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Know Before You Go

Know Before You Go…
is a resource that is intended for Grade 12 students, and the educators who support them, as they transition from high school to post-secondary studies and/or employment. This life skills resource helps students anticipate, identify and navigate situations they will encounter when entering the realm of postsecondary education. It contains information on many topics including paying bills, study skills, roommate issues, identity questions and embedded throughout is how to maintain good mental health and seek help as needed.

Click here to download a PDF of Know Before You Go.

Gr12 Year-at-a-Glance

Things to do Before Graduation

download Grade 12 at a glance VERSION: Sept27-2021 pdf

September

  • Most applications are NOW OPEN, including UBC.
  • Visit EducationPlanner to create a STUDENT ACCOUNT
  • Start early and take your time
  • Follow the Fulton School Counselling Department website for important updates.
  • Find and record, in an accessible place your Ministry of Education PEN (Personal Education Number- 9 digits) found on your report card or transcript.
  • Ensure you have a Social Insurance Number:  www.servicecanada.gc.ca
  • Set up an email account with a professional email address for post-secondary/scholarship correspondence.
    • DO NOT use “Hotmail” email accounts as they are known to redirect email from post-secondary institutions to “junk mail”.
  • Look over the B.C. Graduation Requirements and make sure you are on track to graduate.
  • Ensure you will have 80 credits (Grade 10, 11, 12) to meet BC graduation requirements, including Language Arts 12 (e.g. English Studies or English First Peoples) and 3 grade 12 courses
  • Check to make sure you are taking the correct courses to accomplish your goals. See your school counsellor if you have questions.  (great search tool: https://www.educationplannerbc.ca/)
  • Explore options for after high-school, e.g. work, travel, university, tech school, apprenticeship…
  • Check post-secondary application deadlines and entrance requirements. Online application for many post-secondary schools opens in September.
    (BC application hub: https://apply.educationplannerbc.ca/)
  • If you plan to attend post-secondary in the U.S.A. you may need to write the SAT or ACT.
  • If English is not your first language. To apply for post-secondary, you may need to write one of the following English assessments (IELTS, TOEFL)
  • If you are a top academic student, see your school counsellor regarding some large scholarships that have deadlines in the Fall. (see scholarship page)
  • Grad Bottle Drive – ON GOING…Take bottles to CHASERS BOTTLE DEPOT (the one by the mall) and say the empties are for “FULTON 2022 GRAD”

October

  • LAST GRAD HOODIE ORDER DUE WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2021 See Mrs. Harrison
  • Compile a list of volunteer activities and community involvement for scholarships and employment applications and update your resume or use the Reference Letter Planner
  • Start researching scholarships, bursaries and student loans.
  • Apply for post-secondary if would like to attend your post-secondary studies next year. Students can apply to B.C. colleges and universities on various online application platforms.
  • Grad Bottle Drive – ON GOING…Take bottles to CHASERS BOTTLE DEPOT (the one by the mall) and say the empties are for “FULTON 2022 GRAD”

November

  • Okanagan College Application OPENS…Apply EARLY for limited enrollment programs (e.g. technology, nursing, etc)
  • Log on to the Student Transcript Service account and give consent for the Ministry of Education to send your grades to B.C. universities and the final transcripts (July) to any post-secondary institution you choose on the form. On this form put a check in the box for all B.C. institutions. If you have applied to an institution in another province or country, you can designate this too.
  • When you are completing the online Student Transcript Services (STS), you ARE NOT applying to post-secondary institutes nor is it self-reporting! You are simply giving the Ministry of Education your permission to send your interim and final grades to the post-secondary institutes of your choice when the time comes!
  • PLEASE select all BC institutions, this will simplify your life if you were to make changes and apply to another institution
  • If you have applied to an institution in another province or country, you can designate this too.
  • If you want to be considered for the Major Entrance Scholarship at U.B.C. you will need to apply by December 1.
  • Do a weekly check of your EMAIL and STUDENT ACCOUNT provided by the college/university that you have applied to…checking for admission updates, scholarship dates, offers of admissions…SOME of this information has deadlines to respond…DON’T MISS a deadline—CHECK your college/university student account!
  • Grad Bottle Drive – ON GOING…Take bottles to CHASERS BOTTLE DEPOT (the one by the mall) and say the empties are for “FULTON 2022 GRAD”

December

  • All applications to universities and colleges in Canada are now available. Applications to all post-secondary institutes are on the internet now so check their websites. In B.C. it is www.educationplannerbc.ca/
  • Do a weekly check of your EMAIL and STUDENT ACCOUNT provided by the college/university that you have applied to…checking for admission updates, scholarship dates, offers of admissions…SOME of this information has deadlines to respond…DON’T MISS a deadline—CHECK your account!
  • Grad Bottle Drive – ON GOING…Take bottles to CHASERS BOTTLE DEPOT (the one by the mall) and say the empties are for “FULTON 2022 GRAD”

January

  • Graduation Photo SIGN UP Starts Mon. Jan. 17th
    • See Mrs. Harrison at break time to sign up
    • Photos take place in February
  • If you failed a semester 1 course, this may impact your ability to graduate and/or be admitted to post-secondary programs. See your school counsellor if you have any questions.
  • Do a weekly check of your EMAIL and STUDENT ACCOUNT provided by the college/university that you have applied to…checking for admission updates, scholarship dates, offers of admissions…SOME of this information has deadlines to respond…DON’T MISS a deadline—CHECK your college/university student account!

