View Full Version : Liana, that is Incorrect!
05-22-2002, 12:34 AM
Liana, in a previous post you said, <!--EZCODE QUOTE START--><blockquote>Quote:<hr> some schools (like Mac) put restrictions on the number of first year courses you can take (ie, for Mac, if you take more than 5 first year courses and don't take any extra summer courses to make up for it, then you can't apply until after 4th year).<hr></blockquote><!--EZCODE QUOTE END-->
Where exactly did you hear this? Please get your facts straight before posting them. Mac doesn't have a limit on the number of first year courses that one can take. They look at the total number of courses completed from all years.
To to be eligible (by June of the year of application), the applicant needs to have completed a minimum of 30 credits (of which at least 20 must be level two or higher). Mac also accepts summer credits to fulfill this criteria.
Next time, make sure you know what you are talking about. Otherwise, refrian from making assumptions that may mislead or misguide people.
05-22-2002, 12:54 AM
I don't have any comments to make here; don't know the answer myself, but I'm going to move this to the Mac forum... :)
UBC, Med 3
05-22-2002, 06:23 AM
Actually Angelina, Liana is quite correct and so are you!
For those who are applying after year 3, it is important to ensure you have enough 2nd and 3rd year courses... A number of 3rd year applicants were disqualified this year for having too many 1st year courses in the mix...
While technically you are right with respect to her terminology of there being an actual "restriction"... there is no restriction per se, but there is definitely some very specific requirements for those applying from 3rd year, which is what she was referring to.
Hopefully this will serve as a quick heads up and save some angst for those who plan to apply after 3 years in the future!
05-22-2002, 08:17 AM
Yeah, it was a little confusing, and I know a couple people who were rejected because of it. Basically, you need 2 full years with no first year courses in them, so if you are an applicant in year 3, you can't have taken any first year courses in second or third year. Similarly, although this would be a much rarer case, a fourth year applicant with a first year course in EACH of second and third years would have been rejected. Not sure if they'll change this rule due to the controversy this year.
05-23-2002, 09:27 AM
More clarification requested here! I've done umpteen undergrad years, and this past year, although the majority of my courses were higher-level years (including one grad course) I had one first year chem course (as required by UBC). This obviously may be a concern given the way that Mac evaluates academics, but what if you've also completed two years of Masters level courses with nary a first year course in sight? Does this help to "qualify" you in Mac's eyes as being acceptable?
05-23-2002, 12:42 PM
I would definitely call and ask about your own situation... However, I think it is really specific to those applying after 3rd year --- I applied after two undergrads -- the second one had a bunch of first year courses again and didn't have a problem - but then I'm not sure whether this is a new requirement or not!
05-24-2002, 01:26 PM
I had sort of a similar situation, so I contacted the admissions people. Their answer was that "...as you already hold a completed and conferred undergraduate degree, you need not worry about counting credits or the level of such".
So, I think Carolyn is right--the requirement applies only to thrid-years or those who have not completed a degree.
Hope this helps!
05-24-2002, 02:26 PM
Ah, righto, cheers for the clarification.
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