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How to Guarantee your University Acceptance

Before I get into detail, this isn't a magic trick or a get-into-university-quick scheme. You have to put in the work and get the grades to get in to your desired program, but I'm going to give you a quality source of information that you can use as your cheat-sheet or point of reference when applying to University in Canada.

A huge piece of the stress that comes with getting into college or university is not knowing whether you will or not and waiting forever to find out. This was especially true for me. Wouldn't it be nice to know where you will and won't get accepted to before you even apply? These will be accurate 99% of the time, as they do change slightly each year, but not by much (if at all).

My piece of advice to you, is that if you can manage to stay above the admission average for your desired school, you are most likely going to get accepted. So with this small amount of research and reading, it is likely that you can very very accurately predict whether you will be accepted or not, before your letter comes in the mail. This will, of course, vary between programs, so be sure to search for an admission average for your specific program as well. Often times though if you are not admitted into your selected program, your chosen institution will offer you an "alternate acceptance" in the case of your chosen program being full. In which case, many say that you can accept your alternate offer and take those courses in your first semester and then attempt to switch over into your originally desired program within or after your first semester when a spot opens up.

Here is Maclean's most recent article on the average admission grades for each Canadian University:

Here are the average admission grades from the article above, as of Nov. 2013:

**The percentage outside of parentheses is the 2012 average, the percentage inside parentheses is the 2007 average. This change will illustrate whether the average admission rate was headed up or down.

McGill 90.3 (89.6)

UBC 89.6 (86.3)

Queen’s 88.7 (87.7)

Waterloo 88.4 (85.1)

Western 88.2 (86.0)

Saskatchewan 88.1 (87.6)

Simon Fraser 87.9 (83.4)

Montréal 87.6 (87.9)

Manitoba 87.4 (84.8)

McMaster 86.8 (84.1)

Alberta 86.6 (86.1)

Mount Allison 86.3 (85.6)

UQAM 86.2 (n/a)

Sherbrooke 85.9 (86.9)

Acadia 85.7 (84.9)

Toronto 85.5 (83.4)

St. Francis Xavier 85.4 (84.5)

Laval 85.3 (n/a)

UNBC 85.1 (81.5)

UPEI 85.1 (84.4)

Regina 85.1 (84.3)

Cape Breton 84.4 (82.5)

Moncton 84.4 (n/a)

New Brunswick 84.4 (83.4)

St. Thomas 84.3 (83.3)

Victoria 84.3 (83.9)

Calgary 84.1 (83.1)

Bishop’s 83.4 (84.3)

Carleton 83 (82.1)

Mount Saint Vincent 82.9 (82.9)

Ottawa 82.9 (81.5)

Concordia 82.7 (n/a)

Ryerson 82.4 (80.3)

Wilfrid Laurier 82.3 (82.2)

Winnipeg 82.2 (80.8)

Guelph 82.1 (80.9)

York 82.1 (81.6)

Memorial 81.5 (80.6)

Brock 81.2 (79)

Laurentian 81 (79.4)

Lethbridge 80.7 (79.6)

Brandon 80.1 (n/a)

Trent 80 (77.9)

Saint Mary’s 79.9 (80.2)

Nipissing 79.8 (78.7)

Windsor 79.7 (79.3)

Lakehead 79.3 (78)

UOIT 77.8 (n/a)

Although the article was published late 2013, it is their most recent installment on the average admission grades for Canadian Universities and thus will be the most accurate and valid source for this information.

If you have no use for this post, maybe you have been accepted already or are a graduate, be sure to share this post with anyone you know who is looking to apply to University, or is waiting for their letter in the mail. They may really benefit from the heads-up! I know I would have.

Happy New Year and best of luck to you if you are applying to college or university this spring!

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