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Post-Secondary Information Booklet


									University Hill Secondary

                             Revised September 2009

                       University Hill Secondary School
                              2896 Acadia Road
                          Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1S2
                   Tel: 604-713-8258 / Fax: 604-713-8257

     Please note: Meeting BC High School Graduation requirements does not
 guarantee admission to a post-secondary institution. It is the responsibility of all
  students and parents to ensure that they have met all post-secondary admission
   requirements as they vary among post-secondary institutions and programs of

                    Prepared by Ms. Paoluzzi, Career Information Advisor
                    Updated by Ms. O‟Connor, Career Information Advisor
                         Reviewed by Mr. Lal, Grade 12 Counsellor
                    TABLE OF CONTENTS

Year at a Glance for Grade 12s                                  Page 3

Post-Secondary Application – Dates to Note                      Page 7

UBC & SFU University Admission Averages                         Page 11

Important Information about Applying to UBC                     Page 12

Important Information about Applying to SFU                     Page 15

Post-Secondary Information Sessions                             Page 17

Information about the Language Proficiency Index (LPI)          Page 19

Helpful Websites                                                Page 21

U.S./International Applications                                 Page 24

Letters of Reference Requests                                   Page 25

Transcript Requests for U Hill Grads                            Page 26

High School Extra-Curricular & Academic Summary                 Page 27

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                  UNIVERSITY HILL
           YEAR AT A GLANCE FOR GRAD 2010
September 2009

       Apply for SAT I & II if you are considering American schools. Register on-line at Prince of Wales Secondary is the closest exam site.
       By September, you should have checked that you meet graduation requirements and that
        you have the correct high school prerequisite courses that you need for your post-
        secondary education.

October 2009

       Research college/university programs and admissions requirements.
       Use (user id: uhss/password: hawks) to explore post-
        secondary institutions and their respective programs. See the Career Information
        Advisor if you need help.
       October 1, 2009 - Langara starts accepting applications. Apply early! First come, first
        served! The earlier you apply, the better course registration date you will receive for
        University Transfer programs. Students are encouraged to have a college application for
        regular admission or as a back-up plan.
       Watch for early scholarship opportunities in the daily student bulletin, Career Bulletin,
        Grad Newsletters and scholarship binders in the Career Centre. Regularly check
        scholarship websites (see Helpful Websites handout included in this package).
       Attend upcoming post-secondary information sessions offered at University Hill and
        other locations. See page 17 of this package for further information.
       Write the SAT I & II or ACT in October or November at the latest, if you are planning
        to apply to a US post-secondary institution.
       October 20, 2009 – Application deadline for all sponsored applicants applying for the
        Loran Awards worth up to $75,000. October 27, 2009 deadline for regular applicants.
       Thursday, October 15, 2009 - Attend the UBC Information Session from 7:00 to
        8:30pm. Grade 11 and 12 students as well as parents are encouraged to attend.
       Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - Attend the BC Post-Secondary Evening at Prince of
        Wales from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. Admissions advisors from many B.C. post-secondary
        institutions will present information on their programs and admissions requirements.
        You will be able to attend 3 different sessions. Confirmed list of attendees will be
        published closer to the event.
       October 30, 2009 - Application deadline for TD Canada Trust Scholarship worth

November 2009

       November 1, 2009 – Applications open for all California universities by now
       November 1, 2009 - deadline for U.S. early action/decision applications (allow three
        weeks notice for counsellor‟s report and letter).

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        By November, most Canadian Universities have opened admission. Check university
         websites for application deadlines and admission requirements. Apply on-line after you
         have attended post-secondary information sessions and fairs. Some Canadian
         universities offer early admission based on Grade 11 and Term 1 marks (e.g. Queen‟s,
         UofT, UVic)
        The maximum number of references you can request from your counsellor for
         university admissions (US and International) is six (6). References letters are normally
         not required for Canadian universities.
        You must give your counsellor a minimum of three (3) weeks‟ notice and you must
         provide all necessary documentation (see High School Extra-Curricular & Academic
         Summary handout included at the end of this package).
        November 18, 2009 - Attend the Canadian Universities Event at Magee Secondary
         from 8:30-10:45 am or on November 18, 2009 at David Thompson Secondary from 1-
         3 pm. This will be a booth-style fair with over 25 universities from across the country
        TVR (transcript verification reports) will arrive from the Ministry of Education in
         November and students will have a chance to check that their courses and credits are
         correct in the Ministry records.
        Students must sign the TVR in English 12 during guidance. Students who do not take
         English 12 in their graduating year must see their counsellor early to ensure that they
         attend all guidance sessions in an English 12 class. Upcoming guidance sessions will be
         listed in the student bulletin. Students will receive e-mails notifying them of upcoming
         guidance classes.
        For ESL students, write TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS
         EARLY if required for admission into university or college. Register on-line at as soon as possible because test sittings fill up quickly. You may be
         exempt from writing the TOEFL if you meet the institution‟s English Facility
        Keep researching universities and program requirements.

