How to Get Into Schulich BBA 2016/2017

Schulich BBA is a very competitive business program and as such, has a very difficult application process. This article will describe the requirements, a walkthrough, tips on how to succeed, and ultimately, how to get into Schulich BBA 2016/2017. Everything in this article also applies to how to get into Schulich iBBA 2016/2017.

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First step in how to get into Schulich BBA is understanding what it is the university looks at; grades and the supplemental application.


We recommend an 89+ average in order to be competitive. However, it’s not as easy as just your top 6 grade 12 marks. In actuality, it is your ENG4U, MHF4U, and MCV4U (or MDM4U), plus your next highest 3 grades. It’s also important to note that a minimum of 70% in ENG4U and MHF4U is required and no more than two 4M courses will be considered for admission.


There are two application steps: OUAC and the supplemental application.

The deadline for OUAC is  January 11, 2017 for Ontario students and February 1, 2017 for out of Ontario students.

The deadline for the supplemental application is February 1, 2017 for Ontario students and February 8, 2017 for out of Ontario students.

Supplemental Application

The supplemental application has changed a lot in the past 2 years. Now, it consists of three parts; leadership profile, video interview, and timed writing exercise.

Leadership Profile

This is basically the same as two years ago, except now it’s just online and not just a Word document to fill out.

Here, you’ll just add activities and in the space provided, list co-curricular activities that demonstrate your leadership potential, community involvement, and or entrepreneurial spirit. These activities must have been completed during the last two calendar years (i.e. 2015 and 2016). These activities may include student clubs, sports, events, band, conferences, competitions, volunteer work, community service, paid employment, entrepreneurial ventures, etc. You’ll need to put in a reference who can back up your story as they are contacted periodically. The real important part of the leadership profile is the “Learning Outcome”; describe what role you played, specifically, how you were a leader and how it helped you become a better leader and/or candidate for Schulich BBA. Quantify your impact whenever possible.

Video Interview

The video interview is super high pressure, and possibly the part of the application where the admissions committee weeds out most of the candidates. This is the most challenging part about how to get into Schulich BBA.

When you move onto the video interview, you will be taken to another website where you will need to enter your name and email address. You must use the same first name, last name, and email address you indicated in your application to OUAC or else your application might not be reviewed.

Once there, you will be asked three questions. After each question is asked, you will have 45 seconds to think about your answer and get ready, then a max of 90 seconds to answer. Remember, you don’t have to use all 90 seconds. It’s better to give a super clear and concise 45 second answer than to ramble and lose them with a 89 second answer.

Practice numerous questions and remember to keep the following in mind:

  • Talk slowly and articulate
  • Look into the camera
  • Don’t read. You can have queue cards, or notes on your computer, but don’t read on your computer as they can see your eyes moving from side to side instead of looking directly into the camera
  • Use your hands, but productively. Don’t over do it but also don’t just put your hands on your head, etc.
  • Be energetic, interested, and enthusiastic. If you aren’t interested, why would they be interested in you?
  • Make sure you have good internet, nobody disturbing you, instant messaging turned off, and an uncomplicated background

The questions are:

Q1. Why do you want to study at the Schulich School of Business?

Q2. A question about leadership.

Consider the following points and you will be able to answer any of the leadership questions that come your way.

  • Think about the qualities you like/dislike in a leader.
  • Who are your role models? Why?
  • How do you bounce back from failure?
  • Think about what it takes to work as part of a team.
  • How do you motivate others?
  • How have you demonstrated being a leader?

Q3. A question about you.

Consider the following points and you will be able to answer any of the personal questions that come your way.

  • How would you describe yourself?
  • How does Schulich align with your personal goals or attributes?
  • Think about the future, what it means to you and where you see yourself.
  • What events in your life have shaped who you are today?

Writing Exercise

You will have five minutes to type your response to an opinion-based question. Once again, this is tough because the questions are very open-ended.

That being said, the questions typically revolve around your opinions on trade, economics, community and leadership.

And that’s how you can get into Schulich BBA. We hope this helped!

Alex Dorward

Alex Dorward

Alex is the co-founder of UniversityHub (now CampusRankings) and current Technical Director for CampusRankings. Alex grew up in Ottawa before attending St FX in Antigonish, NS. After graduating, he joined Accenture and is currently a Manager in Accenture Digital.

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