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2 Crofton House University Evening University and College Information Evening Mrs. Ruth Fraser Mrs. Paula Manhas Student Services

3 Agenda CHS University Program information Factors to consider when applying Choosing university programs Admissions landscape Canadian universities U.S. & International universities and colleges Student Panel Resources for post-secondary research – handout available as you leave ~This power point will be available on the website~

4 CHS University Program Overview University Info Evening: Wednesday, February 13, 2013 Course Planning Evening: Thursday, February Research sessions (in Planning classes) – grade 10 & 11 Mandatory parent & student interviews (grade 11) with assigned university counsellors Feb - March Students will be assigned to their university counsellor by Graduation Transitions12 classes in their grade 12 year

5 CHS University Planning & Research Each student should keep a current filing system (paper or electronic) for all pertinent information Students update their Naviance profile and information on a regular basis Parents should also be on Naviance to engage in conversation with their daughters and with counsellors Research specific programs and course descriptions in college and university catalogues and on websites New this year is Blueprint for Canadian School Research

6 Important Considerations in Choosing any University program Early, on-going, open, and un-pressured dialogue is key Your daughter is a unique individual with unique strengths, weaknesses, and needs Being accepted is different from choosing the school that is the right fit Emotional intelligence is key to transition 60% of first year students change programs, faculties or universities – need for flexibility and being open to new opportunities

7 Factors to consider when applying: Academic program: content, structure, features, elective flexibility, rigour, balance Facilities: availability to undergraduates, quality, maintenance, development Profile of institution Size and location Campus culture, diversity Availability of financial aid/scholarships: Canadian – University and private organizations US financial support available but in difficult economic times full fee students increase their chances of admissions to competitive institutions International – no substantial aid, although there are some scholarships available

8 Admissions Landscape - CANADA Admissions have eased over the last 15 years due to changing demographics of Canadian population (fewer 17 year olds).

9 Canadian Admissions Landscape +20 % of CHS students matriculate to UBC or McGill UBC, McGill, U of T, Western and Queens remain competitive. These are large research universities with large first year classes in major urban centres Other coastal institutions and the Prairies have relatively lower admissions (Dal, UVic, U of Calgary, U of Alberta, Concordia, Mount Allison, Bishops), many with smaller classes Scholarship money is generously available – both entrance and private scholarships

10 Admission Landscape – U.S. Demographics in the US are different than in Canada Large and growing Hispanic and Black populations with a higher birth rate No child left behind policies CHS students apply to a narrow band of mostly private, top tier institutions International students have better chances of admission if full fee paying Parents can access a list of American institutions that historically provide Financial Aid for International Students on the school website

11 Admission Landscape – International European countries reflect Canadas experience with declining population Asia is the reverse – North American applicants are generally discouraged from applying as application rates are very high – HKUST is an exception and recruit in Canada UK, Scotland, and Wales have different education systems Direct entry is a draw for professional programs such as Medicine, Law, Dentistry, Physio, Veterinary, but growing interest from our students in Arts/Humanities/Design

12 3 Application Processes CanadaUSInternational AdmissionGrade 12 marks Grades 9 – 12 marks Grades 11/12 marks Counsellor Teacher Recommendation Not required except for special programs One or Several letters fro Teachers 1 from Counsellor Teacher reference only for UK and Hong Kong Essays/ProfilesVaries by Institution *Required for Broad Based Faculties & Institutions Almost all Institutions require one or more - except state schools Short personal statement for UCAS (UK Application Service) Some essays may be required for others Standardized Tests Usually noneSATs and SAT subject tests for most or ACT UKCAT (UK Clinical Aptitude Test), BMAT (Biomedical Admissions Test), LNAT(Law National Aptitude Test) for some

13 Features of Canadian Universities Excellent education, international reputation, and undergraduate research opportunities Availability of co-operative programs Tuition is subsidized by government Following CHS, a continued focus on multi-cultural experience, co-operative education and research Fl exibility around faculty of choice and degree combinations

14 Canadian University Applications Research and selection beginning in grade 11 – this includes a mandatory research assignment Apply by mid - December in grade 12 (Naviance) School transcript sent in January or March at students request Admission based primarily on grades, although many institutions now request a simple profile of student activities and interests Some Canadian universities will make early conditional offers, based on grade 11marks All universities require English 12 as part of the admission process

