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Admission requirements

akosaraju19akosaraju19 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
So I am a senior at an international school in japan. I am planning to go to Canada for undergrad.
My GPA each year:
Freshman: S1 - 3.4; S2 - 3.6
Sohpomore: S1 - 3.6; S2 - 3.9
Junior: S1-3.85;S2-3.87
Senior: don’t know yet

My highest SAT score is 1270

I took AP Phyisics Sophomore year and had a B+ in that
AP Art has an A(highest u can get) junior year
AP Calc has an A- junior year(got a 5 on the test)
Gonna be taking SAT subject Math2 test soon

Would these requirements be ok for university of Waterloo?
Course: Computation and Financial Management

What about UBC?(For computers and commerce)

What about Univeristy of New Brunswick? (Course: Informational Science)

What about Univeristy of Toronto?

Replies to: Admission requirements

  • boudersbouders Registered User Posts: 2,370 Senior Member
    Your SAT score is low for Waterloo, UBC and University of Toronto. Your GPA is good.
  • akosaraju19akosaraju19 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    What is considered a good score for those unviersities. When I looked at Waterloo's website, it said that the average was 1100. And UBC was 1220. I am not really sure about toronoto though. I am going into the Math Faculty, my math score is 710
  • boudersbouders Registered User Posts: 2,370 Senior Member
    Canadian universities generally report minima, not averages. Waterloo says
    The minimum SAT I combined Critical Reading and Math score is normally 1100 for all faculties.
    , which means that your application won't be looked at if the score is lower than that. https://uwaterloo.ca/math/future-undergraduates/applying/admission-requirements/us-high-school-students The math faculty together with the engineering faculty, has the highest number of applications at Waterloo. Programs such as Computing and Financial Management are among the most difficult to get into. Waterloo uses the phrase "individual selection" which means they use a holistic system for CFM admission. I know that engineering has a maximum number of international students that they can accept (about 15% of the total). I don't know if the same is true for CFM. One of the criteria for Waterloo admissions is the employability of the applicant, which is difficult to assess for an international student.

    Toronto has a minimum SAT score of 600 in each section of the SAT.

    Any CS program will be much more difficult to get into than the university or college as a hole.
  • gwnorthgwnorth Registered User Posts: 256 Junior Member
    I'm curious as to how you ended up picking UNB. It's really not in the same league as UofT, UBC, and Waterloo.

    Computer Science is a very popular major at the moment which makes it much more competitive to get into at any school. UofT and Waterloo are particularly strong in comp sci and math. Also you should be aware that at UofT's St George's campus (downtown Toronto) they do not admit directly to the major. You have to complete first year with a sufficiently high overall GPA and in the specific prerequisites (called POST) and then you apply for admission to the major. It's really competitive and it's hard to get a high GPA in first year. You may want to consider the Mississauga or Scarborough campuses as alternatives.
  • DadTwoGirlsDadTwoGirls Registered User Posts: 4,785 Senior Member
    I am wondering the same thing as @gwnorth regarding UNB. While it is a reputable university, and universities in Canada tend to be relatively consistent, nonetheless there are several schools that are somewhere in between Toronto and Waterloo at one end versus UNB.

    I just googled "macleans university computer science rankings" and found what looks to me to be a very good list of 20 very strong computer science programs in Canada. I would suggest that you should do the same and look at some of the schools on the list. Two of the schools from the Macleans list, Montreal and Sherbrooke, are very good but only if you are fluent in French. This leaves 18 other very good choices on the list (as well as some more that did not make the list).

    Universities in Canada will not care about your GPA from your freshman year of high school, and of course you have done a bit better since. I agree that your SAT is your weak point. However, even with your current GPA and your current SAT scores I think that you have a very good chance at getting in to some of the schools from the Maclean's list. You will also find that several of them are less expensive than Toronto or Waterloo for an international student.
  • akosaraju19akosaraju19 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    @gwnorth @DadTwoGirls I am choosing UNB because my friend has been there and has told me that the environment around there is very good. I like that it is a small school. University of waterloo and UNB are my top choices because of their environment and the course that I want is available there. The only reason I am applying to UBC and UofT is because my parents are forcing me to do so, which I know is not how it should work but I do not really have a choice. If I get into Waterloo, they don't mind me going.

    But I am not applying to only Computer Science, I am applying to CFM. Isn't that a little different from computer science, even based on requirements and competition.
  • akosaraju19akosaraju19 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    Does that mean that my GPA and SAT will not give me a good chance to get into University of Waterloo?
  • gwnorthgwnorth Registered User Posts: 256 Junior Member
    @akosaraju19 I don't know how your GPA/SAT stack up vs Canadian curriculum so I can't advise but their admissions department should be better able to tell you. As for chances of admissions to Waterloo CFM you should know that they only admit 45 to the program and they receive over 1,000 applications, so again, highly highly competitive.

    Given the selectivity level of UNB I would think that you would have a very good chance of admissions, especially as they will like the fact that you'll be paying international fees. I would recommend that you do as DadTwoGirls suggests and research additional schools. Also you should be aware that the majority of the more selective schools are going to be fairly large.

    https://www.macleans.ca/education/best-computer-science-universities-in-canada-2018-ranking/
  • boudersbouders Registered User Posts: 2,370 Senior Member
    @akosaraju19 If you want to increase your chances at Waterloo, try to increase your SAT score and take the Euclid exam. It's a math exam produced by Waterloo that is given by your school in April. Your school would have to register to administer it and then you would sign up with your school. https://www.cemc.uwaterloo.ca/contests/euclid.html A lot of international schools administer the Euclid. You don't have to do well on the Euclid for it to increase your chances, simply taking the test will increase your chances.

    Waterloo has many other programs which may be of interest to you. Use this search engine to search for computer or math or business programs https://uwaterloo.ca/future-students/programs Waterloo allows (or it did in years past) you to choose up to 3 programs to apply to.
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