Brandon Seol, Patryk Hanczewski, Thomas Wang, Enzo Woo Presentation Transcript
Brandon Seol, Patryk Hanczewski, Thomas Wang, Enzo Woo Semiahmoo Secondary School May 27 th , 2010
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By Patryk Hanczewski & Enzo Woo Admitted to (Patryk) – Cambridge University (attending/ Linguistics), University College London, University of Manchester, University of Edinburgh, Bristol University, McGill University Admitted to (Enzo) – London School of Economics (Anthropology/Law)
UCAS – University & Colleges Admissions Service
www.ucas.co.uk All UK university applications are done through this site
You can apply as individual (no buzzword required) or part of the school’s UCAS number 46042.
A more detailed overview of the application process:
www.ucas.co.uk -> Apply -> Apply – guided tour
Everything you need is on this site!
Where to S tart?
Choosing a university or college
Research according to your criteria
Choosing a course
Undergraduate courses are chosen directly
e.g. Chemical Engineering, English, Medicine
Typically 3-year courses (medicine is 6-year), and you specialize into your field
Check entry requirements
For IB Diploma
Cambridge & Oxford typically require 39-41 points (mostly 7’s and 6’s in Higher Level subjects)
Other good universities usually require 34+
BMAT for medicine
Thinking Skills Assessment (Oxbridge, UCL & others) for certain courses
Supplemental/previously written work
For some courses, may need to send an essay from high school
May need to answer some questions about the subject (generally not more than 500 words)
Not like the essays demanded by American universities
When to A pply – Three I mportant D ates
15 th of October
F or all medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine and veterinary science courses
F or all courses at Oxford and Cambridge
15 th of January
F or all courses other than those listed above , except for...
24 th of March
For applications of certain art and design courses
How to A pply
Registration through UCAS
University & course choices
Up to total of 5 choices (e.g. 5 universities or multiple courses at one university)
Cannot choose Cambridge & Oxford in the same year (they are mutually exclusive )
Not as heavily emphasized as with North American universities (you can leave this section blank)
Cost of applying
One personal statement for ALL courses chosen
Try to find common themes when writing about your chosen courses if they are very different
Do not mention universities and colleges by name
How to write it can be found, as everything, on the UCAS site
47 lines/4000 characters
Tell universities and colleges about suitability for courses
Demonstrate enthusiasm and commitment i.e. why you stand out from the crowd
Mention personal interests and hobbies and link them to your chosen courses
Generally the most crucial aspect of your application (besides grades)
Only one reference required for all course choices
Should be written by a teacher that can write about you and your suitability for the course(s)
After receiving it from your referee, type it into the field on UCAS yourself
Cost of A pplying
£ 9 (~13 CAD) if applying to just one course at one university or college
£19 (~28 CAD) if applying to more than one course, university or college
What happens next?
UCAS processes your application
UCAS sends you a welcome letter by mail confirming your personal details and choices
Chosen universities and colleges can view your application
Universities and colleges decide whether to make you an offer or not
You can track your progress on the UCAS site
Types of Offers
University will offer a place if certain conditions are met, usually based on exams
Must meet conditions by 31 st of August
Typically after you and your university and college choices know your test results
Can try again next year
Can get an international interview
Apply by 23 rd of September if you do not want to travel to England for interview (usually in December)
Everything on UCAS must be done -> reference, personal statement etc.
May apply for phone interview/email for a phone interview
Looks for your knowledge in your chosen field
Interview sample questions available onlin e
e.g. excellent mock interview clips on Cambridge site
Replying to Offers
Have to narrow down university and college choices
1 firm acceptance
1 insurance acceptance
Decline all others
Must reply before the deadline!
Applying to Cambridge & Oxford
Again, choose one or the other, never both
Early deadline for all courses: 15 th of October
Choose the course you are interested in first
Need to send an independent overseas application form (Cambridge)
Deadline 15 th of October
Then choose the college you would like to live in
The college is the “home” at the university
Provides educational support (computers, welfare, library etc.)
