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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

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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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Reopening: No Easy Answers

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“The idea of having treatments available or a vaccine to facilitate the re-entry of students into the fall term would be something that would be a bit of a bridge too far,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top American infectious disease expert. Schools in the Northern Hemisphere are starting to wind down for summer break….

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Back-to-School: Fall Start, Part II

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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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Researching Universities (Virtually)

SFU Reflecting Pool

Building a great list of universities (and programs) takes time, research, and a good deal of reflection. Springtime is normally a good time to start visiting campuses. This spring, not so much. A global pandemic has a way of complicating things. All is not lost.  There are plenty of ways for you to start researching…

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Gap Year: Is this the year?

Gap Year

The COVID-19 pandemic has led to increased number of students asking about a gap year. What is a “gap year”? Typically the term refers to a year-long break before or after college/university.  During this time, students engaged in various educational and developmental activities, such as travel, volunteering or some other type of regular work. A…

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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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COVID-19: A New Normal

Campus Visits

We’ve heard a lot of talk about “a new normal” post-contagion. Now that schools and universities have addressed student, faculty, and staff safety, they are refocusing attention on day-to-day operations.

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