McMaster University

McMaster University

Faculty of
Health Sciences

Mac program named Canada's toughest to enter

Published: February 10, 2016
Students from the Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Program

McMaster University's Bachelor of Health Sciences Honours Program has been named the hardest undergraduateprogram in Canada to gain admission.

A ranking by University Hub, published by Yahoo Canada today, points out that only 4.5 per cent of applicants are accepted in the program as there are more than 3,500 applicants a year for 160 first year chairs.

Noting that several Canadian universities are strong in engineering, Alex Dorward, co-CEO of University Hub, said, "with health science, one university really sticks out and that's McMaster."

"So it is somewhat common for people who might have a 95% average to get rejected. As a result of the considerable demand and their supplemental applications, it is very difficult to get in."

Stacey Ritz, assistant dean of the BHSc program, said: "We are delighted our program attracts the attention of so many of Canada's top high school graduates. We have a team of talented educators and staff who make this program very special."

According to University Hub, an online university admissions support service, the second hardest Canadian undergraduate program to enter is software engineering at the University of Waterloo where students with up to a 95% average have only a 10 per cent chance of entrance.

The other programs in the top five are engineering science at the University of Toronto; commerce at the University of British Columbia; and mechanical engineering at McGill University. An honourable mention was given to the commerce program at Queen's University.

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