Originally Posted by 0bumblebee0
WOW! i cant believe zaizian got in with a 2.72. (but congratulations!)
I am from Canada and have a 3.2 with a 290AA, 300TS(i only studied for a week)
i interviewed at PCO in October and my application was put "on hold" cause I was asked to retake the OAT and is still on hold since I am waiting for this semester to end so I can take the OAT again. I have close to 1000 hours of volunteer at various organizations/hospitals and 100 hours of shadowing. And my interviews went very well at both schools.
"No offense to Americans but Canadian education system is known to be more challenging than American system" couldn't of said it better myself!
I have been told by many admission committees that most "normal Canadian" Universities are considered IVY league in the US.
"Ivy League" refers to an athletic conference, not a level of academic status. It just happens that several Ivy League schools are also very good schools. Many non-Ivy League schools are ranked higher academically than some Ivy League schools. The rigor of the academic system is highly dependent on the school you're talking about - all universities vary a great deal. And each program within a school has it's own level of challenge and reputation. I'm sure that's the same in Canada. For that reason, lots of grad programs rank undergraduate institutions on their level of rigor and take that into account when evaluating applicants. Don't knock our system!