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churros31 last won the day on May 27 2018

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  1. Great points mentioned above! I also wanted to note that while you can study during your commute, you should also factor in that you will be using time outside of class to practice clinical skills with classmates. This can definitely stretch out your day for longer than you planned and can be extra exhausting if you commute.
  2. I wasn't a student but I worked at UofT so I had an Acorn account through there
  3. This happened to me last year and I was accepted There have been threads about this in past years and it has been the case for others as well.
  4. 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.
  5. 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?
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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!
  12. 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
  13. 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
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