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  1. You have to get a WES evaluation for those classes if I recall correctly. They will definitely include the grades from that institution in to your GPA calculation
  2. If you're a non-trad, it'll be your ECs that'll carry you (assuming you have a lot of diverse and unique experiences). I wouldn't worry too much about your GPA as long as you are above 80+. Good luck!
  3. Just out of curiosity, does UBC admit 288 each year or does the 288 also include the people that had to repeat a year or defer admission?
  4. Hey guys, I know this may be a pretty over-asked question here, but I'm an UG student that just finished 2nd year and planning to apply to a few Canadian medical schools, with UofT being one of them. However, I'm really worried that my ECs will be holding me back in the autobiographical sketch. My cGPA currently is around 3.94 Currently, I have extensive employment experience in research during my undergrad (have authored two articles), along with ~3.5 years of employment since high-school as a pharmacy assistant, a competitive dancer for the past 10 years, a few unique life experiences (coming from a low SES family and having to work, being involved the care of a family member suffering from severe disability and being exposed to medicine from a very young age due to my family member's condition). I have multiple academic awards/scholarships.I also have a few hobbies I'll be adding. Other than that, I'm involved with a lot of clubs at my school in a leadership capacity. I am also a writer for a University affiliated medical journal. Other than that, I really haven't done much with my volunteer experience being very marginal. Do you think it's possible to land an interview with these stats?
  5. Current applicants, did UBC mention anything regarding GPA calculations from this semester? I'm a prospective applicant and I was wondering what they will be doing with grades from this semester due to the whole COVID19 situation
  6. Im a 2nd year UG lurking here and I just wanted to wish you guys all good luck! I hope all of your hard-work pays off. To all the people who wont be as lucky this year, just remember that it is an accomplishment in and of itself to make it this far! Its a matter of not if, but when you get in.
  7. Given alternate grading schemes and/or open book exams, do you think the applicant pool will have a higher average compared to last year? Or do you think it will be around the same?
  8. Hey guys, So I recently got accepted in to the pharmacology program at UBC for third year. Any alumni/current students have tips on how to excel and do well in this program? What are the exams and assessments like? Are they lenient or harsh with marking? I've heard it can be very rigorous and I just want to make sure I'm prepared to handle all the work. Thanks for your input
  9. Thank you so much for your reply! I know, it's hard to tell how things will proceed really. I just really wish UBC was transparent with how they evaluate files because they tend to be very secretive...
  10. With the whole COVID-19 situation going on, a lot of my extracurricular activities (summer research, volunteering) have been put on hold. As a second year UG I was planning on applying for this year's cycle (MED 2025), but I'm slowly deciding against it as I've basically got little to none volunteering experience (I was hoping to have at least 100 hours by the end of June, but will probably have way way less than that by the cutoff date). Will I be hugely disadvantaged? Apart from volunteering, I have extensive employment experience in research during my undergrad (have authored two articles), along with ~4 years of employment since high-school, a few life experiences (coming from a low SES family and having to work, being involved the care of a family member suffering from disability and being exposed to medicine from a very young age due to my family member's condition) and on-campus involvement. I feel that I do have a half-decent mix of extracurricular activities, but I'm scared that I've not been involved long enough for some of my volunteer activities and that the adcoms will simply see me as a resume padder focused on quantity over quality. I have a GPA of ~90-91. Realistically, do you guys think I can expect an interview this December? I know it's a pretty common question asked on this forum but it'd be great if someone has some insight. Also, do you guys think that the adcoms will give some leeway to applicants this year due to this whole situation?
  11. For this event, what is Diversity defined as? Is it living with a person with a serious disability or coming from a low-income family? Or is it for older non-traditional applicants?
  12. Hey man, don't stress– if you get your average to an 85+ by the end of 4th year I think youll have a solid shot. Don't stress about not having a high enough GPA, people with lower averages in the 80-85 range get in as well. Even if you don't get in your first try, just keep reapplying because if you keep on improving yourself they'll see that. I know people who have gotten in after applying 4-6 times. Just keep up the commitment to all your ECs and find ways to buff up your resume and one day that day will come.
  13. UBC Med considers 10 courses/30 credits to be a full course load. I was wondering if having 29 credits in my second year will have a negative impact on my application? Should I be worried?
  14. The number of applicants actually did not go up, it is around the same compared to last year (~1300). The number of BC and OOP applicants they show in the first page are the ones including the disqualified and withdrawn applicants.
  15. Hey guys, I was wondering if it is appropriate for the Diversity of experience section to put down how I've grown up in a relatively low-income (lower middle class) household, with my dad having to work 7 days a week (as long as 18 hours), because my mom can't work as my sister suffers from a disability.
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