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Write a Compelling Personal Statement

Teo Salgado

Personal statements are a key component of applications for graduate and professional programs. A well-written piece can help you stand out. This workshop led by Teo Salgado, was presented at the University of Toronto Mississauga on September 24, 2019. In this presentation, Teo stresses the importance of advance preparation. Eighty percent of the writing is…

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Fall Open House: 2019

Fall is a great time to visit universities. University campuses look especially beautiful dressed in autumnal colours. For many high school students, the thought of visiting university campuses conjures up feelings of anxiety. What should be enjoyable experiences, can feel like lonely fact-finding missions. One way to reduce the stress of campus visits, and to…

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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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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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