December 2009

        December 1, 2009 – Queen‟s University Major Entrance Awards scholarship deadline
        Apply to post-secondary institutions of greatest interest to you. Good idea to apply to 3
         – 5 post-secondary institutions. Always, always, always have a back-up plan.
        Some Canadian universities offer earlier admission based on Grade 11 final and Grade
         12 Term 1 marks (e.g. Queen‟s, U of Toronto, UVIC)
        December/January – regular decision deadlines for U.S. colleges/universities. Allow a
         minimum of three weeks notice for counsellor‟s reports and letters of reference.
        January 1, 2010 - US applications, transcripts and supporting documents due
        Winter break holidays! Get some rest!

January 2010

        Application process continues; make sure to meet application deadlines

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       Scholarship applications and information available online (see page 22) and in the Career
        Centre. Watch the student and Career bulletin and grad newsletters for more details!
        Check the scholarship websites!
       February 1, 2010 – Admission application deadline for Queens and McGill
       February 6, 2010 – Application deadline for McGill‟s entrance scholarship

February 2010

       February 1, 2010 - Post-Secondary Institutions (PSI) Choices Form: completion of this
        on-line form on the Ministry of Education website authorizes the Ministry to send your
        interim grades electronically to post-secondary institutions in BC and Ontario in May
        and your final grades to post-secondary institutions in BC and across Canada at the end
        of July. It is your responsibility to fill out this form starting February 1, 2010 by
        logging in to your account at and look for the PSI Choices
        Form link. Failure to complete this form will result in the Ministry not
        transferring your marks to the post-secondary institutions to which you have
       Apply! Apply! Apply! Deadline for most post-secondary institutions in B.C. is
        February 28th! Remember that some university application deadlines may be
        sooner! Applications for housing are usually due at the same time as university
        admissions applications.
       March 1, 2010 – deadline to apply for Queen‟s University entrance bursaries
       March 1, 2010 – Queen‟s University Personal Statement of Experience due

March 2010

       Self-report Term 2 marks on-line if university has on-line reporting (UBC, SFU, UVIC).
        UBC will NOT accept Distributed Learning (DL) or Continuing Education (CE)
        courses in-progress to be self-reported.
       If you are taking a Distributed Learning Course or a Continuing Education course that
        you want to use for your admission average to UBC, the course must be at least 50%
        complete by April and your interim mark must be reported directly to the Ministry of
        Education. UBC will ONLY accept DL or CE interim marks reported directly by the
        Ministry of Education, NOT from University Hill Secondary.
       Transcripts do NOT have to be mailed to BC universities and colleges, unless
        specifically required by the program to which you have applied.
       Once students have self-reported their Term 2 grades, they will start to receive
        information on their admission status and conditional offers of admission
       Transcript DO have to be mailed by the school to out-of-province post-secondary
       To order transcripts, complete transcript request form and submit to Records Clerk in
        the Office. Allow at least one week for processing.
       Scholarship applications continue.
       On-line registration is open for the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) exam sitting at
        University Hill on Thursday, April 8, 2010. Go to Select Register
        On-Line, then High School Registration. The deadline to register on-line is midnight
        on Sunday, March 28, 2010. No walk-ins will be allowed.

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April 2010

        Students start to receive offers of admission from post-secondary institutions. Most
         offers are by e-mail and letter.
        Term 2 marks sent electronically to the Ministry of Education in Victoria by your
        Make sure you notify the schools that you will NOT be attending in September so that
         your reserved spot can be freed up for another applicant.

May 2010

        Ministry of Education sends Term 2 marks electronically to post-secondary institutions.
        Provincial exam registry check. Your counsellor will post a list of all the exams that you
         are registered to write in June. You may delete or add exams.
        Students continue to receive information on their admission status and conditional
         offers of admission.
        Pay admission deposit by the college or university‟s deadline.
        Universities notify students of their course registration date. Good idea to start drafting
         a course timetable BEFORE your course registration date. You should be ready to
         submit your timetable on your course registration date, NOT just starting to create one.
         Make an appointment with the Career Information Advisor if you require assistance
         making your timetable.
        Attend a Course Planning workshop offered by college counselling offices for students
         enrolled in a University Transfer program
        Do you need to apply for a student loan? Attend a lunch hour information session at
         University Hill Secondary with a post-secondary financial aid advisor.
        Final TVR check - Your counsellor will come to English 12 for you to sign this

June 2010

        Provincial Exams run from June 21-29, 2010. See BC Ministry of Education website
         ( for the exact dates and times.
        On-line course registration begins for universities. College course registration begins in
         the summer
        Canada/BC Student Loan on-line application opens mid-June. If you are applying for a
         student loan to attend an out-of-province post-secondary institution, you must complete
         a paper-based application form which is available at the end of June
        Need a summer job? Visit Service Canada‟s Student Employment Centre
        Lots of volunteer opportunities available during the summer time. Visit the Career
         Centre for details.
        June 8, 2010 - Graduation Ceremony at Frederick Wood Theatre.
        High School is finished!!! Congratulations and good luck!

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        For BC schools, apply on-line at You will need the following:
            Personal Education Number (from the top of your report card)
            Social Insurance Number
            Full Address
            Credit Card Number & Expiry Date

Apply as early as possible and please make sure to apply using your legal name. University acceptance is based on
meeting all the required pre-requisites and your Grade 12 admission average. Canadian universities no longer
require that BC students write the optional Provincial Exams as a condition for admission. All students are required
to write the English 12 provincial exam, which is a graduation requirement. Colleges are based on first come, first
served basis, so apply EARLY!

