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McGill vs McMaster
Grade 12 student here who is going to apply this fall to various programs. Just to compare, which is better for science in terms of competitiveness, difficulty, quality at these universities: McMaster and McGill?
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
U of T first year arts and science programs
I know that in first year at U of T if you're applying to the faculty of arts and science that you pick of these categories: humanities, social sciences, Rotman commerce, life science, physical and mathematical sciences or comp sci  and then you specialize later but is it possible to take courses from two of those categories, for example math and commerce. Is there the option of doing a major/ minor or a double degree within the faculty of arts and science? Is there anyone that knows/has done this that can tell me about it?
Ask me anything about admissions (Future Engineering Students)
I was accepted to:

University of Toronto - Track one
University of British Columbia - First year
York University - Space Engineering
Queen's University - Chemical Engineering

I applied with a university transfer average of 95.3% + several EC's, and a grade 12 average of 80.5%.

By the way, I had a 55 in grade 11 physics, and never took pre-calculus in high school. Nonetheless,  I was still able to get A+'s in linear algebra, calculus 1 and 2 in university.

My goal here is to provide students advice, and answer questions concerning the admission process at these universities. Moreover, I would also like to share advice to students with low high school marks on what they can do to get into schools like U of T, UBC, etc.

Edit: I see some of you are confused, I did not apply to any of these universities out of high school. I first went to the university in my province, obtained a 95% average, then applied as a transfer applicant. 
University of Ottawa vs McMaster University vs university of Calgary
I have applied in University of Ottawa, Calgary and McMaster University. UoO and Calgary is offering me a separate masters program in environmental engineering with more relevant professors and all that, while McMaster is offering masters in Civil with a focus on Environmental engineering. On the other hand McMaster is much higher in the rankings and stuff.
I am an international applicant so i would also have to consider other factors like off campus housing and overall life around the campus.
So i am kind of confuse now among the choices. It would be really nice if anyone can help.
Advice for applying to Quarms?
I am currently in grade 11 and have a passion of pursuing a career in the medical field. I have researched many "advanced learning to medical school" programs in the states and this is the only one I have found here. I realize this is a very competitive program and was wondering if anyone of you guys could tell me if applying would be a waste of time or if I actually have a chance.

My average this year was 97%. For courses, such as grade 11 advanced functions, biology and chemistry my average was always about 98%, whether it was mid-terms or finals. EC's I am currently involved in include, school reach, house council, yearbook. I also volunteer at with a local hospital, canadian cancer society, world vision, and free the children. I am not an athletic person and I understand how this program seeks for well-rounded students. I wonder if that will hurt my chances in any way whatsoever. I also plan on joining more extra-curricular activities. I also have completed 200 hours of volunteering and plan on completing another 100 before the end of senior year. I have also taken part at a research lab program at a hospital for high school students and plan on going to a university to experience and work at a lab facility. 

Any advice for improving my chances of getting into the program is greatly appreciated. Sometime I feel like applying for the program is a waste of time though because they only accept 10 students and the possibility of being accepted is very slim to none. I also plan on applying to McMaster's Health Science program as well.
Pre-Med school degrees and schools
Hey guys,

I eventually want to go the medical school and I am now looking at potential undergrad degrees. Everyone says McMaster Health Sciences is the best program, also that Western Medical Science is pretty good. 

In your opinions what other programs should I look into? 
Who wants to go into med school?
And what are you doing to reach your goal (Ecs, undergrad choice, research etc...)?? And what are your alternative careers if you decided you didn't want to go to med school anymore or didnt get accepted?
Do you guys think that Dal is ugly?
I seem to find the school demonstrably unappealing aesthetically. Is this just me? Or is my perception of the schools appearance more of less typical.
Advice to pre-med and pre-law students
My main point, and I cannot emphasize this enough, is to be sure to have an alternate career path ready. Only a small percentage of pre-med or pre-law students actually graduate into medical or law school. The acceptance rate is only around 10%, while the attrition rate is very high (75-80%). And unless you make it through med or law school, that biochemistry or polisci degree isn't going to do you much good.
One Year HBSW Lakehead University
Hi there,

I'm not sure if anyone is interested but I am currently enrolled in the one year HBSW at Lakehead University. You need to have a degree already before you can apply and be accepted but it's a quick way to get your BSW. It's not a flawless program but it's faster than the two years that most schools of Social Work require. If anyone is considering it ever in the future and have any questions I'd be happy to help.

