How We Help High School and Undergraduate Students to Succeed
We work with high school students and their parents (and in some cases, together with their high school guidance department) to help achieve successful university admission. It is important to take note of the fact that, to many of our clients, the undergraduate degree is perceived as a stepping stone towards career success. Many students aspire to be doctors, lawyers, and other professionals, and as such, are planning to apply to professional school or graduate studies during their undergraduate years. We work to achieve the immediate short-term goals of undergraduate admission, and also focus on building a plan to achieve the longer-term academic goals.
The Competitive Landscape
Certain university programs (such as the Ivey HBA or the Schulich BBA Canadian business schools and American Ivy League schools) are extremely competitive. Many students aspire to attend prestigious universities in the U.S. and abroad. However, the admissions process is highly selective. This competitive environment necessitates careful planning in order to stand out from the crowd and secure admission.
Selecting the “Right” University
The task of choosing the “right” university poses a challenge for many students and parents. The decision typically involves evaluation of a myriad of factors to ensure a good match – one that offers a nurturing learning environment as well as opportunities for personal and professional growth. It is also important to consider the choice of undergraduate program in light of the student’s academic future goals beyond undergraduate study. Links to Canadian and American Universities: Canadian Universities, American Universities
Beyond Undergraduate Studies
Did you know? Planning for professional school admission (e.g., medicine) starts as early as high school. With increasing competition, choices made in high school can have a significant impact on a student’s career path. For example, all six Ontario medical schools require details about volunteer and extracurricular activities dating back to the age of sixteen. Expert advice is crucial at an early stage to channel a student’s interests into meaningful experiences that will enhance his or her chances of future admission to professional school and career success. Learn More About Early Planning for Professional School
Gaining admission to an undergraduate program is only the first step to eventual professional success. The next step is to ensure that grades are maximized, courses are chosen strategically, and extracurricular activities are selected with an appropriate focus and rationale. Far too often, students choose courses poorly (including in their first year of university) that lead to low grades and missing prerequisites for professional programs. Moreover, students do not select extracurricular activities that will elevate their profile for employment or further academic study. Planning in high school and the early university years is essential to maximizing options.
We assist high school and university students with:
1. Planning During High School Years Prior to the Application Cycle:
- Development of a personalized academic plan
- Recommendations on extracurricular, work and volunteer activities to strengthen an applicant’s profile
- Assistance with university selection
2. Books to Help Educate About The Professional School Application Process:
3. Coaching Through The University Application Process:
- Review of personal statements / application essays
- Review of autobiographical sketches
- Interview Preparation
4. Planning During Undergraduate Years:
- Refinements to extracurricular, work and volunteer activities to continue building the applicant’s profile
- Guidance on specific course selection to maximize undergraduate GPA
- Résumé and cover letter review and mock job interviews