Your counselors are currently finishing up their Junior Meetings with you. We've enjoyed getting to know each of you a little more and learning about your passions and dreams. Remember that everyone is on their own journey and that you will be at different points in your research. This research should be consistent and on-going. A good rule of thumb is to spend an hour each week researching your schools and inputting relevant information into the "Ducks in a Row" spreadsheet
Much of your research will be conducted on the computer. Make sure to visit university websites, but also check out their social media pages - here you will discover a more authentic consideration of the school and college life from a student's perspective. Perhaps THE BEST RESEARCH YOU CAN DO is in person. If you are able, summer-time visits to universities that you are interested in will give you a feel for the school that you cannot otherwise get through computer research. Understandably, travel to universities can be cost prohibitive and/or time-consuming. LUCKILY SFS hosts over 200 universities a year! Don't just walk by schools that are visiting in the HS lobby - TALK WITH THEM! Even if they are schools that are not on your long-list, chatting with university representatives will make you more familiar with the process as a whole, and, you never know...this school might peak your interest and be a school you one day attend.
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INTERESTED IN ATTENDING UNIVERSITY IN THE U.S.? READ THIS ARTICLE ABOUT HOW THE COLLEGE APPLICATION/ACCEPTANCE PROCESS IS CHANGING - FOR THE BETTER!
What is a Transcript?
A high school transcript is essentially a record of your academic achievements in high school. It lists every class you took, when you took them, and the grade you received in each class, and your DW activity/trips. Every person enrolled in high school has a high school transcript, which is updated at the end of each semester.
There are two versions of your high school transcript: official and unofficial. The two versions are identical in terms of content, but an official transcript will often have a seal and will be inside a sealed envelope (or emailed directly from the school). This is so people reading the official transcript can be certain no changes were made to it after it was released by the school and that the information it contains is 100% accurate.
Official transcripts often have to be sent directly to by your high school in order to remain official, while a transcript you print or copy yourself will be unofficial. Most colleges require you to submit an official copy of your high school transcript. We have attached an unofficial copy for your own personal use and to look at the information on your transcript.
What does your transcript mean for university purposes? Your high school transcript is probably the most important part of your college application, simply because it contains so much information about you: the classes you took, when you took them, how well you did in them, your GPA, etc. Colleges will look over your transcript carefully when you apply. Your transcript includes: The Name of Each Course You Took in High School Your transcript will list the course name for each class you took in high school, including whether you retook or dropped a class. Why Is This Important?
This information is used to determine if you met graduation requirements for your high school as well as the entrance requirements for colleges.
It shows the difficulty of your schedule, such as whether you took HL or SL IBDP courses.
Questions to Ask Yourself:
What about entrance requirements for colleges you are interested in?
Have you or will you be taking classes in the subject you plan to study in college?
The Grades You Got in Each Class As well as providing the letter grade you got in each class you took, transcripts will also often include your GPA (weighted and unweighted). Why Is This Important?
It shows schools how well you grasped the material in each of your classes and how well you can be expected to do in future classes. This is very important information to colleges because they want to accept students they feel will succeed in college classes.
Colleges often pay special attention to your grades that relate most closely to the subject you plan to major in.
When You Took Each Class The classes on your transcript are organized by date, with the classes you took first at the top, and your most recent classes at the bottom. Classes are grouped together by semester. Why Is This Important?
It allows colleges to see the progression of your courses.
It lets colleges and others see if and how your grades changed over time. Did you stumble a bit at the beginning of high school, but managed to raise your GPA after that? Were there any semesters where your grades were significantly lower than other times?
Questions to Ask Yourself:
Have you been continuously challenging yourself with the classes you take? Does your transcript show this?
Were there any periods in high school when you got lower grades than usual?
If there was a period of time when your grades dropped, and you have an explanation for it (illness, personal issue, etc.) attach a note to your application describing the situation, and ask your counselor to explain the situation in their letter of recommendation as well. Colleges can be very understanding about circumstances like that, especially if they see you made an effort to improve your grades afterward.
UNIVERSITY SPOTLIGHT Each month a different university from around the world will be highlighted.
Mount Allison University
In a Few Words: Mount Allison is a primarily undergraduate Canadian liberal arts and science university. It has been ranked the top undergraduate university in the country for 18 of the last 25 years by Macleans magazine.With a 17:1 student-to-faculty ratio, the average first-year class size is 65 and upper-year classes average 14 students. Uniqueness: The university, which is committed to ensuring students receive personalized, one-on-one attention, boasts 54 Rhodes Scholars – one of the best records among universities in Canada – and also has one of the largest endowments per capita at more than $172 million. In the last 10 years there have been 7 Rhodes Scholars - pretty amazing considering the small student population. It was also the first university in the British Empire to be award a Baccalaureate to a woman. Size: Approximately 2,300 students. Curriculum: The mission statement of Mount Allison University promotes "the creation and dissemination of knowledge in a community of higher learning, centered on the undergraduate student and delivered in an intimate and harmonious environment". Mount Allison currently offers bachelors degrees in Arts, Science, Commerce, Fine Arts, and Music, as well as masters degrees in biology and chemistry and biochemistry, and certificates in bilingualism. A Bachelors degree in Science with a major in Aviation has been developed in conjunction with the Moncton Flight College. Admission: Through the university website Admissions Expectations: Students pursuing an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program must include three courses in each of the higher and standard levels, with a minimum score of 4 in each subject and a minimum overall score of 28 points (excluding bonus points). Credit may be granted for specific higher level courses with minimum scores of 5 points Cost: For 2017-18, tuition is $25,395.50 (CAD) per year for Canadian students and $31,875 (CAD) for International students.