Having good grades is important if you want to be accepted into your top choice for university programs, but it's not the only thing that matters.

Are my grades good enough?

How universities judge your grades depends on where you’re applying and what program you want to study. Universities usually have a baseline average that your top five Grade 12 grades have to exceed. If the school expects a 70 percent average, your academic average has to be higher than that. The higher your marks are above that, the better your odds of getting accepted. Some universities also look at your grades in certain classes, depending on the academic requirements of the program.

Do schools look for anything besides good grades?

You can get accepted at most schools if your grades are good enough and there’s room in the program. Things like volunteer work or other extracurricular activities can boost your chances. Some schools might also want a résumé or reference letter and will ask for it as part of your application.

Can I be ‘un-accepted’ if something changes before I graduate from high school?

Yes, you can lose your acceptance if you don’t maintain your grades. If your grades drop below what is required for your program, your offer of admission could be deferred or taken back. When you’re accepted into a program, the school will expect you to keep up the same level of grades until you finish Grade 12.

How do I know if I have the courses I need to apply?

Check with your high school’s guidance counsellor or someone in the recruitment or admissions office of the school where you’re applying. They’ll help you figure out whether you’re taking the courses you need so you can apply to the program you want. It’s a good idea to do this as soon as you can, in case you need to make changes to your courses.