Genius by Choice

February 14, 2005 15:37 ET

Rising GPA Requirements Make University Admission Tough

Students must work harder and smarter to make the grade. Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Education Editor, Media Editor, News Editor CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 14, 2005) - Students trying to enter the University of Calgary (U of C) this fall will be facing yet another hurdle. Tuition costs are on the rise, but so too are Grade Point Average (GPA) requirements for almost every program the University of Calgary offers.

Posted on the U of C website are past entrance requirements broken down by faculty. Between 2003 and 2004, GPA and transfer requirements jumped almost 1 per cent across the board. For a high school student to enter the Faculty of Communication and Culture they will need an 80 per cent average; for the Faculty of Science the requirement is between 72 to 81 per cent. In 1994 the average entrance requirement hovered around 65 per cent - almost 10 to 15 per cent lower.

"The right to receive a post-secondary education is being eroded away," says Terry Hansen, founder and president of Genius by Choice. "Students, parents and teachers work long and hard to ensure that post-secondary education is a viable option after high school. Then, when all the years of hard work are about to pay off, someone changes the rules."

As entrance requirements for post-secondary education continue to rise, educators and parents realize that students must raise the bar of their academic standards in order to be part of the university experience. Hard working students and equally committed parents have assumed their children were on the university course only to realize that as students approach university age, the GPA requirements for acceptance has increased dramatically in a short period of time, placing a university education out of reach for many dedicated and bright students.

Genius by Choice Inc. is a Cochrane-based company dedicated to keeping post-secondary education available to students who have worked their entire school lives with the anticipation that it would be an option.
/For further information: Terry L. Hansen, RET, BAHon, MSc.; President, Genius by Choice; Phone: (403) 999-6048; Cell: (403) 828-6048; / IN: EDUCATION

Contact Information

  • Terry Hansen, President, Genius by Choice
    Primary Phone: 403-999-6048
    Secondary Phone: 403-828-6048