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Canadian University Admissions

Interested in studying in Canada? From medicine to law and much more, Crimson helps students reach their ultimate Canadian university admissions goals.

Why Canada?


Canadian Degrees

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The "Big Three"

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Application Portals


How To Apply

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Why Crimson Education?

The process of applying to Canadian universities is not only complex, but also highly competitive, with acceptance rates to top universities like McGill and the University of British Columbia at an all-time low. Crimson’s unique college admissions consultancy model lifts students above the global applicant pool addressing every aspect of the application with equal intensity.

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01. Why Canada?

Many people are now choosing Canada as a studying destination. It offers many things, and loads of top universities to choose from. Here are some of the top reasons people are choosing Canada:

  • It’s COST EFFECTIVE, as tuition fees are significantly lower than US universities;
  • There are many options AFTER GRADUATING, as students will qualify for a 3-year visa and will be able to work towards Permanent Residency Status;
  • Admissions PRIORITIZE ACADEMICS, meaning that there is less emphasis on extracurriculars than in the US, and that applications are extremely competitive;
  • Canada is MULTICULTURAL, with a diverse population leading to a unique experience in the student bodies of Canadian universities; and
  • Canada has a HIGH QUALITY OF LIFE, with a very warm and welcoming people to greet you when you arrive.
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02. Canadian Universities & Degrees

Canada broadly has types of degrees: 1) Academic Degrees, where Canada sits somewhere in between the US's flexible liberal arts system and the rest of the world's pre-professional systems. Students apply to a specific course of study, but then have the freedom to build part of their own path around what they are studying. 2) Diplomas or Applied Degrees, where academic study is combined with practical application to ensure students are ready to work when they finish their studies. Then there are four main types of universities:


03. The "Big Three"

Canada's most well-known universities are the "Big Three": the University of Toronto, McGill University, and the University of British Columbia.

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04. Regional Application Portals

Unlike the UK and US, Canada does not have a single, centralized application portal. Instead, most universities use regional application portals. Because of this, it is worth checking the requirements for each individual institution you are applying to ahead of time. As there are multiple platforms, if you encounter problems applying, feel free to reach out to us for assistance! We explore the three main regional portals here: Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC), ApplyAlberta, and EducationPlannerBC.

05. How To Apply

Unlike the US, Canada has no centralised application process. This means it is important to check the specific requirements of each university you are applying to. It is important to do as much research as possible when applying to Canadian universities, both to ensure you understand the application requirements, and also to make the best possibly informed decision on where to apply.

Like the UK, you will need to apply for a specific major, but Canada is more flexible in this regard and will allow some degree of switching after you start.

Here are some of the most common requirements when applying to Canadian universities.

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Official school transcript English language qualifications (TOEFL/IELTS or waiver) Course specific prerequisite subjects Proof of standardised testst

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Apply for a study visa Extracurriculars and volunteering Teacher References

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Demonstrating competence and curiosity about your chosen field of study Putting your achievements in context

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The applications process begins in the fall of the year before you wish to start college

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