Admission Deadlines

The admission deadline to most Canadian universities is February 28. U.B.C. has a deadline of January 15. Deadlines vary per institute. Students will start receiving emails and letters from universities outside B.C. asking for up-to-date transcripts. These outside institutes want your latest available Grade 11 and Grade 12 marks sent to them before their stated deadlines. For a lot of students, this means sending in your first interim grades. If you require an official transcript see the front office.

Awards and Scholarships

Many award applications are now being advertised. Most major Canadian university entrance awards have a February deadline.

  • Grad Bottle Drive – ON GOING…Take bottles to CHASERS BOTTLE DEPOT (the one by the mall) and say the empties are for “FULTON 2022 GRAD”

February

  • Graduation Photo (Date: Fri. Feb. 11th – Sun. Feb 13th)
  • Sign up started (Date: Mon. Jan. 17th)
  • See Mrs. Harrison at break times to sign up
  • If you are planning to apply for student housing, applications usually start now. Check post-secondary websites for information.
  • Do a weekly check of your EMAIL and STUDENT ACCOUNT provided by the college/university that you have applied to…checking for admission updates, scholarship dates, offers of admissions…SOME of this information has deadlines to respond…DON’T MISS a deadline—CHECK your college/university student account!
  • Grad Bottle Drive – ON GOING…Take bottles to CHASERS BOTTLE DEPOT (the one by the mall) and say the empties are for “FULTON 2022 GRAD”

March

  • Local SD#22 scholarship/bursary forms are available on the Fulton and SD#22 websites.
  • Self-report your Semester 1 marks to the post-secondary institutions that have this service. Your Semester 2 will be available mid-May. Use your personal site (Login) on the institution’s website to self-report.
  • A list of the Community Awards, applications and the District Award application is available before Spring Break. Students MUST complete the online application form to be considered for ANY of the scholarships listed in the scholarship booklet.  The link to ALL this information and the local scholarship application will be activated in March.
  • Do a weekly check of your EMAIL and STUDENT ACCOUNT provided by the college/university that you have applied to…checking for admission updates, scholarship dates, offers of admissions…SOME of this information has deadlines to respond…DON’T MISS a deadline—CHECK your college/university student account!
  • Grad Bottle Drive – ON GOING…Take bottles to CHASERS BOTTLE DEPOT (the one by the mall) and say the empties are for “FULTON 2022 GRAD”

April

  • Be sure you are passing all your courses in order to graduate.
  • Do a weekly check of your STUDENT ACCOUNT connected to the colleges/universities that you have applied to…checking for admission updates, scholarship dates, offers of admissions…SOME of this information has deadlines to respond…DON’T MISS a deadline—CHECK your college/university student account!
  • Grad Bottle Drive – ON GOING…Take bottles to CHASERS BOTTLE DEPOT (the one by the mall) and say the empties are for “FULTON 2022 GRAD”

May

  • Make sure the LPI, IELTS or TOEFL tests are done if you need to do them. Most universities want IELTS/TOEFL results by springtime and LPI by mid-July.

Conditional Acceptance

B.C. universities offer “conditional acceptance” and a registration date based on your second interim grades (these grades reflect September to February school work) that are received from the Ministry of Education on an ongoing basis. Remember acceptance is conditional (upon graduating in July and maintaining good grades) until confirmed. Once you believe you have confirmed your offer, check your university account to ensure your deposit and scholarships you may have been offered are shown in your account.

TIPS: Print and save the registration number given to you when you apply through Education Planner and put it in a safe place. Also, save your university log in account – you will need them!

  • Grad Bottle Drive – ON GOING…Take bottles to CHASERS BOTTLE DEPOT (the one by the mall) and say the empties are for “FULTON 2022 GRAD”

June

  • Post-secondary course registration: register on the date and time given by the institution. Classes fill quickly and there may not be alternative sections of the course you want or need.
  • Spend time studying to do well on any final exams.
  • June 15th or 16th (date tba) Grad Rehearsal
  • June Fri. June 17th @ 4PM Grad Ceremony
  • Thank your teachers and parents for supporting you.

