Studying in the US

Students who are interested in studying in the US should begin their research as early as Grade 9 as it is a lengthy process that requires research as well as an understanding of the American College system. Students must realize that   academics and involvement in extra-curricular activities are considered in determining eligibility into “top” universities.  The financial costs can also be considerable.

Suggested timelines:

In Grade 9 or 10:

  • Start exploring career or program goals with parents and the possibility of studying in the US.
  • Research colleges/universities that offer your program
  • Attend Information sessions for various US Universities that visit the Vancouver area.
  • Start focusing on academic areas of study for your program of interest and get involved in extra-curricular activities.
  • Meet with your Counsellor or Career Advisor to discuss your educational path and the possibility of taking AP courses (top US Universities look for AP Scholars) in school.
  • Familiarize yourself with the SAT/ACT subject areas required by the various US institutions


In Grade 11:

All the above steps and

  • Prepare to write the PSAT in October.
  • Continue with your SAT preparation. Check individual universities regarding deadlines for SAT scores to be submitted.
  • In the summer, write to the Universities to obtain application forms and start preparing your application essays.
  • If ready you can choose to write your recommended SAT in the summer


In Grade 12:

  • In September, finalize your university application list and create a Common Application account.
  • Work on your essays and prepare to write your SATs in the early Fall.
  • Prepare and complete all your application forms and look at finalizing the application essays.
  • Contact teachers and/or counselors for references and provide them with the links or completed forms for the universities you have applied to.
  • Contact the individual universities regarding interviews (if required).


For Information on the Application Process:

5 Steps to applying

For information on the application process and a time-line visit :

ACT Vs SAT: ACT_vs_SAT_exam


Your Score Booster – SAT and ACT Classes and Tutoring:

  • ACT classes at West Point Grey Academy starting Jan 11, 2017. Visit for more information
  • SAT classes in Vancouver in July 2017
  • Diagnostics to help students decide whether to take SAT or ACT
  • One-on-one tutoring for the SAT or ACT any time



JUN 5/17 – The JN Burnett Secondary School Counselling and Career Center is hosting a US Education Information Session on June 5, Monday, at 6:00 pm, at the Burnett Multi-Purpose Hall. This is open to all Richmond students. Jenika Heim, the US Embassy Ottawa’s EducationUSA Advisor to Canada will discuss the admission requirements, tuition, scholarships, deadlines, student activities and residence. This is a great opportunity to get the information you need to plan ahead.


MAY 17/17    Metropolitan USA Universities Tour

EducationUSA Canada invites you and your parents to meet U.S. Admissions officers from:

  • Northeastern University
  • George Washington University
  • Southern Methodist University
  • New York University
  • Tulane University

The event will be held on Wednesday, May 17, 2017, 7pm at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel.

To register, visit:


APR 12/17  1-2 pm PDT – Writing the SAT Exam Webinar – Any grade 10 or 11 students who are considering studying in the USA will need to write either the SAT or the ACT exam to be admissable to most US post-secondary schools. (Best written during the grade 11 year)This webinar will help students understand how to register, and study for the SAT. They will review the structure of the exam and some of the basic types of questions students will encounter. EducationUSA Advisor, Jenika Heim has more than 10 years of experience of helping students with standardized exams, and she looks forward to helping demystify the SAT with students. Join this webinar to get some tips on how to prepare for the SAT. Go to the following link to register:




APR 29/17 US COLLEGE EXPO CANADA (in Vancouver)
Meet US college and university representatives, explore US options, learn more about the US admissions procedure, from selection, application, financing, and student athlete consideration. Admission is free, though pre-registration is required at:

Location: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre, 
181 Roundhouse Mews, Vancouver, BC (Davie St & Pacific Blvd)
Vancouver Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017 
10:00am – 11:00am…US College Admissions Panel Discussion
11:00am – 2:00pm…Public Exhibit 
US college listing:

USA University Admission Essay – Video Clip

If you are applying to a college or university in the USA this viewing this webinar clip may give you some helpful hints on how to write your admissions essay from Education USA.

Choosing a topic for your university essay can be a stressful decision. You may be asking yourself, what is a good topic that will help me stand out from the other applicants? Two U.S. university Admissions Representatives will explain how to make your essay personable and unique. Also addressed will be some common mistakes that students make.


Information Link for Studying in the USA

College Week Live is a link where students can gather information about various Universities and Colleges in the USA, attend online college fairs, learn about and chat with various institutions and learn about scholarships available for Canadians. There are online events which occur throughout the year, and it is a free service. Students just need to register. For more information, see:

EducationUSA Video Resource Library – Online
Did you know that EducationUSA has dozens of free online videos related to U.S. study? Visit:   to browse instructional videos on a variety of topics, including undergraduate admissions, specialized programs, and financing your studies. The EducationUSA video library allows you to listen college and university representatives from across the United States.

American Colleges & Universities

Information on studying in the US, college search, applying for admission,  what it’s like once you’re there and financing your education.

Colleges in the US

A comprehensive resource for international students thinking about studying in the USA.  Post-secondary options you can search include; 4yr colleges, community colleges, career colleges, graduate schools, and online colleges.  As well,  contains detailed information on the American post-secondary system, student visas and United States in general.

Check out:  for tips and information on studying in the US. You can sign up for free and receive newsletters and blog posting updates.

Resource for Accredited On-Line Colleges (USA):

A good resource for researching the accreditation of US Colleges and to understand the “Basics of Accreditation”