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Fall Open Houses 2022

Brown University

Maximize your campus visits Check out VerveSmith’s checklist to make the best of your campus visits, and a list of things to consider to make a good university match. Open Houses Schedule The following is a one-stop listing of what select universities have planned. Algoma UniversityVisit the university website for updates Brock UniversityVisit the university…

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March Break Tours and Open Houses

Spring is a great time to visit university campuses. While many will have COVID-19 restrictions in place, many universities are hosting special events for recently admitted students as well as for younger students starting the university search. For many high school students, the thought of visiting university campuses conjures up feelings of anxiety. What should…

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Virtual March Break: A different kind of open house

Empty Classroom Chairs

Ontario’s “March Break” is a time when students go on fact-finding missions to university campuses across the province. Universities host open houses to help students learn more about academic programs, support services, and campus life. The visits are an excellent way to experience first-hand what it’s like to study at universities on their lists. As…

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University Application Overview, 2021


Summertime and the livin’ is easy. With a little advance planning, and a bit of work while you have spare time, fall can be easy too. The following overview is meant to highlight some key dates to plug into your personal schedule. CANADA: ADMISSION APPLICATION TIMELINE Two steps. That’s a defining characteristic of the Canadian…

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Holistic Review

Brown University

Since COVID-19 appeared in North America, some 200 universities abandoned the requirement for standardized test scores.  Among the schools introducing the change are highly selective institutions such as Amherst and Williams colleges, and Cornell University. In such cases, the change – for now – applies to high school juniors, recognizing the chaotic effect of lockdowns…

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Back-to-School: Fall Start, Part II


Classes will be held this fall.  That much is clear.  At this point, it’s not yet clear how classes will be delivered. Just three weeks ago universities were noncommittal about a return to campus. Today three broad back-to-school approaches are becoming clear: online, hybrid, and in-person.  Among the leading higher education destination countries, Canadian, British,…

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Back-to-School: Fall Start?

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Will classes be in person in the fall? That’s the question on everyone’s mind. In fact, this past week the topic received ample news coverage.  In a New York Times opinion piece, the President of Brown University suggested reopening universities should be a national priority. Quebec’s Premier announced elementary schools and day cares would re-open…

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Admission Processes and Timelines

Brown University Gates

ADMISSION APPLICATION OVERVIEW “Sigh … there goes another summer, Snoopy!” said Charlie Brown. While I share Charlie Brown’s sense of regret, I’m buoyed by Henry David Thoreau’s sentiment that “[o]ne must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.” It’s tempting to stretch out the holidays just a bit longer, don’t…

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Checkup: Admission Preparedness

Test Prep Books

New teachers, new friends, and maybe even a fresh new pair of shoes. School is back in session. After a wonderful summer in Toronto, we’re now fully in back to school mode, too. And what do many educators like? We like lists. So we’re starting the new academic year with two checklists: one for seniors…

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Personal Statements: Three Approaches, One Goal

Clock at Dickinson University

ADMISSION ESSAYS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, UNITED STATES, AND CANADA A personal statement is an essay written by a student and used for admissions purposes. For many years, they have been an important part of admission application processes in the United Kingdom and United States. More recently personal statements have gained traction in the Canadian…

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