5 Top Tips When Applying for University in Canada

By Mount Royal University Modified on January 14, 2024
Tags : Academics | High School

Have a smooth and successful application season by following this advice on applying to universities.

5 Top Tips When Applying for University in Canada

Applying for university can be exciting, overwhelming, and a little bit confusing all at once. With the right approach and some timely tips, you can set yourself up for success. Here's what you can do that can help make your university application journey as easy as possible.

1. Do your research

Before jumping into the application process, take time to do your research and explore your options. University websites and viewbooks are a good starting point to learn the basics, including program offerings, student services, campus amenities, and important dates and deadlines.

Then, look into attending events or info sessions to discover if the university aligns with your goals. Either online or in person, they're an excellent opportunity to dig even deeper into specific programs and admission requirements.

For example, Mount Royal University's one-on-one admission planning sessions let you chat directly with a member of the recruitment team and even start putting together a personalized admissions plan.

2. Meet all of the admission criteria

Ever ask yourself, "what are the requirements for applying to university in Canada?"

Admission requirements, that is, what you need to apply to university, vary depending on program and university — it's important to be mindful of what boxes need to be checked. There are usually program-specific criteria, such as prerequisite courses, as well as university-wide general admission requirements like minimum GPA and language proficiency requirements. Some programs may also have additional criteria, such as interviews, portfolios, or certifications.

Make a list of the requirements for the programs that interest you and then plan ahead so you can be sure you'll meet all of them for admission. If you're uncertain about what criteria you need to meet, check in with the admissions and recruitment team.

3. Keep track of deadlines and apply early

Don't let deadlines sneak up on you! Take note of due dates for applications, transcripts, supporting documents, tuition deposits and all the other important pieces, then give yourself plenty of wiggle room.

Applying early can also have its perks. During Mount Royal's early admission period, all applicants are treated equally as though they applied at the exact same time. This means all competitively qualified applicants are guaranteed a seat. Once early admission is over, remaining program seats are filled by competitive applicants on a first-come, first-served basis. If you wait too long, a program could already be full.

4. Apply to more than one program

While you might have a dream program in mind, it's always a good idea to include a backup plan. Diversifying your options can help increase your chances of acceptance and getting started on your educational journey. Plus, many universities allow you to apply to more than one program without any extra application fees.

There are also programs available that can help you become a stronger applicant if you aren't currently meeting the admission requirements you need, such as MRU's alternative entrance options. These programs are specifically designed to help meet missing requirements or boost your grades while also getting started on university-level courses.

5. Be proud of yourself

Applying for university is a significant step, regardless of the outcome. Celebrate this first milestone in your journey and remember the experience of applying is a valuable part of your personal growth.

Be thoughtful with your research, reach out with questions when needed, carefully consider admission criteria and deadlines, apply early, and don't be afraid to keep your options open. Best of luck on your academic adventure!

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