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Reference Stats for Last Cycle (finally)

September 9th, 2016 by Dr Ian Walker

My apologies that this has taken so long to get finished.

Will be available on our website next week, but for now, here is copy.


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  • Hi there Dr Walker,

    I was wondering if you have an age distribution graph for successful applicants (or those in the 2016 incoming class)? The distribution for age of all applicants is posted, however not for those accepted in to the program. I am really interested to see how many “mature” candidates are offered spots/accepted.
    The mean age is posted, however this does not provide any info on the upper limits. Or perhaps you have approximate figures on the number above 30yr, above 35yr, above 40yr. I’m sure there is not many, perhaps the reason for excluding a similar graph on successful applicants.

    Thanks in advance,

    • Don’t have that readily available, but I can tell you that the range in any given year goes up to about mid forties and there are certainly several (15-20) over 35 and a handful over 40 in each class.

  • Dr. Walker, apparently there was a recent blog update in January, but only the September 9th post is currently showing on the “Front Page” tab. Something may be wrong with the website.

  • Hello Dr. Walker,

    I’m just wondering if you have any updates or comments about the current application cycle. Any info you provide is always very much appreciated.

  • Dear Dr. Walker,

    I just wanted to say thank you to you and the admissions office for your honesty, transparency, support, patience and kindness in a challenging process of application and selection of applicants. It is very much appreciated.

  • If you scored decently on the MCAT, had a gpa of 3.6 persay, and were Albertan, would you still have a chance to get accepted into the program?

    • As you have probably heard elsewhere, there are too many other variables to give you a meaningful answer. A 3.6 GPA puts you slightly below average, and I have no idea what “decent” means to you. Still, that only accounts for 30% of your file review, and 15% of your total application score, so really not sure what anyone can say. Do you have a chance? Of course. Beyond that, can’t say anything useful.

  • Hi Dr. Walker,

    I was wondering if you could provide the average age of matriculants from the 14-15 cycle?

    Many thanks,

  • Dr Walker,

    Are you able to disclose the total number in the applicant pool for the 2016/17 cycle?

    Thank you!

  • Thanks for sharing the reference stats!

    As a high school student about to apply for early undergrad admission at U of C, given my ultimate goal is medicine, I am curious to know what undergrad degrees the successful applicants possessed (this year and last year would be helpful). Is that information you can share?

    Related, how would I obtain more information on the Kinesiology vs. Biomedical Sciences programs at U of C wrt preparing for medicine? Is there some I could discuss this with?


    • Thanks Cindy. We actually don’t track what undergrad majors our students come from. The reality is that they come from virtually any undergraduate major, and we don’t track it simply because it is not important. You should enrol in a major that you are interested in, and not worry about trying to pick “the best one” vis a vis medicine.
      Not sure who to direct you to re the kinesiology or bio science programs. Maybe contact the programs directly?

  • Hello Dr. Ian Walker, I have applied already and have submitted everything in on time but in the grades section of the ucan website I did not input the courses that I am currently taking because in September I made lots of changes to my time table and did not update that on Ucan. However, the transcript that you received from me does have all my current courses and course numbers, titles, etc. Will this cause a problem? I am asking because I was really flustered when I found this out and have actually called in as soon as I knew this (the day the applications were due) but have not received a response. I worked so hard for many years to get to this point, please let me know if it is enough that you have my transcript with my current courses. Every other part of the application is complete, including the input of all past courses that I have taken. Thank you very much for your time and sorry for the inconvenience.

    • It shouldn’t be a problem. Remember that our application opens in July, so someone could actually submit their application in August, long before they had actually even enrolled in fall semester classes. It is nice if people are able to enter their current courses, but it is not required.

  • When the application states that “you anticipate completing an MSc or PhD by June 30th, 2017”, do you mean that your thesis must be submitted and defended by June 30th, or degree must be in hand (i.e. convocated) by June 30th?

    • Sorry for the delay. Needed to confer with the team on this. The answer is that you have to have convocated ( in hand). It is the same standard we use for undergrads who want to drop their worst year.

      • Thanks for the response Dr. Walker.
        Because potential delays can occur in grad school (i.e. scheduling defence dates, additional minor experiments needing to be completed, etc.), a what point should we inform the Admission’s Office that a graduate degree may not be completed by March 31st (last day to defend in order to convocate prior to June 30th in Calgary), but still will be defended/submitted by June 30th?

        • As soon as you know, so that we don’t waste your time and ours. If you ALREADY know that you won’t be convicting prior to June 30th, let us know and we can then re-calculate your GPA if necessary. That way you know that if you come for an interview, it is legit.

  • Hi Dr. Walker,

    Thanks for the reference stats for 2016. It is very useful and informative to have this information. One comment, or rather suggestion: it would be useful to see a plot of GPA and MCAT scores on the same graph, i.e) GPA on x-axis and MCAT on y-axis for both applicants and matriculants. Just food for thought.

    Thanks for everything you guys do!

    • It would be interesting, but as a graph with 1600 data points, though, it would be nearly uninterpretable. Would need some kind of interactivity that allowed your particular dot to stand out. Interesting idea though.

  • Dr. Walker, I can’t get a clear answer from the office – does the online application fee payment link only activate once the application is complete? Each time I click there, it merely jumps to the “App Status” page, showing my remaining red items. I can’t find any info on this in the manual, Thanks!

    • Ignore! Found it, once all the other items are green, the payment link goes to payment page. Would have been nice if the manual mentioned it, though.

  • Hi Dr. Walker,

    I was wondering if it is possible to mask each applicant’s MCAT score and GPA from the reviewers until they input their scores for R2-7 based on the rest of the application? I feel there might be a bias to score applicants higher on certain attributes based on their academics which could skew the curve.

    • Great question. We have discussed that, and looked into it a bit. It seems intuitive that knowing one set of data might bias the other set of scores, but it is more complex than that. When we analyze the data we have, we see that the scores assigned by reviewers for the academic metrics (Academic Merit and Scholar) are actually quite distinct from the other 5, suggesting that not a lot of contamination occurs. The other things is that this distinction that people like to make between cognitive and non-conginitive attributes is a false dichotomy, and really much cross over occurs. We don’t feel that we can assess academic performance in the absence of an understanding of what else is going on in an applicant’s life. Similarly, I think that we do find evidence of things like focus, resilience, perseverance, curiosity, passion, commitment, growth, etc… in people’s transcripts (and to a much lesser extent MCAT’s).
      At the end of the day, there is a risk to taking either approach. We think our approach incorporates the lower risk, but it is for sure a conscious decision, and one that bears reflection. Thanks for bringing it up.

  • Are we going to get the stats for the 2014-2015 cycle?

    • Hello, I was also wondering if you had the stats for the 2014-2015 cycle? I have been checking back for a little over 2 years and would greatly appreciate some information about that year’s stats. Thank you

      • No, they never got done, and honestly, it is a historical curiosity at this point so unlikely to get done. Having done these several years now, I can tell you that they would look very similar to the ones before and since.

        • Hi Dr. Walker, do you think reference stats will be done for this application cycle? I ask because I was past the interview score cut-off in the most recent released reference statistics (2015-2016), but not this application cycle. So I am hoping to figure out where I stand for the future.