July/August

  • Official transcripts available online in late July
  • Confirmation of acceptance to Post-Secondary pending
  • Scholarship funds can be accessed
ASK QUESTIONS! RECORD THE ANSWERS!
FOLLOW THROUGH WITH YOUR GOALS!

Tips for Applying to University

TIPS FOR APPLY TO UNIVERSITY

  1. DECIDE which institution, program, and campus you want to attend.
  2. MEET the requirements. Find out if you meet the institution’s general admission and specific program admission requirements.
  3. CONFIRM the application deadline and plan for enough time to get your application completed before the deadline.
  4. GATHER the following information:
    Personal contact information, including an email address you check regularly
    Proof of citizenship
    High school transcript access information (If in BC, the Personal Education Number – PEN)
    Official Post-secondary transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended; even if you did not complete your studies. The official transcript must be sent directly to the institution you are applying to from the originating institution.
    Study Permit (if you are a student from an international high school or post-secondary institution)
    Program name, campus location, and estimated start date
  5. ORGANIZE supplemental information, such as:
    >Personal statement about why you would like to take the program
    >Career goal statement outlining how the program you are applying to fits your career goals
    >Reference letters
    >Writing sample from a project or essay you have done in another class
    >Resume or portfolio
  6. APPLY ONLINE through EducationPlannerBC or as per the institution’s instructions. Tips at How to Apply.
  7. PAY the Application Fee. Fees vary depending on the institution, from $0 to $100.
  8. SUBMIT the application. You should get a confirmation email within 3-10 business days saying your application has been received. If you do not get a confirmation email, check your Junk/Spam folders first, then contact the institution’s Admissions/Registrar’s office to ensure they received and are processing your application. It is your responsibility to follow-up.
  9. CHECK your application status. Many institutions offer the ability to monitor your application status online. Information about how to check your application status will usually be included in your application confirmation letter.
Source: https://www.educationplannerbc.ca/

Search for YOUR school of choice

While this collection was once HUGE and DIVERSE, every year fewer and fewer colleges and universities sn-mail out hard copies of their information.  YOUR BEST SOURCE of information about a particular college or university is their website.

A quick search of your interested school will take you–VIRTUALLY– to their campus.

We have also assembled a list of links to various search tools to locate a college, university or program of study.

Education Planner BC

  • EPBC integrates planning, application and program information in one website. By using the centralized planning resources, students can search for information about various programs, institutions and communities across B.C., allowing them to make informed decisions about the programs to which they choose to apply.
  • When students decide to apply to one or more programs, they can complete the application through EducationPlannerBC without having to re-enter the same information each time.

Universitystudy.ca

  • This  site is published by Universities Canada, a national organization representing 97 public and private not-for-profit universities and university degree-level colleges. The information found on this website is compiled by Universities Canada staff in cooperation with member universities and regional university associations in Canada.

CollegeBoard.org

  • College Board is America’s largest college-going organization, helping millions of students navigate the transition from high school to college each year through programs like the SAT, AP, and BigFuture.

University Application Websites

Most colleges and universities start accepting applications for admissions in Septmeber of your grade 12 year.  The opening and closing dates vary from school to school, so you must do that research EARLY!

Listed below are links to various application websites.
Alternatively, you can find your school of choice and enter APPLY in “their” website search engine.

, apply to BC schools

, apply to Alberta schools

, apply to Ontario universities

, apply to Ontario colleges

, apply to “select” American schools

How much does college/university cost?

There are a number expenses or cost connected to going to college and university.  The following is a list of the expenses you should know about and plan to finance.

TUITION – How much will your program cost you? Figure this out by the semester or by the month, and for the entire length of the program.  Costs can vary greatly due to:

  • Program choice – some institutions and programs have higher fees than others. Compare the cost of tuition between not only institutions but also programs.
  • Co-op – programs with co-op options may be less because during your co-op semester you will earn a wage that can be used to offset tuition.
  • Class format – courses that have labs in addition to lectures, or programs that are taught using a hands-on or simulation format may have higher tuition costs.

STUDENT FEES – All institutions have student fees that are used to support student services. Most institutions offer medical coverage and bus passes.

BOOKS & SUPPLIES – Some programs only require you to purchase books, while others will require you to purchase tools, work boots, art supplies or specialized computer software. Some disciplines, such as nursing, have expensive textbooks.

LIVING EXPENSES – Outline what it will cost for you to live while attending college or university. Are you able to live at home with your parents? If not, will you live in on-campus housing, or will you rent a place? Don’t forget to include expenses like food, hydro, transportation, cell phone, internet, etc.


University tuition fees (Canadian dollars) for full-time Canadian and international students in an arts and humanities program range from $2500 to$10000, depending on the school and program of study. Check out some information from  a national organization representing 97 public and private not-for-profit universities and university degree-level colleges