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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?




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!