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University of Ottawa or University of Waterloo
I'm looking at going into engineering (most likely mechanical) and I'm split on what university to go to. I want to hear an overall review of each university. I know the basics like co-op and I want to hear opinions about that too but I want to hear more information. For example, how the student community is, how are the clubs, are there opportunities to independently apply and expand your knowledge (e.g. Ottawa's Makerspace). Information like that would be very useful to me. Thank you to all that reply!
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$500 "Ultimate Study Tip" Community Contest
Love them or hate them, exams are a part of student life. We want to know what your "ultimate study tip" is that helps you get through (and ace) them! 

Essentially we’re looking for some inspirational advice that will help other students have an amazing academic year. Whether it’s “Don't leave it to the last minute” or “Memorize facts with a song”, we want to hear from you. There’s a $500 cash prize up for grabs!* 

How to Enter: 
Simply comment below using your real name with, “My Ultimate Study Tip Is:” followed by the piece of advice you think will help other members as they prepare for exams.

Deadline to enter is January 29, 2016 @ 3:00 p.m. ET.  

How to Win: 
Encourage your friends to vote your comment as “helpful”. The comment with the most helpful votes at the end of the contest period will be awarded the $500 prize.* 

Only friends that have an active yconic profile will be able to vote. So connect and make new friends in the yconic Community or invite your friends to join http://yconic.com for FREE today. 

Please note: Anonymous or inappropriate posts will not be tolerated nor entered into this contest. Good luck! 

*See full rules and regulations ( https://support.yconic.com/hc/en-us/articles/206119646--Ultimate-Study-Tip-Contest-Rules)

Early Acceptance Question
Hello everyone! :) 

Just a tad bit confused about early acceptances. How do they work? Do universities look at top 6 grade eleven average, or all the grade eleven courses you took? Also, if you took grade twelve courses in grade eleven, do they only look at those?

Thanks so much!!
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Easiest "approved courses" for UBC/SFU admission?
Which approved courses (courses that can be counted towards your admission average) are easiest? Ones that can boost your average.

I've heard economics is really easy.
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Hey so i have applied to York, Laurier & University of Waterloo for Environmental studies! Are those programs hard to get into and when do those schools usually send out acceptances?? Thanks!
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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!
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.
U of T faculty choices?
I'm applying to both Life Sciences and Engineering of U of T.
I'm not really sure what I like so I'm wondering what I should put as my first choice.
I heard that there is a chance of getting into both.
Should I put Life Sciences as my first choice and engineering as my second since life sci is usually easier to get in?
I need advice.. Thanks!
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Guelph-girl.boy ratio
Guys Im a girl .. i thought guelph is a good choice for business right?
So its wonderful that I ll probably have lots of close girl friends there since they say its almost like a girlschool.. But we also need boys!!! Is it that much obvious that there is a small amount of boys?
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How difficult is the math in BMOS? AEO
Hi, I'm currently a grade 12 student who will be applying to Western + AEO, the only reason I'll probably get AEO ( If I do ) is because they don't count math in your top 6 (Ivey) , otherwise my average will be around 85% because of math, which is good enough for BMOS.

Is the math in BMOS hard? I'm terrible, lol .. I don't want to take the risk and do something like geography and have a useless degree in case I mess up and don't make it into Ivey!

I'm great at business Ex. 99% Management (only one in my school), and 95% in Intl. Business, but in math I'm inn the low 60's : /

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UAlberta or UBC?
I'm a BC student and I've applied to both universities for Bachelor of Science. I've gotten accepted into UAlberta as well as received a $6000 scholarship. My question really is, what are the pros and cons of each university and which one would be better choice?
Also, do both provinces (BC & Alberta) reserve seats in Medicine for students that are residents of the province? 
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So I think Ivey is too hard to get in, my chances are; studying economics or stg like that in Western or to skip Western(cause Ivey s not gonna happen) and prefer Brock's business studies(accounting I think) or SFU's business school??? what do you say
maybe you can suggest something else? guys please I wanna read some comments
(I care about the education reputation aand ofcourse the social life)
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Which Engineering should I pick?
Hey guys, I want to apply to UOFT and I have no idea which engineering I should pick. I am pretty good at Math, cant draw to save my life so I'm thinking that Mechanical would not be suited for me? It's too early to tell since I had a bad Physics teacher but as of right now, I enjoy chemistry more than physics. Which engineering is best for future jobs,etc?
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BBA/BSC Laurier
Hi, I am planning to apply to the double degree program as just Laurier. The business and computer science one. My average right now (assuming my Calculus mark based on my Functions mark), is 88.5. What are you my chances of getting in?
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Getting into UBC
I'm currently in grade 11 and UBC is the only school I would like to go to. Although I am only in grade 11, I'm already extremely nervous about the upcoming year. My grades are as follows:

English 11 - 86%
Pre Calculus 11 - 70%
Biology 11 - 91% (may be higher)
Social Studies 11 - 88%
All my electives are close to 100%

Next year as for academics, I plan to take English 12, English literature 12, geography 12, economics 12 and biology 12.

As for extra curriculars, I'm in 4 clubs, each of which I am extremely involved in. They are:

-one involves planning events for grade 8 students, helping them transition to high school life, etc. 
-one is organizing the school library once per week (Library Club)
-one is volunteering at local elementary schools and tutoring the students, playing with them, hoisting a variety of programs for them (Community Schools Team)
 **next year I will be a "mentor" in this club, training new members and being the "leader" during programs.
-the final involves keeping the school green and environmentally friendly. (Green team)
-I also help my dad with his construction company and I had a part time job last summer

Let's say I continue to get similar or lower (hopefully not) marks like these in grade 12 and my extra curriculars continue to be as so. What are my chances of being admitted to UBC? 

