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  1. To clarify: that sentence in our auto-reply is explaining that it isn't just the grades we need on the transcript, but your standing with the school up to December 31 because we receive a lot of emails from people asking if they really need to wait if all of their courses are full-year, or they are on exchange, or in a co-op, or working on a thesis which won't have a grade, etc. Many things can happen up to December 31, for example: the student could decide to withdraw from courses/their program, or they may be required to withdraw by the institution. Since we consider the academic record up to December 31, we also need to see these things on the transcript if they happen in that fall term. Please do not send a transcript before December 31 if you are a current student. We will not do any kind of "pre-assessment" or use that early transcript in any way. Applications can only be assessed once they are complete. Most applications become compete between January and March. Cheers! Malina
  2. Your referees have until March 1 to submit their references, so I wouldn't worry yet. This is a very busy time of year for most people: maybe they are on vacation, have been sick, or have a lot of papers and exams to grade. If we get closer to the deadline - say mid-to-late January - and you still haven't been able to get ahold of a referee, then you might want to consider whether you need to change referees. Referee change requests have to be submitted by email to [email protected] two weeks before the supporting document deadline (that's February 15 for the March 1 deadline) to A) give us time to enter the requests and B) to give your new referee time to receive the email and submit their reference. More details on what info needs to be included in your referee change request email can be found on our References page. We will assess applications that only have one reference, but are otherwise complete because we recognize that this is a factor that the applicant has less control over; however, these files will only be read after the complete files have been assessed. (I say "less control" instead of "no control" because you do have the option to change referees.) Malina
  3. Here is a link to my post from yesterday about the extension: Cheers! Malina
  4. We discovered today that IT made some updates to how the drop-down boxes work on our website, which unfortunately made the hyperlinks to the online application stop working over the weekend. It was fixed this morning and you can now get into the application again! We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused! Regarding the application extension, since I have seen some speculation: the reason for this has nothing to do with the number of applications we have received; numbers so far seem very similar to previous years. We have been considering extending our deadlines to be more in line with our January LSAT, now that there is no December LSAT. We already extended the supporting document deadline from February 15 to March 1 back in September. Moving the application deadline required a bit more discussion before we could announce it. We knew that we needed to announce the extension well before November 1 to ensure that no one who submitted on November 1 would feel they are at a disadvantage for having rushed their application. We are going to see how it goes this year from an administrative point of view, and we may possibly move it permanently in future years. Our application is also one of the first that opens on campus each year, and in the past several years, IT had made major system updates during the period between when our application opened and when the main undergrad applications opened. We know that most applicants are either in school or work, and so use their weekends for their applications; extending the deadline may also prove to be the answer to make up for the lost time from these system updates. I still highly recommend that you submit your application by November 1 if you can. We will still begin matching transcripts to application files after November 1. If you applied by November 1, you will start to see updates in your Student Centre mid-November. If you apply later, it will take longer before you start to see your transcripts matched. We will also start assessing applications once we have some complete files in November. It is to your advantage to apply as early as possible. Cheers! Malina
  5. Please still wait until January to send the transcript for your current institution. It isn't just about grades; we also want to see your status with that institution up to December 31. Cheers! Malina
  6. The Registrar's Office has decided to simplify the application status symbols in the Student Centre, so only final admissions decisions will now appear as icons. I'd like to take a moment of silence to say goodbye to our old friends: the yellow triangle and green circle. You can tell whether your application is complete by checking your To Do List. If your To Do List no longer has anything listed for your JD application, you are fine! (It was always the absence of To Do List items for your JD application that prompted the change from yellow triangle to green circle.) You can also click on the big red button that says "status" next to your application. The wording in the Admissions Decision section will change from we "have not received sufficient documents" to saying that we "have received sufficient documents" after you no longer have any To Do List items for your JD application. This wording only updates once or twice a day when the system cycles, so please give it time to update after your final To Do List item disappears! It is the clearing of the JD application To Do List items that flags your application as complete for us too! Have a great weekend! Malina
