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  1. My friend was a part-time student throughout her entire undergrad and got accepted to all of the OT programs in Ontario. However, she did have a very good reason for being a part-time student (family support related) and a great sGPA (>3.95). At the time, she was also worried that this would be a disadvantage and some schools did tell her that a full course load was preferred, so she made sure to talk about her reasons for being a part-time student in her personal statements.
  2. Maybe you can try calling to ask if they are still sending out offers, and if so, when do they plan on sending them out? Or perhaps how many spots are left in the class?
  3. I think it is protocol for the faculty to have the "final" say, but I have never heard of professional program applicants being rejected by the faculty if the school has recommended them. I have heard that this occasionally, but rarely, happens for research-based grad school programs where the PI recommends a student, but the faculty rejects them on certain grounds (eg. your grades or GRE scores not being high enough). But yeah, if I were you I wouldn't stress about it!
  4. Got a call and email that I was accepted to Western OT off the waitlist (upper third) but I'll be turning it down. I hope that opens up a spot for one of you waitlisters!
  5. Just wanted to add that gaining a variety of PT experiences is important, but what I think is equally important is how you communicate what you learned from these experiences in your essays. I only have 2 directly-related PT volunteer positions in my resume, but in my Queen’s essays I wrote more about experiences that demonstrated what I learned in these settings and how they lead me to the PT profession. Good luck to you!
  6. Lol thank you for taking the time to write out this very long, very detailed, very passionate, essay-like response to this topic. I stand by everything I said in my original post. Have a nice day
  7. I disagree. Experiences, references, interviews, and essays are what set applicants apart. If 95% of admissions was based on GPA, then what stops people who have no real interest in pursuing a career in the OT or PT field from applying as backups? While a 3.86 GPA is harder to achieve than a 3.73, who are you to say that those with a higher GPA have "demonstrated better ability to succeed in the graduate program"? It goes without saying that clinical placements are a huge focus of the programs (and profession) as well, and the soft skills you gain from volunteering are also valuable in preparing you to become a clinician in the field.
  8. No not yet! I’m still super undecided. How about you?
  9. I can see why that language is a little confusing lol. I think that by upper half that means you’re positioned closer to the top of the list (1-50). This is how Western describes their waitlist, which might be similar to UofA: “our wait list consists of 104 applicants and is divided into thirds (upper 1-42, middle 43-75, and lower 76-104) But if you’re still not sure you should email them!
  10. Unfortunately, I think that based on the sGPA increase in recent years, anything lower than a 3.7 would be a long shot. Most OT schools in Ontario don't release what they consider a competitive sGPA, but Mac posted that their cut-off for a first round interview invite this year was 3.77. This eventually went down to 3.75 with people accepted off the waitlist. So if you think about Ontario schools having a similar applicant pool as this group, the top ~300ish people who apply to OT have an sGPA in the high 3.7s (of course Mac only looks at GPA so a bunch of people might have applied as a backup, which skews it higher). However, if OT is really what you want, I really hope this doesn't discourage you from trying again! Many people on this forum have applied 2, even 3 times before getting in. This year off could be your time to boost your sGPA, make money, and gain more experiences in the profession. There are also some people who have tons of experience but have an sGPA in the low-mid 3.7s who have been accepted, so experience, essays, and references could make a HUGE difference! It's just that the reality of things is that sGPA is usually the first cut-off point for schools before your application is looked at, so I would definitely focus on improving that this year. Also do you have a higher cGPA than sGPA? I think Queens and McGill (correct me if I'm wrong) look more at cGPA so that could be to your advantage. Anyway, best of luck to you and I hope you don't let this setback stop you from pursuing OT!
  11. I second this question about what areas to live in. Do you have any recommendations for apartment buildings? I would be interested in a bachelor, 1 or 2 bedroom that is a close commute to campus. Also, can you speak a little about the student life and profs in the program? Thanks again
  12. Thank you for doing this! I would really love to learn more about Queens PT before I make my decision. 1) What are some of your likes and dislikes about the program so far? Including the school and program itself, courses, placement opportunities, etc. 2) What are your thoughts on the Queens catchment area? Do you find that there is a good variety of opportunities? 3) What do you think makes Queens different from the other PT programs?
  13. If they went 28 spots down the waitlist last year you should be fine! Fingers crossed for you
  14. There was a video on the Queens PT admissions website a year or two ago about their admissions selection process. It was very detailed and unfortunately I can't find it anymore, but I definitely remember them saying they send out 125 offers for 74 spots! Edit: I found the link to the video! https://stream.queensu.ca/Watch/Ji38Bwj5 Skip to 10-14 mins to hear about their selection process.
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