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Canadian Student at an Ivy League School - AMA (university life, admissions, majors, anything you'd like!)
I made one of these threads a couple of years ago that some people found useful so I decided to make another one to distract myself with over the summer. A little about me:

School: Yale
Major: Statistics (while completing pre-med requirements)
SAT Score: ~2300 (back when it was out of 2400)
High school average: ~95% over all four years (lower in grade 9/10, higher in grade 11/12)
Accepted to: Several Ivies, Waterloo BME and CS/BBA, U of T EngSci, Western Engineering + Ivey


Interested in applying to an Ivy League School?
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! 

Benson Law 
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ACT/SAT Tests
Have you taken the ACT, SAT or both in Canada for admittance to a U.S. school? Please tell me the following things;

1. Which test(s) you took
2. When you took it (what grade you were in)
3. Your mark/percentile
4. Which books you recommend for studying
5. Anything else you think I should know

Thanks in advance!
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Honestly this is how the world will perceive you - Tier 1,2,3,4
ENGLISH SPEAKING UNIS 
Tier 1 
1. HYPSM, Cambridge, Oxford 
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Border
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
Tier 3
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

Tier 4 
Nobody cares where you went, don't expect people to respect you for your undergrad education. Your personality will help tho. 
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Med Student: Ask Anything
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Hello,</p><p>I am currently a medical school student in the US. I studied in Canada for my undergrad and I am in my 2nd year of med school. If anybody wants any tips on getting into med school, or being a pre med, ask me and I can answer. </p>
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Acceptance rate for in Eng at top US grad schools vs job offer rate in Bay Area
What percentage of people get into ANY top Cali University, like Berkeley, Stanford, Caltech, UCLA, other nice ones like SoCal, San Fran, UCSB, Pepperdine, and of course MIT, Cornell, UIUC, Princeton, Michigan, etc? For grad school. Like a masters degree.

I don't mean the chance of getting into a specific one.
I mean, what's the chance of getting into any of these?
How do Oxford and Cambridge and Imperial compare to these?
Just curious.
And how is this compared to the rate of go od jobs gotten in the SF Bay Area? And in other good companies elsewhere.
I know many many factors apply, just want to get the general stats.

BTW
I am most likely going to Ryerson or maybe UofT for biomedE or ECE. Maybe uOttawa, doubt it. Any general advice? What should I, as a student start doing?
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Applicants to Ivy League schools (and associated)?
"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.
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Brock or Carlton or Western for Neuroscience
Which program is better? Brock has a co-op program but will graduate schools care whether I do Co-op or not? Western has a good reputation and I really like the campus. Carlton has small class sizes and has done a lot of research in neuroscience. Also if you know any other good neuroscience undergraduate programs in Canada that would be really helpful. I'm currently in grade 11 and my average this year is going to be around 92.What are the chances that I will get early acceptance into any of these programs?
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Ubc
Is Calculus a requirement for UBC's Bachelor of Applied Sciences
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Does Grade 11 Marks matter for UBC/SFU?
Hey guys!

This is my first thread.. Here are my marks before my final exams, which are each worth about 20% - 25%, so they will not greatly affect my final mark.

I'm in my first semester of Grade 11:
French - 92%
Chemistry - 88%
Physics - 85%
Social Studies - 90%

I'm just wondering if this means I won't get accepted to UBC. Should I retake Physics 11 in summer school or night school to obtain at least 94%? I know chemistry I understand really well and I'm pretty confident that I will get a high enough mark on the final to get 90%.

What should I do? Can I get in or not because they look at my grade 11 marks right away.

Thanks!
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HELP Can I make it into SFU/UBC Science???
Hi! I'm stressing alot about rather i'll make it to sfu/ubc general science !

Here are my marks: (For SFU)
Eng : 88%
Pre-cal : 89 %
Bio : 92%
Chem : 90%
Avg : 89.75%

(For ubc)
Eng : 88 %
Pre-cal : 89%
Bio : 92%
Japanese : 99%
Avg : 92%

Decent personal profile and lots of volunteering/work experience.

Do you guys think i'll make it??? Should I wait til term 2 to submit my marks for sfu instead ????
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Chance of Acceptance Into Computer Science
Hi everyone, I'm currently in Grade 12 and completely freaking out about getting accepted into UBC. My planned grades for when I self report are
English 90%
Precalc 96%
Physics 96%
Law 98%
I feel that my personal profile is good as well, do you guys think I have a chance?
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University of British Columbia Review
I am UBC! The University of British Columbia has good Spirit. I chose computational linguistics and focussed on Digitization. UBC is a world-renowned, world class place to learn and grow. 90% Asian. (India is part of Asia too.) Ahh... University...

Learn a little self-discipline from the community there. I chose to take AIkido lessons at the dojo... while studying silently at the Korea House dormitories at Place Vanier... a study facility where the only sound is mouse-clicking and quiet graceful Asian footsteps.

There I drew up our Master Plan for the Friendship Cube Group. My suggestion is networking successfully with other members via activities that increase self-discipline. 1) No Swearing. 2) No Muttering 3) No Impure Thoughts!

Thank You Korea House
Thank You UBC
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Chances of acceptance to Sauder
Hey, whats my chances of getting into sauder with:

89% English
96% Pre-Calc
92% Economics
94% Geology
92.75% total average

EC's:

5 years on volleyball team
Learning support tutor
Volunteer with Jumpstart
Part-time job
Active member of school catering club
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