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January Grades are now in OUAC

The January IB2 grades have now been sent to the Ontario Universities Application Centre. The percentage grades for your Ontario diploma have been uploaded electronically; the most recent IB grades have been mailed to the application centre, which will copy and distribute them to the universities in Ontario to which you have applied.

Students are reminded that it is their responsibility to check the updated academic information in their OUAC account to ensure that all grades are correct and complete. Any errors or omissions should be immediately reported to Ms Berndsen. Failure to do so may jeopardize offers of admission.

The Importance of Supplemental Applications

Since this term began, many students have found themselves pressed for time as they rushed to complete the supplemental essays for programs such as the Advanced Entry Opportunity at Richard Ivey. Much unnecessary stress and panic can be avoided and higher quality applications submitted if students create a chart that identifies all the deadlines for relevant supplemental applications and then “chunk” the work. Your university counsellor would be happy to assist you in creating such a plan.

Failure to submit a required supplemental application will almost have dire consequences. Deadlines are firm and it is not generally possible to submit information after the specified date.  If you miss a deadline, speak to your counsellor to see if you have any recourse; however, you should recognize that you will likely no longer be eligible for consideration.

Points to remember:

• Instructions about the completion of a supplement (if required) would have been communicated to you by email from any Ontario university that you have put on your OUAC application. Please be sure to check your quarantined mail every day as some of these messages end up there and can be missed.

• Supplements are completed directly through the university website and will require you to activate or create an online account.

• Some supplements require you to list a person the university may contact to seek further information regarding your profile. It is important to seek permission before you add a person’s name. Be sure to give your referee a copy of your application information and a resume to provide some context if the university initiates contact.

• For a few programs, you may need to provide a full letter of reference. It is essential that you identify these early enough to allow your referee the time to write an effective letter.

• If you are applying to programs requiring a portfolio or audition, it is crucial that you play close attention to deadlines.

• Do not leave supplemental applications to the last minute. In many cases, these weigh heavily in admission decisions. Leave enough time to revise your work with input from your university counsellor.

• In some instances, there is a fee associated with the supplement; if you fail to pay this fee, your application will not be complete.

• Generally, the earlier you submit the supplements, the earlier you may receive a response from the university.

Applying to Canadian Universities Outside Ontario?

It is essential for students who have applied, or are planning to apply, to universities outside of Ontario to ensure that these schools are listed on their Naviance account. Without such a record, the University Counselling Office will not know where to send transcripts and you may jeopardize offers of admission.

If you are not clear as to how to add out-of-province schools to your Naviance account, please refer to the recent email from Ms Berndsen. If you still have questions, she or your counsellor will be happy to assist you.

The Impact of IB Internal Assessment

At this time of year, many pieces of IB Internal Assessment are due. It is essential that students submit these on time as the deadlines for shipping this material to the IB markers are looming.

In many cases, your April grades will be significantly affected by your IA marks; these marks are often the final determinant for offers of admission and scholarship levels. Internal assessments are a major component of your overall IB grades.

The University Counselling Office did an analysis of one of the Leaving Classes to determine what impact the winter term had on students’ IB point totals. The results are shown below:

• 51% of the class increased their IB total by at least 1 point between the January and April reports. 13% of the class went up by 2 points; 5% went up by 3 points.
• 32% of the class decreased their total by at least 1 point. 10% went down by 2 points; 1.5% went down by 3 points.

Final IB and Ontario grades in July will be a permanent record of your achievement in high school. On average, we receive five requests a week from Old Boys needing transcripts—make sure your final transcript is one you will be proud of and one that will open rather than close doors!

Considering Acadia University? Check Out this Great Opportunity!

Acadia University is hosting an event for students and parents who would like to discover more about the programs, facilities, and supports available on campus on Monday, February 10 at 7 p.m. at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel and Conference Centre in Mississauga.  Students who bring a transcript will have access to on-the-spot admission consideration and the $25 application fee will be waived. If you would like a transcript, please give Ms Berndsen one week’s notice.

In addition, students who attend this event will be given a tuition discount equivalent to the cost of a one-way trip to Acadia’s campus. To register, go to http://studentevents.acadiau.ca.

Fascinated by Health Sciences? Carleton University Might be for You!

A broad-based, interdisciplinary, and career-focused program, the Bachelor of Health Sciences at Carleton prepares students for a wide range of professional careers in the health field. There are five concentrations available:

• Biomedical sciences
• Global health
• Environment and health
• Health throughout the lifespan
• Disability and chronic illness

All concentrations offer a hands-on approach with labs, workshops, and seminars from first to fourth year. In their final year, students engage in a capstone research experience. Carleton’s location in the nation’s capital facilitates a number of public and private sector partnerships.