McGill requirements for A-levels! Ridiculous...

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I was just having a look at McGill's commerce program (undergrad, BCom) and last year, they required BBB (with a B at A-Level Maths) to get entry...so technically, you could still do fairly average in your A-levels and still get into the best university in Canada pretty much.

I'm guessing this is down to international student fees? So as long as you can afford it, not really a problem I guess!

Can anyone back me up on this? Must be the same for internationals applying over here then.
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I was just having a look at McGill's commerce program (undergrad, BCom) and last year, they required BBB (with a B at A-Level Maths) to get entry...so technically, you could still do fairly average in your A-levels and still get into the best university in Canada pretty much.

I'm guessing this is down to international student fees? So as long as you can afford it, not really a problem I guess!

Can anyone back me up on this? Must be the same for internationals applying over here then..!
Interesting, I head they were amazing for engineering from a friend.

Remember the quality of the department's teaching and research should also factor into your decision. So while they may have a great name for X,Y,Z for other things they may not be as great....this may go someway to explain the A level req
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Interesting, I head they were amazing for engineering from a friend.

Remember the quality of the department's teaching and research should also factor into your decision. So while they may have a great name for X,Y,Z for other things they may not be as great....this may go someway to explain the A level req
You again! I heard that their economics department in general was fairly prestigious but probably not the best taught...then again, McGill is the best university overall in Canada and pretty much every good employer will know of its rep!

Just wish it wasn't so bloody expensive!
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I was just having a look at McGill's commerce program (undergrad, BCom) and last year, they required BBB (with a B at A-Level Maths) to get entry...so technically, you could still do fairly average in your A-levels and still get into the best university in Canada pretty much.

I'm guessing this is down to international student fees? So as long as you can afford it, not really a problem I guess!

Can anyone back me up on this? Must be the same for internationals applying over here then..!
Remember like many in the UK, they may quote that as a minimum requirement but in reality the offers they make are likely to be higher. Having said that, from my experience Canadian Uni's view qualifications such as A-Levels and IB as very 'good' courses and so offers do seem lenient compared to those in the UK.
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Ultimately the requirements are fairly irrelevant if they receive a surplus of applications.
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they required BBB (with a B at A-Level Maths) to get entry...so technically, you could still do fairly average in your A-levels and still get into the best university in Canada pretty much.
Ok it might be the best uni and not asking for A*s and As but B isn't the average grade people get in A-levels. And anyway the people who actually egt onto that course probably do end up having to get higher than BBB.
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Because the first year is quite difficult and a LOT of the successful applicants will get kicked out for not getting the cut off marks in first year.
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Ultimately the requirements are fairly irrelevant if they receive a surplus of applications.
they never get a surplus of applications...

so these requirements are what it takes..

sometimes they may even let u in if get a little lower grade as well...
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they never get a surplus of applications...

so these requirements are what it takes..

sometimes they may even let u in if get a little lower grade as well...
Youre a McGill recruiter are you?
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Youre a McGill recruiter are you?

not now, an ex...
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not now, an ex...

Haha yeah, sure...
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Canada, eh?
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so wid a BBC at As.,. and predicted ABB.,. can someone get into McGill.,. cz just 1 mark i would hav ended wid ABB at AS too
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As a Canadian who lives 40 minutes from McGill, I can say that it IS a very prestigious school, one that is very well known with a great reputation. Just because the entry requirements are low doesn't mean that you'll get in with it. I know a variety of people who've gotten refused because their marks are too low. They look for well rounded students (volunteer hours, participant in the community, good reccomendations from teachers, etc) with grades of usually a minumum of 85-90 (not sure what that is for your grade system!). Not to discourage anyone, but just don't think it's easy to get into, even though we love international students for funding our education!
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Can anyone back me up on this? Must be the same for internationals applying over here then..!
YES.
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Can anyone back me up on this? Must be the same for internationals applying over here then..!
Yep pretty much, an American family friend of mine recently received entirely unconditional offers from St Andrews, Edinburgh and Exeter and I think Bristol. £££.
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A-levels are much harder then the Canadians Grade 12 Education thus the requirements are lower.
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how much is going to cost a british student to study there?
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I was just having a look at McGill's commerce program (undergrad, BCom) and last year, they required BBB (with a B at A-Level Maths) to get entry...so technically, you could still do fairly average in your A-levels and still get into the best university in Canada pretty much.

I'm guessing this is down to international student fees? So as long as you can afford it, not really a problem I guess!

Can anyone back me up on this? Must be the same for internationals applying over here then..!
I agree with Suner52 - the reason why British requirements are so low is because A-levels are technically equivalent to first-year university in Canada. In North America, an undergraduate degree is typically four years long because the Canadian/American education system only has 12 grades (i.e. our last year is equivalent to year 12 for you Brits). For British students doing A-levels, you will get "advanced standing" and thus skip first-year and finish university in just three years, like a typical European undergraduate degree.

I'm doing the IB, and the IB requirements for McGill are pretty ridiculously easy as well - 34 points. Compare that to 40-42 for Cambridge, or even 35 for St. Andrews! Again, the IB diploma counts as first-year university / advanced standing as well
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how much is going to cost a british student to study there?
A LOT cheaper then a canadian student studying in Britain. Just remember, the POUND is worth much more then the CAD dollar, so you're probs not gonna be paying much.
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