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Canadian Student applying to US for Undergrad
Currently, I am in sophomore year in high school in hopes of attending a post-secondary institution in the US. However, with the social and political environment in the US, I am questioning my decision on whether I should prepare for the US or not. I intend to major in Business/Economics and have a variety of extracurriculars I am involved in (that I actually enjoy)  Don't get me wrong, I will still aim for Canadian universities (Western, Queen's, UofT etc.), but the US seems like a more suitable opportunity for my personal goals of studying abroad. 

I understand US universities look at grades from 9-12, but I wouldn't say they were exceptional (average is in the high 80s-low 90s from grade 9 to now). At the same time, financial aid would be necessary for me to pay tuition. 

Some schools I'm interested in: Wharton (UPenn), Cornell, Columbia, Yale-NUS (Singapore), USC, UC Berkeley 

Is it worth going to the US in your opinion along with spending time doing standardized tests like SAT/ACT and self-studying AP courses? For my junior year, I don't plan on taking any "laboratory sciences" they recommend on Ivy Leagues and top universities. Should I just take one in case?  

If there's anyone that is attending college in the US or know anybody studying abroad, feel free to comment on this post! I would like to hear advice and personal experiences of the decision-making process and the difference of low-acceptance rate university. Thank you!

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Canadian Student at an Ivy League School - AMA (university life, admissions, majors, anything you'd like!)
I made one of these threads a couple of years ago that some people found useful so I decided to make another one to distract myself with over the summer. A little about me:

School: Yale
Major: Statistics (while completing pre-med requirements)
SAT Score: ~2300 (back when it was out of 2400)
High school average: ~95% over all four years (lower in grade 9/10, higher in grade 11/12)
Accepted to: Several Ivies, Waterloo BME and CS/BBA, U of T EngSci, Western Engineering + Ivey

Interested in applying to an Ivy League School?
It's that time of year again. Grade 12 is in full swing and students across Canada are planning to apply to their school of choice. For many, their goal is to study in Canada but for others, they have their sights set on an Ivy League School. But what does it take to make it to one? How early should you be preparing? What are some possible considerations that I should look into before investing time and money into applying? 

I talked to some of my friends who actually applied to some and here are their answers to some common questions. 

1. How early should students be prepared if they are considering Ivy League schools? 

The majority of Ivy League schools take the entirety of your high school experience into account when they make admissions decisions. This means that, beyond keeping your grades up, it is important to be involved in activities that you are passionate about from the very beginning of high school. For many of my friends who applied, they were actively involved in DECA, debate and varsity sports. So if you are considering going down this path, starting as early as grade 9 is crucial. 

2. What are the steps to applying? 

First, you need to take either the SAT or the ACT, depending on which you feel more comfortable writing. There are differences between the tests that can be found in detail online. Some students do poorly on the SAT but score extremely well on the ACT, and vice versa; this just means that it's important to find your niche and go from there. During the application process, you will need to write essays based on questions or prompts and I would advise you to get your teachers/guidance counselors to check it over for you before you submit it. In addition, you should also have contacted some references that are willing to write a letter of recommendation. When I applied, I had a variety or references ranging from teachers to coaches to church pastors. 

3. Realistically, what are some other considerations students should consider before applying to Ivy League schools (e.g. finances, etc)?

It's important to consider where you want your life to go before you apply to Ivy League schools. There are great programs at home in Canada and abroad that can offer realistic career success and satisfaction in the future without the associated financial costs of attending an Ivy school. For many Canadians, we need to pay international tuition and live in a potentially expensive city. However, there are scholarships for international students but the amount and quota differ from school to school. Weigh the costs and benefits before applying; there's no point in putting yourself through the American application process if your goals can be achieved in a less expensive, more local way. 

Are you considering applying to an Ivy League School or have any more questions? Comment below and I'll relay them to my friends who have been through the process! 

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Started McGill Life Science in September! AMA about pre-med programs, applying to the US, McGill, Mac Health Sci etc
Hey guys,  

I started uni at McGill this September in the Biological, Biomedical, and Life Sciences program. I'm planning on majoring in Anatomy and Cell Biology (ANAT) and minoring in Gender, Sexuality, Feminism and Social Justice Studies (GSFS). I also applied to most of the ivy leagues and some other unis in the US.  

Here is a list of where I was accepted:  
McGill Life Science  
McGill Physical Science
McMaster Health Science (yes, I rejected mac health sci)  
Johns Hopkins  
Duke University  
Queens Science  
Western Medical Science  
UofT Life Science  
McMaster Life Science  

I also got a basic entrance scholarship from mcgill. I'm staying in Douglas Hall for my first year.  

Please ask any questions about getting into uni, course selection, top 6 calculations, applying to the US, choosing McGill, getting into/rejecting health sci, etc etc.
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I'm a Canadian studying at an Ivy League school - Ask Me Anything
Basically what the title says. I find that people--especially Canadians--hold a lot of misconceptions regarding what it means to go to an Ivy League or Ivy-calibre school. People on this forum also love to throw around terms like prestige, liberal arts degrees, connections, success, wealth, etc. in their discussions, especially when the Ivy League is brought up or when people are fighting about which business program is the best. I thought I could answer a few questions and clear up a few things about the Ivy League and what it actually means in the real world. I'm not a freshman/1st year so I stopped seeing everything with rose-coloured glasses like I used to when I first got here.

About me:

Sex: Male

Program/Major: History, but I'm also completing the requirements for medical school.

