Trump Effect on College Application Essays & Canadian University Admissions

The Trump Effect on Where Students Apply to University

I am available to help American and international students with personal statements and applications to Canadian universities, as well as the UCAS statement for universities in the United Kingdom, including Oxford, Cambridge, and the London School of Economics.

A little background to this announcement: Trump’s election has become and will continue to be a factor in college applications and enrollments, according to a new article in the New York Times, which I urge everyone to read.

Trump campaigned with the idea of being a “disruptor” to the system – and he seems to have disrupted the college application system across the globe in numerous ways.

1. International students who might have applied only to colleges and universities in the U.S. are now applying in addition or instead to Canadian universities, especially those from countries Trump wishes to ban (though his travel bans have been struck down by courts so far). But even those from countries Trump does not want to ban, including India, are choosing Canadian universities as well. Some mention the difficulties of applying for visas as well as the more liberal immigration laws in Canada for those who have finished university.

2. At the same time, many American students are choosing Canadian universities for a number of reasons, some financial (Canadian universities can be much less expensive) and some that are tangentially related to Trump, including uncertainties about the future of our health insurance and the possibility of becoming Canadian citizens once done with schooling.

The Times article reports on sharp spikes in Canadian applications and acceptances that are already visible from this past year:

“University of Toronto officials said the enrollment of students from the United States for this fall had doubled from last school year, with a “yield” — the percentage of accepted students who commit to attend — of 25 percent compared with about 20 percent last year.

“We’re going to see record numbers of students from the U.S.,” said Ted Sargent, a vice president at the university, Canada’s largest.

“Officials at the University of Toronto said they saw a jump in enrollments from other countries, too, with an increase of 75 percent from India and more than 60 percent from the Middle East and Turkey.Smaller colleges like Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, said the number of applications from the United States had more than doubled this year.” READ MORE

For those interested in applying to Canadian universities, I am available to help with your personal statements and applications. A few pieces of information: Not all Canadian universities require essays or personal statements, and in some cases, it’s hard to find out which institutions require them without actually proceeding with an application, which only students can do. I do know that University of British Columbia, which accepts 8000 undergraduates every fall, has a series of short personal statements, and the University of Waterloo has something similar but, again it’s impossible to get details unless you are actually in the application process online.

For information from the University of Waterloo on the required AIF, please click here 

For more about the “Personal Profile” at the University of British Columbia, take a look at the video they’ve prepared HERE and at some of the questions in previous years – which will be similar to this year’s questions.

1.  Tell us about an experience, in school or out, that taught you something about yourself and/or the world around you. (maximum 200 words)  

2. Be it inside or outside of the classroom, what have you done to challenge yourself intellectually? Describe an issue, topic or area of study that you have investigated or pursued. (maximum 200 words) 

3. Explain how you responded to a problem and/or an unfamiliar situation. What did you do, what was the outcome, and what did you learn from the experience? (maximum 200 words)

The effects of lower application rates to U.S. colleges and universities this coming year are not yet known but could be significant. Stay tuned.

And please let me know if you or your high school student wants help navigating this process at any stage.

Thanks!  Liz@DontSweatTheEssay.com  1-855-99-ESSAY