If you are applying to a university in Ontario, apply on-line at the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC),
which processes applications for admission to all of Ontario‟s universities. Use the OUAC 105 application available
at . The base application fee is $110 for your initial 3 university/program choices and $35 for
each additional choice. Each university you apply to will also charge a Supplemental/Document Evaluation Fee that
ranges from $40 to $80, depending on the university. Please note that accepting an offer at one university will not
cancel your applications to other universities/programs. However, applicants may have only one acceptance of an
offer on file at a time. Before applicants can accept a subsequent offer on-line, they must first cancel the previously
accepted offer. Should a student wish to re-accept an offer that they had previously declined, they must contact the
university admissions office directly. Please speak to Ms. O‟Connor, the Career Information Advisor, if you have
any questions about this or you are concerned about accepting or declining offers of admission.

For all other provinces, apply on-line on the post-secondary institution‟s website.

UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH                                    Applications accepted starting early October
                                                         Self-report grades after 2nd report card. Please make sure to
COLUMBIA                                                  enter your marks accurately. You cannot self-report
Apply at:                                   Distance Ed or Continuing Ed courses in-progress.
Undergraduate Admissions Website:                        February 28th - application deadline for September 2010
                                                         May be required to write the Language Proficiency Index
Student Enrollment Services Tel. 604.822.9836
                                                          (LPI) to register for 1st year English courses
Student Recruitment & Advising: 604.822.4024
SIMON FRASER UNIVERSITY                                  Nov 1st - Applications accepted
Apply at:                                  Self-report grades – after first report card
Undergraduate Admissions Website:                        February 28th - Deadline for Early Admission for                         September 2010 entry (applications accepted until April
Undergraduate Admissions Information:                     30/10)
Tel. 778-782-6930                                        May be required to write the Language Proficiency Index

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UNIVERSITY OF VICTORIA                              February 28th – Application deadline for early admission
Apply at:                              for September 2010 entry
Undergraduate Admissions Website:                   May be required to write the Language Proficiency Index                    Self-report grades February-March
Admissions: 250.721.8121

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO                               Applications available in early October
Apply at:                            January 15th. application deadline for all music programs
Undergraduate Admissions Website:                   February 1st: application deadline for Applied Science &                                  Engineering, Music, Nursing and all Concurrent Teacher
Admission & Enrollment Information:                  Education Programs
Tel. 416.978.2190, press „0‟                        March 1st: application deadline for most programs for
E-mail admissions questions to:                      September 2010 entry - St. George (Arts, Science,                          Commerce, Medical Radiation Sciences, Physical Education
                                                     & Health Kinesiology); UofT Mississauga (Arts, Science,
                                                    April 1st: application deadline for UofT Scarborough (Arts,
                                                     Science, Management)
QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY                                  October: applications accepted
Apply at:                            February 1st: application deadline for September 2010
Undergraduate Admissions Website:                    entry                            Applications for major entrance scholarships & awards are
Recruitment & Advising: 613.533.2217                 due on December 1st (Mar 1st- Entrance Bursaries deadline)
For students who have applied: 613.533.2218         All applicants must complete and submit Personal
                                                     Statement of Experience by March 1, 2010
McGILL UNIVERSITY                                   Applications accepted starting in September
Apply at:             February 1st: application deadline for September 2010
Admissions Website:                                  entry                       Entrance scholarship applications must be submitted by
Recruitment & Advising: 514.398.3910                 February 6th

McMASTER UNIVERSITY                                 Starting October 1st: applications accepted
Apply at:                            January 10th is the recommended date to apply for
Admissions Website:                                  September 2010 entry, esp. for the Combined Arts and                 Science or Bachelor of Health Science program.
Recruitment & Advising: 905.525.9140 ext 23650      February 5th: Deadline to submit supplementary
                                                     applications for these two programs
UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN                               Starting October 1st: applications accepted for September
                                                     2010 entry
ONTARIO                                             June 1st: application deadline for Sept. 2010 entry. Space is
Apply at:                             limited. You should apply well before this deadline as
Admissions Website:                                  admission offers begin in January 2010                              Extraordinary Extracurricular Activities and Contributions
Admissions Inquiries: 519.661.2150                   to Citizenship Profile – Admission available under this
                                                     category to qualified students who don‟t meet the
                                                     competitive academic admission requirement

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KWANTLEN POLYTECHNIC                                  November 1st to June 30th for September entry
                                                      March 1st to October 15th for January entry
UNIVERSITY                                            July 1st to February 28th for May entry
Apply at:
Admissions Website:
    Surrey 604.599.2000
    Richmond 604.599.2512
    Langley 604.599.3215
 Application Fee: $40

