At one point in our lives, we have thought about attending university whether you're in high school or have been out of school for quite some time. Applying to university is going to bring up a lot of questions. We’re here to make the process of applying to university as easy as possible, so you can feel confident when the time comes.
You're going to have a lot of questions and concerns when applying. University is a big decision and needs to be thought out. You shouldn't just decide to go to university, you should have your reasons. This article will help you answer your questions about applying to a university in Canada and put you in the right direction.
Choosing the Right University Courses
Your first step in your university application process is to decide on the program you want to attend. University is expensive. It’s best to be confident about picking the right program. Picking a program because the income potential after graduation is high or it’s a program other people are telling you to take is not the right answer. You’re the only one who can make this decision. You should enrol in a program you're interested in or are looking to pursue a career in. There a few ways to help you decide these.
One of the best ways for deciding what course to take in university is first to write a list of your interests. Next list the jobs associated with the interest. Your next step is to talk to people in those careers and find out if they're right for you. There are also career counsellors that can help you decide on what career to pursue and put you in the right direction.
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When Do You Apply to University?
Depending on when you're applying to university it’s important to know the deadlines. Universities can have strict deadlines. Typical enrolment is going to be in the winter and fall semester so schools will have their application process open before these semester start. Every school can have its deadlines so it's important to find out from the school directly.
Some people will go to university in high school while others have been out of school for a while. There is no wrong or right time to apply to university. It’s about what you want to achieve and if you need a university degree to get there. There are some things you should know depending on where you are in life. In high school you're going to be likely thinking about university since your first day of grade 9, by the time grade 11 comes down you should have a good idea of what program you want to take and the requirements needed. If you are enrolling in university you're going to need to take academic courses and have enough credits in the right courses to be applicable. The final deadline for applying to university will be in grade 12 in your last semester.
The other way someone also can apply to university is if there a mature student. A mature student in Canada is someone that has been out of school for a certain period. They may or may not have a high school diploma. Schools created the definition of the mature student because they may not have the right high school courses or past grades to be eligible for a university program and it doesn't make sense for them to re-attend high school. The school will determine a mature student eligible based on their own experiences personally and work-related. There is no wrong or right time to apply to university. It just depends on if you want to attend university.
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Application Process for University in Canada
The application process for applying to a university in Canada isn't complicated, but there are a few things you should know. One of the first things you should understand before applying is the requirements for your program and your grades. Depending on your program they are going to require certain courses. Grades are also going to have a factor when applying to university. Most schools are looking for at least an 80% average to be competitive. It's essential to determine the requirements and the grades you need before you apply.
After you have everything you need you can start the application process. Each province in Canada has there own of applying. For instance, in Ontario, you apply through a University database, but in other provinces, you apply to the school directly. You can always contact the school you're interested in applying to for this information. Now, let's get to your official steps in the application process.
- Step 1: Deadlines
- Step 2: Deciding on a course
- Step 3: Deciding on a University
- Step 4: Creating an account for your application
- Step 5: Upload all required documents.
We cover each of these steps more in our article designated to the application process. It's important to keep in mind every school may have its own dates and requirements. We can't stress enough to find out the information you need from the school.
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How to Write a Personal Statement
Personal statements for university applications are more common in the United States, but they are growing in popularity in Canada. A personal statement goes along with the university application that essentially answers the question Why are you the right person for this program? It helps the admission boards determine who would be a good fit and who wouldn't be. Personal statements shouldn't be seen as a negative. They do take some time to write, but it's your time to stand out from the crowd and prove to the school they should pick you.
Your personal statement should specifically demonstrate why your right for the program. It should have the skills and personal qualities that appeal to the school. Schools are also going to be looking for someone who can contribute. It's a good idea to have how you are volunteered in the community or were a part of team events. They want someone who will be a leader for other students and be involved with the university. Your personal statement should only have the necessary information. Stay on topic. Most schools that require a personal statement will have a list of things they're looking for on their website. Use this as your guide when writing.
To learn more read our article Writing Your Personal Statement for University.
Start Applying to Univerisity
We hope this article gave you the insight you needed in applying to university. There can be a lot to think about when it comes to university. This article can be used as your guide when the time comes. University can be an exciting time, but it also comes with some stress. It's normal. You just have to be prepared. Keeping a list of everything you need for your application can be helpful, especially having the deadlines written out.
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