Entertainment, clubs, sports and other resources
Check YouTube for informational clips on Cambridge
Forums about universities, courses, accomodation, tuition fees and student life
By Thomas Wang & Enzo Woo Admitted to (Thomas) – Washington University in St.Louis (attending/ biochemistry), Tufts University (biomedical engineering), University of British Columbia (sciences) Admitted to (Enzo) – Queen’s University (attending/commerce), University of British Columbia, University of Toronto, University of Western Ontario (all commerce)
Late February/ Early March but subject to change
Be aware of “special programs” – research what the universities have to offer
Supplements may have separate deadlines
YOU DON’T HAVE TO WORRY YET
1. Find what you are interested in – rankings don’t mean much if your top choice of university is mediocre with the program you desire
Pre-professional (med, law, dentistry)
For Canadian school rankings: http://oncampus.macleans.ca/education/rankings/
Method of Application
OUAC (Ontario Universities’ Application Center)
Separate application for different universities
Supplemental packages for different programs
Internet vs. Download Application form
Self-reporting (ex. UBC)
SEND TRANSCRIPTS EARLY
Decide which schools you are going to apply FINISH YOUR APPLICATIONS EARLY
By Enzo Woo (recipient of several entrance scholarships, district scholarships)
TD Canada Trust scholarship
Major Entrance Scholarships
Deadline: October 20 (This is for 2009 and is not updated yet)
Loran Award (up to 30 available, 15 of which are Weston Loran Awards; $75,000
Loran Finalist Award ($3,000 one time award, 42 available
Loran Provincial Award ($2,000 one time award, 40 available)
Lots of honourable mentions with no cash T_T
How to apply
School sponsorship- 3 students per school
Direct pool- unlimited
Be in the graduating year of uninterrupted full-time studies in high school.
minimum cumulative average of 85%
Hold Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status
Planning to attend an accredited, Canadian public university
Character, service and leadership
strong moral character who have demonstrated academic excellence and potential as leaders.
They are curious by nature, interested in a wide range of subjects and willing to take meaningful risks.
TD Canada Trust scholarship
Deadline: October 31
Each scholarship is valued at up to $70,000 and includes –
Up to $10,000 for tuition per year
$7,500 a year toward living expenses
20 in total
An offer of paid summer employment
Invitations to annual gatherings, networking opportunities and events
How to apply: online application
Are in their final year of high school
Obtain a minimum overall average in their most recently completed full year of school of 75%
Must be Canadian citizen or permanent resident and will attend an approved Canadian college or university
Outstanding community leadership
TD Canada Trust scholarship
automatic or separate application
Many schools offer this (ex. UBC, McGill, U of Toronto, Victoria, SFU, Queens, Waterloo)
Awards range from a few thousand dollars to full tuition costs for 4 years
Scholarships often have their own deadlines and requirements (ex. School nominations)
By Brandon Seol Admitted to- Swarthmore College (attending/ Economics & Political Science), Cornell University, Johns Hopkins University (BME program), UC Berkeley, Williams College, Middlebury College, Rice University, University of Michigan, UBC
Which schools should I apply to?
What type of school do you want?
Universities or Liberal Arts Colleges?
What field do you want to study?
Talk to people attending the universities / people who have applied to the universities
National universities are usually more known in both America and the international community.
Ex. Harvard, M.I.T, Cornell, UC Berkeley
National universities greatly focus on research, which leads to publications, increasing their reputation.
Universities usually have large sports programs, which also increases their visibility to the public.
Ex. Duke (basket ball) , Cornell (Hockey)
What is a University?
National universities have a tremendous amounts of money to put into research
More beneficial to engineering and pure science students.
They tend to be larger in size, which means they have a larger alumni base who can donate more money to the school in later years.
What is a Liberal Arts College?
A liberal arts college is one with a primary emphasis on undergraduate study in the liberal arts.
Top LACs (Williams, Swarthmore, Amherst)
“ Liberal arts" refers to studies that provide general knowledge and intellectual skills instead of more specialized artistic, occupational, or scientific skills.
Liberal arts colleges, even the top ones, such as Amherst and Swarthmore, are usually not as well known as other schools such as Harvard, Yale, and Princeton in the international community.
