Choosing the Right University For You

By Western University Modified on October 07, 2019

Help with narrowing your choices based on what's most important to you.

The sunny campus of Western University, which just might be the right university for you.

Many students apply to Ontario universities in the fall or early winter. Applications open on the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC) October 1.

That means it's time to start narrowing down your options and choosing which universities you'll apply to!

Does that sound overwhelming? Don't worry. If you're having trouble figuring out which university is the right place for you, here's an acronym to help organize your thoughts: P.L.A.C.E.


Find a university that fuels your passions. Whether you're into clubs, sports, student government, music, fitness or anything else, being involved in hobbies and activities can keep you motivated while you're studying and help you develop your community.


Most students spend at least four years in the city where they attend university. Think about how far away it is from your family, how affordable it will be, and what you'll be able to enjoy as a student (restaurants, shopping, parks, events, etc.)


Finding the right program for you will be one of your top priorities. Be sure to understand if the program is flexible or structured and if you can combine subjects. You can compare programs directly on


Before you accept an offer from university, consider touring the campus. Walking from class to class, sitting in a classroom, trying the food in residence — take a trial run of what your life could be like as a student.


Are you interested in being career-ready? Thought so. Be sure to ask about internships, co-ops, practicums, and other types of experiential learning. It's also important to know if you'll have to commit to these when you apply or once you become a student.

Good luck on your journey to university!

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