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  1. Thanks! A little bummed out to hear how busy it is, but thanks so much for the link and advice. My current program includes very little cardio anyways so that might workout, I'll see if I can do a one week trial or something. I'm not going to be living on Campus and will be commuting from Burnaby, was just thinking it would be more convenient to workout near the school if the gyms are decent enough and cost less then my current membership. I am actually already a member at anytime fitness, it's just a bit expensive is all, but I guess that's how they keep it a bit quieter, can't really have it all. Also I think there is one along the 84 bus route so maybe just staying there and biting the bullet on the cost is the best way to go. Thanks again for the advice!
  2. I figure there won't be much for free time once things get going in September, so I'm wondering what the best facility near the Law school is to workout and roughly how much I can expect it to cost, to try and save the time it currently takes me to travel to the gym I'm going to currently. Priorities would be 1.Most Quiet 2.Most/best equipment (mostly use free weights) 3.Proximity to the law school 4. Lowest cost (is there a flat rate for access to all of the gyms at UBC? any insight into how this works would be really helpful). Any advice would be appreciated!
  3. My position last year, prior to improving my GPA and LSAT, was 134th. I think they told me there were 140 on the list
  4. If the 3.7 is out of 4.33 and your school did not report percentages achieved, your GPA is probably considered quite a bit lower than you think at UBC. Although even in that case, with a 168 you should still be pretty competitive. Let us know what they say!
  5. UBC actually operates on a 4.0 scale much like this http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/okanagan/index.cfm?tree=3,41,90,1014, not sure if you just swapped them by mistake in your explanation. If you apply to UBC from a 4.33 school that did not report percentages earned, most of your grades will be interpreted lower than they actually are as UBC takes it as the lowest percentage required for the letter grade on their scale (ex. a 97% A+ on your transcript would be considered at a 90%). This means that on average in this situation your CGPA will be considered at about 5% lower than what you actually achieved. In these cases however UBC will allow you to submit letters from your professors that report your actual percentages earned and will interpret them at face value as long as they include your name, the course, when it was taken, the percentage achieved, the name and signature of the professor, and it is printed on the institutions letterhead. It is a real hassle, but in a case like yours every little point counts. If you plan on trying this, call admissions first and 1. ask them if they will accept the letters if you get them 2. let them know it is your intention to do so 3. ask for clarification on exactly what needs to be included on each letter 4. ask how they want them submitted. Admissions at UBC can be a little hit or miss depending on who picks up the phone, I found one person there particularly helpful and if you DM me I'll give you their name (just don't want to accidentally create problems for them by posting their name here). Even with this though to get into UBC keep working on the LSAT scores, to guarantee yourself a spot in the regular category I would say you need around a 166 or higher and the best way to get there in my opinion is practice testing yourself over and over (and be ready to take the LSAT multiple times if need be). I can't really speak to the discretionary category as I'm not familiar with how it operates, but just wanted to let you know there's hope for you and your CGPA, you just might have to put a little more into it than others.
  6. Contact UBC, there is no harm in it and they will give you honest advice. It seems like you have a pretty competitive GPA and LSAT score as well so I'd say your chances are pretty good, but also letting them know that you have other offers may push them to process your application sooner. (no basis for that, but don't see why that couldn't happen)
  7. No problem! I honestly don't know about the UK instance, if they operate on similar scales and report percentages, I imagine those will probably be taken at face value. But also I'm pretty sure they only reference the grades relevant to your degree, so if you are doing a degree from scratch at this 4 year university none of the other grades would likely be counted (again, an assumption). If the UK grades are vital to your degree, like if they were used as transfer credits to your current university, they will probably be considered in the GPA calculation. That doesn't mean you are completely hooped though, they do drop some of your credits, so if the UK grades are your worst they may not be considered anyways. Alternatively you can look into re-doing those courses at your current university assuming they offer some sort of equivalent. The best approach may be to just phone admissions and ask though, they are super friendly and pretty open about what to expect, I spoke with a Gareth pretty regularly through my application as I had some unique-ish circumstances and he was very patient and kind through the whole process
  8. Is it a local one? It depends more on how your transcript looks and the GPA scale used. For example, Douglas college provides grades on a 4.33 scale where A+ = 95% A = 90% A- = 85% B+ = 80% and does not report what percentage was achieved on the transcript, so just a series of letter grades appear. UBC operates on a 4.0 GPA scale that roughly looks like this http://www.calendar.ubc.ca/okanagan/index.cfm?tree=3,41,90,1014 and admissions interprets grades to this scale in at least a couple ways. 1. If your transcripts show percentages achieved, then they interpret them directly and average your percentages achieved no matter what scale it comes from (at least from my understanding/experience) meaning that a 90% average at your community college/university is considered a 90% average on your application . 2. If they don't report the percentage achieved and all they have to go on is the letter grade, UBC law interprets that letter grade as the lowest percentage on their scale and do not consider the scale that the grade came from. So say a former Douglas college student applies to UBC with straight A's on their transcript, meaning at Douglas they achieved, in each class they took, between 90% and 94%, UBC admissions will consider that as an 85% average. So being a community college student isn't a disadvantage unless you transcript doesn't report percentages achieved and operates on a more demanding scale than what admissions interprets it as. Also many universities operate similarly to my Douglas College example so that is something you should investigate as well. In a more general sense UBC considers all of the grades involved in your degree (aside from the drops) so just because your community college GPA doesn't influence your university GPA, doesn't mean it won't influence your application to UBC. They take a cumulative average of all of your grades. Hope that all makes sense, this is all based off of my experience and I don't work at UBC admissions, so there may be considerations beyond this I don't know about.
  9. Admitted a little while ago CGPA 3.72/4.33 LSAT 160, 163, 165, 166 Declined to go to UBC which was my first choice
  10. Got the call yesterday! 3.72/4.3 (never calculated with drops either) 166 LSAT Will be declining for UBC as I live in Vancouver.
  11. Excited to say I just accepted my offer. GPA: 85% (roughly) LSAT: 166 Best of luck to you all.
  12. I was just reading through the FAQ and noticed this passage: When can I expect to be notified if I have been accepted? We begin evaluating an application when all of the supporting documentation has been received. We begin making offers as early as November to candidates whose files are complete and who clearly meet our admission standards. We maintain what is often referred to as a "rolling" admissions process. Offers of admission are only open for acceptance for a limited period of time I was just wondering if anyone knew how much time they give you to consider your options.
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