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It's that time of year again. Grade 12 is in full swing and students across Canada are planning to apply to their school of choice. For many, their goal is to study in Canada but for others, they have their sights set on an Ivy League School. But what does it take to make it to one? How early should you be preparing? What are some possible considerations that I should look into before investing time and money into applying?
I talked to some of my friends who actually applied to some and here are their answers to some common questions.
1. How early should students be prepared if they are considering Ivy League schools?
The majority of Ivy League schools take the entirety of your high school experience into account when they make admissions decisions. This means that, beyond keeping your grades up, it is important to be involved in activities that you are passionate about from the very beginning of high school. For many of my friends who applied, they were actively involved in DECA, debate and varsity sports. So if you are considering going down this path, starting as early as grade 9 is crucial.
2. What are the steps to applying?
First, you need to take either the SAT or the ACT, depending on which you feel more comfortable writing. There are differences between the tests that can be found in detail online. Some students do poorly on the SAT but score extremely well on the ACT, and vice versa; this just means that it's important to find your niche and go from there. During the application process, you will need to write essays based on questions or prompts and I would advise you to get your teachers/guidance counselors to check it over for you before you submit it. In addition, you should also have contacted some references that are willing to write a letter of recommendation. When I applied, I had a variety or references ranging from teachers to coaches to church pastors.
3. Realistically, what are some other considerations students should consider before applying to Ivy League schools (e.g. finances, etc)?
It's important to consider where you want your life to go before you apply to Ivy League schools. There are great programs at home in Canada and abroad that can offer realistic career success and satisfaction in the future without the associated financial costs of attending an Ivy school. For many Canadians, we need to pay international tuition and live in a potentially expensive city. However, there are scholarships for international students but the amount and quota differ from school to school. Weigh the costs and benefits before applying; there's no point in putting yourself through the American application process if your goals can be achieved in a less expensive, more local way.
Are you considering applying to an Ivy League School or have any more questions? Comment below and I'll relay them to my friends who have been through the process!
Has anyone applied or will apply to a writing program here? I'm just curious. I'm a writer and I'm interested in these programs especally creative writing. But, of course, I'd have another major with it.
I started uni at McGill this September in the Biological, Biomedical, and Life Sciences program. I'm planning on majoring in Anatomy and Cell Biology (ANAT) and minoring in Gender, Sexuality, Feminism and Social Justice Studies (GSFS). I also applied to most of the ivy leagues and some other unis in the US.
Here is a list of where I was accepted:
McGill Life Science McGill Physical Science
McMaster Health Science (yes, I rejected mac health sci)
Western Medical Science
UofT Life Science
McMaster Life Science
I also got a basic entrance scholarship from mcgill. I'm staying in Douglas Hall for my first year.
Please ask any questions about getting into uni, course selection, top 6 calculations, applying to the US, choosing McGill, getting into/rejecting health sci, etc etc.
Basically what the title says. I find that people--especially Canadians--hold a lot of misconceptions regarding what it means to go to an Ivy League or Ivy-calibre school. People on this forum also love to throw around terms like prestige, liberal arts degrees, connections, success, wealth, etc. in their discussions, especially when the Ivy League is brought up or when people are fighting about which business program is the best. I thought I could answer a few questions and clear up a few things about the Ivy League and what it actually means in the real world. I'm not a freshman/1st year so I stopped seeing everything with rose-coloured glasses like I used to when I first got here.
Program/Major: History, but I'm also completing the requirements for medical school.
High school: Regular public high school in Ontario. No AP or IB. My 4 year average was 94%, with course marks ranging from 83-99%. I did a lot of extracurriculars in high school and I had a couple of leadership roles. My teachers also really liked me so I was able to get good letters of recommendation from them. My school isn't known for sending kids to the US at all.
SAT/ACT scores: 2140 (out of 2400) and 35 (out of 36).
I did not get in because of money or connections. I come from a middle-class family, and most of the $60,000 cost of attendance per year is covered by my school's generous financial aid policy. I pay about $8000 a year for tuition and room + board.
So go ahead. Ask me anything. I'm currently studying for midterms so I'll try to answer when I can.
I've noticed that there are a lot of misconceptions about applying to schools in the US. As someone who just went through the process and did a lot of research, I'd love to answer any questions and help clear things up :)
I was also admitted to other Ivies, Waterloo BME and CS/BBA, U of T EngSci, Western Engineering + Ivey, among others, so I can answer questions about those as well.
1.5. California Institute of Technology, Columbia U, Cornell, University of California Berkeley , University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, ICL, Brown University
Tier 2 2.0. University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, University College London, Duke University, Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, UCLA, UMichigan, Carnegie Mellon University, New York University, Boston University, Dartmouth College, University of Southern California
KCL, University of Wisconsin, University of Melbourne, UCSD, UCSF, Washington Uni in St. Louis, McGill University, University of Edinburgh, UC Davis, Penn State,Georgia Institute of Technology, UCSB, Emory University
Nobody cares where you went, don't expect people to respect you for your undergrad education. Your personality will help tho.
so far this is what I've got guys: EC's are at bottom, please peruse through them physics: 72% (top of class) chemistry 12: 76% English: 63%, took this course ez but in my AIF I wrote a counsellor told me english don't mean sh_t for engineering calculus and vectors: 92% advanced functions: 76%-I know this mark is low, on AIF I just wrote the course was ez as fu_k and so I didn't try, admissions should just look at my calc mark
EC's: -Band (5 months) -part of the committee that made candy grams for valentine's day -student council grade 9 -Java
Hey guys I was just wondering if any of you knew what neuroscience at Princeton is like? ..what percentage is needed to get in Cuz I have a 94% right now and I'm the president of a couple clubs too ..is that good enough ? Thank u!
I am in grade 11 right now and I am a canadian student that goes to a small town high school. However I am doing IB higher level Math online because I was doing IB in grades 9 and 10 before we had to move to smack dab in the middle of nowhere. I will likely have an average of 92 in grade 12 before graduating and I also have good ECs plus the IB course which no one in my current region has never even heard of IB let alone help me do it, im hoping to get a 6 + in the HL IB math course . So all in all, what are my chances of getting excepted into a place like UPenn or Princeton? I still have to do SAT in Oct. but maybe if I got a score like 2100+ would that do it? just need some honest opinion. Because I guess I was outgoing in terms that I found IB online and am doing it while carrying a 9 course load due to it in my last 2 years of high school. So will it help? and this is not just ivy league that i am talking about, I also mean universities in Canada as well.
"And associated" referring to schools such as Caltech, Duke, MIT, Stanford, UChicago, UPenn, and the like, usually mentioned in the same breath as Ivies but not actually one of them.
[And yes, I am aware CollegeConfidential is a thing.]
I'm just wondering how many presumably Canadian folks here have applied to one of these schools and if you guys have any thoughts on the admission process. Alternately, if you've been accepted, that's awesome and congratulations.
I applied to Ryerson business management Guelph-Humber BAdmin, and U of T Management.
My first semester marks are
Data Management 65, but I'm doing night school
English, international business, economics and business leadership
I'm just scared bc I'm not very good at math and that's why I'm not going to get accepted to the programs I want to be in. So be honest! Would I get accepted to the program's above?
I just finished chemistry with 77% and i'm planning to redo it. Im confident that I can get above 95% this time. But after some research, I found that uoft does not accept repeated marks, unless there's a medical excuse. Any advice? I really want to get into UofT.
*I've applied through the engineering portal with my midterm mark which was 90%.