University Bound

WHAT UNIVERSITIES LOOK FOR IN AN APPLICANT:

A.   GRADES/SCHOLASTIC RECORD

  • Grades received in school – Gr 11 and Gr 12
  • Quality of Academic work – IB, AP, SAT

B.   EXTRA CURRICULAR ACHEIVEMENTS / INVOLVEMENT

  • School Based – length of involvement, responsibilities etc
    • Community Based – history, initiative etc

C.    SPECIAL TALENTS, ACTIVITIES, AND INTERESTS

  • Talents – artistic, athletic, academic, scientific, etc
  • Activities – competitions both scholastic & others, achievements etc
  • Interests – related to future goals or career direction

D.   RECOMMENDATIONS FROM SCHOOL, COMMUNITY, ORGANIZATIONS

  • Recommendations based on qualities such as self-confidence, motivation, initiative, maturity, leadership, creativity, concern for others, strengths and weaknesses

E.    PROFILE OR PERSONAL STATEMENT (BROAD BASED ADMISSION)

  • Demonstrate leadership skills (student council, peer helpers, sports captain, club president etc)
  • Special talents (academic, artistic, athletic, scientific)
  • Achievements or Commendations received locally or internationally (Terry Fox Award, Duke of Edinburgh, etc)
  • Travel abroad or Canadian supported opportunities (Exchanges Canada, Rotary, Encounters with Canada, Forum for Young Canadians, SHAD Valley, etc)

“Admission officers look for substantive involvement over time that is marked by achievement and leadership. It is up to you, then, to reveal your gifts in such a way that those who read your application are easily persuaded that your passion and commitment are real.”

Quote by Peter Van Buskirk.

Author of Winning the College Admission Game; Strategies for Students and Parents (2007)

Of Interest:

MacLean’s Guide to Canadian Universities -the new edition of the ‘MacLean’s Guide to Canadian Universities’ is now available for you to view in your Career Centre.  This edition of the magazine profiles many post-secondary schools with rankings on many of Canada’s universities.  Find out about co-op programs, the cost of education & how to pay for it, scholarship information, grades required, and student opinions on the university.

Visit www.macleans.ca/tag/best-schools/  You can also see your Career Advisor to view this edition.

What’s wrong with Maclean’s University Rankings: magazine’s annual rankings of Canadian universities. http://www.universityaffairs.ca/the-trouble-with-university-rankings.aspx

World Rankings:
http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/world-university-rankings