LANGARA COLLEGE                                       October 1st to April 30th for September entry
Apply at:                               February 1st to October 31st for January entry
Admissions Website:                                   June 1st to February 28th for May entry                           May be required to take the Langara English Test (LET) or
Admissions: 604.323.5241                               the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) to enroll in English
                                                      Application Fee $40
EMILY CARR UNIVERSITY                                 January 15th: Admission application deadline for
Apply at:                                September 2010 entry
Admissions Website:                                   February 1st: deadline to submit portfolio                     February 13 & 14: Deadline for submission of portfolio
                                                      Application Fee $40
VANCOUVER COMMUNITY                                   Continuous intake (depends on availability)
                                                      Please refer to the calendar for program start dates.
COLLEGE                                               VCC offer Arts & Science university transfer courses
Apply on-line at:
                                                      Application Fee: $40
Download paper-based application from website
CAPILANO UNIVERSITY                                   September 1st to March 31st: applications accepted for
Apply at:                                September 2010 entry
Admissions Website:                                 Early application deadlines for applying to University                            Transfer & Business Administration programs:
Admissions: 604.986.1911                                September 15th for Spring entry
College offers Admission Workshops; call                January 31st for Summer entry
Advising at 604.984.4990 to make an appointment    For application deadlines to Career/Vocational Programs, see
Application Fee $25                                College Calendar.
BRITISH COLUMBIA                                      October 1st: applications are accepted for most programs.
                                                       Applications for Technology programs are accepted until
INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY                                the program fills up
Apply at                  Applications for the Trade programs are accepted and
Student Information and Enrollment Services            processed all year round, on an ongoing basis.
Tel. 604.434.1610                                     Some programs may have specific deadlines dates. Please
                                                       check individual program web pages for details.

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The above information is based on information available on the university or college
websites and is intended as a guide only. Students and parents are advised that deadlines
may change. Users of this material are responsible for verifying that the information is
accurate and current. Application deadlines for International Students may be different;
please refer to the college or university calendars/websites for details.

It is advisable for students to apply as early as possible during the application intake periods of any
particular college or university.

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              UBC & SFU
         FOR SEPTEMBER 2009
Students who wish to pursue the degrees in the table below should aim to earn grades within
or above the percentage indicated. The averages listed below are based only on academic
courses, not the overall average.

Note that the percentage ranges below are given as guidelines only; in any given year, the
admission averages may fall outside of these ranges.

Simon Fraser University
Last year, SFU offered an admission guarantee for all programs provided that: you met their
admission requirements, had admissions average of 80% (90% for Faculty of Business) and
that you applied by February 28th. Monitor their website for this year‟s averages as they will
be updated within the next few weeks.

University of British Columbia
       Applied Biology……………………………... low to mid 80s
       Applied Science (Engineering)……………….low to mid 80s [2]
       Arts…………………………………………..mid 80s [2]
       Commerce…………………………………...mid 80s [1]
       Forest Sciences, Forestry, Natural……………mid to high 70s
       Resources Conservation and
       Wood Products Processing
       Food, Nutrition and Health………………….low to mid 80s
       Human Kinetics……………………………..high 80s
       Science………………………………………mid to high 80s [2]

       [1]Plus supplemental application.
       [2]Students at the low end of this range may be invited to submit a personal profile
       to strengthen their application.

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Contact: Student Recruiting & Advising
Phone: 604-822-9836

   Applications will be accepted early October 2009. Students should apply through by
    creating a youbc account or the PASBC website at

   Self-reporting opens in March and April; Students self-report Term 2 grades. What a student
    reports on-line will be verified in May when the Ministry of Education sends the student‟s marks
    electronically to UBC. Final marks are verified by UBC in July. Please be accurate in what you
    report; it must be the same as what the Ministry will send in May.

   Students must report all grade 11 and grade 12 courses completed or in progress. Although
    grade 11 courses will not be used in calculating an admission average, these courses are required
    to meet prerequisites for admission.

   When students self-report their grades on-line, in many cases, they will receive an immediate
    response with a firm offer of admission. If a student does not receive an offer, it is usually for
    any of the reasons listed below:
     Missing documentation (e.g. landed immigrant/citizenship papers, TOEFL results). Please note that if
        documents are missing, students will not be able to access the self-admission tool
     The student has applied to Commerce where a Supplemental Application is required before an admission
        decision can be made
     Some programs use broad-based admission. If students do not present the required average for admission for
        these programs, they may complete a Supplemental Application Form.
     The Student has applied to a program with additional requirements (e.g. Music requires an Audition and
        Music Supplementary Application))

   Distributed Learning and Continuing Education Courses and Grades
     For Distributed Learning (DL) or Continuing Education (CE) courses in progress: as of Fall 2008,
       BC secondary school students were no longer able to self-report interim grades.
     You may only self-report a DL or CE course if it is completed and the final mark has been submitted to the
       Ministry of Education and is in your home school records.
     Grade 12 students taking DL or CE courses are advised to have their DL or CE school submit their in
       progress course information directly to the Ministry of Education. Each course must be at least 50%
       complete by April of the student’s grade 12 year.
     All DL and CE course information must come to UBC directly from the BC Ministry of Education in
       order to be used in the UBC admission decision.
     Students should not submit their DL or CE course information to their secondary school record until the
       course is complete and a final grade is available.