15 General Canadian University Admission Requirements Entrance average calculated on English 12 plus 3 or 4 grade 12 academic courses For many programs: supplementary information (extracurricular, community service, leadership, awards, etc.) is reviewed Students allowed to apply to two faculties at most institutions

16 General Canadian University Admission Requirements Requirements vary by university and faculty In fall of grade 11, students research specific entrance requirements in Planning 10B Published cutoffs are based on the previous years data and may change UBC is an exception – New Admissions process last year based on profile and grades (Broad Based Admission all faculties) Most schools finalize offers by mid-late April Students should check specific schools and their prerequisites

17 Admission Averages - Examples *Varies from school to school and by faculty Arts: UBC - 85% & Broad Based Application 2 nd term marks only U of Toronto low 80%s McGill – 87.8% Western- 86% Queens - 80%min to 86.3% Waterloo - Low to mid-80s% U Vic - 67% – Early (Grade 11 grades – 75%) U of Calgary- 76% Dalhousie- 70% U OF A – 72%

18 Admission Averages – Examples* Sciences * Varies from school to school & by faculty UBC- 85% & Broad Based Application (2 nd term marks) U of Toronto- mid 80s% McGill - Physical,Earth Science- 89% - Biological, Life – 93.5% 85% in Math/Science Western- 86% Queens- 84%min/ 89.6%avg Waterloo – low to mid-80s% U of Calgary- 86% for Bio Science and mid to high 90s% for Neuro Science U of Alberta/Dalhousie- 75%

19 Admission Average* - Examples Commerce (Business Management) *Varies from school to school & by faculty UBC- 85% plus Broad Based Application (2 nd term marks only) U of Toronto- mid 80s% McGill- 91% Western- 86% Ivey 90% plus supplement Queens- 87%min/91.2 %aver grade 2011 U of C- 82% U Vic- 80% Early (Grade 11 marks) 84%

20 Specialized Progams – Admission Averages & Requirements - Examples Some programs that are competitive and small may have special averages and requirements, higher than the general admission to the faculty: UWO- Richard Ivey – AEO – 90% UBC- Science One (3 Science 12s) McMaster- Health Sciences (3 Science 12s) McGill- Management – 91% U of Calgary- Neuro Science – mid to high 90s% University of Alberta- no entry for Business from high school

21 CHS Admission Stats – CANADA Institution2011 (65)2010 (55)2009 (52)2008 (55) UBC21 Concordia2 Dalhousie1 McGill12 Queens7 SFU0 U of Toronto 4 Waterloo1 Western5 Other8 Institution UBC Concordia22320 Dalhousie11211 McGill Queens SFU30222 U of Toronto54135 U of Victoria31177 Waterloo24101 Western65468 Other58327 Total

22 U.S. University Program Grade 11 Students write PSAT in October - one sitting date only Research beginning in the fall of grade 11 Mandatory interviews with university counsellors, parents & students in Spring Creation of prospective list schools by April-May to be discussed and reviewed with university counsellor Student self-assessment and resume due in May of Grade 11 (Naviance), work on College Board Essay draft - to be completed in Spring Prepare and write SATs in late spring Grade 11 or early fall Grade 12

23 U.S. University Program SAT prep – Naviance purchase of Prep Me will be available to CHS students, commencing this year. Free trial to June 30th and then on-going support will be assessed fee. ($100 fee per student, charged to school account). This will provide personalized learning with interactive lessons, practise quizzes, and intermittent full length tests. Parents, students, and administrators will receive weekly reports demonstrating student usage, performance, and improvement. CHS collaborates with the Princeton Review to offer a real full length mock- ACT/SAT in early spring of every year

24 SAT/ACT registration & prep Testing dates - spring of grade 11 to fall of grade 12 Last SAT/ACT possible in January of grade 12 The role of outside consultants Look for IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association) certification and NACAC affiliation Check the Website/Handout for : 12 Questions to Ask before Hiring an Independent Educational Consultant?

