Want to be an engineer? Aim for 80-plus in your last year

Average final-year high school grades of undergrads starting engineering school in fall 2009

Admission is competitive, as shown by these average final-year high school grades—or the R score in Quebec’s CEGEP system—of first-year undergrads starting engineering school in fall 2009.

Average Entering Grade
Acadia 86.9%
Alberta 87%
UBC 87.8%
Calgary 85%
Carleton 83.8%
Concordia 80% / R score 26.24
Guelph 82.1%*
Lakehead 81.8%
Laurentian 79.4%
Laval R score 27.648
Manitoba 90.4**
McGill 88.8% / R score 30.41
McMaster 86.6%
Memorial 86.7%
Moncton 82.1%
École Polytechnique de Montréal R score 29.477
New Brunswick 86.1%
UNBC 88.6%
University of Ontario Institute of Technology 77%
Ottawa 80.9%*
UPEI Not applicable
Québec à Chicoutimi R score 25.5
Québec à Montréal R score 24.25
Québec en Outaouais Not applicable
École de technologie supérieure Not applicable
Queen’s 86.9%*
Regina 83.5%
Royal Military College 84.5%
Ryerson 80%
St. Francis Xavier 85.9%
Saskatchewan 89%
Simon Fraser 83.1%
Toronto 90.3%
Victoria 87%*
Waterloo 89.2%
Western 86.8%
Windsor 82%
York 83%

Eight universities with engineering programs are not listed here. These institutions did not release their average entering grades to Maclean’s. *Grade average for fall 2008 incoming class. **Majority of students enter engineering after first year (University One).

Source: Engineering faculties and departments; Common University Data Ontario

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