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   English Language Admissions Standard (ELAS)
    Students must have three or more years of full-time education in English within Canada and
    must include BC Grade 12 or the equivalent. Exemption from the ELAS requirement can be on
    the following:
     A grade of 70% or better on the provincial examination portion of BC English 12 or English Literature or
        the equivalent.
     The first year of the three years can include ESL/Transitional classes, however grades 11 and 12 must be a
        regular curriculum.

   Do I have to write the Language Proficiency Index?                         Is the LPI an admission
    requirement for UBC?

       The LPI is NOT an admission requirement. However, it is needed to enroll in first year
        English courses at UBC English. Regardless of the faculty to which you are applying, all
        UBC students are required to take first year English. LPI scores must be 5/6 or above on
        the essay portion.
       You do NOT have the write the LPI if your Term 2 grade in English 12 or Literature 12 is
        80% or higher (or 75% or higher on your final English grade). If you must write the LPI,
        you can register on-line at the LPI website to write the LPI exam at University Hill on
        Thursday, April 8, 2010. For more information, visit

   The LPI must be written by August to maintain registration in any first year English
    course at UBC.

       For students who do not score a minimum 5/6 on the essay portion of the LPI, whose interim grade in Eng
        12 or Lit 12 is less than 80%; or whose final grade in Eng 12 or Lit 12 is less than 75%, it is
        recommended that they register in “Writing 098: Preparation for University Writing and the LPI” prior to
        retaking the LPI again. This is a non-credit course offered by UBC Continuing Studies. UBC students
        must register online for this course through UBC’s Student Service Centre (

   UBC’s President’s Entrance Scholarships
     No application required. Students are automatically considered based on their admission
      average. The criteria are as follows:
      o Based on final grades
      o Determined by the courses used for admission purposes
      o 95%+ average = $4,000 plus early course registration date and eligible to apply for housing
      o 90% - 94.99% = $2,000 plus early course registration date and eligible to apply for housing
      o 86% - 89.99% average = $500 + early course registration date

   UBC has a foreign language 11 requirement for all applicants. Students can meet the
    Language 11 requirement by:
     Taking the course at the grade 11 or grade 12 level (beginner’s language course will NOT be accepted);
     Write a Challenge Exam; or

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     If the student’s first day in BC (this also include Canadian students from other provinces) is in Grade 10,
      then the student must obtain a letter from the School Principal stating when he/she started in the BC school
      system. This provides an exemption for the student.
     If the student completed Grade 9 in another country where English is not the language of instruction, then
      that student is eligible for External language credits provided they forward the school with proper
      documentation i.e. Grade 8 + 9 report card.
      Grade 8 – External language Grade 11
      Grade 9 – External language Grade 12

   UBC’s Policy Regarding BC Provincial Exams
     English 12 is the only provincial exam that is required for admission.
     Should a student write other optional provincial exams, the exam grades will be factored into admission
      decisions only if they help to increase a student’s admission average. All grade 12 course and exam results
      should be provided to UBC and UBC will calculate the best possible admission average.

The above information from UBC was updated in Sept 2009. Students and parents are advised that information could
change without notice. Users of this material are responsible for verifying that the information is accurate and current.
Students are advised to check the UBC website for the most up-to-date information.

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Contact: Sara Lim, Admissions Advisor

   November, 2009 – SFU starts receiving applications for admission. Students should apply
    through the PASBC website at In 2 to 3 weeks time, the student will receive an
    e-mail from SFU containing a temporary user ID and password. Students will use this ID and
    password to log into to pay their application and document evaluation fees (if any) by
    credit card.

   Qualified students can receive an early admission offer as soon as spring break. After you apply
    on-line, you will receive an acknowledgement from SFU with instructions on self-reporting your
    grades. You will be asked to report your final grade 11 and interim or final grade 12 marks.

   What a student reports on-line will be verified in May when the Ministry of Education sends the
    student‟s marks electronically to SFU. Please be accurate in what you report; it must be the
    same as what the Ministry will send in May.

   All early offers of admission to SFU are conditional based on the student maintaining the
    minimum grade point average (GPA) required by the program to which they have applied
    and/or completing specific required courses. SFU receives final marks from the Ministry of
    Education in July and confirms all offers then.

   SFU has a second language 11 requirement. Students with a language 12, but no language 11,
    will meet this requirement. A Beginner‟s Language 11 or 12 course is acceptable.

   BC Provincial Exams

    SFU does not require students to write optional provincial exams. Students will still be required
    to write the English 12 exam and any other exams needed for secondary school graduation, and
    must still meet our existing admission requirements of 4 examinable grade 12 courses (our list of
    acceptable grade 12 courses has not changed). If a prospective student does write optional
    Grade 12 exams, the results will be used by SFU only if they increase the student's admission

   Meeting SFU’s Language and Literacy Requirement:

    Students with one of the following three results can be admitted to SFU; will have met SFU‟s
    language and literacy requirement; and may enroll directly in an SFU "W" (writing intensive)

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    1. English 12/English Lit 12 or equivalent with 75% or better
    2. An LPI test score of 4 or better on the essay section and 50% on all other parts, and a
       minimum of 60% or above in English 12/English Literature 12 or equivalent
    3. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) with a minimum score of 6.5 on the
       Academic Modules and a minimum of 60% or above in English 12/English Literature 12 or

    Students with a grade of between 60 and 74% in English 12 will be required during their first 3
    terms at SFU to either complete the Foundations of Academic Literacy Course (FAL X99-4)
    with at least a C grade or pass the Language Proficiency Index exam (LPI) with a score of 4 or
    better on the essay section and at least 50% on all other parts.

