Post-Secondary Planning Information
October 1- January 31 application; self report marks for courses in progress and courses to be taken in the second semester; Apply before December 1 to be considered for university entrance scholarships.
Send a transcript upon application completion; Indicate courses in progress and courses that you are taking in the second semster.
October- November apply for national scholarships.
February and July Send transcripts using MYPASS.
Check your email weekly for updates from the university; Accept offer; Decline other offers.
In April and May attend course selection workshops or open houses.
Apply for residence or secure housing
- To order High School Transcripts
- College Planning Tips from Next Step
- Alis Alberta Government web site -Career Exploration, Scholarships/Buraries,Student Loans
- School finder Searches programs the matches to Post Secondary
- Careerwiseonline.com offers indivdual career planning/testing and advising
Apply before Dec.1 for start dates the following Sept.
- BC schools ;UBC application tips
- Alberta schools
- Ontario universities
- Ontario colleges
- Other schools will have their own web sites.
Fees vary so have a credit card available and your Alberta Student Number (ASN) found on all report cards. Good luck!
Ontario schools may need the Alberta Education course codes
Links & Resources
Campus Tours has most campuses in Canada Check out Youtube. Make sure it is an offical clip
Most university web sites now have virtual tours of their facilities.Click here for St. Francis Xavier, You can also look at "Day in the Life of a Student"
Click here for the Toronto Film School Click here for Kelowna Centre for the Arts You can also book tours on most web sites if you can visit a campus Click here for SAIT Click here for UNB creative writing; Click here for U of A, Emily Carr, NSCAD, ACAD
Personal Profile Statements
UBC and Queens now require these short essays regarding the applicants non academic skills. Applications are considered incomplete without them. Please answer thoroughly as students with high marks only my be rejected because of incomplete responses. Recently U of Waterloo and U of T may also require personal statements or video responses as part of the admissions process. Some schools are wanting to see digital resumes. Check out Zeemee a self marketing site.
Studying in the USA
Most colleges and universities require a standardized writing score from SAT or ACT. Canadians have to write the Math/Science section and Reading Comprehension sections Each school sets their own range of scores that is acceptable. The Common Application allows a student to apply to 400 different schools. Indivdual schools may independently control their own enrolments so check the school of interest's web site. Tuition varies widely from U$30,000- 80,000 /yr. Please insure adequate medical insurance.
Some post secondary institutions allow deferred entry up to one year. The student cannot attend any other post secondary institution. Each institution sets their own policies regarding deferrals. Please see the side bar for examples for U of Victoria and UBC. Some other schools like U of Calgary do not accept deferrals. Students have to reapply for the following year and may risk losing their acceptance if the GPA has increased for the desired field of study in the desired year of entry.
Many private schools provide innovative programs not offered at government sponsored universities and/ or their delivery methods of instruction may be different.
Since they are for profit institutions tuition is significantly higher than public sponsored schools. Here are some samples
Aviation/ Heavy equipment
HAIR and Make up Schools
PixelblueA college of animation.media and technology
Thinktank 3 D art/animation for Film and Games
Lost Boys animation
Kelowna Centre for the Arts and Technology animation, photography, studio, production, design, Web development;
Blanche Macdonald for Estectics, ,make up, Fashion, Design Hair
Quebec Singapore Paris
Taking a year off.
Consider some structure here are some sites
Rustic Pathways traveling and volunteering around the world
Study and Go abroad ; Working Abroad Magazine ; MyGapYear
WWoofing ( working on oragnic farms)
Working in Israel Kibbutz
Students for Africa live and work in South Africa