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Top 200 Program

Application Process & Criteria

Students entering their third year of study in September are eligible for acceptance into the Top 200 Program, based on strong academic performance combined with extracurricular activities inside Ryerson and/or external to Ryerson (such as work experience or volunteer activities). Up to 100 successful candidates will be accepted into the Top 200 Program. Students must have a clear academic standing at the time of application and maintain this for the duration of the program to continue to participate. 

The Application Process

All applications must be sent by email to Andre Serero at andre.serero@ryerson.ca no later than 12:00 pm (noon) on March 13 with the subject line “TOP 200 Application: YOUR NAME”, and must include: 

  • Name, Year of Study, Program, Major/Minor (if applicable), CGPA 
  • A copy of your most recent unofficial transcript 
  • A detailed resume (which should include a full description of your extracurricular activities) 
  • An essay (maximum 500 words) answering the following questions: Why do you believe that you are an ideal candidate for the Top 200 Program? In particular, what do you hope to achieve from the Top 200 Program and what skills and attributes do you hope to contribute to the Top 200 Program? 
  • A recommendation letter may be submitted with your application, on an optional basis. 

The Evaluation Criteria

All applications will be considered using the following criteria, with a maximum of 25 points available. In the event of a tie, interviews will be scheduled with the appropriate applicants.

CGPA (maximum of 10 available points): 

  • Applicants with a CGPA below 2.67 will be granted 0 points. 
  • Applicants with a CGPA between 2.67 and 2.99 will be granted 6 points. 
  • Applicants with a CGPA between 3.00 and 3.32 will be granted 7 points. 
  • Applicants with a CGPA between 3.33 and 3.66 will be granted 8 points. 
  • Applicants with a CGPA between 3.67 and 3.99 will be granted 9 points. 
  • Applicants with a CGPA of 4.00 or higher shall be granted 10 points.

 

Extracurricular Activities
(maximum of 10 available points)

  • Applicants will be granted between 1 and 5 points based on the nature and scope of the applicant’s involvement and responsibility in his/her extracurricular activities. (The greater the nature and scope of the involvement and responsibility, the greater the score.)
  • Applicants will be granted between 1 and 5 points based on the number of extracurricular activities and how diverse those activities are. (The greater the number and diversity of activities, the greater the score.)

Frequently Asked Questions

When do I apply?

Applications are due on March 13th of every year.  Most applicants apply during their second year at TRSM.   You can also apply during your third year if you plan to spend part of a fifth year at TRSM. 

What is the application process and criteria?

The application process and criteria is published. During the acceptance process, we look at a candidate’s CGPA, extra-curricular involvements, and a short essay prepared by the applicant. References are optional. 

How long is the Top 200 Program?

The Top 200 is a two-year program. For most students, this will span over their third and fourth years at TRSM, but for some students it will cover their fourth and fifth years at TRSM. 

What is the Top 200 Program exactly?

The Top 200 Program brings together dedicated students from all of TRSM’s schools and departments. The two-year program features a structured series of extracurricular developmental activities, learning experiences and employer engagement opportunities, including career and personal development sessions, a leadership summit, mentoring, and coaching.   The Top 200 program also provides unique opportunities to engage with a wide variety of industry leaders.

What specific activities and events will the Top 200 students take part in?
  • BCH Seminars/Workshops
  • Learning from Leaders events
  • Lumina Leader and Lumina Spark (self awareness profiles)
  • Leadership Summit (3rd year)
  • Ethical Leadership and Business Ethics Speaker Series
  • Leadership Forum (4th year)
  • Mentorship (4th year)
  • Community engagement
  • Coaching 
How many students are accepted in the Top 200 Program?

Acceptance into the Top 200 is via a competitive application process. A maximum of 100 students are accepted each year into the two-year program. So, at any point in time, there are a maximum of 200 students in the Program. 

What is the time commitment?

The Top 200 Program is nothing like a classroom. So, as the saying goes, you get out of it what you put into it. There are some minimum requirements, but motivated students easily find time to attend those events and much more. Naturally, we encourage you to be as involved as possible because the tools and experiential learning activities that we offer you will provide you with maximum benefit and advantage. 

I am a Co-op student. Can I also be part of the Top 200?

Yes, a significant number of our Top 200 students are also in Co-op. 

Can I go on an exchange while in the Program?

Absolutely! In fact, one of the benefits of the Program is that you have an opportunity for one-on-one coaching sessions with André Serero, the Executive in Residence of the Program. He has helped several students manage their Top 200 Program commitments while on exchange. 

How does the “coaching” work?

It is very simple.  You send an e-mail to André, and you set-up an appointment to meet. The number of meetings is completely up to you. You may come with specific topics of discussion, or this can be done during the coaching session itself.

André can be reached at andre.serero@ryerson.ca

When do I get a mentor?

A mentor will be assigned to you in your second year of the Top 200 Program. The mentorship part of the Top 200 Program runs from September to April of your second year of the Top 200 program.  

What happens after I complete the Top 200 Program?

Upon completion, you will take part in a special Top 200 Graduation Ceremony, where you will receive a unique Top 200 Recognition of Achievement.  Your record of completion will be kept on file at the Business Career Hub (BCH) and can be referenced on your CV. 

Essay Question
(maximum of 5 available points)

  • Applicants will be granted between 1 and 5 points based on their response to the Essay Question.
  • The criteria to be used will include the quality of the response, the clarity of expression and overall presentation.