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Year 8-12 families | Upcoming virtual events

All Year 8–12 students and families are invited to join the upcoming University Counselling Office presentations:

University Counselling presents

Applying to American Universities | Monday, Sept. 27, 7 –8:30 p.m.
With more than 3,500 post-secondary institutions, the U.S. offers a wider range of options than any other system in the world. Join the University Counselling Office as we explore why a student may wish to consider pursuing their university studies south of the border. Topics include the application process, the role of standardized testing, how students are selected as well as the financial implications of studying in the U.S.

Join the Zoom.

Applying to Canadian Universities | Monday, Oct. 4, 7–8 p.m.
Canada is big! In this session we will learn not only about the various universities and programs but also about the opportunities presented by studying at any one of Canada’s post-secondary institutions. From specialized programs such as classic animation to the benefits of pursuing a co-op program, Canadian universities have something for every student. 

Join the Zoom.

Year 10 families | The Preliminary SAT (PSAT)
This year, the PSAT exam will be administered on Saturday, October 16, 2021 to those students who wish to write it (it is not mandatory for all Year 10 students to write, only those who choose to sign up). The exam will begin at 8:30 a.m. and run until 12 p.m.

Why would I take the PSAT exam?
The PSAT (or Preliminary SAT) is a great way for students to get a good idea of what it is like to write either the SAT and/or ACT standardized tests that are used for U.S. university admissions (at least for now!). It is helpful preparation for understanding the style of questions that are used on the SAT exam. Additionally, for some students who are being recruited as an athlete, this can give coaches an earlier “preview” of a possible test score during the recruiting process. Furthermore, for American citizens, the PSAT exam is the qualifying exam used by the National Merit Scholarship Program. 

What information/knowledge is tested on the PSAT exam?
The PSAT has two sections: Math and Evidence-Based Reading and Writing. On the Evidenced-Based Reading and Writing section, you’ll encounter passage-based questions — sometimes accompanied by tables, graphs and charts. In the Math section, there will be problems drawing upon algebra, geometry, and a small amount of trigonometry. 

The PSAT is 15 minutes shorter than the SAT exam and does not include an essay. Each section is scored on a scale of 160–760, out of a total score of 1,520. In addition to their score on each of the two sections, students will receive valuable feedback on both their strengths as well on specific topics to focus on in order to improve their future SAT scores. Please note that there is no need to do any preparation prior to writing the PSAT. 

How do I sign up for the PSAT exam?
Students who wish to write the PSAT exam at the College need to email Mr. McDonald (bmcdonald@ucc.on.ca) in the University Counselling Office by Friday, October 1, 2021. If students have any questions or concerns about the PSAT, please remind them to drop by the University Counselling Office, or if parents have any questions please feel free to email — we would be happy to answer your questions! 

University Virtual Events

Dartmouth College, Duke University, Georgetown University, Northwestern University, Princeton University and Vanderbilt University | Tuesday, September 28 at 8 p.m. EST.
Dartmouth College, Duke University, Georgetown University, Northwestern University, Princeton University and Vanderbilt University invite students and their families to attend a virtual information session with admission directors from these six institutions. Directors will share information about their undergraduate programs, their holistic application review process, the continuing impact of COVID-19 and other world events on their campuses, and answer your questions.
Please register here.

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) | Saturday, September 25 at 1 p.m.
UCLA during their fall virtual open house to learn about admission, financial aid, housing, academic programs, student life and more.
Please register here.

University of Chicago
Families are invited to join various virtual events to learn about the college admissions process and the campus community at the University of Chicago. To register for upcoming virtual programming events please visit this page.

Wilfrid Laurier University
Families are invited to join admissions webinars, virtual campus tours and student panels. To register for upcoming virtual programming events please visit this page.

Year 12 scholarship opportunities

The University of Toronto National Scholarship Award
All students interested in the University of Toronto who believe they meet the criteria may apply without a nomination. The deadline to apply for the 2022 National Scholarship is October 21, 2021 (11:59pm EDT).

Apply here.

Loran Award
If you are a student interested in learning more about the Loran Award and how to apply, please join one of their upcoming webinars.

Session 1: Sept 22 at 12 p.m. EDT.
Session 2: Sept 29 at 6 p.m. EDT.