Applying to university can be a big life decision. It’s best to have it thought out and be confident in your choice of attending university. Most of us were thinking about attending university as early as grade 9 or 10, but as grade 11 comes around the choice to apply to university becomes more prominent. But is applying to university in high school the best option for you? We hope to help you answer this question.

Some people will apply to university in high school, while others may wait a year or attend university later in life. There is no wrong or right time to go to university. It comes down to what you want to achieve and if you need the university to help you get there.

There is no wrong or right time to apply for university.
There is no wrong or right time to apply for university. Source: Christina Morillo, Pexels

Applying to University in High School

Most people that attend university are going to be high school graduates. This means people are going to be between 17-18 years old. In Canada, you have to start thinking about applying to university in grade 11. If you’re attending university you're going to need to take academic courses and have enough credits to consider applying to university. The final deadline to apply to university happens right around February of your grade 12 years. Some schools have different deadlines for applications so it's important to do your research in the program your attending.

The number one reason you're going to be applying to university is that you want to pursue learning in a certain field. This could be because you want to work in that field or it interests you, both are valid answers. On the other hand, if you’re unsure about what program to take applying to university right away isn't the best way. University is costly. You don't want to waste the extra money on something you're not set on. You should be confident about your university decision. In high school, it's also important to take notice of the application requirements. They're going to be certain courses you need in high school to be accepted by the university. Ensure you have all your requirements as far as grades, courses and anything else your program requires.

Applying to University as a Mature Student

In Canada, a mature student is someone who is over the age of 19 and has been out of school for a certain time. A mature student also may or not have a high school diploma. You may think about how a mature student can enrol in a university course if they don't even have a high school diploma. If you are a mature student the university admission board will look at your experience instead of your academic credentials. Another example of a mature student is if you do have a high school diploma but don't have any of the necessary courses to apply the admission board will look at your experience for you to be eligible. Each school in Canada has its mature student guidelines so it's important to speak to the university directly to find out to qualify.

The choice to go back to school can be a big decision. Often it can be a harder decision to make as a mature student as opposed to when you were in high school. If you are considering other careers and need a university degree it can be the right choice to head back to school. Other times if you are employed with a company that can offer incentives to gain a university degree to advance in the company or achieve a higher salary. These are all great reasons to head back to university.

It can be a nerve-wracking decision, especially if you have been out of the classroom for quite some time, but Superprof is here to help. Superprof can help you re-learn any subject you need help with. They have 100s of tutors across Canada working with all different ages. They’ll have the experience and knowledge in whatever subject you need. Superprof also offers lessons online and in-person to give you the freedom and flexibility to learn when you want to learn. You don't have to nervous about going back to school when you work with a superprof tutor.

Have you been out of school for a while? It's still possible to apply for university.
Have you been out of school for a while? It's still possible to apply for university. Source: Armin Rimoldi, Pexels

Things to Consider When Applying to University in Canada

There is going to be a few times each year that universities are accepting applications. It doesn't matter if you are a mature student or still in high school these deadlines can be pretty strict and universities a lot of the time won't accept students after the fact. Universities classes have only so many slots of students it’s important to have your application process in early and meet all the requirements before sending your application. Always be aware of these deadlines when you're putting your application together be ready to send it in. The deadlines for university applications are usually around the winter and fall semester, but again always check with the deadlines to the school you're applying to.

Another factor to consider when applying to university in Canada is a late application. Things can happen and dates can be missed. You may still be allowed to apply after the deadline. Each school is going to have different guidelines, but most schools will still accept applications. You'll have to reach out to them directly to apply. Most schools will allow applications as long as they have slots left in the program. Schools would rather have a slot filled than empty because a student missed the deadline. It's not an ideal decision but don't panic, if you miss the deadline there is still time.

The last factor to consider when applying to university is changing your program. This can happen more than you might think. If you submit an application and then decide to change your program it's possible. You just need to update your application with the right program. If you are unable to do this you'll need to speak with the school to which you submitted your application too.

Applying to university can be a big decision. Think of all the factors before applying.
Applying to university can be a big decision. Think of all the factors before applying. Source: Buro Millennial, Pexels

Start Applying to University in Canada

Nobody is going to expect you to have your life mapped out, even if you are applying to university later in life. It's okay to make some mistakes along the way. Applying to university is going to have some bumps in the road, but in the end, it's an exciting time. You're on the path to becoming the best version of yourself. Knowing how to apply whether you're in high school or a mature student can help you have an easier time. We hope this article has given you some guidance on applying to university. Remember to pay attention to deadlines and the requirements of your program and you'll be just fine when you're ready to submit your application.

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