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The ADVISOR Newsletter - Spring 2014

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Welcome to the final edition of The ADVISOR newsletter for the 2013-2014 academic year!

As always, we welcome your questions and comments. If you need information about Memorial programs, the admissions process and general regulations, please contact us.  


As the school year draws to a close, we would like to thank the guidance counsellors, principals and teachers who welcomed our advisors into your schools this year.

Your assistance and co-operation in arranging our annual advising visits with your students was greatly appreciated. Your support ensured that more than 2,000 students had a chance to plan their first semester of university studies. We look forward to working with you again in September.

To those of you who are retiring this year, we would like to offer our appreciation for your time and effort and send you best wishes for your future endeavors.

The Academic Advising Centre remains open during the summer. If you have any questions please contact: or 709 864 8801.


Memorial's advisors have now wrapped up our visits to the province's high schools to meet with Grade 12 students who will start university in September.

student and advisorHowever, we are still eager to talk to students who may have missed our visit or applied since then. Please contact us if any students would like to discuss their first semester with an advisor over the phone or in person at the Academic Advising Centre.

How did the advising visit to your school go? We hope you will take a few moments to complete an evaluation form on the advising process and offer us any suggestions you might have for improving the experience.

We'd appreciate it if you could print the form and fill it out. Then you can scan it and send your feedback to us as an email attachment ( or send the form to us by fax (709 864 2404).

Thanks for your participation! 


By now, all high school students who applied to Memorial for admission to the Fall 2014 semester should have received confirmation of their admission status from ourstudents gather outside university centreAdmissions Office.

Late applications from students who are interested in the first year of business, arts, science, or from students who are undeclared are still welcome.

For all students who are granted early provisional acceptance, final admission decisions will be made as soon as examination results are released by the appropriate authorities in each province.

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


Memorial offers admission to all applicants who meet the minimum criteria for general admission, which is a 70 per cent average in the required courses.

For Newfoundland and Labrador students, the admission average is based on the 10 credits in the required courses at the 3000 level. A mark in a required two-credit course is doubled before adding up the grade point total, which is divided by 10.

Here's an example: 

Course title Final grade Points Total 
English 3201 80 x 2 160
Math 3201 78 x 2 156
Math 2201 81 Not used in average  
Biology 3201 69 x 2 138
Biology 2201 75 Not used in average  
World History 3201 78 x 2 156
Religion 3102 83 x 1 83
Phys Ed 3100 79 x 1 79
Total 772


Dividing the total of 772 by 10 credits gives an average of 77.2 per cent.

NOTE: Although in this example, Biology 2201 and Math 2201 are required for admission, the mark for each course is not computed in the average. Only the 3000-level courses are used in compiling the average.

Final admission decisions will be made as soon as examination results are released by the appropriate authorities in each province.

Students who do not meet the mimimum average can speak with our Admissions team about their options. Options include writing supplementary exams, attending the Summer Bridging Program (see below) or applying for special admission.

Students with an admissions average between 70 and 75 per cent are eligible for the First Year Success Program, which aims to enhance the first-year experience.

If you or your students have any questions concerning admission, please contact the Admissions Office.



Memorial's Summer Bridging Program will be offered at Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook from August 11 to 22, 2014.

Any Newfoundland and Labrador student who misses Memorial's admission requirements by five per cent or less is eligible to apply. That includes students with an admissions average between 65 and 70 per cent.

Students who successfully complete the program will be admitted to Memorial in September at the campus of their choice.

Entry to the program is competitive. Students must complete an application form and provide a brief statement of their educational goals. Applications will be reviewed by the Special Admissions Committee at the campus and students will be notified concerning their application as soon as possible.

The deadline for applications is August 4, 2014 at noon.


Orientation at Memorial is a two-day event designed to help new students make the transition from high school to university.

The event is open to all students who are new to Memorial and their parents. Orientation attracts approximately 1,500 students and 500 parents each year. 

orientation 2014Orientation activities offer students an opportunity to learn about the campus, student services and other available services, as well as a chance to develop a social network with other new students.

There are plenty of volunteers in attendance at Orientation who are able to answer questions from students and their parents.

Orientation events will take place on Monday, September 1st and Tuesday, September 2nd, leading up to the first day of classes on Wednesday.


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 Academic Advising Centre
Memorial University of Newfoundland
Science Building, Room SN 4053
St. John's, NL
A1B 3X9

Tel: 709 864 8801
Fax: 709 864 2404

Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. (Summer hours)
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. (Fall and winter hours)