The Advisor Newsletter

Spring 2016



Welcome to the final edition of the ADVISOR, a newsletter for Guidance Counsellors, for the 2015-2016 academic year!

As always, we welcome your questions and comments. If you need information about Memorial's 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 develop academic plans for 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. I also invite you to notify me if you may be changing schools for next year.

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.

However, 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.

The GUIDE TO FIRST YEAR 2016-2017 is available online for you to use. The Guide is a very valuable resource for you and your students which will allow easy access to information necessary for new students.

The Academic Advising Centre greatly appreciates all the cooperation of the Guidance Counsellors who play such a big role in this program.

Thanks for your participation! 



By now, all high school students who applied to Memorial for admission to the Fall 2016 semester should have received confirmation of their admission status from our
 Admissions 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 titleFinal gradePointsTotal 
English 320180x 2160
Math 320178x 2156
Math 220181Not used in average 
Biology 320169x 2138
Biology 220175Not used in average 
World History 320178x 2156
Religion 310283x 183
Phys Ed 310079x 179


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.




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:

1. Apply to Memorial by completing the Application for Admission/Readmission form. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.


What is INTG100 A/B (Academic Integrity)?

 Integrity 100 A/B (Academic Integrity) is an online course designed to help you learn more about academic integrity and the important role it plays at Memorial University. It will include topics related to: understanding the meaning of academic integrity and its associated university regulations; how to complete university work with academic integrity; and how to avail of supports to ensure academic integrity. This course must be completed by all new students starting in the Fall 2016 semster.



Summer Bridging Program - August 15 – 26, 2016

Memorial University's Summer Bridge Program will be offered at Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook in August 2016. Any Newfoundland and Labrador student who misses the MUN admission requirements by five per cent or less - that is, a high school graduating average between 65 and 69.9 per cent in courses required for admission - is eligible to apply.

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


The Summer Bridge Program will provide students with instruction in academic skills that will increase their chances for success in university-level courses, including:

instruction and practice in the critical reading skills needed for reading university level textbooks, instruction and practice in the writing skills needed to produce well-formulated essays and research papers instruction in methods of studying university-level mathematicsinstruction and practice in basic academic skills such as note-taking, time management and preparation for examinationsan introduction to the nature of the university, what the university expects of students, and the programs and resources available at the university

In addition to classroom instruction, there will be numerous exercises and assignments. As well, a number of extracurricular cultural and recreational activities will be organized.

The total cost for the Summer Bridge Program is $500. Residence accommodations are available.

Visit our website for more information:

Application Deadline – Noon, August 8, 2016




First Year Success will be entering its 5th year in the Fall of 2016. Aimed at providing incoming students with a solid transition to academic life, First Year Success blends traditional first-year courses with specially designed, engaging classes that help build the necessary skills in academic writing and critical inquiry for success at Memorial.

All the courses designed for First Year Success are full-credit (3 credit hour) courses. First Year Success is not a “foundation” or “general” year – rather, it is designed to work within the program regulations for most degrees to transition seamlessly into the student’s second year of studies at Memorial.

If you know of any students who are undecided about their academic or career paths, might have an admissions average around 75% or below, or could benefit from additional supports in their first year, please refer them to for program information and an application.”

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



The Joyce Foundation Bursary is available annually to students entering Memorial University who are either currently attending their final year or have graduated within the last twelve months from a high school in Newfoundland and Labrador. The Joyce Family Bursary Program application deadline is November 15, 2016. The Joyce Foundation Bursary Application (Will be available on-line by July 29, 2016)

Each award is valued at $5,000 annually and is renewable for up to three additional years. Criteria for the awards include a minimum of 70% final admission average (St. John’s/Grenfell campuses) or a minimum of 60% final admission average (Marine Institute), demonstration of critical financial need, and perseverance in the face of challenges. Renewal criteria to be met each year.

As part of The Joyce Foundation Bursary, recipients will receive access to the Early Start Program, on-campus employment opportunities, and an offer to attend LEAP (Leadership, Education and Preparation) at Memorial University.

Additional information can be found at The Joyce Foundation Bursary



 Welcome Week is a week-long orientation event for all new undergraduate students at Memorial University. Each year, these events see over 1500 students and 300 parents on campus. This week is designed to have students connect and engage with the university community to foster a sense of belonging as they begin their academic journeys . Students will have the opportunity to interact with each other through a series of exciting and informative sessions that help support them as they transition to post-secondary.

Welcome week will be taking place from Monday, September 5th to Friday, September 9th. Students can register to attend Welcome week via their Memorial Self-Service by registering for ORTN1000. For more information regarding Welcome Week 2016, please visit or e-mail us at


Scholarships  -  Newfoundland and Labrador Students

Each spring, Memorial University offers a limited number of entrance scholarships to qualifying Canadian students enrolled in Newfoundland and Labrador High Schools.

Entrance scholarships are valued at either $2,550 or $1,275. These values are equivalent to tuition fees for two semesters (10 courses/30 credit hours of full-time study) and one semester (5 courses/15 credit hours of full-time study) respectively. These will be offered at a ratio of approximately two $2,550 entrance scholarships for each $1,275 scholarship offered. Early offers will be made to eligible candidates who have submitted their February mid-term grade reports and who have applied for admission to Memorial by the March 1st deadline. Offers will be made in late March based upon early scholarship averages in descending order of average until all funds have been offered. Please note that while only students with a 90% early average will be considered for an early offer, we cannot predict what the cut-off average will be. A minimum final admission average of 90% will be required in order to maintain entrance scholarship eligibility. Final entrance scholarship eligibility, for those who receive early offers, will be confirmed in August. Any funds that are available in August will be allocated with additional (late) entrance scholarship offers for eligible students who have not already received an offer.

Memorial University of Newfoundland Alumni Entrance Scholarship and Dr. Leslie Harris Memorial University Alumni Association Scholarship

To be eligible, you must be a high school student, graduating from a Newfoundland and Labrador High School, entering the first year of an undergraduate degree program at Memorial University in September 2017, and have an average of 90% or higher in final grades for applicable courses completed or the mid-term grades for applicable courses being completed during the school year.

The courses used must be those required for admission to the university. Applicants must have also demonstrated leadership contributions to school and community in Levels I, II, and III.

The Scholarship application is in writeable PDF format and must be downloaded for completion.

Deadline for receipt of the completed application is March 1, 2017. Additional information can be found at the Scholarships Office




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)



Academic Advising Centre

230 Elizabeth Ave, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1B 3X9

Postal Address: P.O. Box 4200, St. John's, NL, CANADA, A1C 5S7

Tel: (709) 864-8000