Mcgill- Harvard of Canada?

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Brooklyn Mom, don't delude yourself. McGill is a very challenging school, but 60% of students at McGill are from Quebec; to get in, these students only need to pass CEGEP.

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<p>Merely passing cegep is insufficient. An average of at least 70 is also needed. Not that it's a big deal, but wutang, you really seem to underestimate the Quebec students.</p>

<p>/which, incidentally, proves you're not in physics...</p>

<p>wutangfinancial, Quebec students don't just get into McGill by only passing Cegep, where did you hear that?</p>

<p>Wow I only need to pass cegep to get into McGill? I'm sorry but that is ridiculous just like students from anywhere else in the world there are minimum requirements we have to make in order to be even considered. It is true that the admission standards for quebec students might be lower but you have to keep in mind McGill is still a public institution; so yes you will find more "average" students admitted to McGill from quebec but there is no shortage of very intelligent people. It not as simple as just passing Cegep to get into McGill.</p>

<p>In fairness, the absolute dumbest kids I have met are from the French Bach program....McGill really does take the leftover students from the FB that get rejected from all the European schools. And then you have kids from prep schools in Canada who pay to buy credit, plus the Quebecers, and all in all, you have a student body w/only very basic entrance requirements. The only students who are held up to a high standard are kids from public school in Toronto cuz of the double cohort and international students. Also, a 70? are you kidding me? that's hardly an entrance requirement.</p>

<p>Well the French educational system (the one in France) is in a pretty bad state that's what happens when everything is free. I don't know where blobof got the 70% from but Cegep students are admitted based on their R-Score. In certain cases getting a a 70% + in certain courses might get you an exemption from a university class such Cal1, Cal2, Linear and others. All students coming from cegep are evaluated solely on their R-Score except for a couple of programs such as law and med.</p>

<p>Well, my memory might be off by 3-4 points, as that was like 11 years ago. And they might have changed it to some R-score since (they definitely did not use R-scores then, though all the other universities in the province did). Mind you, 70 at McGill is a B, and a B average sounds pretty standard as a minimum requirement for a public institution.</p>

<p>I believe in the 371 years Harvard has been in existence, less than 10 people have graduated with a 4.0. I don't know anybody, other than some first-semester freshmen, with a 4.0 here at Harvard.</p>

<p>Why do you think Harvard has such a strong Alumni association and is of such high prestige? Because it's a resourceful place.</p>

<p>who are these very few who ever received a 4.0 at Harvard? (im not saying you're wrong or anything, i would just like to know who the people were for general knowledge).</p>

<p>Chrisiskey - How is it that you got "a full ride guaranteed for four years" from Harvard? Harvard claims it has no merit scholarships; all their aid is given on the basis of need, on a year-by-year basis. Your financial need at McGill would be much lower than at Harvard, since as a Canadian your cost at McGill would be incredibly low (by U.S. standards).</p>

<p>I know many who are happy at McGill. My daughter was accepted there with her very high "R" score from cegep but chose a small Lib. Arts College in the US. By the way, some -- not all -- of the cegep programs are very demanding and competitive.</p>

<p>You are from Canada and got accepted to Harvard!! I am so confused at the moment because I'm from Ontario and I have no idea what I should be doing to make myself a favourable applicant. Apparently, many many people with perfect SAT scores and perfect GPAs, many volunteer hours, and extracurriculars get rejected. Would you mind if I asked you what in particular you did to stand out from the other applicants? I'm also from a public school which does not offer IB or AP, so I feel like I am at a disadvantage. Also, how do they look at percentage marks? For example, what GPA would a 95% average be compared to? Many students applying for Harvard have a 4.0GPA...does that mean that they got 100% in all their courses?</p>

<p>Thanks, your post gave me so much more hope!!</p>

<p>@legateau: From all the reading I've done on here, it seems that the perfect GPA/SAT (or near it) are required to be considered, but are no guarantee of acceptance; the key is the "standing out" part. The super selective schools want someone who is passionate about something, and who have shown tremendous dedication, focus, and excellence in that area. IB and AP are nice to have, but are by no means required, so don't stress out about it! If you can somehow take one online, or dual enroll in college courses, you can challenge yourself academically in that way. 92% and above is an A down there -- they're certainly not getting 100%s everywhere!</p>

<p>Note: the poster you're referring to hasn't been active in the past 4 years, so don't expect a response. Ask any further questions in the Harvard subforum for better responses! :)</p>

<p>McGill is on par with Rutgers, not Harvard.</p>

<p>FYI: RisingChemist is a ■■■■■ who likes to make negative comments about a wide variety of schools. Check his posting history.</p>

<p>Brand is important. Imagine two hats of exactly same quality. One has Harvard on it. The other has nothing. The first one may fetch a (much) higher price.</p>

<p>hmm i think it’s somewhere between UMich and NYU (or UCLA)</p>

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<p>Well, if you read that poster’s EC work, it focused on the gay community. This is one of those communities that rank high in ‘political correctness’ and would be very attractive to a range of Ivies.</p>