University and College Applicants – (OUAC and OCAS)
· I have updated your grades on OUAC and OCAS. Be sure to log onto your account and verify that your grades are all there and correct. Be sure to speak to Mr. Grootenboer if something is incorrect.
· Be sure to get your community service hours completed and return the volunteer form to the office as soon as possible. This is a graduation requirement.
· Be sure to pay close attention to where you applied. When you applied many of the schools required you to complete additional forms, resumes, portfolios, or personal statements. It is your responsibility to complete these forms or statements before the upcoming deadlines. Be sure to check and verify that you have completed this or your application will not be complete.
· Continue to search and apply for scholarships – pay close attention to the deadlines.
Other Universities or Colleges
· If you have applied to universities or colleges (not through OUAC or OCAS) and you need transcripts sent to the school be sure to talk to Mr. Grootenboer.
Students enrolled in correspondence courses are reminded to adhere to due dates. Grade 12 students need to make sure their courses are completed by the beginning of June to ensure their exam is written before graduation.
If any students are interested in Night School be sure to speak to Mr. Grootenboer soon. The registration deadline is February 12.
Schedule of Upcoming Visits to Redeemer or Events in the Ottawa Community:
Wednesday, Feb. 6 - Liberty University represenatative at Redeemer duing lunch
Monday, Feb. 25 - 8:40 - A Representative from Carleton will be visiting Redeemer to meet with students considering Carleton.
Universities and Colleges offer many different scholarships that you may qualify for. Check the course calendars of the various institutions that you are interested in for specific scholarships available. Also, here are a couple of excellent web sites that will assist your search:
In addition, there is a scholarship binder in the guidance office containing scholarship opportunities that arrive at Redeemer by mail or email. Be sure to check back every week for new ones.
Thinking about Christian universities? Check out an article I recently wrote by clicking here. If you are planning to apply to Christian Colleges/Universities or any other Colleges/Universities outside of Ontario, be sure to complete your application forms and inform Mr. Grootenboer if transcripts need to be sent. Pay close attention to the dates!
Applying to University in Ontario
Applying to any university in Ontario is done through a centralized website: http://www.ouac.on.ca/101
Cost: $130.00 for 3 choices, $44.00 for each additional choice
Application Deadline: January 16, 2013 (Earlier the better, although students can make changes to their application until February 5, 2013.
Final day for students to hear a response from Ontario Universities - May 29, 2013.
Applying to College in Ontario
Applying to any college in Ontario is done through a centralized website: http://www.ontariocolleges.ca
Cost: $95.00 for 5 choices
Application Deadline: February 1, 2013 (Earlier the better, starting at the end of November)
Information on Ontario Universities - www.electronicinfo.ca
ACT and SAT Testing: Students interested in applying to Universities in the United States may be required to write SAT’s or ACT's. You must register for these tests on-line at:
Explore – Live the Canadian Experience – Five Week French-Language Bursary Program
If any students are interested in discovering another region of Canada while learning French, check out www.myexplore.ca or call 1-877-866-4242. Students will enjoy five weeks of learning, adventure, friendship and discovery. (Most expenses are covered) Brochures are available in the guidance office if you would like more information.
Encounters with Canada
Encounters with Canada is our country’s largest and foremost youth forum! Every week of the school year, 120 to 148 teens from across Canada (ages 14 to 17) come to Ottawa. Here they discover their country through each other, learn about Canadian institutions, meet famous and accomplished Canadians, explore exciting career options, develop their civic leadership skills and live an extraordinary bilingual experience. Over 87,000 youth have lived the EWC experience, to date! Take a look at the following web-sire for more details. www.ewc-rdc.ca/
Dear Guidance Counsellor,
It's my pleasure to let you know that this year's Canadian University Report was published on Oct 25 as a printed magazine and distributed through The Globe and Mail newspaper, and is also available in its complete form online as a downloadable PDF or an easily readable eZine.
There’s a long-standing debate as to the reasons young men and women should attend university. Traditionalists maintain that the ivory towers are there to produce well-rounded, thinking individuals and that undergraduates should first learn for learning’s sake and worry about employment training later. Personally, I rather lament the lost ideal of getting educated for the pure joy of it, as unfeasible (perhaps even elitist) as that concept may be in today’s world.
That said we, at the Canadian University Report, recognize that thoughts of a future career are implicit in the university application process for most high-school students today. There are so many choices of career, and so many university programs that lead to that end, that a bad choice of campus or degree can be a costly mistake to make. That’s why we have added a new element to the mix in this year’s magazine: a section called Working Knowledge, a careers-oriented wealth of information designed to help students tailor their university search to complement their future employment goals.
Of course, the magazine still features our annual undergraduate-satisfaction survey. We were the first to grade universities based on what their students said about them, and nine years later, it’s still an amazing resource to help applicants make the right choice. If students want to find out what life is really like on the campuses they have in mind, this survey will help them.
Also new this year is a series of 12 video clips (as featured on BNN TV in October in November) with many representatives of universities and some colleges on “The Right Choice for Undergrad Studies”.