25 U.S. University Program Grade 12 Students complete applications, essays, etc. to be sent -November 1 for early action and early decision -December 1 for regular decision Decisions for early candidates may be released as early as December 1, continuing until mid-December Some Schools offer ED 2 – in early January Rolling admission decisions for all candidates National response date: May 1 st (all decisions due)

26 Features of U.S. Colleges Undergraduate research opportunities Value of liberal arts education Integrated cross-curriculum more common College life includes automatic residence for four years Single sex education – a unique learning opportunity – Scripps, Wellesley, Mount Holyoke, Smith

27 The U.S. Application Components Marks achieved in courses and rigour of academic program selected : School Transcript for grades 9 – 12 Character and personal qualities (Secondary School Report for US Schools) Student essays and personal statement are crucial Counsellor Recommendation Letter – provides context Teacher Recommendation Letters – subject based Context of school as reflected in School Profile

28 U.S. Application Components – contd SAT/ACT scores: should reflect a careful plan, thorough preparation, and balance. Score Choice is only used at some schools. Competitive schools will request ALL scores be sent Additional factors: talent (athletic, musical, etc.), VIP, contribution, legacy Interviews with university representatives – can be conducted at CHS CHS does not provide rank or GPA

29 SAT Exams (SAT I and SAT IIs) Registration and Preparation Consider what is most appropriate for your own learning and lifestyle. Studies conducted by the College Board concluded that commercial coaching programs for the SAT had little or no significant positive effect on SAT scores. This report did conclude, however, that challenging academic coursework was directly associated with higher test scores P.51, Foundations of Standardized Admission Testing, Richard J. Noeth, PHD, NACAC, How to Select SAT IIs University and program specific requirements & recommendations – link to program of study Can be written in Grade 11 or 12 depending on curriculum RESEARCH SPECIFIC SCHOOLS SAT II REQUIREMENTS BY THE SCHOOL EARLY AND VERY CAREFULLY! (eg. History and French required for Brown ?)

30 Should I Apply Early Decision/Action? Checklist or considerations include: an excellent academic record since grade 9 comprehensively researched colleges and universities and found the best match for them outstanding talent(s) parents who are alumni a compelling reason to choose that school School selects 45% or more of their candidates from the early pool School offers highly competitive program with small enrolment

31 Whats the Difference? Early Decision: early cycle – binding; if accepted MUST WITHDRAW all other applications and attend. Disadvantage is not having all other offers to compare to Early Action: early cycle – not binding Regular Decision: regular cycle Rolling Admission: no cycle Potential outcomes: admit, defer, deny, waitlist.

32 CHS ADMISSION STATS - US Institution2012 (15)2011 (20)2010 (15)2009 (21) 2008 (16) Berkeley23 Johns Hopkins141 Cornell2 Duke111 Georgetown/ George Washington) 1 (Georgetown) 1 (George Wash) New York University11222 Rhode Island School of Design 112 Stanford11 UCLA/USC/UCSB3 (UCLA)5 (UCLA) 4 (USC)1 (UCLA)1 (USC)1 (USC) 1 UCSB Ivy Leagues1 (Brown), 1 (Columbia)3 (Brown, Cornell, Penn) 1 (Columbia) 1 (Yale) 1 (Princeton) 2(Penn) 1 (Brown)3 (Columbia) 1 (Harvard) Other (Rice, Berkley, Wellesley, etc.) 1 (Rice), 1 (North Eastern), 1 (Notre Dame), 1 (U of Texas, Austin), 1 (Pitzer), 2 (U of California, Berkley), 1 (Claremont McKenna) 6 (Chicago, Pitzer, Scripps, Smith, UW, Carnegie Mellon 1 (Wellesley)5 - Marymount, Rice, Berkley, Boston, Claremont 7 – FIDM, Chicago, Pomona Haverford, UW, Maine (2)

33 CHS ADMISSIONS STATS - US Institution Admission % CHS Admission % International Admission % Boston Brown Berkeley Cornell Columbia Johns Hopkins New York University U of Pennsylvania Pitzer University of Southern California Stanford Wellesley Data from (2013) and Naviance CHS stats

34 UK & International Admissions* Rationale for attending school abroad varies by family: nationality, culture, institution reputation, or availability of direct entry programs Tuition is considerably more expensive than Canada, but on a par or lower than schools in the U.S. early application deadline for Dentistry, Medicine, Vet Science and Oxford/Cambridge is Oct. late of grade 12 year. Can only apply to one of Oxford/Cambridge – Date is Sept. 15 th if want interview in Canada Late applications Jan – June – not recommended for any program with rolling admission

