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This year I plan on applying for university. I live in Toronto and do not know anything about how it all works. What is the application process like? Is it hard to get in to a good university and is your resume (if it is good) count for anything when you apply?? Also....what kind of scholarships are out there? Please anyone who has any info, who has been through this process or has any advice for me I would really appreciate it! I am scared and just want to get in somewhere good.

Please help me :)
Sep 03, 2011 @ 01:07 pm

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I recommend applying for scholarships....even if it only for $500 it makes a difference :)
Good luck!
Sep 03, 2011 @ 01:09 pm

Uni is hard but still fun!

I remember when I was going through exactly what you are going through. Don't be scared.
Usually most unis look at your gr 12 marks only, some may ask for your extracurricular activities as well. Mainly just try to keep your marks up, especially in the first semester of gr 12. Depending on the uni, there are different cut off points for your average so just do the best you can!
Relax and go through the universities that interest you. Visit them on campus, or go to their website for info, talk to the admissions department. Talk to your own guidance counsellor for info as well. Don't be shy. Goodluck! :)
Sep 03, 2011 @ 01:54 pm

Look around

Picking a University is kind of like shopping for something expensive. You would want to do your research to figure out what you want to take and where you want to go. Universities in Canada are standardized academically so each university is just as "good" as the next.

Universities will look at your grade 12 marks and sometimes your grade 11 if you have done exceptionally well. I say you should go to the university website and look at the information there. They provide all kinds of information from what courses you need to take to get in, what marks you need, to financial information and student housing.

Good luck!
Sep 03, 2011 @ 08:07 pm

Helpful links

Really depends what you want to study that will determine where you want to go. This is a great site for finding programs and schools that match what you are looking for academically - http://www.electronicinfo.ca/en/

You can also search for scholarships and residences with this. I think once you've narrowed down your choices you can get into more indepth research like that. I do recommend talking to your guidance councilor or academic advisor cause they will offer lots of advice on this (at least when I was in high school mine did).

You apply through OUAC if you live in Ontario so all application stuff happens through here. Some schools have additional documents you have to send in but that kind of info comes usually after you go through this. You do pay to apply to any university so its not something you wanna rush. It's easier to move within a school then from one to another so imo choosing the right school is more important then the program itself.
Sep 03, 2011 @ 09:48 pm

Look at your interests!

Before you apply to anything at all- think about what you want to do. I was so confused after high school so I decided to go straight away to university- mistake.

Having been to both university and college, I can tell you that they are both very different in the school environment, atmosphere, application process and work. I went to U of T for a year which is great for some people (not for me obviously) and after that, I went to George Brown College.

You need to think about your interests and what type of environment you are looking for- do you like small and intimate or do you want a big university?

Now- to answer all those questions: You need to apply through OUAC to get into university, if you are in high school, they'll help you out with that. For college you go through OCAS. Getting into a specific program depends on what the requirements are for that program. You can always find out what those are by looking through their admissions booklets or or their website. Usually, unless you are a transfer student, a mature student or a someone applying for a program with extra curriculars needed, your resume is not needed. As far as scholarships go, you can look online or there are some available through your school or the university.

Hope this helps and good luck!
Sep 08, 2011 @ 10:42 am

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