The ADVISOR Newsletter - Winter 2014
ADVICE@MUN.CA | 709 864 8801 | SN 4053
SPRING ADVISING VISITS | ADMISSIONS NEWS
MATH AND CALCULUS PLACEMENT TESTS | CONCURRENT STUDIES
ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIPS | ESTABLISHING STUDENT RELATIONSHIPS CONTACT INFORMATION
Welcome to the first edition of The ADVISOR newsletter for 2014!
We hope the winter edition will give you useful information that will help you as you advise students who are planning to attend Memorial this 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.
PLANS UNDERWAY FOR SPRING ADVISING VISITS
Memorial’s annual high school advising visits are scheduled to take place through March, April and May.
Each year, advisors from our campuses in St. John’s and Corner Brook, accompanied by faculty and staff members, meet with close to 2,500 students who are planning to attend Memorial in the fall.
The Academic Advising Centre has begun scheduling advising visits for this spring. If you have not already been contacted, you will be hearing from us in the near future.
These visits give us the opportunity to meet with students individually to discuss their plans for their first semester at Memorial.
During these meetings, we will help the students select courses for the fall semester based on their intended degree program. If they are undecided, we will suggest courses that will help them explore various subjects and keep their options open for second year.
We also give students information about the upcoming Math Placement Test and the Calculus Placement Test (new for 2014), scholarships, housing, student services and academic resources available on campus.
ADMISSIONS NEWS FOR THE FALL SEMESTER
Memorial offers admission to all applicants who meet the minimum criteria for general admission.
The deadline for students to submit their applications for the fall semester is March 1. That is also the deadline for the following programs which admit students directly from high school: Business, Engineering One, Human Kinetics and Recreation, and Nursing.
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 (only available at the Grenfell Campus) 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.
CHANGES TO MATH PLACEMENT TEST FOR FALL 2014
Most students who take a mathematics course at Memorial have been required to write the Mathematics Placement Test (MPT), which assesses the math skills of incoming students.
This year, the department of mathematics and statistics has made changes to the testing process to accommodate the province's new high school Math courses and has added a Calculus Placement Test (CPT).
You can find the details on the requirements for the MPT and the CPT in this excerpt from the 2014-2015 Guide to First Year.
The MPT and CPT are scheduled for Saturday, June 7 at 31 locations throughout the province. Students can also take the test the day before classes start in September. Students must register for the test between April 14 – May 18 using this online registration form.
Questions may be directed to Harold Johnson at 709 864 8914 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
GETTING A HEAD START WITH CONCURRENT STUDIES
Concurrent Studies at Memorial offers eligible students an opportunity to earn university credits while they are still in their last year of high school.
Students with a superior academic record (ie: normally an overall average of 85 per cent or above) may apply to enrol in university courses.
Applicants must be completing a slate of courses that meets the course requirements for admission to the university.
Students can take a university course in either the fall or winter semester.
To enrol in a Concurrent Studies course, a student will need to:
- Apply to Memorial by completing the Application for Admission/Readmission form. The application must be accompanied by a $50 application fee – but once a student has been accepted, he or she won’t need to reapply for next year. The application must include a high school transcript.
- Submit a letter from his or her high school principal or guidance counsellor clearly recommending admission for Concurrent Studies. The student should also include a letter requesting enrolment in a specific course.
- Send these components to: Admissions, Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John’s, NL A1C 5S7
Enrolment for concurrent studies students will normally be limited to three credit hours in a given semester.
Current university fees and deadlines apply. University credit will be awarded after successful completion of the course(s) and successful completion of the requirements for admission to the university.
ENTRANCE SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM
Memorial has sent information packages to schools throughout Newfoundland and Labrador to inform students of changes to the Entrance Scholarship Program for 2014.
The details of the Entrance Scholarship are available in this chart (opens in PDF format).
The main points of the program are summarized here:
- Any student entering Memorial University in September 2014 with a final admission average of 90 per cent or higher, will receive an entrance scholarship valued at $2,000 or higher.
- Students who are given an early scholarship offer must maintain a minimum final admission average of 90 per cent.
- If funds allow, a limited number of $1,000 Entrance Scholarships may be offered to students with a final admission average between 85-89.9 per cent.
For more information about scholarships, please visit www.mun.ca/scholarships.
ESRP: MAKING CONTACT WITH NEW STUDENTS
The Establishing Student Relationships Program (ESRP) focuses on supporting prospective students and easing their transition to university life.
The ESRP, an initiative of the Academic Advising Centre, reaches out to prospective students through phone calls, emails and live chat during the months leading up to their first semester at Memorial.
The program offers applicants 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 email@example.com or MUNLive, our live chat portal.
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 SN4053
St. John's, NL
Tel: 709 864 8801
Fax: 709 864 2404
Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.