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									Applying to Post Secondary

Post Secondary School Choices
   Many post-secondary education options to
      Apprenticeship Programs

      Technical Institutes

      Colleges

      Universities
Types of Programs / Terms
   Undergraduate (Bachelor) Degree: your first degree.

   Examples of Bachelor Degrees:
   Bachelor or Science: take courses in areas such as Physics, Biology,
    Chemistry etc…
   could lead into Medicine, Nursing, Physiotherapy

   Bachelor of Arts (Humanities),: takes courses in areas such as
    Psychology, Sociology, English, History etc…
   could lead into careers such as: Education, Social Worker, Lawyer

   Bachelor of Fine Arts: take courses in areas such as Music, Art, Drama
   Could lead into careers such as: Musician, Teacher, Actor etc…

   Other Bachelor Degrees can be more specific Eg. Engineering, Nursing,
    Commerce (Business)
Post Secondary Application Process

   Once you have decided on where and what program
    you want to take then you must:
   Research each of the schools you are considering on
    applying to and check the individual institutions’
    entrance requirements.
   Every College and University has its own Entrance
    Requirements and every program has its own special
   These requirements are both Course and GPA specific.
   Research tools include the Post Secondary websites and
    the school calendars available in the counselling area.
   How flexible are you with your chosen program or institution?
   Will your marks guarantee you admission at the institution of your choice?
   Do you have a back-up plan?

   Back-door to your chosen program may get you into your institution of
    choice eg.
         Choice #1: Engineering
         Choice #2: Sciences

   Back-door to your chosen school may get you into the program of you
         Choice #1: UBC: Bachelor of Science
         Choice #2: UVIC: Bachelor of Science
         Choice #3: Okanagan College: Science
Application Deadlines

    Post Secondary Schools are accepting Applications as of October.
    The deadline for Early Admission to the three major universities in
     BC is February 28.
    Other Universities may have other earlier or later Admission dates.
    If you miss the application dates you are out of luck.
    Apply to more than one school to keep options open.
    Most schools require online applications.
    Applications require a fee for processing which is non-refundable
     (credit card or cheque).
    Research the Universities Application Process and Deadlines.
Applying to Post Secondary Institutions
How to Apply
 Important Tips
  Students need to research the entrance requirements
  Students need to research the application deadlines, as they
   may be different than the major institutions in BC
  Most Post Secondary Colleges and Universities in BC use a
   registration tool called PASBC(www.portal.bccampus.ca)
  Most Post Secondary Colleges and Universities in Ontario use a
   registration tool called http://www.ouac.on.ca
  Other Colleges and Universities will have the application on their
   website. (eg. University of Calgary)
What is PASBC?
   PASBC(www.portal.bccampus.ca) stands for the Post-
    Secondary Application Service of British Columbia (BC).

   It is a centralized online service that allows you to apply
    for admissions to multiple post-secondary institutions in

   UBC has created a new website for prospective
    undergraduate students admission
      Note students can also still apply to
       UBC/UBCO through PASBC
How does PASBC work?
   NOTE: Before starting this process students should ensure they have their
    Social Insurance Number and their P.E.N. (Personal Education Number)
    available. Students can find out their nine digit P.E.N. from their school
   To submit an application, you must create an account in the myBCcampus
    portal. The admission (PASBC) application is laid out in two sections.
   The first section is called the Common Form and is where you
    provide personal information. This form only needs to be filled in one time,
    but can be used again to submit your admission application to other
   The second section is the Institutional Application Form. This section
    asks you to select your preferred program and start date, pay your
    institution application fee, and submit your application to the institution.
How do Universities Get My Grades?

   Official School Transcripts may be requested in
    Student Services office. Not all schools require this
   Make sure you check the Universities
    application procedure. Every Institution has
    different procedures for sending and
    receiving transcripts.
   Familiarize yourself with university Websites.
   For early admission, some schools ask for self-
    reporting of grades for classes in session(eg. UVIC,
   P.S.I. (Post Secondary Institution) forms must be
    filled in correctly for official transcripts to be sent from
    the Ministry to your chosen schools.
    P.S.I Choices Form

   Students can provide their transcript information
    to a number of post-secondary institutions by
    completing an electronic Post Secondary
    Institutions Selections form on line from January
    to June of each school year via the Ministry of
    Education Web site: Student Secure Web.
   This electronic PSI selections form is only to be
    submitted by students who expect to graduate
    this year and are applying to a PSI.
        Post Secondary Institution
              Choice Forms
   Students can only access this form from January to June 30.
   For final transcript information to be sent to PSI’s by July 31, students must
    submit their PSI selections by June 30.
   Students may submit a maximum of 6 selections. If needed, requests to send
    transcripts to additional PSI’s can be made, for a fee, by completing a
   Request Form" at:
   If a desired institution is not listed, students may submit a
    "PSI Additions Form" directly from the online PSI Selections
    form or by going to the following web site:
   http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/exams/handbook/psi/psichange_n
   After submitting their selections, students will receive a
    printable confirmation page for reference purposes. At any
    point in time, students can log back into SSW and view their
    selections by using the "View PSI Selections" menu option.
Admission Averages
   Only specific courses are included…these vary by program and
   It is your responsibility to research, determine, and meet specific
    requirements for programs you are applying for.
   Here are some examples from 2009:
      University of Victoria – 70% Humanities & Science, 80%
      Simon Fraser – 75%-90% depending on the program
      U.B.C. Vancouver – Science 88%, Arts 84%, Engineering 83%
      U.B.C. Okanagan – Arts 72%, Science 73%, Engineering 75%
                              - Nursing 80%, Fine Arts 67% + Portfolio
      Okanagan College– English 60% minimum (Averages fluctuate
         across programs)
Early Admission
 Apply before Feb. 28th - they will notify you in
  May of your status.
 Applying early is a good idea
 For some later deadlines, you will have to wait
  until August to find out your status
 If you get Early Admission, you will have the
  opportunity to register early for classes (huge
Housing Applications
   Requires a separate application
   Housing applications should be submitted
    at the same time as admission
   Check websites for specific information
   Housing at most institutions is limited
        (Language Proficiency Index)
       The purpose of the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) is to provide
        information about an individual’s competency in English. This
        information is used primarily by post-secondary institutions and
        professional organizations within British Columbia.

       The fee is $99.00.(plus HST)
          www.lpitest.ca

      B.C. Institutions require proof of English proficiency
      Two ways to demonstrate proficiency:
    1)     A certain percent in English 12
       - May range by institution from 70% to 86%
    2)     A certain score on the L.P.I. Exam
      L.P.I. tests vocabulary, grammar, and written composition
      Tests can be taking at Okanagan College in Penticton. Dates will be
       posted in the Student Service Office.
Remember To…
   Keep a binder for all Post Secondary information (copies of your applications,
    transcripts and university correspondence.)

   Create a folder in your Inbox for each University you are applying to and save all
    correspondence from the University/College in that folder.

   Once the application has been sent, a reference number will be issued.

   Students should make sure they keep a copy of the reference number, as this proof
    of application.

   Students should remember to record their login username and password for future

   If students choose not to send the application fee by credit card through the
    internet, they should send the fee in by cheque, with the reference number written
    on the cheque.
   Research What you want to take
   Research Where you want to go
   Research Entrance Requirements for each Institution you are
    applying to.
   Research Application Procedures and Deadlines
    (for Academic Program you are applying to and *Housing*)
   Have Options 1, 2, and 3 for Academic Programs
   Have Options 1, 2, and 3 for Universities or Colleges

   Start Now. Don’t wait until the Last Moment

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