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Back-to-School: Fall Start, Part II

Keyboard

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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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?

Interview waiting room

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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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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Thinking Ahead: Tips for students, grades 9 to 12

James McGill

We’re now at the mid-way point of the academic year. The following are some things we think you should be thinking about (or doing) over the next few weeks and months. Grade 12 students Tip: Talk with parents about finances Autumn is typically intense for seniors.  It must be satisfying to know applications are a…

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How important are personal statements?

Student walking

The competition to get into highly selective universities is getting tougher each year. This past year Stanford accepted 5% of the 42,497 students who applied for undergraduate admission. Harvard admitted only 6% of 37,307 applicants. The number of applications to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) surpassed 100,000 in 2017. Still, in general, admission…

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Studying in Canada: Admission Tips

It is common to hear North American parents complain about the complexity of the university search and admission process. Recent meetings with families in Istanbul reminded us that finding the right university is especially difficult for international students. While many students in Turkey choose to focus on domestic and/or American institutions, a significant number consider…

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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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