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Be on the lookout for program-specific application essays

On many applications (Canadian and US), students applying to particular programs may have to complete additional essays. Queen’s commerce applicants, for example, have two prompts in addition to the Personal Statement of Experience. In the case of UBC commerce, the two extra prompts appear only once a student has selected commerce as a program choice on the online application.

Such “stealth” prompts are relatively common on the supplemental essays for US colleges. It is the responsibility of each individual student to put in his program choice well before application deadlines so as to avoid any last-minute surprises!