   Meeting SFU’s English Language Requirement for ESL Students

    ESL students have to meet the same Language and Literacy Requirement (outlined above)
    as non-ESL students.

   Quantitative (i.e. Math) Skills Requirement

     1. Students can be admitted with a grade of 70% or higher in the required senior math course
        (Principles of Math 11, Applications of Math 12, or Principles of Math 12); will have met
        this quantitative skills requirement; and may enroll directly in an SFU "Q" course.

Students can be admitted with a grade of 60 to 69% in the required senior math course, but during
their first three terms at SFU must either score at least 20/30 in our Q Placement Test, or achieve at
least a C grade in the Foundations of Analytical and Quantitative Reasoning course (FAN X99-4).

   SFU’s (Automatic) Entrance Scholarships

    All applicants with an admission average of:

           95% or higher will receive a $5,000 scholarship for academic achievement.
           90% or higher will receive a $3,500 scholarship for academic achievement.

    SFU encourages students with a GPA of 90% or above to apply for the Major Entrance
       Scholarships. Visit for details.

Awards are conditional in that admission requirements must be met and students must maintain
scholarship standing on final grades. Regardless of the program that the student applies to, SFU
uses the Arts Admission average. The scholarship can be used for tuition, residence and any fees
imposed by SFU. If all fees have been paid by other means, the students can receive the award in
The above information from SFU was updated in Sept 2009. Students and parents are advised that information could
change without notice. Users of this material are responsible for verifying that the information is accurate and current.
Students are advised to check the SFU website for the most up-to-date information.

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To help you research post-secondary institutions, the following information sessions have been
scheduled. Plan to attend as many as you are able to so that you can learn about the wide variety of
schools and programs that exist, pick up free viewbooks and speak with Admissions Advisors. All
sessions will be held at University Hill unless otherwise noted. Additional information
sessions may be scheduled, so check the Student and/or Career Bulletins as well as your e-mail.

University of Western Ontario
Date: Tuesday, September 29
Location: P8
Time: 11:40-12:20 pm

Langara College
Date: Wednesday, October 7
Location: Room 14
Time: 11:40-12:20 pm

University of British Columbia
Date: Thursday, October 15
Location: Auditorium
Time: 7:00 pm-9:00 pm
Parents are encouraged to attend.

Queens University
Date: Monday, October 19
Location: P8
Time: 11:40-12:20 pm

University of Alberta
Date: Tuesday, October 20
Location: P8
Time: 11:40-12:20 pm

University of California, Irvine
Date: Wednesday, October 21
Location: P8
Time: 9:00-10:00 am

University of Southern California
Date: Wednesday, October 21
Location: P8
Time: 11:40-12:20 pm

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University of Toronto
Date: Thursday, November 12
Location: P8
Time: 11:40-12:20 pm

BC Post-Secondary Information Evening at Prince of Wales
Featuring admissions advisors from BC colleges and universities who will be offering information
sessions. Confirmed list of attendees will be published closer to the event.
Date: Tuesday, November 3
Time: 7:00 to 9:00pm
Location: Prince of Wales Secondary, 2250 Eddington Drive
Held in the Auditorium and other classrooms
You will be able to attend up to 3 different information sessions. Parents welcome.

Harvard University
Date: TBA
Location: TBA
Time: TBA

Canadian Universities Event
Wednesday, November 18th from 8:30-10:45 am
Location: Magee Secondary, 6360 Maple Street, Vancouver


Wednesday, November 18th from 1-3 pm
Location: Cafeteria, David Thompson Secondary, 1755 E. 55th Ave, Vancouver

This is a booth-style fair with over 25 Canadian Universities participating. An event not to
be missed!

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Q:   What is the purpose of the LPI?

A:   The purpose of the LPI is to provide information about an individual‟s competency in
     English. The LPI is a requirement for enrolling in first year English at UBC and for
     placement into the appropriate English course at SFU, UVIC, Langara and Capilano College.
     All undergraduate students at UBC must take a first year English course in order to

Q:   What does the LPI test?

A:   It tests your functional literacy. The test consists of 4 parts comprising 80 points:
     identifying errors in sentence structure (10 points); identifying errors in English usage (10
     points); evaluating and/or summarizing short prose passages (20 points); and writing a 300-
     to 400-word argumentative essay on one of three topics (40 points). The essay is marked
     holistically: expression, organization, and content are weighted equally.

Q:   Where can I write the LPI?

A:   University Hill will be offering one (1) sitting of the LPI during the 2009-2010 school year
     on Thursday, April 8, 2010 at 8:15am in P8. On-line registration will close at midnight on
     Sunday, March 28, 2010. No walk-ins are allowed. If you miss registering for this sitting,
     UBC and Langara offer public sittings once per month. However, there are different ID
     requirements if you register for a public sitting. (For more information about registering for
     a public sitting and ID requirements, visit the LPI website at It is highly
     recommended by your counsellor that you write the exam at your local high school, rather
     than at a public sitting.

