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What canadian schools can I get into as a US student with these stats?

jinglebells85jinglebells85 Registered User Posts: 70 Junior Member
edited November 2013 in Canada
I'm a junior at a high school in the US

Classes (I'm only listing academic ones)

Freshman year:
Honors Physics PCB - A both semesters
Honors History of World Civilizations - A both semesters
Honors Freshman English - A both semesters
Advanced Algebra - A both semesters
Honors French 2 - A both semesters

Sophomore year:
Honors Sophomore English: B both semesters
Honors French 3: B, then A
Pre-Calculus - A then B
Honors Chemistry PCB - B both semesters
Sociology - 1 semester, A
Brain Studies - 1 semester, A

cumulative UW: 3.7 (estimate)

Junior year course load:
Honors Junior English
Honors French 4
AP US History
AP Calc AB
Honors Bio PCB
Honors Consumer Education 1st semester, Public Speaking the 2nd
My gym counts towards my academic GPA too - It's honors gym

Predicted Senior year course load:
AP Psych
AP Stats
AP Bio or Chem
AP French or French 5 if it's offered
Honors English: College Writing and Literature
I'd love to be a senior peer group leader if I can (you have to apply) - not academic though
Early bird gym to make it all fit

I haven't actually taken the ACT yet - I'm waiting until I can take a prep course at my school first. My PLAN test predicted a 28-30, but that's without any prep courses or workbooks.

My school doesn't rank, nor does it give percentiles. I'd estimate top 25%, maybe 15%, but I really have no idea.

Extra curricular activities:
Erika's Lighthouse club - 9th-now, hopefully a leadership position this year
PAWS animal club 9, 11 - couldn't do it last year b/c of a schedule conflict
Volunteering at an after school center for kids: 3:30 to 6 a couple days a week
Job as an assistant at an orthodontist's office a couple days a week, same hours as volunteering position

Intended major: I'm probably going to double major no matter where I go, probably in the field of biological/biomedical/neurological sciences. Bioengineering also is a contender.

Size: I'm not really sure, I guess I'd like a bigger college because they usually can offer more in depth majors.

Setting: A good college town would be great. A city would be cool but isn't necessary, and I'd prefer not to be in the middle of nowhere.

Co-ed is a must, greek life is preferred but not something I need.

Am I forgetting anything?

Any and all help is greatly appreciated, thank you so much :)
Post edited by jinglebells85 on

Replies to: What canadian schools can I get into as a US student with these stats?

  • NamelesStatisticNamelesStatistic Registered User Posts: 558 Member
    Most American applicants are interested in the large prestigious Canadian research universities like the University of Toronto, McGill University and the University of British Columbia. This is not necessarily a bad thing because all three of these institutions are well known in US academia (McGill and Toronto have been part of the Association of American Universities since 1927), recognizable in the job market and located in close proximity to large exciting cities (UofT and McGill are located squarely in the centre of downtown Toronto and Montreal respectively). However there are many other smaller less internationally known Canadian schools that might interest you, such as Queens, the University of Western Ontario, Waterloo or even an LACish school like Bishop University.

    A few notes on the application process: First of all most Canadian universities (UBC is the exception) don't care about your EC's for the initial application (although they may matter for getting off the wait list). All they care about is grades and test scores. McGill is also unique in that it only looks at your grade 10, 11 and 12 marks for determining admission.

    If you like the idea of a double major the University of Toronto may appeal to you since virtually everyone takes a double major or a specialist (like twice as many credits as one major all concentrated in one area) and few people take a major and a minor any more at uoft. This can be a great thing since you get to focus on an area or two you like without being compelled to take a bunch of courses you really aren't interested in. The downside of this is that you don't have a lot of spare credits to use on electives since you need to most of your courses to help you fulfill all your majors/specialist requirements.

    McGill might also appeal because it has a high portion of out of province students (Quebec students are only 55% of the population, other Canadians are 25% and internationals are 20%.) Of the international population half of the students are American, so you will see a lot of your countrymen there.

    UBC may appeal to you because unlike UofT or McGill it is not directly located inside a city, rather it is on its own peninsula outside Vancouver surrounded by the ocean on three sides. Therefore despite being a huge university, it has a bit more of a traditional US college town feel.

    Also what are your financial constraints? Fees for international students at Canadian universities can range from about $5000 per semester at a school like the University of Windsor (US Neighbour Fee rate) to over $30 000 (some faculties at UofT), (McGill prices vary substantially by faculty Student Accounts - McGill University)

    What major you intend to take makes a HUGE difference in your chances. For example arts or education are substantially more difficult to get into then biomed, or engineering or the natural sciences. Your cumulative UW of 3.7 is generally around what the top Canadian Universities like Toronto or McGill want for biomedical sciences, so assuming you can maintain grades near that you should stand a good chance of getting in. An ACT of 28 might give you trouble trying to get into biomedical sciences, as it is around the bare minimum to get in (I believe McGill lists its admission standard ACT score for Biomedical science at 29 Admissions standards (US) | Applying to Undergraduate Studies - McGill University) So you definitely want to try and score a 30+.

    Since Canadian schools are so numbers driven the line between reach and safety is very narrow. Most Canadian students are able to guess fairly accurately where they can get in before they apply since the process is so unambiguous. Generally if you meet the grades they want your in. If not then you will at best be put on the wait list.

    Sorry to disappoint you but Greek life is not really that big in Canada. I know UofT has some Greek frat houses, but most people don't join a frat or a sorority. The reason for this is mainly that the drinking age in most provinces is lower than 21. In Ontario it is 19 and in Quebec it is 18. Therefore students tend to socialize at bars and clubs rather than at frats or sororities. There are great parties (especially at McGill) but they just aren't in frat houses.

    All the above universities are co-ed and off the top of my head I can't think of any single gender Canadian universities, so your good in that area.

    Any other questions?
  • CatriaCatria Registered User Posts: 11,349 Senior Member
    If you can live with a one-dimensional education (presumably because a PhD is in the cards) or if you bomb the SAT/ACT, you might want to attend a French-language school in Quebec... all I can say at this point is that, if you attend one such school, any of those majors (neuroscience, biomedical sciences and biology) will be offered as a 90-credit honors BSc, actually 120 because of the "prep year" that locals waive due to their peculiar system.

    If your aim is med school back home, then you can cross neuroscience and biomedical sciences at French schools off your list because you can't cover all the med school prereqs with the honors BSc programs as currently structured.
  • NamelesStatisticNamelesStatistic Registered User Posts: 558 Member
    Why would the OP want to go to a French language school, because he/she took french credits in high school? To be frank none of the French language universities have the reputation of the best English language universities in Canada, even within Canada (although UdeM is pretty well respected) and I would doubt that any of them are known in the US outside of academic circles.

    If you want French culture just go to McGill, it is right in the heart of Montreal (albeit in an English area), and if you want you even have the option to submit your assignments in French (lectures are all English though and most people choose to submit their assignments in English). Unlike the French language Universities McGill is world class and a degree from it will hold water in the US (but yes as Catria said a French language school like UQAM will have much lower admission standards for the ACT than McGill).
  • AlbertaBoundAlbertaBound Registered User Posts: 4 New Member
    UAlberta Science has majors you are looking for. The minimum average for admission went up two years in a row so is getting harder to get in to so it will depend alot on your AP scores and which ones you take. Is it in a college town? The campus is square in the middle of a city of one million.
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