How to Find the University That's Right For You
Tips for learning about universities and the programs they offer.
So, you're thinking about applying to university and aren't sure where to start? Don't worry, we've all been there. That's why we've put together a list of resources that can help you find the university program that's right for you.
Browse university websites
Looking at university websites is a great way to get familiar with different institutions. These websites will often have a section dedicated to students interested in applying. Here you can find information on programs, applying, student life, and even download brochures.
Attend a webinar or event
Universities will often host events for students who are thinking of applying. You can expect to learn about programs, admissions, co-op, and student life. Webinars and events are also a good opportunity to connect with university staff who can answer your questions. Ask them about choosing a major, adjusting to university life, admission requirements, and careers.
Take a campus tour
Tours are a great way to get a feel for different universities. Some schools will offer in-person tours and others will offer virtual tours — or both! Either way, you'll get to see different buildings and outdoor spaces. Your tour guide will also tell you about the different services and supports available on campus. Visit our website to take Waterloo's virtual campus tour.
Connect with current students
Who better to learn about university from than the people who are currently experiencing it? Current students can tell you what it'll be like to be a student at university. They'll also have insider advice on classes and professors, how you can get involved, and what the student experience is like.
If you want to talk to a current student, ask universities if they can put you into contact with a student. At Waterloo, you can visit our website to be connected with one of our student ambassadors. If some universities don't offer these services, think about reaching out to the people you know. Are any of them attending a university or enrolled in a program you're interested in?
Look into university rankings
Several publications and websites score universities based on subject areas, overall university experience, graduate employability, student life, and other criteria. University rankings are useful as they can help identify what you value in a university.
Think about what's important to you for choosing a university. Do you want to attend a school that's a leader in the field you're interested in? Or maybe you want to go to a university that's ranked highly for student life? Use the rankings to narrow down the list of universities that might be right for you.
We know starting your university search might seem overwhelming. Waterloo students have written a series of articles with advice on choosing a university. Be sure to check them out!
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