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Blog: Clean Slate

Ontario: Program and Admission Trends

U of T Mississauga

Spring is the season for renewal and regrowth. In the field of university admissions, it is also a time to prepare for a new group of students and to reflect on topical issues and trends of the day. Each year Ontario’s universities host Regional Dialogues to update counselors on new programs and changes to admissions…

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Canada’s universities welcome the world

University Alumni

Canada’s attractiveness as a study destination is on the rise.  According to Canadian Bureau for International Education, the total number of international students in Canada grew by 92% between 2008 and 2015, and by 8% between 2015 and 2016 alone. Given reports on increased international traffic to university websites and attendance at admissions presentations, there…

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So you want a scholarship?

Over the course of my career, I’ve done hundreds of presentations on post-secondary education.  One the biggest concerns families express relates to cost. Almost immediately after discussing fees, the conversation turns to financial aid. Need-based and merit-based aid In Canada and the United States, the two major sources of funding for financial aid are the…

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U.S. Universities and “demonstrated interest”

UCLA

When applying to American universities, demonstrating interest is important. According to a National Association for College Admissions Counselling (NACAC), about 50 percent of universities claim that a student’s demonstrated interest is either highly or moderately important in the admissions process. The university admissions process may be likened to dating.  Universities want applicants to show them…

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March Break Open House – Campus Visits

Campus Visits

Campus visits are the best way to experience first-hand what it’s like to be a student at your preferred universities. You can meet current students, speak with staff and faculty, and even attend a lecture. There is not better way to gain a sense for the distinct personality of a university. For students considering Ontario…

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VerveSmith Welcomes Selva Akinci

Selva Akinci

Teo Salgado, principal of global educational consultancy VerveSmith, today announced the appointment of Selva Akinci as Senior Regional Consultant in Turkey. In this newly created role, Akinci will be responsible for engaging prospective families as well as enhancing service delivery to maximize client satisfaction. A Fulbright Scholar at the University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Akinci…

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University Admissions: The Process Made Easy

Western Tower

Each year more than 1,000,000 students choose to pursue higher education in North America. With more than 3,000 universities and colleges, and an even more impressive number of academic programs to choose from, it is hardly surprising that so many choose to study in Canada or the United States. Understandably choosing the right university or…

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