Q:   How do I register for the LPI?

A:   It‟s best to register on-line. Registration usually opens about a month prior to the test date.
     To register, go to From the menu, select On-Line Services, then High
     School Sittings. Payment is by credit card ONLY. Remember to print your Test
     Admission ticket and bring it with you to the test. And remember to keep your ticket
     stub as it has your PIN number on it which will enable you to view your test scores
     on the LPI website.

Q:   When should I write the LPI?

A:   It is recommended that grade 12 students write the LPI during the 2009-2010 school year in
     order to ensure that the English Language requirement is met for the BC university or
     college to which the student has applied and prior to registering for university courses in
     June, 2010 or for college courses in the Summer 2010. If you leave it too late, all of the

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     available LPI test sittings may be full. In that case, you will NOT be able to take first year
     English and you will delay your program completion by up to a year.

     Please note that the LPI may not fulfill the English Facility Requirement for students
     whose first language is not English. These students may still need to take the
     TOEFL, which is a condition for admission.

Q:   Can I be exempt from writing the LPI?

A:   Exemptions vary by institution:

     UBC: if the student obtains a Term 2 grade in English 12 of at least 80%, they will not be
     required to write the LPI.
     SFU: students need to obtain a final grade in English 12 (school mark plus government
     exam mark) of at least 75%
     UVIC: if the student obtains a Term 2 grade in English 12 of at least 86%, they will not be
     required to write the LPI.
     Langara: final grade in English 12 of at least 80% required

Q:   How can I prepare for the LPI?

A:   Students should speak to their English teacher for advice. They can also purchase study
     materials from the LPI website. UBC offers an LPI preparation course in January and in the
     Spring through Continuing Education ( ).

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                               HELPFUL WEBSITES
Admissions/On-line Applications                   URL
PASBC – Apply to most BC universities and
OUAC – Apply to all Ontario universities.
US - The Common Application for         
Undergraduate Students – one application for      Available July 1/08 for Fall 2009 admission
346 schools
LPI (Language Proficiency Index)        
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
Take a free IBT TOEFL practice test at Kaplan
SAT I & II                              
University Hill School Code: #821590
ACT (alternative to SAT I)              
University Hill School Code: #821590
Provincial Exams
Past Provincial Exams and Keys          
Provincial Exam Results                 
Post-Secondary Institutions & Programs of
Career Cruising (Canadian post-secondary & US
Schools)                                          Username: uhss Password: hawks
Education Planner – database of BC post-
secondary programs
Research Ontario universities & programs;
scholarship database. There is a feature that
allows you to compare similar programs at
various schools.
Private Career Training Schools in BC   
School Finder – database of over 1,700 post-
secondary institutions in Canada; allows you to
compare similar programs and different schools
Association of Canadian Universities & Colleges
- includes an excellent searchable database of
university programs
US College Admissions Information & Advising
Access to homepage of every Canadian university
or US School, plus information on careers,
financial aid, internships
Research US Schools                     
Universities Worldwide – Links to 7509  
universities in 185 countries

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BC College University Transfer Guide – this site
allows you to see which college courses are
transferable to university
Ontario College University Transfer Guide
Career tests, information for youth, jobs, etc.
Career Paths – select “Entry Level Jobs” 
Career Exploration & Planning
Min. of Education Career Planning site   
Career Cruising                          
                                                   Username: uhss        Password: hawks
What can I do with a degree in…?         
What can I do with my major?             
UCSD Common Major and Careers
BC Work Futures for Youth                
Information about Employment Opportunities in
the Trades & Apprenticeships             
Scholarships & Financial Aid
BC Ministry of Education Awards          
School District #38 (Richmond)           
Student Awards                           
Scholarships Canada                      
Canadian Merit Awards (Loran Awards and the
Garfield Weston Merit Scholarships for Colleges)
Millennium Scholarships                  
CanLearn – funding your education        
BC Student Loan Assistance Program       
Work Experience
Youth Employment Strategy Programs –     
Summer Work experience with the Government
of Canada
Federal Student Work Experience and Co-op
Exchanges Canada                         
Young Canada Works – Summer Jobs and     
Job Hunters Bible                        
Surfing for Work in BC – Online Tutorial 
Work Info Net Youth Site                 
Federal Government programs for youth: check
out the “Jobs, “Youth Employment Strategy,”
and “International” links. Check out Job Bank of
Monster - Job Postings                   

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Hospitality Jobs                          
Newspaper Classifieds                     
BC Jobs                                   
Jobs in the Tourism Industry              

Working, Volunteering, Studying Abroad
Volunteer Vancouver                       
Au Pair/EduCare in America – Work, study and
live with an American family
The Big Guide to Living & Working Overseas
Canada World Youth                        
Canadian Information Centre for International
Credentials – includes information on studying
Australearn – study in Australia/New Zealand
UCAS – centralized website for applying to
universities in the United Kingdom
Association of Universities of Asia and the
Universities Worldwide – Links to 7509    
universities in 185 countries
Thinking of taking a GAP year between high
school and university? Check out this website for
government-approved international work
GAP Year Idea: live and work in Western   
Australia. The economy is booming and it‟s easy
for Canadian youth to get a working holiday visa.

