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Post-Secondary Preparation. Stage I What to Study Stage II Where to study Stage III The Application Stage IV Course Selection Stage V Payment Stage VI Let’s Get Started NOW. Why are you going to university?. Personal Development and Interest Better Career Opportunities

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Post secondary preparation
Post-Secondary Preparation

  • Stage I What to Study

  • Stage II Where to study

  • Stage III The Application

  • Stage IV Course Selection

  • Stage V Payment

  • Stage VI Let’s Get Started NOW

Why are you going to university
Why are you going to university?

  • Personal Development and Interest

  • Better Career Opportunities

  • Parental Pressure

  • Don’t Know What Else to Do

  • Is a GAP Year right for you?

  • Is another form of education better for you?

  • Trade? Professional School?

What do you want to study
What do you want to study?

Interest > program > faculty > university

What can I do with a degree in…

Faculty Descriptions

10 Top Careers

Career Quiz

Which universities have your program
Which Universities Have Your Program?

  • Canada



  • United Kingdom


  • United States




  • All Three (meta-site)


What are your credentials personal statement supplemental applications reference letters
What Are Your Credentials?Personal Statement, Supplemental Applications, Reference Letters

  • GPA or Admissions Average

  • Pre-requisites (Courses, Interview, Portfolio)

  • Standardized Testing (ACT, SAT, AP, IB)

  • Leadership, Service, Extra-curricular

  • Unique Characteristics (athlete, musician etc.)

  • Work or related experiences

Stage ii where to study what questions should you ask
Stage II Where to study!What questions should you ask?

  • Do I want to leave home?

  • Do I want to live on campus?

  • In what location do I want to live for 4 years?

  • Do I want a city or a suburb?

  • Do I want a residential campus or commuter campus?

  • Do I want to be anonymous or highly visible?

  • Small, medium or large?

  • Reputation (degree of selectivity)

List potential schools up to 15
List Potential Schools (up to 15)

  • Do all the schools meet your criteria?




Evaluate your preferences shorten your list stretch 5
Evaluate Your Preferences Shorten Your List Stretch 5

Carefully research your stretch 5
Carefully Research Your Stretch 5

  • Deadlines for application

  • Guaranteed Housing

  • Co-op

  • Pre-requisites

  • Major, Minor, Concentration, Double Major, Honours, Magnet Programs

  • Direct Entry, Non-Direct Entry

  • Campus Visits, Personal Contacts

  • Program Descriptions

Stage iii the application
Stage III The Application

  • Rolling Admissions vs Pooled Admissions

  • Campus Direct or Application Service

  • Application Fees

  • Limitation on number of choices

  • Documents and Information Required

Determine application process
Determine Application ‘Process’


  • Initial application (personal information, academic history, payment)

  • Follow-up Establish account, periodically check for updates, to-do list READ THE DETAILS

  • Report academic progress at prescribed times

  • Complete supplemental portions of application by secondary deadlines

  • Do not apply if you have no intention of going.

  • Do not apply too early.

Application transcripts
Application, Transcripts

Self Reported - on-line self reporting

School Reported - transcript mailed or attached to official site

Ministry Reported – through PSI Choices form

School of Record (on-line courses, external credits)

Application accepting an offer
Application, Accepting an Offer

  • An offer must be accepted in order for you to be ‘enrolled’ at a PSI

  • There are rules for the number of PSIs you can accept

  • There is a non-refundable deposit required to accept an offer

  • Accepting an offer is a kind of ‘contract’

Stage iv course selection
Stage IV Course Selection

  • Once you have applied, been made an offer, accepted the offer, and paid the deposit, you will be given a course registration date.

  • Plan your courses and make a mock timetable ahead of time so that when the portal opens you can select courses.

  • Select courses, build timetable.

Stage v payment
Stage V Payment

  • How much does it cost?

  • Who is going to pay for it?

  • What contribution will you make?

  • What about scholarships?


