In June 2017, St. Jude's Academy, one of the best schools in Mississauga, will have its first ever graduating grade 12 class. To date, numerous students have already earned early offers of admission in both Science and Business programs at Waterloo, Queens and York University! With the high standards that St. Jude's Academy sustains for its scholars, we expect that our students will continue to receive acceptances to their top post-secondary programs of choice during the next several months.
For all families, whether they have enrolled their child in one of the best prep schools in Mississauga or the public school education system, university applications are an exciting and nerve racking time. Here are some things to consider for parents, who are preparing their children for the university application process.
St. Jude's Academy: Preparing for graduation at one of the best private schools in Mississauga
Most students in the Class of 2017 have attended St. Jude's Academy since Grade 9. Over the course of their high school education, they have gained invaluable skills and knowledge that will help them succeed in post-secondary education. Like other private high schools in Mississauga, high standards of excellence have rigorously prepared them for post-secondary education.
To ensure that the students were promptly prepared for their university applications, as soon as September 2016 rolled around, the Grade 12’s began working diligently with their teachers and their Guidance Department. They collected information about their post-secondary programs of interest, in both US and the Canadian universities, and also enjoyed a visit to the Ontario Universities’ Fair and participating in the US College Expo.
Some general advice was provided to all of our families during their application process:
- Whether you're coming out of a public or private high school, check each university's application requirements
When applying for a university in Canada, note that application organization is the duty of our Provinces. Because of this, Canadians do not have a national central clearing house for applicants, like UCAS in the UK or the Common App in the USA.
For Ontario students, the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) allows them to apply to multiple universities on one single online form. To apply to an Ontario university, you must submit your application through the OUAC. If you are applying for a university outside of your province, you will have to look up the application process for each university individually. Most high schools in Mississauga Ontario will provide students with a day to get acquainted to the Ontarian application system in grade 12.
- Be prepared to apply online.
Today, post-secondary applications can be found and completed entirely online. The process for each school should take no longer than an hour to complete. Most general acceptance requests for high school students only require biographical information, educational history, your intended program of interest and a start date. Typically there are no supplementary requirements such as letters of reference, essays or test scores. Again there are exceptions to this rule of thumb, so make sure to check with each university. The best high schools in Mississauga will help your child through the online application process if they find themselves stuck.
- Check each school's application deadline
Canadian university application deadlines are usually scheduled later than in other nations. Most post-secondary schools do not open their application process until October, and students can expect to receive answers from their prospective universities anywhere between the months January to June. Some universities have various start dates to support students studying in different countries or curricula. The “typical” start date is September of each year, but some universities also allow students to begin their education at the beginning of their winter term in January. In each case, researching is important.
There are a variety of reasons why a student may choose to begin their post-secondary education at a time other than September. Perhaps they want to take a few months to travel before beginning university. Perhaps an illness in their family prevents them from starting school immediately. A guidance counsellor at most high schools in Mississauga can help confirm what the different options for start dates there are for students
Coming from one of Ontario's International Baccalaureate schools? Consider applying abroad!
Having an international degree certainly has its perks. If your child is coming out of the International Baccalaureate program, going to the United States or the UK for university is a viable option. Make sure to research early into the schools of your choice, so that you can get a sense of what their individual application processes are like.
With this advice in mind, you and your family will be able to navigate university applications seamlessly.