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  1. POST SECONDARY INFORMATION NIGHT

  2. GRADE 12 COUNSELLORS • A – M Miss Kneschewitsch • N – Z Ms. Mohamed

  3. There are a multitude of options and opportunities. Keep an open mind!

  4. Planning for College

  5. WHY COLLEGE? • Shorter program lengths – faster into the workforce • Lower tuition costs • Stay close to home or move away • Specialized knowledge • Small classes • Broad choice of programs • Caters to different learning styles

  6. VARIETY OF CREDENTIALS Apprenticeship Diplomas and Certificates Certificates Diplomas Advanced Diplomas Graduate Certificates Co-op Bachelor Degrees Four years in length Practical, technical strengths of a college education & the theoretical foundation of a bachelor’s degree Over 60 bachelor degrees offered at 18 Ontario colleges

  7. Consider a range of pathways - University to College - College to University - Work to College - Apprenticeship to College Collaborative Degrees Develop: More than 1 plan WHAT CAN STUDENTS DO TO PREPARE?

  8. WHAT CAN STUDENTS DO TO PREPARE? Know what information and support is available and how to access it: • Visit the Guidance Office • Use the websites • Explore Calendars, View Books, Brochures • Take part in visits to colleges/Open Houses • Check out supports available for students with special needs • Attend Workshops & Presentations eg. Portfolio Workshops

  9. ONTARIO COLLEGES ADMISSION

  10. ONTARIO COLLEGE ADMISSION • The completion of the Diploma, or equivalent including Grade 12U or 12C English • Some programs require specific courses such as math or biology • Some programs are highly competitive • There may be non-academic criteria • Degree programs offered at Colleges have U or M admissions requirements

  11. APPLICATION PROCESS • Applications will be completed ONLINE by students • College Representatives will be here Tues. Oct. 30th

  12. APPLICATION PROCESS • Students can start to apply on-line now at www.ontariocolleges.ca • No PIN number is required • Need OEN # • Keep a record of user name and password and OCAS # • Be sure to choose September 2013 as intake date • Colleges will start to process the information as soon as it is sent • Must have a valid e-mail address • Legal name and surname must be supplied • Can add consent for a second person to inquire about the application

  13. ADMISSIONS AND MARKS • Based on Grade 11 & 12 marks and supplementary information (i.e. portfolios) • Some colleges have placement testing in English and Math • Colleges have different ways of comparing gr. 12 university and college level programs • Submission of marks/data takes place Nov. 19, Feb. 11, April 24, July 3, & Aug. 21 • Offers conditional pending final marks

  14. APPLYING • Students must apply by Feb. 1st to receive equal consideration in application processing - this is especially important in oversubscribed courses • Must apply with $95 (non-refundable) – by credit card, on-line banking, mail • Application isn’t processed until payment is received • May apply to 5 programs, no more than 3 program choices at any one college -indicate your program choices in order of preference • Choices may be changed • Check the accuracy of your information • Apply and pay by January 15th to be entered into a draw to win $$ for tuition

  15. APPLYING • To get information about a program …use the Find a Program search engine on www.ontariocolleges.ca to search for up-to-date information about the program across the province and their availability • Use the web site to stay current • If making program changes after Feb. 1st, check to confirm program availability

  16. ALTERNATIVE ROUTES INTO COLLEGE PROGRAMS • May be given alternative offers of admission and/or be placed on wait list (especially to highly competitive programs) • Students can apply for Jan. or May intake for some programs • Apply into foundations programs as a route into oversubscribed programs (e.g. Science & Technology into Paramedics) • Also General Arts & Science (GAS) as a route into other college or university programs

  17. HIGHLY COMPETITIVE PROGRAMS • These courses have more applicants than spots i.e.. ECE, Police Foundations, Paramedic • Look at Alternative Routes • Gr. 11 marks are also considered for admission • Supplementary part of application very important i.e. portfolio, interview, resume • February 1st deadline an absolute

  18. DATES • Feb. 1st equal consideration date • Let colleges know if planning on going to Summer School • Feb. 1st to April 30th - offers of admission are mailed out • Don’t be afraid of accepting an offer – may change acceptance if another offer comes in • May 1st- must confirm acceptance if no expiry date is given • June 17th is the earliest date that colleges may require payment of tuition fees

  19. WHAT IF A STUDENT DOESN’T GET ACCEPTED? • If a student isn’t accepted into his/her chosen program and still wishes to attend college in the fall, search through Find a Programon the Colleges website and see what is still open and then amend application • General Arts and Science programs lead to other programs as well as university

  20. Planning for University

  21. WHAT TO EXPECT WHEN APPLYING TO UNIVERSITY

  22. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER • Start planning and doing research • Visit www.electronicinfo.caand specific universities’ websites • Attend universities’ Open Houses/Fairs • University/College Fair @ Woburn C.I. Tuesday, October 30th - 8:45-11:00 • Start checking Scholarship Board in Guidance and www.studentawards.com

  23. NOVEMBER • Students pick up P.I.N.’s in Guidance mid-Nov. • Begin applying on-line to www.ouac.on.ca/ouac-101/ using P.I.N., OEN, and school number 954160 (deadline to apply and pay: Jan.16th) • Grade 11 final marks and current courses sent to OUAC Nov. 14th • Apply early! Changes and additions to programs and/or universities can be made once a student has applied (up until Feb. 5).

