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these canadian schools you mentioned have been rather firmly established as being lower-tier ugrad schools in the us.

Really?

I was under the impression that McGill had quite a good reputation in the U.S., for several reasons, including the huge number of Americans enrolled here who return to the U.S. for jobs/higher education.

Also, I know a lot of students here who simply couldn't afford Ivies, despite getting in (even international tuition is only 10, 000 a year or something here). I mean...no one chose it over Princeton or anything, but there's a pretty strong student body. Definitely considered the best undergrad Canadian institution...

I'd be interested to know if anyone has heard anything from adcomms regarding McGill or UofT for that matter?

What I can say is that certainly in my department, a large one in the Faculty of Arts, the curve is somewhere between 2.7 and 3.0, and this is enforced fairly strongly by the department. The academic standards are quite strict and I would definitely say there is grade DEflation, if anything.


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Oh Canada! / Re: Where in the US do you hope to land and why?
« on: January 21, 2008, 02:47:55 AM »
The Southeast...I hate winter. NC would be great, I love Georgia...

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Honestly, I think within Canada, given that pretty much all schools are decent, you're really not going to find a difference. I'm at McGill and I pretty much wish I went to Laurier...where my GPA would have probably been higher (and I wouldn't have been paying any tuition, because of scholarships from HS). I'd stay with wherever you can manage a better GPA.

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Where should I go next fall? / Re: 3.3/low 170's...thoughts?
« on: January 15, 2008, 11:42:18 PM »
Always good to hear that I'm aiming too low...

If it helps, I'm in an honours UG program from a university known to deflate it's grade s pretty hard...and I have one F from second year when I thought taking linear algebra was a good idea that's hurt my GPA.

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Where should I go next fall? / 3.3/low 170's...thoughts?
« on: January 15, 2008, 11:34:44 PM »
This is what I've got so far...(for 08-09 cycle)

Reach: Duke, Vandy, UVA
Target/Reach: W&M, Wash & Lee, UNC
Target: Bama, UGA
Target/Safety: Ole Miss, Wake, Kansas
Safety: Mercer, LSU

Do those categories seem accurate? I know what my reaches are but I'm a little unsure about where to place the safeties, which safeties to go with, etc.

I'm willing to take other suggestions to do some research on, if anyone has any that I've missed. I like inexpensive schools in smaller towns/cities...schools that would likely offer me some love in the form of heavy scholarships are definitely going on my list (i.e. I'm not a whore for rankings).

I'm an international applicant, if that matters.



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