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The Advisor Newsletter Spring 2013


SPRING 2013 

Welcome to the spring edition of the ADVISOR!

Published three times a year, this newsletter offers high school guidance professionals timely information that can help them advise students who are interested in attending Memorial.

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



Memorial’s annual high school advising visits are underway and scheduled to take place through April and May.

Each year, advisors from the St. John’s and Grenfell campuses, accompanied by faculty members from various faculties and schools and other university staff, meet with close to 2,500 students who plan to attend Memorial in the fall.

The Academic Advising Centre would like to thank you for the support and cooperation you have shown as we schedule our visits for this year. If you have not already been contacted, you will be hearing from us in the near future.Advising a student

The advising visits give us the opportunity to meet with students individually to discuss their plans for their first semester at Memorial.

During those meetings, we will help the students select courses for the fall semester based on their choice of degree program. If they are undecided, we suggest a combination of courses from the Arts and Sciences to help them explore various subjects and keep their options open for second year.

We also give students information about the upcoming Math Placement Test, scholarships, housing, student services, and academic resources.

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To be eligible for admission to Memorial, students must successfully complete the following five Grade 12 academic or advanced-level subjects with an overall average of not less than 70 per cent:

  • 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 apply for the fall semester is March 1. Applications received after this time will be processed as time and space permits.

Students with an average between 70 and 74.9 per cent are eligible for the First Year Success Program, an enhanced program aimed at improving the experience of students in this category. You can find more information about the FYS program below.


In the past, students with an admissions average of 65-69.9% could apply to take part in the Summer Bridging Program at both the St. John's and Grenfell campuses.

Successful completion of the program would give students the opportunity to attend Memorial in September.

The program will no longer be offered at the St. John's campus but it continues this year at the Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook.

Students who do not meet the admissions average of 70% should contact Admissions in the Office of the Registrar ( to find out what options might be available to them.


If your students have applied online as new students to Memorial, they can return to the Online Application for Admission, using application login ID and PIN, to track the status of their applications.

Applicants who applied using a paper copy of the General Application will not have access to online status updates.

If you or your students have any questions concerning admission, please contact the Admissions Office at: 709-864-4431 or

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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.




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




The First Year Success Program (FYS) aims to help students with entrance averages lower than 75% to have a positive experience in their first year at Memorial.

The program 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 Professor talking to small classtransition 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 and 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 program was introduced because students with admission averages 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



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.

For more information about scholarships, please visit

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Math completes math problem on boardMost students who intend to take a Mathematics course at Memorial must write the Mathematics Placement Test (MPT), which assesses the math skills of incoming students.

The test can only be written once - that score helps determine which math course a student should take first at Memorial.

  • Students who receive less than 50 on the MPT must take a non-credit Mathematics Skills Program (Math 102F/103F/104F) before proceeding to other first-year Math courses. This program can take one to three semesters to complete, depending on the student’s progress.

  • Students who score 50 or higher can take Math 1050 and Math 1051 from the non-calculus stream.

  • Students who score 55 or higher can take Math 1090 (algebra and trigonometry) from the calculus stream.

  • Students who score 85 and higher (75 if they took advanced math in high school) can take Math 1000 (calculus).

Some students are exempt from taking the MPT, including those who:

  • have received credit for Math 1000 through AP Math (score of 3 or higher), IB Mathematics (standing of 4 or higher) or transfer credit from another institution (for example: the College of the North Atlantic)

  • have achieved a standing of 4 or higher on IB Mathematics Standard and have chosen to register for Math 1000

  • are not planning to register for math courses at Memorial.

The MPT is scheduled for 10 a.m. on the first Saturday in June in various locations throughout the province. Students can also take the test the day before classes start in September.

The test consists of 100 multiple-choice questions - five questions in each of 20 topics or areas. Students should be reminded that they cannot use a calculator during the test.

A link to a synopsis of the MPT is available on the Math Department’s website:

Questions may be directed to Harold Johnson at (709) 864-8914 or

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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 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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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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