High school: Regular public high school in Ontario. No AP or IB. My 4 year average was 94%, with course marks ranging from 83-99%. I did a lot of extracurriculars in high school and I had a couple of leadership roles. My teachers also really liked me so I was able to get good letters of recommendation from them. My school isn't known for sending kids to the US at all.

SAT/ACT scores: 2140 (out of 2400) and 35 (out of 36).

I did not get in because of money or connections. I come from a middle-class family, and most of the $60,000 cost of attendance per year is covered by my school's generous financial aid policy. I pay about $8000 a year for tuition and room + board.

So go ahead. Ask me anything. I'm currently studying for midterms so I'll try to answer when I can.
Have you taken the ACT, SAT or both in Canada for admittance to a U.S. school? Please tell me the following things;

1. Which test(s) you took
2. When you took it (what grade you were in)
3. Your mark/percentile
4. Which books you recommend for studying
5. Anything else you think I should know

Thanks in advance!
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Canadian Student at Yale - Ask Me Anything
I've noticed that there are a lot of misconceptions about applying to schools in the US.  As someone who just went through the process and did a lot of research, I'd love to answer any questions and help clear things up :)

I was also admitted to other Ivies, Waterloo BME and CS/BBA, U of T EngSci, Western Engineering + Ivey, among others, so I can answer questions about those as well.
McMaster, the Canadian Johns Hopkins University?
Both were founded around the same time, circa 1870s and 80s  
Both were founded by a benefactor who gave their name to the university, in this case Johns Hopkins vs William McMaster
Both lean towards the sciences and health sciences in particular
Both rank very highly in research based rankings
Both have world leading medical schools
Both have strong nursing education and public health programs
Both do not have law schools

What do you guys think?
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Honestly this is how the world will perceive you - Tier 1,2,3,4
Tier 1 
1. HYPSM, Cambridge, Oxford 
-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------The Border
1.5. California Institute of Technology, Columbia U, Cornell, University of California Berkeley , University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, ICL, Brown University
Tier 2 
2.0. University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, University College London, Duke University,  Johns Hopkins University, Northwestern University, UCLA, UMichigan, Carnegie Mellon University, New York University, Boston University, Dartmouth College, University of Southern California
Tier 3
KCL, University of Wisconsin, University of Melbourne, UCSD, UCSF, Washington Uni in St. Louis, McGill University, University of Edinburgh, UC Davis, Penn State,Georgia Institute of Technology, UCSB, Emory University

Tier 4 
Nobody cares where you went, don't expect people to respect you for your undergrad education. Your personality will help tho. 
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Is it hard to get in to Guelph microbiology?
I applied for microbiology at Guelph with an 81 average of 1st semester, and their cut off is 78 to 83%. Will I get in? How competitive is this programme?
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guys I'm losing hope, do you think I have any shot at waterloo engineering (ECE)
so far this is what I've got guys: EC's are at bottom, please peruse through them
physics: 72% (top of class)
chemistry 12: 76%
English: 63%, took this course ez but in my AIF I wrote a counsellor told me english don't mean sh_t for engineering
calculus and vectors: 92%
advanced functions: 76%-I know this mark is low, on AIF I just wrote the course was ez as fu_k and so I didn't try, admissions should just look at my calc mark

-Band (5 months)
-part of the committee that made candy grams for valentine's day
-student council grade 9
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Neuro at Princeton ??
Hey guys I was just wondering if any of you knew what neuroscience at Princeton is like? ..what percentage is needed to get in Cuz I have a 94% right now and I'm the president of a couple clubs too ..is that good enough ? Thank u!
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How much does IB help with acceptance?
Hey guys!
I am in grade 11 right now and I am a canadian student that goes to a small town high school. However I am doing IB higher level Math online because I was doing IB in grades 9 and 10 before we had to move to smack dab in the middle of nowhere. I will likely have an average of 92 in grade 12 before graduating and I also have good ECs plus the IB course which no one in my current region has never even heard of IB let alone help me do it, im hoping to get a 6 + in the HL IB math course . So all in all, what are my chances of getting excepted into a place like UPenn or Princeton? I still have to do SAT in Oct. but maybe if I got a score like 2100+ would that do it? just need some honest opinion. Because I guess I was outgoing in terms that I found IB online and am doing it while carrying a 9 course load due to it in my last 2 years of high school. So will it help? and this is not just ivy league that i am talking about, I also mean universities in Canada as well.
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Applicants to Ivy League schools (and associated)?
"And associated" referring to schools such as Caltech, Duke, MIT, Stanford, UChicago, UPenn, and the like, usually mentioned in the same breath as Ivies but not actually one of them.

[And yes, I am aware CollegeConfidential is a thing.]

I'm just wondering how many presumably Canadian folks here have applied to one of these schools and if you guys have any thoughts on the admission process. Alternately, if you've been accepted, that's awesome and congratulations.
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Carleton University Computer Science
hey guys can someone give me tips how the first year is like in computer science at Carleton. I have no knowledge about programming. How is the work load and life style?
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Will I get accepted anywhere?
I applied to Ryerson business management Guelph-Humber BAdmin, and U of T Management.
My first semester marks are
Yearbook -85
Data Management 65, but I'm doing night school
Second semester
English, international business, economics and business leadership

I'm just scared bc I'm not very good at math and that's why I'm not going to get accepted to the programs I want to be in. So be honest! Would I get accepted to the program's above?
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