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The ADVISOR Newsletter, Fall 2012






The staff at the Academic Advising Centre looks forward to connecting with you, our valued partners, during this academic year. For those who are new to the guidance profession, we look forward to meeting you and providing the information you need to advise your students in preparing for their transition to Memorial University.

The purpose of this newsletter, The Advisor, is to provide guidance professionals in high schools with the most current information and to highlight any changes that will have an impact on future students. Produced three times annually, the newsletter has proved to be both helpful and informative to high school guidance counsellors.

We welcome your comments and suggestions on how we might better meet your needs in serving students. Please email if you have any questions, comments or suggestions regarding the information contained in this, and future, issues.

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TEL:  709-864-8801



Science (SN) 4053:  Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:45 p.m.

New for fall 2012!

QEII Library 2028B: Monday to Friday, 2 - 4:30 p.m

QEII Library 2028B: Wednesday evenings, 5- 8 p.m.



General undergraduate admission to Memorial University requires that applicants have successfully completed Grade 12 in a university preparatory program (in the case of Quebec students, the Secondary V Certificate).

Students must achieve a passing mark in each of the following Grade 12 academic or advanced-level subjects with an overall average of not less than 70 per cent compiled from the grades received in the courses selected:

  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Laboratory Science (one of biology, chemistry, earth systems or physics)
  • Social science or modern or classical language
  • Elective

Memorial University offers admission to all applicants who meet the minimum criteria for general admission.The deadline to submit your application for the fall semester is March 1. Applications received after this time will be processed as time and space permits.


Please note that certain courses may be substituted for specific admission requirements. Please contact the Admissions Office directly at for further information.

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It is always a good idea to consult with the University Diary for a full list of relevant dates. You may also wish to refer to the Office of the Registrar's Relevant Dates section for information about registration dates and times.


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 All applicants are encouraged to use Memorial’s online application for admission. Benefits of using the online application include:

  • Sustainability/reduced use of paper
  • Availability of links to additional forms if needed
  • Accuracy and completeness of application (delays prevented)
  • Currency of program choices and application information
  • Access to immediate feedback regarding application and admission status
  • Convenience

Student housing applications

Students who are interested in living on campus should note that there is a separate application process for student housing.  Students must apply online or submit a paper application form before February 28, 2013.

Admission Inquiries


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Memorial has sent information packages to schools throughout Newfoundland and Labrador to inform students of changes to the Entrance Scholarship Program for 2013.

The details on the revised program are available in this chart (opens in PDF format). The changes to the program are summarized here:

The $3500 scholarship for NL students is now $3000.

Students who are given early scholarship offers must now maintain a minimum final admission average of 90%.

Students with a final admission average between 85-89.9% are not guaranteed a $1000 scholarship. There are only a limited number of $1000 scholarships that will be given starting with final admission averages of 89.9% and awarded in descending order until the fund is depleted.

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The First Year Success Program (FYS) was launched on the St John’s campus in fall of 2012. It offers a university experience that is enhanced by:

  • New courses with an emphasis on student-centred pedagogy,

  • Smaller classes

  • Supplemental instruction

  • Learning communities

  • Regular academic and career advising sessions

This program helps students transition to university studies while encouraging them to work towards future career goals. All courses in FYS are for full university credit.

Ten courses are offered to students in the pilot program over two semesters – just like any standard first-year program. In University 1010/2020* and Arts 1500* students are taught the study and writing skills they require for post-secondary success. They take English 1080, Psychology 1000/1001 and Math, in standard-sized classes, but with the benefit of small-class tutorials. To complete their first year program students have a choice of electives. (* Courses available only to FYS students.)

Students who enter Memorial University with a final admission average under 75 per cent and have not been accepted to direct-entry programs are encouraged to participate in FYS.

The First Year Success Program has been introduced because students who start university with high school grades under 75 per cent have proved to be in need of some extra help in university. Typically seven years after they first register only one in three of these students will have graduated from Memorial.

Contact the FYS team at or phone 709-864-8416. Visit us online at

The First Year Success Program will be included in the Office of Student Recruitment’s Webinar Wednesdays series in the new year. For dates and times of these webinars visit:




An important undertaking by Memorial University, the Establishing Student Relationships Program (ESRP) focuses on supporting prospective students and easing their transition to university life.

The ESRP reaches out to prospective students by contacting them through phone calls, emails and live chat during the months leading up to their first semester at Memorial.

Applicants are provided with important information regarding the application process, registration procedures, course selection, Memorial’s programs of study and housing.

Applicants are also given the chance to ask any questions they may have when contacted, or may voice concerns through email at or MUNLive, our live chat portal.

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Memorial continues to provide high school students with an opportunity to enrol in university courses during the final year of high school.

High school students with superior academic records (i.e., an overall average of 85 per cent or above in completed English, math and science courses at the 2000 or 3000 level ) can get an early start on courses that will enhance their understanding of the university experience.