Are Liberal Arts Colleges right for me?
Liberal arts colleges focus on undergraduate education
Smaller class sizes with professors who can provide more attention to their students.
Ex. Amherst= 1,697 students, Cornell = 13,931 students
If you intend to go to graduate school after graduation, then it is definitely an option.
Ex. 90% of Swarthmore alumni who attend graduate or professional schools earn graduate degrees at University of Chicago Harvard, MIT, Columbia, NYU, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale.
Are Liberal Arts Colleges right for me?
Liberal arts colleges also do research, but their smaller budgets make it harder for them to compete with research at national universities.
SAT Reasoning / SAT Subjects
Testing opportunities: May, June, Oct, Nov, Dec, Jan.
When to take them?
How Do I prepare?
Which subjects should I take?
How many do I need to take?
Most schools require two
Schools that require (suggest) three; Harvard and Georgetown
Many State schools make it optional
Our school code for College Board is 821805
Extracurricular Activities / Awards
About depth not breadth
Quality over Quantity
Relate them to your areas of interest
Make them show in other areas of your application
Ask ahead of time!!! (3 weeks recommended)
Ask teachers that know different aspects about you
Provide a letter politely asking for a reference, when it is due and how it needs to be submitted (To you, online, in a sealed and signed envelope, etc.)
Provide a resume with your request
Provide a thank you card afterwards
THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF YOUR APPLICATION
Start thinking now! Find a book with sample entrance essays
Do not have to be about grand topics
Do not focus on talking about your achievements; talk about what you learned and experienced
School-specific topics – think about what the school is looking for
As you start the application process, you will realize that most schools require supplemental essays with the personal statement.
Most of these essays are similar because most of them ask you why you want to attend their institute.
It is very important for you to show them that you are a perfect “fit” to their university community and to tell them what you can do for the university community.
Essays – Mrs. Porpaczy
Essays should show who you are and what you can bring to a university in a creative way.
Read lots of sample essays from books like Harvard’s 50 Accepted Essays
As a university entrance essay writer, you need to be particularly aware of your audience.
You should avoid anything that may sound mundane like Twitter commentary, or is too grandiose or spiritual. (Please note: Although you may be tempted to use it, believe it or not, taking IB is not a big enough challenge to use as an essay topic.)
When do I apply?
Early Decision / Early Action
Early Decision II
Early Decision / Early Action
Early Decision – binding commitment
You can apply to other non-binding schools but must attend if accepted
e.g. Duke, Columbia, Cornell, Northwestern
Non-restrictive Early Action
Do not have to attend if accepted / can apply to as many as you wish
e.g. U Chicago, U Michigan, Notre Dame
Single Choice Early Action
Do not have to attend if accepted, but can only apply to one during the early round
e.g. Stanford, Yale
Application Deadline; Oct. 1 – Nov 15
Notified in mid-December
Early Decision II
Binding commitment – must attend if accepted
Application deadline; Jan. 1 st – Jan. 15 th
Notified mid February
e.g. Amherst, Swarthmore, Middlebury
Advantages of EDII?
Some schools only have regular decision
e.g. Harvard, Princeton, University of California, etc.
Most private universities / LACs: Jan 1 st – Jan 15 th
Many state schools have different deadlines
e.g. UC’s – November 30 th
Notified late March / early April
Applications are reviewed as they are submitted
The earlier you submit, the better chance of acceptance
E.g. University of Michigan
Not awarded based on the quality of the applicant but how much financial need they demonstrate
Need-aware / need-blind admission
Need-aware – the fact that you have applied for financial aid can affect your chances
Need-blind – whether you apply for financial aid or not does not affect your admission decision
Universities practicing need-blind admission for Canadians
Columbia, Princeton, Upenn
Universities practicing need-blind admission for International students
Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Amherst, and MIT
Public universities generally do not give financial aid (ex. UC Berkeley, University of Michigan)
Awards come in the form of grants, loans, and work-study
Some schools offer merit based aid (few with separate applications) (ex. WashU, USC, Rice)
Merit aid is same concept as Scholarship which is determined on the quality of applicants.