  • Ministry – Exam Scholarship, Dogwood Scholarship, Passport to Education

  • Meadowridge- Dr. Michael Orser, Mick McLaughlin, Greg Moore, Alumni, Board of Governors

  • PSI – Entrance Scholarships, Merit Scholarships, Athletic Stipends

  • External Scholarships –





Upcoming planning events
Upcoming Planning Events

  • UBC Tour

  • September 13th 8:30-3:30pm @ UBC Vancouver

  • Go Global Expo (work, study, volunteer abroad)

  • September 16th 1:00pm-5:00pm @ The Olympic Village

  • IVY Plus

  • September 19th 7:00pm @St. George’s School

  • Study & Go Abroad Fair

  • September 22nd 1:00pm-5:00pm @ Vancouver Convention Centre

More planning events
More Planning Events

  • Atlantic Canada (St. FX & Acadia)

  • October 10th morning @ Meadowridge

  • VAIS Fair (US Colleges)

  • October 24th 1:00pm-3:00pm West Point Grey Academy

  • Canadian Universities Event

  • October 25th 6:30pm-8:00pm @ Meadowridge School

  • University of Toronto

  • November 24th or 25th 7:00pm Meadowridge School

  • Art & Design Fair

  • November 29th @ St. John’s School, Vancouver

Stage vi get started now
Stage VI Get started Now

  • Verify Transcript

  • Note PEN

  • Set up account on Student Secure Website


  • Complete Reference Letter Request Form (or other similar assessment)

  • Identify Supplemental Requirements (College Essay, Personal Statement)

  • Complete ‘Graduating Student Profile’ form for Mr. Graveson

  • Read Student, Counsellor, & Family Responsibilities (understand your role)

  • Put Planning Events in your calendar

Student responsibilities
Student Responsibilities

  • Develop and research an initial list of approximately five to fifteen universities you might be interested in attending.

  • Be aware of admission requirements and deadlines, including residence and housing.

  • Research scholarships; a good site is Many scholarship applications are due in the fall of Grade 12.

  • Write a resume and personal statement.

  • Ask teachers early for letters of recommendation. Give them a copy of your resume and personal statement as supporting documents. Students, not the university counsellor, are responsible for teacher recommendations.

  • Register well before the deadlines for all college admissions tests i.e. SAT, ACT, TOEFL.

  • Arrange to have admissions tests results sent directly to the universities.

  • Complete all American university applications by late October for early admissions decisions and by December for regular admissions decisions.

  • Complete all UCAS (British) applications in the fall (Oxford and Cambridge are due Oct 15th)

  • Request and report grades as required by your institution.

  • Notify the University Counsellor of acceptances or denials, and which university you will attend.

  • Inform the universities of your intentions to accept or deny an offer of admission.

  • Continue to work hard in your classes.

  • Don’t let an admissions officer, test score, or course grade determine what you’re worth.

Counsellor responsibilities
Counsellor Responsibilities

  • Inform students and parents of the university application process.

  • Meet with students and parents individually and in groups as part of the

  • university application process.

  • Advise students and parents of appropriate universities, given each student’s

  • grades, test scores, interests, abilities, educational goals and financial status.

  • Maintain a university and college resource and test information library.

  • Arrange opportunities for on-campus visits by university and college

  • representatives.

  • Process all related school records (transcripts), secondary school reports,

  • teacher and counsellor recommendations and school profiles in a timely

  • manner.

  • Correspond with university and college admissions officers in support of student applications.

Family responsibilities
Family Responsibilities

  • Assist and support your son/daughter through the university application process.

  • Resist the urge to take over and do it for them; do not become a “helicopter parent.”

  • Remember there is not one perfect university for your child.

  • Check the university calendar each month to see if your son/daughter is on track.

  • Be aware of deadlines for test registration and university applications.

  • Know the list of universities and chances of acceptance.

  • Be discerning about everything you hear, from neighbours to McLean’s University report/ US News and World Report

  • Have a realistic talk about how much you can afford for university; assist in searching for scholarships.

  • Assess your need for financial aid.

  • Provide necessary financial statements for university applications.

  • Provide fees for university application costs.

  • Encourage continued studying.

  • Be prepared for ups and downs of acceptances/rejections

  • For the most part, let the student make the decision of where he/she will go.

  • Obtain visas and travel documents as required for university outside of Canada.

  • Keep a sense of humour, an open mind, open heart and open wallet!