University planning

Marianopolis is a gateway to the world’s top universities. Each year, nearly 9 out of 10 students attend their first-choice university, the majority in their first-choice programs. Here is where parents of Marianopolis students can learn how to support university planning and the various College resources available to students as they prepare for the future.

Starting early

Students should begin investigating programs and universities in their first year of college. Applying to multiple programs at different universities, each with its own set of admission requirements, requires a lot of organization and planning. The work students devote now to understanding options and admission requirements will significantly minimize stress next year when they apply. Some university application deadlines are as early as October of the year preceding the start date, and scholarship application deadlines are often earlier than program application deadlines.

How universities assess applications

University entrance requirements vary widely by school and program. For some programs, the only criteria used for admissions is academic performance. Other programs require a personal statement, a CV, samples of written work, proof of proficiency in English or French, an audition or interview, a portfolio, admission tests or recommendation letters.

The R-Score (cote R) is a calculation of Quebec college students’ grades used by the province’s universities when they consider applicants for admissions. Learn more about Marianopolis and the R-Score.

Obtaining information about university

Academic Advisors help students explore university programs and provide guidance on the application process. They can clarify procedures, discuss the various components of their application and help students plan a timeline to gather all required material in time for the various deadlines. Academic Advisors meet one-on-one with students during scheduled meetings and drop-in hours, and host webinars and workshops throughout the year, covering various university programs and application procedures.

Counsellors help students discover career pathways and provide guidance to students who are unsure of what they might like to study in university. Counsellors meet one-on-one with students during scheduled meetings, and organize workshops on skills and interests assessment and career exploration. Students can also get help with their CV and personal statements from Counsellors and the Writing Centre staff.

Information on how students can meet with an Academic Advisor, a Counsellor or the Writing Centre is available here. Students are also encouraged to attend university open houses, almost all of which are taking place virtually this year.

How to support students in their university planning

Encourage them to start learning about different universities and potential fields of study early on. University websites are comprehensive and it takes time and patience to research all the options. Attending virtual open houses is a good way to learn more about the schools that interest them. Virtual campus tours are often available as well. Encourage them to seek the help of an Academic Advisor in understanding university terminology, program options and admission requirements.

It is also important to remind them to stay open-minded and to avoid an all-or-nothing approach to choosing a program or university. Some students feel responsible for making the “right decision” about what to study and where. In reality, there are multiple paths they can take to achieve their educational and career goals. At the same time, if a student is applying to a highly selective university program, or if they are unsure that they will meet the minimum entrance requirements, they must remain flexible so they can reorient and explore parallel options. You can help them navigate this process and formulate contingency plans in order to minimize stress.