Applying to a University in Canada – Expert Tips

Canadian universities receive tens of thousands of applications every year. How do you distinguish yourself as a prospective student compared to other students with a similar academic profile? To submit a successful application that would impress the admissions office, you should work on all aspects of the application. Make sure your application is honest, cohesive, and captures all the parts of your academic and personal achievements.

  1. It’s about the journey, not the destination
  • When you talk about your achievements, awards, work experience, and volunteer experience, talk also about your journey to reach that accomplishment. What did you learn about yourself that you didn’t know before? How did this teach you about the broader community you live in? Admissions officers are looking for students who are able to effectively convey their experiences in an engaging way.
  1. Show your leadership abilities
  • Universities are interested in candidates who show proactive engagement within their communities. Did you lead a project team?Did you start a club in school or college that made a large impact?
  • A strong application would show aspects of planning, gathering resources, making a timeline, and executing a certain proposition. Let your application shine by highlighting your performance, what went well, and what could be improved for the future. An honest evaluation shows that you are able to take criticism and are willing to work on your weaknesses.
  1. Proofread, then proofread again
  • Admissions officers aren’t as stringent about spelling and grammar as you think; they won’t reject your application over one mistake! However, if your essays aren’t coherent, and if information you present in one part of your application (for example, your resume) doesn’t match information in another part of your application (say, your Statement of Purpose), then it makes the admissions committee question your application. Also, spelling and grammar mistakes will make your application confusing and difficult to understand.
  • Read your application once you’re done and ask your friends, family, education counselor to review and provide their feedback for improvement.

Follow these tips to make your application stand out and create a lasting impression on the admission committee. There is a lot of competition and you must attempt to make your application unique by including personal achievements, the journey to these achievements and the lessons learnt on the way.