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  1. @OT-UofT-PLS-2020 thanks, honestly right now it's a toss up between U of T and Western. I didn't expect to get in so I haven't looked at their programs that closely yet
  2. Applied + (PT or OT?): All OT: U of A, U of T, Western, Mac, Queen'sAccepted: U of A, U of T, WesternWaitlisted: Queen'sRejected: MacGPA:c-gpa=3.5 sgpa=3.7Perceived strength of essays/interviews/references: I thought my references and essays were pretty good, both very relevant to OT. I felt better after writing the CASPER than any other exam I wrote this year so I'm thinking that really helped me out.
  3. I'm on it but I got accepted to UofT and Western so I won't accept an offer from Queen's if I get one
  4. Congrats everyone! I just got my acceptance to U of A OT too! My sGPA was a 3.7 and I'm an in province applicant for anyone interested
  5. I'm a current undergrad at U of A and I'll say that there is almost 0% chance they'll include the winter semester grades for applying to grad school here. All undergrad programs here have gone to mandatory credit/no credit and as of April 1 this system has been finalized. Initially I was upset with this decision too but I've grown to accept it for a couple reasons. Firstly, there is no way to really ensure grades are legit, since it's so easy to cheat on online courses and the proctoring programs they've tried to use so far haven't been able to keep up. If students know that this semester's grades count then suddenly there is a huge incentive to cheat since you'd have to be pretty dumb to get caught at this point. Secondly, an optional grade or pass/fail system is easy to abuse, since you'll just take the grade in classes that you're doing well in and take a pass in the other classes. Also, if half the people in a class class decides they only care about passing the curve will be lowered, which will make it considerably easier to get a high letter grade. Thirdly, pretty much every university is doing things differently this semester for grading so there's no way to standardize grades. I think most importantly though, there's a lot of outside factors that are affecting students right now. People are getting sick, worried about loved ones, having money issues, being forced to move home with little notice, and having to deal with online delivery probably for the first time. Some of us are lucky enough to be in a situation where we can still do well academically, but a lot of people aren't, which is why I think it's fair to ignore the grades from this semester and avoid putting extra stress on people already in a difficult situation. Also yeah this won't affecting anyone applying to U of A for this cycle of PT/OT anyways.
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