It's easier to get in than other universities. I didn't have a high GPA but I had volunteering and work experience which got me accepted. Their criteria is 40% GPA, 30% Volunteer and Work Experience, 20% references, and 10% personal exam.

If you attend the Orillia campus (hour and a half north of Toronto) you can go to your home town for your practicum (January until June). It's a condensed program going from July to June of the next year with a three week break in August and most of December off. The Thunder Bay campus requires you to be in TB for the whole 12 months.

So far people have been having issues with the practicum component since we are supposed to start in the next couple weeks but some students have not heard anything about a possible placement yet, that is the biggest complaint.

If anyone wants any more information I'm happy to help.

Cheers.

Best programs in Canada
Engineering: UoT, Waterloo
Business: Queen's, Ivey
Sciences: Guelph, UoT, McMaster
Mathematics/Comp Sci: Waterloo
& McGill is a pretty good all-rounder overall, but does not excel in any particular program

UBC? Don't go to UBC.
which uni has better looking girls?
so i got accepted to both brock and mcmaster and i was wondering which school has better looking girls?
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 :( 
Easier to get into: Ivey or Queens?
Given that I will have a 90+ average and my ec's are: Fundraising committee, deca exec, varsity lacrosse, link crew and work as a lifeguard 
& I'm really good at English and writing essays so I'll be able to sell myself well 
Is it possible to double major in mc master BHSc
I was wondering, if I was actually accepted into McMaster's Health Science program next year (which is long shot, I know) is it possible to do another major along with this program. I was thinking about doing a Mathematics degree (specifically an Actuarial Maths degree). I am good at math and find it easy. Is this possible? If it is allowed, will doing both kill me?
What Ontario Universities require extra curriculars?
I'm going into grade 11 and I am interested in going into chemistry, pharmacy, or medicine when I am older. 
I currently have no ECs. I know most schools don't require ECs but some do. For the ones that do, which one's are they, and how much do you need?
I am intrested in Mac Heath Sci and western biomed, as well as programs at ryerson and york.
What is medical science like?

What is a medical science undergrad like, anyone that is preparing to be a doctor?

Like what is the workload, courses in the first year, stress-level, etc.

Ivey AEO ACCEPTANCE 2015
So rumour is the first major round of aeo acceptances are going out tomorrow, I have no clue whether or not that is true but I guess this could be a place to post whether or not you got in. You can also post your marks and extra curriculars to help everyone else get an idea of what Ivey is looking for.
Grade 11 and 12 Courses
I was just wondering if these courses throughout the grade 11 and 12 years will be manageable, I am going for a 90+ average in both years and could anyone recommend study tips? By the way, I want to get into western Richard Ivey the business program and queens 


Courses: 

Grade 11: English done in summer school 
Grade 12 english being done over the year in private school
Physics 
Chemistry 
Math 
Religion 
Business
Law 
Gym 
Gym 

 Grade 12: English done in private school 
Probability and Data management done in summer school 
Calculus 
Advanced Functions 
Business 
Religion 
Law 
Physics 
Chemistry 
Spare/Blowoff Course
Anyone get accepted to fanshwe?
Got accepted and plan to attend fanshawe for their Digital media and design production. :)
Carleton humanities
Is anyone in the humanities program? How is it and the work load? Any advice?
Carleton Frosh??
I'll be attending Carleton this fall, and I was wondering what any upper years thought of the Carleton Frosh? What do you do? Is it worth it? Did you enjoy the experience? Stuff like that :)
Helping Other: What More Can You Do?
We all know that there is inequality in our world; we need not look to other country's or nations, but among us in our own communities. There must be something we can do, something more. As a challenge to myself, I will find a way everyday to help someone. I may clean the filed at the school across the street; donate extra monies, share my time in the community. I will even bring my wife and baby when I can.

What can you do?