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Appleby College

Student rating 3.8/ 5 by Dalhousie University student
540 Lakeshore Road West Oakville ON L6K 3P1 Canada


Appleby Collegereview by Dalhousie University student. The classes at Appleby College were all very small, the biggest class I had was less than 20 students. The work load wasn't too bad but it depends on one's course load, regardless it is very manageable. The academics do not emphasize exams only but there are many ways they evaluate you, including group exams and projects or presentations instead of exams.

College Counseling

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  • "They have contacts at most of the major universities and feel perfectly comfortable picking up the phone and advocating for a student to get accepted somewhere they feel is a good fit for that student. However, these counselors are certainly not magic bullets. They cannot guarantee that a student will get into an Ivy League university…"
  • "For those wishing to move on to Oxford or Cambridge, the provision is second-to-none. In the months running up to application and interview, every subject faculty offers classes (often run by former Oxbridge tutors) exploring further areas of their subject as well as offering advice on personal statements, interview technique and more…"

Admissions - Getting Accepted

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  • "Most younger siblings have an easy time in the admissions process. I can only think of one case of a younger sibling not being admitted. About half of the students who entered with me had come from public schools. The remainder came from private K-6 schools, or had transfered from other New York private schools The Elizabeth Morrow School and St. Bernard's were two of the larger feeder schools…"
  • "For the interview, dress conservatively. Try to be very clean and put together. Also, I was a tour guide for two years and at the end of every tour, we were asked to evaluate the candidate so if you think the tour is not apart of the process, you are very wrong. Ask questions and be interested. Also, tip for the parents*the kids speak on the tour. Don't ask their questions for them because their evaluation will be affected by the fact that the guides didn't hear a thing from the kid…"

School Life

The quality of life is respectable. The housing is nice and up to date with acceptable cafeteria food. Crime and safety is no problem however the school is largely white so minority students may feel out of place. As well some teachers are snobby towards students from less well off families. As well there is mandatory chapel attendance which is sold as multi-faith and relatively optional when I was being taken for a tour however this is not the case. Students are forced to sing christian hymns and embrace Jesus Christ, and heavily pressured to do communion which I feel is wrong and left a poor taste in my mouth.

There are a great number of sports and clubs at Appleby College, including off the top of my head all popular sports and many less popular ones such as squash and badminton. The clubs include standard type ones such as photography, but also cadets and others. The activity I enjoyed most was going to the Northern Campus and doing outdoor camping, canoeing and winter camping.