  24. FEES • $130 for 3 choices • $44 for each additional choice • Credit Card • Cheque/money order • Internet or phone banking • Application NOT processed until $ received

  25. DECEMBER • Students may attend one of two Application Help sessions in the library computer lab if having trouble: Dec. 4th – lunch Dec. 11th – lunch College applicants are welcome too! • Early admission offers for students with exceptional grade 11 marks

  26. JANUARY • Absolute Deadline to apply and pay: January 16th • Remember that choices can be added and changed up until Feb. 5th • Early admission offers continue • Continue to check Scholarship Board

  27. FEBRUARY • February report card marks, plus Night School and E-learning final marks, sent to OUAC on Feb. 11th • Check OUAC for accuracy – students are to inform their counsellor if there is an error • Feb. 5th – recommended last date to change/add choices • Check e-mail regularly for correspondence from universities • Watch deadlines for supplementary applications • Accept offers on-line – watch for expiry dates • Can change acceptance if another offer received

  28. MARCH • Check universities’ websites for Open Houses during March Break • Continue to check e-mail regularly • Universities use a rolling admission process • Continue to check for Scholarship opportunities

  29. APRIL • Updated day school marks and midterm marks for second semester Night School and E-learning sent to OUAC on Apr. 23rd • Check OUAC for accuracy • Many offers come after this submission • Many universities make alternate offers

  30. MAY • Offers continue to be received • May 29th – last date for universities to inform you of admission or refusal

  31. JUNE/JULY/AUGUST • June 1st – often the deadline for residence application and deposit (check specific universities) • June 3rd – earliest date you may be required to pay a deposit on tuition • July 4th – final marks sent to OUAC • OFFERS ARE ALWAYS CONDITIONAL ON FINAL GRADES • August 20th – summer school marks sent to OUAC

  32. THE PATH TO THE RIGHT UNIVERSITY • Be Realistic • Do research • Visit campuses, libraries, etc. • Attend Open Houses and Information Sessions/Fairs • Attend presentations at Woburn

  33. COMPETITION • Some universities are looking for breadth of experience • Applications anticipated to increase by 100,000 over this decade

  34. AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES • SAT required for most • Common Application used for most • Scholarships available

  35. SAT • Required by most American Universities • Scores predict how well you will do in American Colleges/Universities • Measures verbal & mathematical reasoning abilities • www.collegeboard.com

  36. OTHER PROVINCES • Separate applications and fees • Scholarships • Some calendars available in Guidance • Internet for the most up-to-date information and applications • OUAC will send marks to some provinces if you put OUAC # on out–of-province application • Bishop’s, Concordia, McGill, Dalhousie, UBC, Victoria, Calgary, Simon Fraser, New Brunswick all have agreements with OUAC

  37. REMEMBER • Offers come at different times - DON’T PANIC!!!! • Meet Deadlines • Consider universities around the province, NOT only close to home • Take advantage of what universities have to offer – Open houses, campus tours

  38. THINGS TO KEEP IN MIND FOR EVERYONE

  39. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO GRADUATE? OSSD Requirements • 30 Credits • 18 compulsory • 12 electives • Literacy Requirement • 40 hours community involvement (submitted to Guidance)

  40. OTHER REQUIREMENTS • FOR UNIVERSITY: • 6 University (“U”) or University/College (“M”) courses • Some programs allow a maximum of 2 “M” courses – check carefully • FOR BOTH COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY: • Certain pre-requisites - program specific • Accurate information • E-mail address • Money

  41. FULL DISCLOSURE • Post secondary institutions support the full disclosure of ALL attempts at a course unless dropped by the deadline • Full disclosure date for MHF4U: Nov. 21st • Full disclosure date for all other courses: Feb. 20th • Any course dropped after the full disclosure date will appear on your transcript (with a mark) • Each university should state how it will treat repeated course marks in considering students – it is the student’s responsibility to find out his/her university choices’ policy • Night, summer school and private schools are discouraged by many

  42. PRIVATE SCHOOL MARKS • Courses studied at private schools will not automatically appear on the student’s transcript • Private schools are responsible for mid-term marks on OUAC • Final Report cards must be brought in to Guidance as soon as the course is completed if to be on transcript (absolute deadline: June 13th) • Course code reflects that the course was taken at private school • Seek counselling if considering private school courses • A student cannot be registered in a day school course if he/she is taking it at private or night school • Students are responsible for any follow-up issues that may arise from earning a credit at a private school • Commencement Awards will not include any private school marks

  43. APPROXIMATE COSTS • COLLEGE • Tuition = $2400 • Residence = $4000 • Ancillary fees = $800 • Books = $1000 • Transportation = $800 • Food = $1800 • Total = $10 000 – $11 000 (if leaving home) • UNIVERSITY • Tuition = $5700 – $14 000 • Residence & food plan = $9 000 - $16 000 • Books, travel, food, phone, parking, etc. • Total = $14 000 – $30 000 (if leaving home)

  44. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE • Bank of Mom & Dad • OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program) www.osap.gov.on.ca • Investments (RESPs) • Jobs / Work Study / Co-op • Bursaries • Scholarships – check Scholarship Board in Guidance regularly • Also check for Entrance Scholarships and websites: www.studentawards.com www.scholarshipscanada.com

  45. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES • Research • Have an email account for communication • Read everything received from each institution • Stay organized • Prepare early for supplementary applications, testing, interviews, auditions and portfolios • Meet deadlines for applications, acceptances, supplementary applications, medical forms, police checks, etc. – MANY OFFERS HAVE EXPIRY DATES • Check email account regularly • Apply for scholarships, bursaries and OSAP • Students should see their counsellor if there are special circumstances, eg. health issues • Universities and colleges will not use learning skills information • Information sent to the universities and colleges as it is received by OUAC and OCAS

  46. Ontario University Application Centrewww.ouac.on.ca This power point presentation will be available on www.woburnci.ca under Guidance > Post Secondary Info Ontario College Application Services www.ontariocolleges.ca

  47. Questions & Answers