Choose the Right University or College

Choosing the right place for your secondary education can be a stressful and often confusing decision to make. There are many factors to take into consideration as well as lots of planning and documentation. Before you get too overwhelmed, follow these steps to make your decision making just a bit easier.

1. Research

Before you do anything, remember that you should always keep your options open and you should never limit yourself. That means that you will need to do some exciting research into the options available to you, which can include looking online and attending college and university fairs that often happen around the country. The best thing you can do, is write down a list of what it is that you are looking for in a school.

2. Location

There are so many different colleges and universities across Canada, so it can feel like the possibilities are endless. Do you want to attend a school that is nestled into a bustling city, or a quiet town? Maybe you want to get away to another province or maybe you want to stay close to home and attend a local school.

3. Size

What size college or university do you want to attend? Do you want small classes with lecturers that can give you individual attention or do you want a bigger class that has hundreds of students? Whichever option you decide to go for, universities and colleges often have tight-knit communities and a great support system.

4. Costs

This is probably one of the biggest factors in choosing a school, as certain institutions and courses may be well out of your budget. The price tag for quality education can vary greatly between colleges and universities, but there is some good news. There are scholarships and financial aid systems in place that can help students in need, and some of these cater exclusively to foreign applicants.

5. Reputation

Schools all over the country in Canada have great academic reputations, and you may be swayed by the awards and accolades that a school possesses, but this is not all that you should be thinking about. In the end, the school should be the right place for you and your needs and interests.

6. Recreational activities

This may or may not factor into your decision, but some students like to know that there are sports and cultural activities available on the premises. These activities can help you make friends, meet new people and learn something new, all of which can make life at a new school much easier.

You do not need to make these decisions alone. School counsellors provide excellent support to those students who need help making these important decisions, but parents and peers can also be very helpful.

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