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evolution of non academics as a selection tool
Educators across the globe are recognizing that it takes more than academic excellence to successfully complete professional schools and rise to the top in their selected profession. It also requires integrity, humanity, commitment, discipline, leadership, interpersonal and teamwork skills. Professional Schools in Canada have long recognized the importance of these factors and have explored ways to identify applicants who have academic competence and the personal qualities and experience necessary to be outstanding professionals.
Many Professional Schools in Canada have started incorporating elements of non-academic characteristics into their admissions processes. However, these processes vary widely by school due to differences in the size of their applicant pools and each school’s unique educational mission and goals. Admissions committees are now employing “holistic review” when evaluating applications. This means that admissions committees consider all accomplishments, experiences, and contexts of applicants when making admissions decisions, rather than focusing on one aspect of the application. It is widely observed that even though GPA and Standardized Test Scores have a higher weight in deciding which applicants to interview, these dropped in importance in deciding which applicants to admit.
How do Professional School admissions committees
There is a long list of requirements an applicant needs to fulfill in order to get a favorable decision from the admissions committee. Understanding how admissions committees view the various components of your application will help you make better decisions with regard to which extracurricular activities to pursue, as well as how to approach your written materials.