) MAT135 and MAT136
3) PHY131 and PHY132
4) CHM151
5) SOC101
Is it going to be tough for me to handle? Anyone who has similar courses? Also what are your views about the seminar courses?
How reputable are Irish universities for dental school?
I am currently in grade 12 in Canada and I want to become a dentist. I came across a program named Atlantic Bridge, that allows students from Canada or the US to go to Ireland and do the dentistry program in 5 years. I am quite drawn to University College Cork and Trinity College Dublin. I would probably like to come back to Canada after the competition of my degree. Has anyone had any experience with it or known anyone who's been down this path? I would appreciate any help.
1st year UBC student! Ask me anything!
I'm finishing up my first year at UBC as a Health Science student in the Land and Food Systems faculty.

Want to know how I got in? What UBC life is like? General advice about gr. 12/senior year and applying to universities? I'll try my best to answer any of your inquiries (:
Switching Universites
I was just wondering is it possible to switch universities, specifically i want to transfer from Ryerson Engineering to UofT Engineering, I am just wondering what king of GPA, i should be going for to make the switch, ( i am currently in first year, starting September)
How to get into U of T
I'm a born American citizen and am currently in the 12th grade. I wish to go to University of Toronto after graduation, I wanted to know how an American gets in and how differently do they view our admissions. What's the overall acceptance rate? What are the SAT requirements? Btw I wish to major in commerce.
Wait listed for Ryerson Computer science
Hey Guys, just wanted to know what normally happens when you get wait listed, as I recently have been put on wait list by Ryerson for Computer Science. My average was 80%. I applied through 105 application.
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!

Hey! Anyone with OSAP Questions Read Here First!
(Mods: Request this is stickied to the top of this forum)

OSAP is an enormous program and causes thousands of students grief each year. We're all students. We've gone through it with you.

Check out this link before you post here. People had thousands of questions and they were answered there. That should have anything you need regarding deadlines, probation terms, and more.

There is also this great resource I encourage you to visit: http://osaphelp.blogspot.ca/

And look, I'm in a giving mood: here is the link to the OSAP Aid Calculator. No one here can tell you how much you'll get from OSAP: we don't work for OSAP nor do we know any magical secret formulas to get you more money. Use the calculator to enter your expenses and they'll give you an estimate on what you could get for your student loan.

If you're going to post anything, read that link first!
Ivey HBA Application (not aeo!) Wait list club 2015
This  thread is for people who have  been placed on the wait-list for entry into Ivey hba in september 2015.  Please post if you are on the wait-list, or you are familiar with the process. I know last yr 12 people got in, and the year before the entire wait-list got in, it seems that the amount of people who get in is volatile and dependent on those who reject their offer or defer it.
Living in Poverty: CIBC Student Line of Credit
Can someone please help me with their insights or experiences with trying to secure an education line of credit. 

I have transitioned from a college after earning my Social Work Diploma and I am now in my second year of University for my undergrad in social work. I have a family consisting of my wife, baby, and I...plus our cat. 

I have been trying to secure an education line of credit from CIBC and ATB but they tell me that I do not have enough income. Does this sound ridiculous to anyone? I am in school full-time. I receive funds from bursaries, scholarships and very little from the jobs I have. The bank expects me to make $40,000 a year AND go to school full-time. However, CIBC has given me a credit card with 19.99% interest and a $28,000 limit, but will not grant an education line of credit with 2.99% interest with $15,000 limit. Now does this make sense either...no.  I don;t know what to do.

I do not have any family or friends that are able to co-sign a loan, as pretty much everyone I know lives in poverty. I've asked everyone.

Starting to sink, and beginning to feel hopeless :( 
Should I take a spare in Grade 12?
I'm going into Grade 12 and I'm currently doing English in summer school and getting a 91.  Should I take 7 courses next year and have 1 spare or take a full load (resulting in 9 grade 12 marks). I want to have sort of a safety net but I also feel like a full load is too much and I still want to enjoy my last year. Add Interest

My initially planned courses:
Human Development Throughout The Lifespan
Data Management
International Business
Business Leadership
Equity, Diversity, and Social Justice
Advanced Functions
Canadian and International Law

Entering grade 12 mega-thread
So this thread is for people who just finished grade 11 and will be applying to uni in the fall, post your grade 11 average and top three choices!

