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How hard is it to make it into U of T?

Hello, apologies for asking this, but I am wondering how hard it is to make it into the U of T. While I did manage to get the stats of some students that were admitted, they seem to have stellar averages and strong ECs. I am myself in Grade 10, but I have finished several Grade 11/12 courses already, so I have a rough understanding of how I might do (Pre-Calc 11 – 97%; Chem 11 AP – 96%; Comp. Programming – 100%; Business Comp. App. – 92%; History 12 – 98%). Certainly these marks are not exactly stellar, but, if I continue to uphold these standards, would I be eligible for early admission? I have not done that many ECs – was a part of school’s math team and physics team, but the results were not particularly impressive. I was originally considering UBC, but U of T appears to have more interesting programs. Also, what marks does U of T look at? If I apply for an Arts or Sci program, would they look at my Business mark?

9 Answers

  1. There is no general admissions average or requirements for getting into U of T. It’s all program specific. Some programs are competitive others less so. You might want to do some research starting here – https://www.ontariouniversitiesinfo.ca/

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  2. It’s program dependant, the cut-offs can vary widely depending on the major and/or campus. You can look up individual prerequisites on the U of T website. Only gr. 12 marks matter, so if it’s not a gr. 12 course, they wouldn’t look at it.

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  3. Your grades seem great to me, actually. Don’t stress about extracurricular, you never need them for applications unless you may be applying for something that needs a supplementary (which is not the norm). But still be involved because you need that kind of stuff for scholarships. Coming from someone who just went through the application stage with my classmates, I can tell you the competition is very showy, but not nearly as hard to get into programs as some make it out to be. If I’m being blunt, it’s damn easy if you have the grades (which, I know, is not always easy to get). I know plenty of students with average grades and even mediocre grades who got into U of T. Of course, it all depends on how competitive your program is, but if you keep up good work ethic U of T should be a breeze for you. Still, don’t make the mistake of taking senior year lightly. If there’s one thing I learned, three years of highschool do NOT prepare you for everything lol. Hope this helps.

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  4. Humble brag detected. If you are serious about post-secondary, do your research. You could have literally googled “U of T admissions requirements.” https://www.ontariouniversitiesinfo.ca/ – you can get into most undergraduate programs at U of T with 70s and low-mid 80s. The problem is staying in and finding a good job coming out. Many students get a reality check after they go to university, because unis don’t pander to students and inflate their grades like you have now in high school. Getting a 90+ average in uni puts you in the top 1% of the class. What is the point of grades when anyone and their mother can get 90s now. You have near 100% grades in most of your courses, and say that these are not stellar grades. Because you know that it’s not hard to get these in high school now. Teachers just pander to students and hand out A/A+ grades like pancakes. Finally, don’t think getting a degree is difficult. Almost anyone can go to university somewhere in Canada, for some program, and get a 4 year degree. Stats Canada shows that over 50% of the Canadian population between the age of 25-64 has a degree now. My plumber has a degree and he makes more money doing plumbing. My advice to you is to think back to your Gr.10 careers class and research careers, not universities. Nail down on 1-3 career paths, and then focus on what you need to get there. For example, do you want to become a firefighter or paramedic? Go to college. Do you want to become an electrician? Do a skilled trade. Do you want to become a doctor? Do any university degree (science degrees not required), and work your ass off to get into medical school (less than 5% acceptance rates in Canada). But in any event, getting into U of T and undergrad is the easy part. The hard part is actually staying in and doing well, and then landing a good job coming out.

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