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Blog: Clean Slate

It’s decision time for admitted students

Decisions

I’ve been admitted. Now what? It’s like a load has been lifted, right? It’s a nice reward for your efforts, including all of those long days working on applications. Many congratulations! Choosing which university to attend is likely one of the toughest decisions you’ve been asked to make. You’re probably asking yourself: How can I…

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Regular Decision Notification Dates

Education is power

CLASS OF 2022 Warmer temperatures. Groundhog sightings. Birds chirping. All are sure signs of spring. Another sure sign: responses to university applications arriving in the mail. This was another record-setting year in terms of the sheer number of university applications. Universities from Cambridge to Tufts to University of Toronto, among others, report significant increases in…

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Public schools in Canada

Art Class

An alternative to boarding schools When parents consider international education for their school-aged student, boarding schools come to mind. Increasingly, many international students have found their way into the public education system. Canada is among the top choice destinations for international high school students. In recently years, there’s been a marked increase. According to a…

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Applications for student visas

Student visas

Time for the next step It happens every spring. As that old song by Mack Gordon says, “the world is young again.” And, for graduating students, university admission offers start arriving. “It happens, it always happens every spring.” This is a good point to congratulate our students admitted to post-secondary institutions from London, England; to…

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School choice: AP or IB?

School choice dilemma As competition for admission to leading universities increases, parents often enriched academic programs to give their student(s) and edge. What school should we choose? The school offering the International Baccalaureate program or the one offering the Advanced Placement courses. This is a question on the mind of many families with students transitioning…

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Admission interviews: Prepare to succeed

Interview waiting room

Admission interviews in the Canadian Application Process There was a time when final grades were the only factor Canadian universities considered for admission. As we mentioned in Ontario: Program and Admission Trends, universities in that province – but the same is true across the country – are placing increased emphasis on supplementary applications and interviews. …

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Thinking Ahead: Tips for students, grades 9 to 12

James McGill

We’re now at the mid-way point of the academic year. The following are some things we think you should be thinking about (or doing) over the next few weeks and months. Grade 12 students Tip: Talk with parents about finances Autumn is typically intense for seniors.  It must be satisfying to know applications are a…

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Open Houses 2018

Fall at Williams College

Spring is a great time to visit university campuses. It’s the season when most universities host special events for recently admitted students as well as for students seeking to narrow their options list. For many high school students, the thought of visiting university campuses conjures up feelings of anxiety. What should be enjoyable experiences, can…

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How to secure effective reference letters

Green-check-mark

Universities typically require reference letters from a counsellor and/or a teacher. Each serves a different purpose. The counselor’s reference provides background on the student’s personal growth and role within the high school community. On the other hand, the teacher’s reference describes the student as learner; it should be about what the student is like in…

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Back-to-school list: status check

As our students head back to school, we’ve been busy collaborating with them to ensure they’re on the right track. Included below are two checklists – one for seniors and another for juniors – to help you determine whether you’re on time to complete all required steps. List One: If you plan to start university…

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