Marching Toward Grad 2017

We hosted our annual Grade 12 Student and Parent Information Evening last week to help students and parents prepare for the year ahead. If you were not able to come, or if you want to review the slides, you can find a link to the presentation at the bottom of this post.

While we know that the evening was chock-full of really useful information, here are some of the important highlights my UC colleagues shared:

  • Timio Colistro walked the audience through the ins and outs of the money matters and encouraged students to have the conversation with their financial supporters to find out in advance what will constitute “financial fit”. This information really can help guide students when exploring the myriad of post-secondary options that they might be exploring. You may be interested to see the information released by StatsCanada this past week comparing the average tuition rates across the country and by field of study.
  • We typically see more than 90% of our graduating class applying to at least one Canadian university and, combined, students apply to about 50 different institutions in Canada each year. Ruth McGhee walked the audience through the nuts and bolts of Canadian university applications. It’s important to note that the application process varies from university to university, and beyond our own borders, applying to institutions around the world is a very different story. There are often many different processes (and timelines) for each of these applications. It is essential that Grade 12 students take personal responsibility for each of their applications.
  • As Kate Knight explained, all parents will soon receive an email from Naviance Family Connection. This is our online database and information hub for post-secondary applications and grad transition planning work. Students are all now able to log in to the SMUS Naviance Family Connection site using their SMUS.ca credentials. Naviance is a fantastic resource for students and parents alike who want to explore post-secondary options, including college, university, and career information.

Want to know more from the event? Here are all of the slides from the evening presentation.

We also made available the following print resources, which can be found here:

  • Grade 12 Timeline by month
  • Summary of application and scholarship deadlines for Canadian universities
  • Summary of US application process
  • Summary of UK application process

As always, please contact your son/daughter’s University Counsellor if you would like to set up a meeting or have any questions answered. 

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