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Blog: Clean Slate

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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International High School: Eight Reasons to Choose Canada

Student walking

While the vast majority of international students in Canada are studying at the university or college level, if trends in the United States are any indication, the number of students joining in earlier years is expected to grow.               INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS ARRIVING EARLIER Current Canadian Bureau for International Education…

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Compose a great grad school statement

Focused on essay

Graduate and professional schools typically require a written statement as part of the application process. Generally there are two types of application essays for graduate school – “statement of purpose,” or “letter of intent,” and the “personal statement” – but the purpose for you remains the same: to persuade the admissions committee of your qualifications,…

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How important are personal statements?

The competition to get into highly selective universities is getting tougher each year. This past year Stanford accepted 5% of the 42,497 students who applied for undergraduate admission. Harvard admitted only 6% of 37,307 applicants. The number of applications to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) surpassed 100,000 in 2017. Still, in general, admission…

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Canada’s Best Kept Secret: Liberal Arts Universities

Acadia University

Overshadowed by internationally recognized research-intensive institutions, Canada’s liberal arts universities are often overlooked in discussions on Canadian post-secondary options. Why are Canada’s liberal arts universities overlooked? One reason is that university rankings often emphasize the importance of research and publications – factors that favour larger universities – rather than teaching. Location also plays a role….

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