  7. I hope you're all having a lovely fall so far! 🍂 We have been advised by IT that the online application will be down from 4 p.m. MST on September 26 to 8 a.m. MST on September 27 for system maintenance. Please ensure you save your work and sign out of your application before the maintenance begins so you don't lose your progress! Cheers! Malina
  8. Even if completed as an after-degree program, a Bachelor of Education is still an undergraduate program, and not just in Alberta. A graduate program in education is a Master of Education. Yes, a BEd is eligible for inclusion in the GPA at UCalgary Law, though many BEd programs include courses that are credit/no credit. I highly recommend checking out our GPA FAQs. Cheers! Malina
  9. I hope everyone is having a great summer so far! I am happy to announce that we have completed our assessments for Fall 2019, and all applicants have been sent an email with either an offer, regrets, or waitlist notification. If you can't find your decision notification, please contact us at [email protected] and we can resend the email. -Malina
  10. Emails get sent out around the same time that the status is updated in the system. If someone's email arrived the next day, it probably got stuck somewhere along the series of tubes. I recommend checking your junk mail folder, or if you have a UCalgary email address, check there for your decision notification. If you still can't find the decision notification email, please contact us at [email protected] and we can resend it. -Malina
  11. Hi everyone! I’m sorry it’s been so long since my last update. With the supporting document deadline and the January LSATs, it has been incredibly busy here in the admissions office, because most applications become complete between January and March. We got all of the January LSATs entered last week, so the LSAT shouldn't be on To Do Lists anymore, unless you didn't write the LSAT by the deadline. If the LSAT is still on your To Do List and you did write the LSAT, please send an email to [email protected] To answer the questions upthread about when rounds of offers go out: we don’t have planned rounds of offers. We continually send out decision notifications as soon as we know that a decision can be made. I said this in another thread, but I should probably include it here too: Something to keep in mind this cycle is that there is now a January LSAT instead of December, and there is just no way to know how that is going to impact the application cycle until we’ve actually experienced the full cycle. Our goal has always been – and still is – to send every applicant an offer, regrets, or waitlist notification by the end of June. We’ve been able to get them all out by mid-May for the past several years; however, since we received the final LSAT reports a month later than in previous cycles, it is quite possible that we may finish closer to the actual goal both this year and going forward. Have a great weekend everyone! -Malina
  12. To be fair, if the files were digital, the same amount of time we spend printing right now would be spent scanning and uploading paper documents like transcripts one-by-one to each applicant's digital file, so I'd say it’s probably six of one, half dozen of the other. Additionally, the committee members themselves are still human, volunteering their time in their busy lives, and they can only read so many applications at a time, so having digital files wouldn’t necessarily make the assessments take less time. We care about our applicants and students as people, so we feel it is important to have actual people assessing and considering the applications, rather than just checking your statistics on a chart. Something to keep in mind this cycle in particular is that there is now a January LSAT instead of December, and there is just no way to know how that is going to impact the application cycle until we’ve actually experienced the full cycle. Our goal has always been – and still is – to send every applicant an offer, regrets, or waitlist notification by the end of June. We’ve been able to get them all out by mid-May for the past several years; however, since we received the final LSAT reports a month later than in previous cycles, it is quite possible that we may finish closer to the actual goal both this year and going forward. I know the waiting game isn't fun, and I hate playing it myself, but hang in there! We are doing the best we can to get answers to you as quickly as possible! -Malina
  13. We only consider coursework completed up to the end of December 31 of the year the application is submitted, so as long as the grades for your three credit courses in Fall 2018 appear on the transcript, you may send it now. Winter 2019 grades won't be considered for the Fall 2019 admissions cycle. We also do not consider midterm grades, which are very unlikely to even appear on a transcript. Transcripts must be postmarked by/on the February 15 supporting document deadline. Cheers! Malina
  14. This is my last update of 2018! We will be closed from December 24, 2018 to January 1, 2019 for the holiday break. Current students may start sending transcripts for their current institutions in January, after Fall 2018 grades become available. Happy holidays! Malina
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