To be considered for admission under the concurrent studies category, students must complete an application for Admission to Memorial, pay the appropriate fee and provide the following supporting documentation:

  • A letter requesting to be considered for enrolment in a specific course and providing a list of final year course registrations;
  • An official high school transcript;
  • A letter of recommendation from their high school principal or guidance counsellor

Note: Enrolment for concurrent studies students is normally limited to three credit hours (one course)

For additional information, contact

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Admission to selected faculties, schools and programs is limited. These programs may have additional application and admission criteria beyond those set out for general admission.

In such cases, separate faculty/school application forms may be required along with the general application for admission to the university.

The following table outlines the application deadlines for limited entry programs that are available for direct entry from high school. Those marked with * require supplementary application forms which are provided via links within the online application for admission.  

  • Music* - January 15
  • Engineering - March 1
  • Kinesiology, Physical Education, Recreation - March 1
  • Nursing* - March 1
  • Fine Arts (Theatre) - March 31
  • Fine Arts (Visual) - March 1

Students can apply for admission to the following programs of study when completing the university’s general application for admission: arts, business administration, commerce (Term A/B) and science. These have no additional application or admission requirements beyond those for general admission to the university.


Applicants are required to meet the general admission requirements of Memorial University of Newfoundland.

A minimum overall average of 70 per cent is required. Level III high school advanced math is preferred, as it prepares students for the required course in statistics.

In addition, high school science courses must include Biology 2201 and 3201 (or their equivalents) as well as Chemistry 3202 (or equivalent). In calculating the averages of students applying for direct entry, the Admissions Committee will include students’ grades in Biology 2201 and 3201 and Chemistry 3202.

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Applicants from high schools in other Canadian provinces are required to provide an official interim transcript, including current course registrations, at the time that the original application is submitted.

Interim grade reports, which reflect an applicant’s current academic progress, may also be required for an applicant seeking admission to a selected program.

Transcripts and grade reports must come directly from the issuing authority to Memorial University’s Undergraduate Admission Office.

Final official transcripts are required for all applicants directly following the release of high school results. It is the applicant’s responsibility to request these transcripts.

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Memorial will hold information sessions for prospective students and their families in Nova Scotia and Ontario during the coming weeks.

Nova Scotia
Yarmouth — Dec. 3
Halifax — Dec. 4
Middleton — Dec. 5
Bridgewater — Dec. 6

Kingston – Nov. 26
Ottawa – Nov. 27 & 28
Guelph – Nov. 29
Mississauga – Dec. 3
Oshawa – Dec. 4
Peterborough – Dec. 5
Waterloo/Kitchener – Dec. 6

For more details on upcoming information sessions in your area, visit the Become an Undergraduate Student site.

The Office of Student Recruitment will continue to offer a series on online webinars in the new year about Memorial’s programs, services, admissions, and much more! For more information, check the schedule of upcoming webinars.

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The Glenn Roy Blundon Centre assists Memorial students by facilitating access to information, services and campus facilities in accordance with the University’s Policy on Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities.

The Centre, a division of the University Counselling Centre (Student Affairs and Services), was established at Memorial University in February 1992. It is dedicated to the memory of Glenn Roy Blundon, a former Memorial student and resident of Bay de Verde, Newfoundland.

Glenn is remembered for his leadership and his commitment to equality and accessibility issues. The mission of the Glenn Roy Blundon Centre is to provide and co-ordinate programs and services that enable students with disabilities to maximize their educational potential and to increase awareness of inclusive values among all members of the university community.

The Centre carries out its mission in collaboration with faculty, staff and students at Memorial University and off- campus agencies, including disability community organizations.

The Centre serves prospective and current students on the St. John’s campus whose disabilities impact mobility, vision, hearing, learning, physical or mental health. Support is also provided to students with documented temporary illnesses and injuries.

New students are encouraged to contact the Blundon Centre at least six weeks before registration to discuss their accommodation request. Delays in notifying or disclosing a disability for which accommodation is sought may result in a request not being processed in time for the commencement of the term or course in which the accommodation is being sought.

Contact information:
Tel: (709) 864-2156
Fax: (709) 864-3011
TTY: (709) 864-476

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The Academic Advising Centre is responsible for easing the transition from high school to university for entering students and ensuring that all students obtain sound and accurate academic information and advice.

The AAC assists prospective students as well as those who are:

  • in their first year of studies,
  • are undecided about which program of study they wish to pursue,
  • uncertain of their academic goals,
  • are thinking about exploring new academic opportunities,
  • or face potential academic prejudice.

Contact Information

The Academic Advising Centre
Memorial University
Science Building, Room SN4053
St. John's, NL A1B 3X9

Telephone: 709-864-8801
Fax: 709-864-2404

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

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