Also, I would like to go into either arts or kinesiology as they don't require math to be in the admission average.


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A Question!!!
I know that uofa reevaluate you if you don't get in early admission in late February
I heard that for uofa you will have email them about your additional completed courses and the marks you got after a semester of grade 12

I was wondering what email do I send it to and do uofa reevaluate my application after I send the email? 

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Stop telling people to do private school if their marks aren't high enough
You all assume that people can easily pay $500 for a course. And frankly private schools aren't that common outside of Toronto and plenty of people on these forums aren't from Toronto. Whatever happened to telling people to work harder?
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University Questions
Hi everyone, decided to try getting answers to my worries on this forum. I am currently a grade 12 student in Ontario and am going to be applying for universities soon. I am genuinely looking for answers to my concerns. I was looking at applying for,life sciences at both UTM and UTSG. I was also looking at Biomedical Science and nursing at Ryerson. Other options on my list were collaborative programs like nursing at georgebrown and Seneca. As a backup I wanted to try Biomedical Science at York as well with Medical Radiation Sciences at McMaster being my last choice. As you can see I need to narrow down my choices. I think my advanced functions mark might not be good, if I can't pull it up to the low 80s, it's possible I might get around 75 because even though I've been doing good on tests recently, my mark doesn't seem to budge .I was just wondering if I stand a chance at these places, especially for life sciences. If I can get my average to around an 83-85, will I be fine. Thanks to anyone who replys and sorry for this lengthy post,
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Carleton U bad reputation for engineering?
Hey, I've applied for Carleton U Aerospace Engineering with an average of low 90s and I really started to like the university.

I heard people saying that Carleton U have a bad reputation for engineering and the coop isn't so great? 

What are people's opinions on this? Especially those who go to carleton

UBC Sauder
I want to go to Sauder at UBC but I don't know why it does not get enough credit here? UBC is one of the top 50 schools in the world, it has a coop program, it has so many specialization programs, it's tuition is not overly inflated. It has the lowest acceptance rate for any business school in Canada. 

What are your thoughts on Sauder? 
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Does University of Waterloo Rank High Schools?
On University of Waterloo's website, I read that "over 90% of high schools are not adjusted". It also said that they "apply an adjustment factor based on historical performance from a given school (first-year university averages minus final high school averages) over the past 8+ years". So I was just wondering if Waterloo really ranks the high schools and if they even pay attention to which high school you come from when considering admissions. The school I currently attend is Satec @ Wa Porter Ci. The school is strongly academic, and it is very difficult to get the 95+ average required for waterloo engineering. This is why I was planning to transfer to a different high school within the TDSB (Danforth CTI or East York CI or David Mary Thompson CI or Cederbrae CI) or Jean Vanier (TCDSB) where I know the marks are inflated (a student at that school who does not know how to factor is getting 92 in functions. while i am getting an 88 which is the second highest mark in my class). Do they not care about which high school you went to? And should I transfer? Please do not respond by saying that an academic school will better prepare me for university, because my current priority is to have a high enough average to get accepted into university. I am a strong independent learner and will be able to study the required material on my own so that I am well prepared. And just to prove how tough my high school is, a student at my school who had a 70 average in grade 10 transferred to East York and has a 92 average in grade 11. 
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Hello All,  

I am going to make this as detailed as possible to maximize the quality of the responses and the insight I obtain from them. All responses will be greatly appreciated not only by me but from all university applicants interested in pursuing similar career paths.

Most Probable Top 6 for Semester One:
-English (97)
-Advanced Functions (96)
-Math of Data Management (91)
-Analyzing Current Economic Issues (94)
-Business Leadership: Management Fundamentals (94)
-International Business Fundamentals (85)

Universities/Programs I Applied to:
1. Schulich School of Business - Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) - Specializing in Finance and Economics
2. Ted Rogers School of Management - Bachelor of Commerce (BCOMM) in Business Management with Co-op - Majoring in Economics and Management Science - Minoring in Finance
3. Degroote School of Business - Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Honours BCOM) with Internship - Minoring in Accounting and Financial Management Services

My EC's:
-DECA Chapter Member (Competed in Provincial Competition Ranking Top 3 in Ontario, Competed in Stock Market Game Ranking Top 3 in Atlantic Region)
-Vice-President of Financial Literacy Investment Club
-Interactively participating in all aspects of management of family pizza business
-Stock Trader Since the Age of 14

My Questions:
1. Is my estimated average higher than the cut-off at all three of my programs choices? What are my chances of acceptance?
2. If I don't get my first choice (Schulich), which option would be a better choice, Ted Rogers or Degroote? Consider that I will be staying at home (which is why I didn't apply to Ivey/Queens/Waterloo/Laurier) and I live in downtown Brampton, ON. I like the prestige of Schulich, location and campus of Ted Rogers and the trading floor at Degroote.
3. How hard is the academic life at these schools in comparison to each other? Is it much more intensive than having 3 university level courses in high school per semester?
4. Hows the social life at these schools in comparison to each other? I heard Schulich, although it may be one Canada's best business schools, has a very poor social life. I have heard similar things about Ted Rogers as well, maybe because it is also a commuter school.
5. I realize that the value of a degree comes from how successful you are in achieving it, but which one of those schools offers the best career outlook? I am interesting in pursuing my masters degree then looking towards a career in finance (maybe even Accounting or Economics if my interests change).
6. Are my EC's solid enough to use for my Schulich supplementary application? Any advice or suggestions?
7. What are the interview questions for the Schulich video interview? Any tips?
8. Other than the Schulich entrance scholarship, what other scholarships should I apply to?
9. Any other helpful/insightful/interesting advice?

Thank You!
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