Me: grade 11 average--89.5
Top 3: Ivey/Queens (tied) and Laurier
The Official Canadian Occupation Social Pyramid (COSP)

The Official Canadian Occupation Social Pyramid (COSP)

Royal Class/Elites/Master Race

-Investment Bankers, Consultant, Venture Capitalists, Politician

Noble Class

 - Doctors, Lawyer, Dentist, Pharmacists, Optometrists

Upper Class

-Chartered Accountants, Chartered Financial Analysts, Marketing Managers, Actuaries


Middle Class

-The rest

2nd Class citizens/Alien Race

-Engineers, Computer Scientist, Architects, Nurse

3rd Class citizens /Peasants

- Chemist, Biologist, Technician, Electrician, Plumber,


- Artist, Economists, Writers, Historian, Women’s Activist, Photographer and every other arts major who couldn’t get into law school

-Customer Service, Bank Teller, Bookkeeper, Cashier, and any other Labor job

Animal Kingdom/Pests

- The unemployed

High school and University majors choose your fate wisely!

Inquiries about admission into Masters in Civil engineering of MCGILL.
I am finished undergraduate in Civil engineering from Bangladesh University of Engineering and technology. I am a Canadian Permanent resident now. i have 3.24 GPA out of 4 in my undergraduate studies. Can anyone help me to suggest the possibilities of my admission. does GRE scores help in this case?
Admission Questions? Ask a Current UBC Student!
Hi guys,

I always remember finding this forum really useful back when I was applying for universities in 2012, and I'd like to offer you the opportunity to actually get some hard knowledge about admissions rather than just hearsay. Though I'm in Sauder, I can answer any questions regarding direct entry to all UBC programs, Sauder transfer applications, and general university stuff.

You should all also take a look at the holy grail of UBC admissions, specifically table 18 where all admission averages for all programs for entry in 2013W are outlined.

Hope to see you all at UBC in September!
How do you get to know your professors?
I want to go to graduate school but I am not really close to any of my professors. How do I get reference letters?
Advantages of IB?
On the transcript does it say this student was in ib? Or do you get a boost in your mark?
Frosh week SMC
I was wondering what the accommodations will be like for those choosing to pay the extra fee to live on res for frosh week (i.e will I have a roommate, will i need to bring linens?) 

Also, is it worth going on the  boat cruise or attending the club event at fiction nightclub?
Scholarships and Biochem vs Life Science
I'm a student who is going into 12th grade this September from Ontario, I was just wondering what I could do this summer in regards to preparing for university applications.
I have all the hours and marks I need so far(not including the grade 12 marks I will be completing next year). Like are there any scholarships or things I can apply to for the summer?

Also is it better to go the Life Science or Biochemistry (mainly Mac or UofT) route when it comes to pre-med options. I want something more biology based and I'm not sure I will  be accepted for Health Sci (at Mac or McGill).

My average for grade 11 (7, grade 11 credits and 2 grade 12) is 90% so would I be eligible for early acceptances?

Thanks for any help xx
Advice for grade 12 pls!
Hey guys, I'm pablo and i just recently registered to this website. I am 17 years old and I am going to grade 12 next year. I also go to school in edmonton, alberta! I am feeling a little down today as I just got my diploma marks. Long story short, I am looking forward to enter to engineering to the University of Alberta or enter the MacEwan Engineering Transfer Program. However, as I just finished grade 11 just recently, I don't have the marks to get in. I got a 78 in Chem 30 and a 70 in Math 30-1. Even though they are 2 out of the 5 pre-requisite courses, this is truly bothering me and bringing down my motivation and hopes to become a mechanical engineer. I love math and sciences and I am willing to put down the effort but I think I made an immense mistake during my grade 11 year. I did not try hard enough and now I regret this. I want to know what you guys think about this situation and how you would approach it. Also, I can tell you guys what I have next year for my grade 12 courses. Thanks :)
Anybody applying to Oxford?
Is anyone on this site applying to Oxford? I am interested in the Economics & Management program
Physical Sciences??
Context: High school science with greater preference towards chemistry over bio and I'm not sure if I want to pursue life science if I have to do some kind of post grad or med school type thing (for financial/length of schooling reasons).

I want to look into physical sciences programs but they are often overshadowed by life sciences and I can't really find what I need so if anyone wants to help me out/link me something I've missed...

(NOTE: Physical science ≠  the physical aspect of biology... I swear I've had upper year engineering/life science students ask me this. No.)

(1) Is there any university reputable for their phys sci program? I know reputation won't get me very far, but it's still good to know what people think about them... also, are there any known reputations for phys sci programs? Is it known to be more/less difficult as life sci? Etc...

(2) Do most seek professional school/further education after graduating? I've heard life sci is basically a dead end program if you're not accepted into a graduate school. Is the job demand relatively high for people in the field of physical sciences (specifically chem)?

(3) Anything and everything else you know about physical sciences??????? Please and thank you and excuse my typos ... help a sista out.
Laptop for engineering!!
Is getting a Mac that much of a struggle for engineering students (as is to run the many different programs) than having a Windows PC?

Also, can the HP Spectre x360 (w/ core i7, 8g and 256 SSD) be a good alternative?

Any other suggestion would be appreciated! Merci.