Dicentra Posted May 18, 2018 Share Posted May 18, 2018 I know there are a few scattered Canadians around the boards so I thought I'd share our success story. Canadian homeschoolers getting into university seems to be much more hit-or-miss than in the States so I was pretty apprehensive going into DD's final year of homeschooling. What if I'd totally messed up her entire future and no university would take her because she's homeschooled?!? You do your research but there's always that tiny part of you that lives in fear until the acceptances start coming in. A HUGE thank you to the other Canadians who have helped me and have gone before to show the way. You are amazing parents and educators. DD applied to 3 universities in Ontario and one in Manitoba. She applied to two different programs at two of the Ontario universities. Here are the results and what we did for each... **For all universities, I put together a physical package of documents and mailed it to the Office of the Registrar for each school. I included a cover letter written by DD outlining our homeschooling journey (including educational philosophy and her future career plans), a homeschool transcript including AP exam scores and SAT score, grade reports for courses taken through any online provider that doesn’t provide an official transcript with email from provider explaining that official transcripts not provided, detailed SAT results document, record of volunteer hours signed by the individual in charge of each volunteer opportunity, course descriptions for Grade 10, Grade 11, and Grade 12, copy of a graded essay (graded by someone other than me), and a copy of DD’s current resume. It was probably overkill but it allowed me to make sure that the universities had EVERYTHING they could possibly need to make their decisions. I also made sure that any online providers we used for course work sent official transcripts directly to the universities and that DD’s AP scores and SAT scores were sent directly to each university. Additionally, I called each registrar’s office on the phone back before Christmas and asked to speak to an admissions officer for each specific program so I could get a feel as to how homeschool friendly each school was and whether or not the person on the phone would give me the same info I had found on the school website. **For Ontario universities, the student will need to fill out a 105D application on the OUAC website: https://www.ouac.on.ca/ouac-105/ There’s a lot of information on the OUAC website so don’t be afraid to spend a couple of hours with your student and click around. For specific universities: *University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON) – accepted into the Honours Math Co-op Program and into the Honours Science program (President’s Scholarship of Distinction awarded) For Waterloo, MAKE SURE your student fills out the AIF (Admissions Information Form). I know it says the form is optional but it’s only optional for some programs. The more competitive programs (like math or computer science) have it as a mandatory part of their application process. Even if it isn’t mandatory, it’s a good way of letting Waterloo know what your student has done outside of academics. If your student is applying to either math or computer science, try to see if a local high school will allow them to write either the Euclid Math Contest or the Canadian Computing Competition along with their own students: http://www.cemc.uwaterloo.ca/contests/euclid.html http://www.cemc.uwaterloo.ca/contests/computing.html Waterloo uses the results from the contests to help decide on some scholarships. Overall, I thought Waterloo was quite homeschool friendly. The admissions officer I spoke to for the math program was homeschooled himself. *Western University (London, ON) – accepted into the Bachelor of Medical Sciences program and into the Bachelor of Music program in Piano Performance (Continuing Admission Scholarship awarded) The Med Sci acceptance was actually the first that DD received awhile back and it was the most competitive program she applied to. That was my “thank the stars that she’s accepted SOMEWHERE and I didn’t mess up her whole life” moment. DD and DH went down to London, ON for DD’s audition for the music program. You are allowed to send in a recorded audition but scholarships can only be awarded if the audition is live. They WILL ask the student to do technique and ear tests/sight reading as well as pieces EVEN if the student is an ARCT student who doesn’t require technique or ear tests/sight reading for the ARCT exam. Overall, Western seemed to be quite homeschool friendly, too. Their website actually makes them sound less homeschool friendly than they are in person so that was interesting to find out. *McMaster University (Hamilton, ON) – weirdly, we’re still waiting on hearing about an acceptance into Mathematics and Statistics program McMaster was a weird one. When we attended a university fair here last fall, McMaster seemed to be one of the more homeschool friendly Ontario universities. Once we started the application process, though, they seemed decidedly homeschool unfriendly. Even with DD’s 6 AP classes (all with syllabi approved by the College Board and with official AP exams) and her SAT scores (with essay) and along with some courses taken through distance education from accredited schools in Ontario, they seemed to be really hesitant about accepting those credentials. They really just seemed to want us to say that DD would be receiving an official OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma) and then everything would fall into place. Weird. We keep checking DD’s account on Mosaic (McMaster’s administrative information system) and one area of her account says that everything is complete but another area says she still needs to complete her application. Because she’s decided not to attend McMaster, she hasn’t called to clarify things. Maybe they’re waiting for final Grade 12 grades before offering acceptance? Given that DD got into Waterloo for Honours Math Co-op (arguably, the best school for math in the country) WITH a President’s Scholarship of Distinction, I find it difficult to believe that her marks aren’t good enough for McMaster. Overall, I don’t know that I’d recommend McMaster for homeschooled students unless you REALLY wanted to go there. But that’s just been our experience. *Canadian Mennonite University (Winnipeg, MB) – accepted into the Bachelor of Music program with a double major in Musicology/Piano Performance (top level entrance scholarship awarded and one of three continuing Music Merit scholarships awarded) This was a complete surprise to her dad and me. DD did the application, arranged the audition, and did everything on her own. It’s a VERY small university and it’s private (unlike the States, most universities in Canada are public). It is a member of Universities Canada, though, and CMU’s music department is a member of the Canadian University Music Society. It seems like a progressive Christian university and music is one of the main programs. They are also focused on social justice and peace-keeping which appeals to DD. CMU seems very homeschool friendly and because it’s so small, it’s easy to talk to an actual human being to ask questions. And you get consistent answers because you’re always talking to the same human being each time you call. DD has made her choice but I’d rather not say which for privacy reasons. If anyone wants to ask questions, particularly about applying in Ontario, I’m more than willing to be of assistance. Thank you , again, to all of the wonderful Hive members who are always so willing to help, share advice and stories, and be so incredibly supportive! 20 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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