If you've decided to reapply to a program, it is important to consider why you weren't accepted the first time. There may be resources you can use and actions you can take to help with your future application.
Tip: Inquiry to the program's Admissions Officers may help you determine the obstacles or shortfalls in your application.
Some common obstacles to program admissions are:
· Grades / GPA - this is the most common reason why people are not accepted into a given program. Think about whether your grades accurately reflect your ability and how you might make improvements. Ensure that you have a good academic plan! Talk to an Academic Advisor in your current or target faculty.
Also keep in mind that the program you're applying to may calculate and utilize an Adjusted Grade Point Average (AGPA) instead of your cumulative GPA. Read the Applicant Bulletin carefully to learn more about how your grades are calculated for admission. You may wish to take more courses or retake courses, but it is important to learn how a repeated course is calculated in your AGPA or admissions score. Meet with an Academic Advisor to develop a strategy.
Note: If you are continuing to take more courses to improve GPA and chance of admission to a program, talk to your Academic Advisor about parallel planning. Instead of randomly selecting additional courses to boost your GPA, working towards degree completion in a faculty may be useful to your career goal or back-up plan.
Think about whether your grades might be influenced by:
- Difficulty with studying, essays, exam writing or time management (i.e. balancing work and other commitments). Further development of skill in these areas can have a great impact on your academic success. Please visit the Academic Learning Centre for support with study skills and more!
- Personal life obstacles. Sometimes issues like stress, exam anxiety, illness, or other sudden life events can impact academic performance. Counselling support may be helpful in these situations. Personal Counselling is available at the University of Manitoba. Students should also be aware that Authorized Withdrawl from a term or course(s) may be an option when completion or success is compromised due to medical or compassionate circumstances.
- Aptitude and interest. Over time, our interests can change or we learn that we have greater aptitude in some subjects over others. If you've discovered that you no longer have interest or aptitude in a subject area that's important to your chosen occupation, this may be a prompt for you to consider another occupation or degree.
· Difficulty with the interview or lack of experience - In some instances students may not perform well in an interview the first time around, be it a panel interview or Mini-Multi-station Interview (MMI). Lack of interview preparation or career-related experience can be culprits. You may wish to book an appointment with an Career Consultant for help with interview skills, a mock-interview, or for help in locating volunteer or work activities. Further career research and industry experience can help you build important skills, knowledge, confidence and awareness of your strengths and weakness. In fact, more experience may be more important to your career success than continuing to take more courses.
· Professional entrance exam score (MCAT, LSAT, DAT, PCAT, OAT, GRE, GMAT) - Entrance exams can be a heavily weighted component of your admissions score. Re-writing an exam upon further study or tutoring can be a helpful strategy. Also be aware that each school weighs these exams differently, or entrance exams may not be required by some schools. If you'd like to learn more about other professional programs and their entrance requirements, click here.
· References / letters of reference are also required for some professional programs. It is important to select individuals that can best speak to your knowledge, skills, experience, personality, enthusiasm and commitment to entering the profession. Consider and select your references carefully; ensure that you've provided them with enough information and that they're able to provide a strong recommendation.