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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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Open House 2020

Duke University

Spring is a great time to visit university campuses. It’s the season when most universities host special events for recently admitted students as well as for students seeking to narrow their options list. For many high school students, the thought of visiting university campuses conjures up feelings of anxiety. What should be enjoyable experiences, can…

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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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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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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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Open Houses 2018

Acadia University

Spring is a great time to visit university campuses. It’s the season when most universities host special events for recently admitted students as well as for students seeking to narrow their options list. For many high school students, the thought of visiting university campuses conjures up feelings of anxiety. What should be enjoyable experiences, can…

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