35 UKCAT / BMAT/ LNAT Standardized testing for admission UKCAT (Clinical Aptitude Test) The test measures verbal reasoning, abstract reasoning, decision analysis, and non- cognitive analysis; DEADLINE OCTOBER 10th UKCAT required by 26 universities, primarily medical & dental BMAT (Biomedical Admissions Test) is required by 5 schools. The test measures aptitude, skills, scientific knowledge and writing – DEADLINE OCTOBER 31 LNAT (Law National Admissions Test). It measures verbal reasoning DEADLINE OCTOBER 5th

36 U.K. & International Admissions One key to success for admissions has been having one or more relevant work experience opportunities CHS has strong admission rates for medicine, dentistry, physiotherapy, visual arts (fashion), law, and veterinarian programs Studying in foreign country requires students to be flexible and adaptable Can involve a complex VISA process

37 CHS Admissions Stats – UK & International Institution 2012 (5 students) 2011 (6 students) 2010 (6 students) 2009 (11 students) 2008 (3 students) Saint Andrews1 (Medicine) 3 (Medicine) Edinburgh 2 (International Relations/Vet) 2 (Vet/Psycholog y) Oxford1 (Law) Kings College1 (Medicine) 1 (Law)1 (Business) Birmingham1 (Medicine) 1 (Physiotherapy) Bath1 (Education)1 (Sociology) Brighton1 (Business) Durham1 (Law) Sheffield 1 (Medicine)1 (Dentistry) Saint Georges 1 (Medicine) Hong Kong 2 (Social Science) 1 (Law)1 (General) Other1 (Swiss Hotel management) 1 Liberal Arts 3 (Science, Design, Marine Biology)

38 Try something New – Take a gap year – Universities value this experience and will often hold your spot for the following year and sometimes scholarship money Be Courageous and try new programs – Quest University in Squamish Swiss Hotel Management Schools – first matriculation - Fall 2012 Choosing a hands on, learning experience as apart of my freshmen curriculum has indeed been a great investment in both my future career and current journey in life. As a spa intern of the St Regis Saadiyat Island Abu Dhabi, I have become adapted to a whole new work force, environment, culture, and essentially way of life. I thank myself everyday for this opportunity, and I invite future graduates to realize and discover what is beyond the university boundaries they know. Hearing the Koran as I roam the Grand Shiekh Zayed Mosque, to discovering bargains in authentic Arabic souks, it has all built an open minded perspective and character for myself. Indeed, going abroad has been my best decision in life yet. Michelle Liapis Coleman 2012 Alumnae attending Les Roches,Switzerland

39 The Campus Visit

40 Resources for University Planning &Research Mrs. Fraser Ms. Manhas Naviance - parent portal and registration is below: – supports Canadian Uni Research (New this year) This software allows parents, students and counsellors to manage the post-secondary application process


42 Naviance Student Profile Student Journal and Resume Student Surveys and Parent Survey Document Library Scholarships Career Research College Research – tracks applications & acceptances Regular from Counsellors

43 University Resources University and College Visits from Representatives, admission offices, websites & Links Articles & Books – see Handout Student Services – Counsellors, Post-Secondary Resource Room, Naviance and My CHS Alumni, family & friends

44 Student Panel and now…a few words from our special guests US Hallie Wu CDN Nicola Hurst CDNKathleen McKeon UK India Dhillon

45 What Next? Students search programs by region, state or province, majors, websites and viewbooks Consider CHS Couse Selections for 2013/2014 Focus on 6 to 8 schools of interest, depending on geographical areas and interest Connect with colleges and universities for information regarding admissions, financial aid – they want to hear from you if you are interested Campus Tours/Online Tours/ VirtualTours

46 Thank you Admissions officers are looking for students who are motivated to succeed in college, students who are socially competent and emotionally intelligent enough to participate in college life and to contribute to its community. Colleges are looking for students who are happily pursuing their own interests. It is best to be spending your out-of class time doing things you really enjoy, not doing what others tell you that you must do to be admitted to college. – Marilee Jones & Kenneth Ginsburg, Less Stress, More Success. (A highly recommended resource available through

47 Q & A session

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