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●       The maximum number of U.S./International applications that your Counsellor will
        complete is six (6). Any more than this means your search is too broad and needs to be

●       Only under extenuating circumstances, and with plenty of notice, will your Counsellor
        be able to fill in additional U.S./International application forms.

●       Remember you can only attend 1 college or university next year, so spend your time wisely,
        and carefully narrow your search to your top 3 choices.

       Confirm that you have the financial resources to pay for your tuition and all related costs.

       Some US schools may offer you financial aid, but you must apply for this when you submit
        your application.

●       You MUST give your Counsellor a minimum of three (3) weeks to fill in
        U.S./International application forms. Please remember that we do NOT work during
        school vacations.

       Give teachers a minimum of three weeks to fill in US application forms and to provide
        letters of reference. The more time you give the teachers, the better quality your letters of
        reference will be.

       Provide stamped, addressed envelopes and fill in as much of your personal information as
        possible before giving these forms to someone to fill in for you. We will NOT fill in your
        personal demographic information for you. Please ensure that you have followed the
        instructions carefully. Each application has a specific format. Normally, use block letting
        and black ink for all applications.

       If you would like your applications and supporting documents sent by a courier, your
        counsellor can assist in storing your documents in the safe until they are ready to be
        packaged up. The school can order you a courier envelope in for the collection of your
        documents. You can drop it at Staples after it is sealed and signed by the counsellor.

Prepared by Mrs. Kartsonas & Ms. Smith, Counselling Office
Reviewed by Mr. Lal, Grade 12 Counsellor

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                  FOR UHILL GRADS
                       Important Information from the Grade 12 Counsellor

    I am happy to provide letters of reference if you give me adequate time and information to write
the letter. Thus, please do the following:

    1) Allow a minimum of 3 weeks for completion.

    2) Provide your name as you wish to be referred to in this letter (i.e. legal name, called name or

    3) Provide any particular information for the specific purpose of the letter. For example, if you
       want the letter for a particular scholarship, provide a copy of the scholarship criteria and
       describe how you meet all the specified criteria.

    4) You must ensure that you provide me with evidence to support your claim. This evidence
       must be verifiable with supporting documents. You must provide a binder with photocopies
       of your original documents and the two-page summary of your accomplishments. (See High
       School Extra-Curricular & Academic Summary on page 27.)

    5) If there is no supporting documentation, the alleged volunteer work or activity will not be

Prepared by Ms. Smith, Counselling Office
Reviewed by Mr. Lal, Grade 12 Counsellor

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    1) Allow at least one week for completion.

    2) You do NOT need transcripts for colleges and universities within B.C.

    3) You DO need transcripts for schools outside of B.C. It is best to wait until after first term
       unless the institution specifically asks you to have them sent sooner.

    4) Pick up the Request for Transcript Form from the tray outside Mr. Lal‟s office door.

    5) Drop off your completed transcript request form to our records clerk, Pat Boucher, in the
       main office. Do this before school, at lunch, or after school and NOT during class time.

    6) Transcripts are normally sent DIRECTLY by the school. Thus, when you want transcripts
       sent, please provide the following in writing:

            a. Your name and student #.

            b. Any identification #s the receiving institute has given you. For example, in Ontario
               you will have an OUAC # & a specific university registration #.

            c. The address to which the transcripts are to be sent.

    7) You may have to send transcripts after 1st term AND 2nd term. Gathering transcripts is your

    8) The first 5 transcripts are free. After that, it‟s $5.00 per transcript. This covers office and
       mailing costs.

Prepared by Ms. Smith, Counselling Office
Reviewed by Mr. Lal, Grade 12 Counsellor

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                 ACADEMIC SUMMARY
Name                                         Student #                                       Date

                               Rank your top 3 post secondary choices & programs

                               **EVERYTHING LISTED MUST BE VERIFIABLE**
                          i.e. Supporting documents MUST be included in the order listed.


       VOLUNTEER WORK                        (e.g. helping out with Gr. 8 day, helping a teacher with a particular task)

       - Present . . . . . . . . . . . . .   (see attached)                                           (Number of hours)

       - Grade 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . .   (see attached)                                           (Number of hours)

       - Present

       - Grade 8

        - Present

       - Grade 8
                                                                                                       TOTAL HOURS


       ACADEMIC STANDING                     (e.g. Honour Roll or G.P.A.)

       - Present . . . . . . . . . . . . .   (see attached)

       - Grade 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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        OTHER ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENTS                              (e.g. contests and awards)
        - Present

         - Grade 8



         - Present . . . . . . . . . . . . .   (supporting document attached)                           (Number of hours)

         - Grade 8 . . . . . . . . . . . . .   (see attached)                                           (Number of hours)

        - Present

         - Grade 8

         - Present

         - Grade 8

        OTHER (e.g. arts, music, dance, etc.)
        - Present

         - Grade 8

                                                                                                        TOTAL HOURS

      Prepared by Mrs. Kartsonas, Counselling Office
      Reviewed by Mr. Lal, Grade 12 Counsellor

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