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  1. You can always call and ask the office about movement but for those of you who are anxious, the Facebook group for the first years has 95 members not including upper years so that would leave at least 25 spots for people on the waitlist provided all those who were accepted joined the group as was recommended.
  2. I know for sure my class has 1 international student from Iran. I believe 2 others are international students from China and Korea but I can’t say for certain. And then I’m not sure about other years. Sorry couldn’t be more help! I would honestly just call or email admissions to ask if they have information about this.
  3. This is no longer very accurate in my opinion because the scholar stream has been taken out. The scholar stream allowed for students to work closely with profs in a separate for credit course that was in that profs research area. However, there is still a capstone project during all of second year that is research focused and similar to the scholar stream concept. There is a lot of research going on and profs are open to you reaching out but in my opinion it was difficult to find the time to do so on top of the first semester’s workload.
  4. One girl in my class told me she wasn’t accepted until her third admission cycle and was told by admissions it was due to her lack of taking a full course load even though she explained in her letter of intent she worked 2+ jobs during school one of which was in a healthcare field. That being said, I don’t know if her gpa was as high as that. I don’t mean to discourage you I just want to let you know it can have an impact. We were told essentially if you are stacked against someone else with the same gpa and similar extra curricular activities then they will opt to rank the person who took the
  5. The community is really great, invites to a Facebook group will be sent sometime in June I believe for your cohort to get connected with one another and upper year members. You get to know your class pretty well. I’m not sure how orientation will be this year given that in person classes for the fall is still up in the air. As for grades, they really don’t matter anymore. A minimum to pass is a C+ (I think 65%?). Everyone tries really hard first semester but if you just do the work you’ll do well and the faculty gives you a lot of chances to make up for poor grades (e.g. they allow re takes fo
  6. I would recommend going to Edmomton. From what I’ve gathered it seems the Calgary campus doesn’t get as much access to our profs (harder to build rapport with a prof) and resources as well as they seem quite isolated from a lot of the OT campus community we have built. But I would also try and get in touch with a Calgary cohort member to really see because I am in the Edmonton one myself.
  7. If you email asking if you’re in the upper or bottom half they will tell you and the waitlist usually moves by half!
  8. We were told the Casper test isn’t actually used in ranking applications yet for u of a OT and it’s currently being used to gather data to see if it can predict if admitted students do well or not do don’t stress too much for that.
  9. The online GARS system takes awhile to update and beartracks will lag by a day or two as well so don’t stress over that! Your email is official As for the transcript I believe it’s by December 31 (if you’re referring to the one graduate studies faculty requires) but the sooner the better because I had friends who waited and it was stressful to get the documents closer to the date! Congrats to everyone who got in and to those waitlisted just know it usually moves by around half and people in my year got in until practically orientation.
  10. Hi there, current U of A OT student. Admissions should be releasing first round of admission decisions by end of today. If not today, then this week! They tend to let people know right around end of the work day from what I recall haha. Remember if you get waitlisted, you can email back and ask if you are in the upper or lower half of the waitlist!
  11. Received my acceptance to U of A OT today. Good luck to everyone still waiting!
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