Calling all high school grads

Susan Flanagan
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Applying for university 101

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March 1 is the deadline to apply for admission to Memorial University for fall semester 2012.                 Here are the things you’ll need to have in front of you when you apply for admission.

1. A credit card to pay the non-refundable $40 fee.

2. MCP number (this is the same as the Department of Education Registration Number on your high school transcripts).

3. A copy of your most recent Department of Education transcript.

4. If you are a high school student from Newfoundland and Labrador, your official transcripts will be submitted by the Department of Education. You only have to submit copies by snail mail if you are a student from another province or country.

As there is a time-out limit on each page, make sure you have the list above at arm’s reach.

Since No. 1 enrolled in engineering at MUN last fall and No. 2 is applying for general studies in September, I thought it might be helpful if you heard their application experiences.

The online sign-up can be a bit tricky. First we went to and hit Self-service but that’s for returning students and asks for a nine-digit student number that we didn’t have yet.

Then we went to Programs and Courses and clicked on Admissions: How to Apply. Then, Under No. 3 we found Submit your application online and New Students, where we were prompted to create an application ID and PIN and give an email address.

Apparently, we could have clicked on Become a Student at the top of the main web page and got to the same How to Apply page.

However you do it, once you get here, you should bookmark the site immediately or take note of the following address for next time:


Meeting the criteria

High school students applying to MUN need a 70 per cent average in five subject areas based on 10 credits at the 3000 level. Don’t worry about trying to figure out which courses to use, this will be taken care of by the university. Their people will calculate your average based on the highest marks in the five subject areas.

If you have a unique situation and need help, you can email or both of which I have found to be very knowledgeable.

Another thing to keep in mind is that certain schools within MUN have competitive and limited enrolment and thus may have separate applications, admission requirements and deadlines.

For example, the deadline for applying for MUN’s School of Music is Jan. 31. Other programs include Human Kinetics and Recreation, Engineering, Nursing and Fine Arts; both Visual and Theatre (these last two are offered on the Grenfell Campus). The information I’ve provided here is mainly for students graduating from high school in June 2012.

If you are a student transferring from College of the North Atlantic or another university, you may have slightly different requirements. For more details, go to:

The good news is that all the information you need is on the website and if it’s not obvious, help is only an email away. Information booklets are distributed to interested students by MUN recruiters who visit high schools each fall. You can also visit your guidance counsellor with questions.

Once you apply, an adviser will contact you at home by phone or email over the winter semester to offer advice and tips. And come April, faculty and other staff members from MUN will have sit-down sessions with high school students to help you prepare for registration in July.

Finally, you can email, call (709) 864-4431 or visit the Grenfell Campus in Corner Brook or the registrar’s office in the Arts and Administration Building on the St. John’s campus (Elizabeth Avenue) to clarify any points.

One point for out-of-town students is that applications for on-campus housing are separate and early application is highly recommended. For those who can’t commute, there is a link to this provided at the end of the online application for admission.

So don’t dilly-dally. Avoid stress and apply now. Make sure you have all the proper documentation in a folder at the ready. If you do not have an MCP number, get one today.

Also, if you’re expecting an automatic scholarship in the fall, you’ll need a Social Insurance Number to collect it.

Don’t miss the boat and have all your pals heading off in the fall without you because you missed the deadline.

Full-day K feedback

This in from Robert, a former program consultant for a Newfoundland and Labrador school district, who now lives in Halifax.

“Susan, my granddaughter attends kindergarten 8:30 a.m.— 2:05 p.m. every day here in Halifax. She is also in the excel program where parents pay for supervision afternoons after school. I wonder if the problem in NL is because govt. would have to invest in more teachers being hired and invest in more classroom space. It is not simple. But if more parents became political, then kindergarten full-time may come to fruition. You should research what is happening within other Canadian provinces and the cost involved, then present findings.

Good luck in your quest.”


Margaret writes: “I had to write you to personally thank and commend you on your column in The Telegram. It seems to me that full-day kindergarten is the elephant in the room that no one wants to talk about and when they do — it’s just lip service anyway. It’s so disheartening to us young families to listen to people who clearly have no idea what we’re going through. (As an aside — Minister (Charlene) Johnson annoys me the most, however, constantly lauding a parent’s ‘choice’ to have family (i.e. Nan) take care of their kids. Really? Our choice?)

“I, too, will have my daughter begin kindergarten in September and the thoughts of the “daycare shuffle” kept me awake at nights. I am actually pregnant with my second child right now so the timing of the birth — please God, if all goes well — will work out for the shuffle. Not that it was planned that way, but it’s a sad testament to the state of affairs in this province when the happy realization struck that I’d be on mat leave during her first year of school.

“Finally Ms. Flanagan, I wanted to speak to women in the workforce. I am a college and university educated woman with a well-paying “government” job that I will in all likelihood not be returning to. It has been just too hard to juggle the demands of my family, a career and the child-care restraints that we are faced with. I have to do what is right for my family, right now. It’s too bad this administration makes it so hard.

“Thanks again for having your say — I think more people like us would too — if we were not so busy and worn out at the end of the day.”


FL writes:

“Excellent article — well-balanced, pointing out the enormity of implementing full-day kindergarten and the stupidity of the new campaign with brochures, etc. I can only think it will be as useless as the Read and Succeed campaign from 10 years ago!”

Organizations: College of the North Atlantic, Department of Education, School of Music Fine Arts Visual and Theatre Arts and Administration Building Social Insurance Number Newfoundland and Labrador school

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, New Students, Halifax Corner Brook

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  • Anon
    January 31, 2012 - 13:02

    You also need to know how the credit system works at MUN as well as the unfortunate realization that the Education Department forces you to take courses that will not help you in any way whatsoever in MUN. So Hopefully you got to take at least some of the science courses that will destroy you since you have no high school experience with them because you were forced to take career development, healthy living, cooking, music, and some other crap that you didn't want to take because you knew what you wanted to do in MUN. I feel bad for our highschool students. No one trusts them to make their own academic decisions and they suffer for it at MUN.