Who Gets In? The Truths and Myths of how Canadian Universities Make Admission Decisions

Who Gets In? The Truths and Myths of how Canadian Universities Make Admissions Decisions?

Grades, self-reporting, personal statements, short-answer questions, extra-curricular activities, and applicant interviews. A great deal of information can go into admission decisions. This raises a question: how do Canadian universities use all this information to determine who gets in? UBC’s director of undergraduate admissions, Andrew Arida will provide an overview of the rationale and process Canadian universities often use to make admission decisions. He will also dispel the myths and rumours that often surround it. Expect an interactive and lively discussion!

Thursday, February 22, 2018
6:30-8:00 pm
UBC Robson Square, C 300 Theatre

Light refreshments will be provided.

Parking: The Robson Square parking lot is $6 after 6:00 pm and $3.75/hr before 6:00 pm. Additional paid parking available in other parkades and street parking.

This event is sold out and the wait list exceeds potential availability. The talk will be recorded and released as an audio podcast here

Questions? Please contact Deanna Kayne at deanna.kayne@ubc.ca.

Speaker Biography

Andrew Arida

Andrew AridaAndrew is currently the Associate Registrar and Director of Student Recruitment & Undergraduate Admissions at the University of British Columbia. Andrew joined UBC in 1996 and has worked in prospective student recruitment, undergraduate admissions and enrolment management. He holds a BA in Psychology from the University of Calgary and an MA in Higher Education from UBC. His research focused on the effects of different admission criteria, including broad-based admissions and using the personal characteristics of applicants, on shaping a first-year class. Andrew sits on the International Baccalaureate College and University Recognition Committee and has shared UBC’s research on the IB Diploma with audiences in North America, Asia and Europe. Andrew is also the past President of ARUCC, the Association of Registrars of the Universities & Colleges of Canada.

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