This article is part of a series covering the timeline of events from high school through your first year of university.

Click here to read the next article, which covers the first half of your Grade 12 year.

How to approach university before Grade 12

  • It might seem early for you to decide about the rest of your life, but it’s never a bad idea to sit down with your school’s guidance counsellor and have a chat.
  • Figure out what you’re passionate about, both in and out of school. Those are the things that can bring you to a university program that you’ll enjoy.
  • Consider the courses you will have to take in order to get into university programs you might apply to — but try to leave your options open. That could mean taking fewer open courses and more academic courses.
  • Your guidance counsellor can explain what different universities require to get into their programs. If you know this early on, you can be more confident in your course choices.

Tip: Math courses can open up more paths to you in university. Even some arts programs (such as economics and psychology) require you to have at least a Grade 11 academic math credit. Having some math experience under your belt can save you time and money in the future and give you more flexibility.

Your Grade 11 year

  • If you haven’t already, speak with your guidance counsellor to make sure the courses you choose for Grade 12 are the right ones for the university programs you’re interested in.
  • Remember if you want to apply to a science or professional program — or even certain arts programs — that a math course will probably be required. Sometimes you will need a science course too, so ask your guidance counsellor if you’re not sure you have everything covered.

Summer before Grade 12

  • Take some time to book campus tours at different universities to get a feel for their programs, the environment, and the people.