Finding Your University Fit

Posted by Shannon Hui on October 17, 2017

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Choosing the university that’s the right fit for you is an important decision. After all, you will be dedicating at least four years to pursuing your academic, professional and personal goals at the university you choose. To help you make your decision, take a look at our previous post, “Six Reasons to Choose York U” and keep reading to discover a list of important factors that I considered when making my big choice!

The Campus

When you are comparing universities, one of the most noticeable differences is the campus environment. Each campus will offer a unique student experience. York University has two campus locations that offer students a variety of academic pathways, experiential learning opportunities and campus life programs.

Located in the Greater Toronto Area, York U’s Keele Campus is home to 53,000 undergraduate students. Keele has exciting new developments on the horizon and is expected to welcome two new subway stations, a new student centre and the expansion of the Schulich School of Business on campus between 2017 and 2018. Keele also has many state-of-the-art facilities, such as the Bergeron Centre which features a unique architectural design and an open-concept study space with no lecture halls and many collaborative study rooms.

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The York University Keele campus.

Fun fact: Keele is home to the Schulich School of Business, which is ranked first among Canadian business schools by The Economist, as well as Osgoode Hall Law School, which is internationally renowned as one of Canada’s most distinguished law schools. York also offers Canada’s only Space Engineering program and Ontario’s only Geomatics Engineering program, and York has the largest selection of Liberal Arts programs in Canada.

Home to approximately 2,700 students, York U’s Glendon Campus offers a tight-knit student community, specializes in liberal arts and sciences and is located in midtown Toronto. Glendon is Canada’s only bilingual university campus, meaning that students take courses in English, French or both (and may even learn a third language) and all students graduate with a bilingual qualification. Glendon offers unique international opportunities, small class sizes and a personalized learning experience. If you’re looking for a supportive university environment, Glendon may be right for you!

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Glendon Manor on the Glendon Campus.

Overall, the best way to learn more about school campuses is to visit in person. You can take a campus tour or attend open houses to get a firsthand view of the school environment and student experience! If you’re interested in visiting York U, visit the Campus Tours for Future Students page or register for Fall Campus Day, which is November 4 for Keele and November 5 for Glendon. Fall Campus Day is York’s open house event where prospective students can visit the campus and school facilities, meet members of the York U community (professors, staff and current students) and have their questions about life at York U answered.

Program Options and Requirements

Figuring out which program of study you want to pursue is an exciting decision that can help shape a meaningful and fulfilling educational experience! Your program choice will help you narrow your options as you compare different university programs and their admission requirements, teaching methods, course offerings and experiential learning opportunities. If you’re unsure of what you want to study, ask yourself the following questions:

• What classes/subjects do I enjoy the most?
• What classes/subjects have I done well in?
• What are my career goals?
• What do I like to do in my spare time?

York students can choose between 11 faculties, 200+ undergraduate and graduate degree programs and 1,500 experiential learning opportunities! On top of that, there are dual-degree options, flexible programs and many major-minor combinations. To support your studies, York’s Career Centre has the tools to help you explore your professional options and build your network.

Fun fact: York U has the largest psychology program in North America and Greater Toronto Area’s only Digital Media program, which integrates science, technology, communications and the visual, performing and media arts.

Residence

Many students don’t live close to campus and choose to commute, and if you’re like me and have a really long trip to school (I’m talking a three-and-a-half hour round trip!), then university will become your home away from home. Explore the different living options at each university and see if you can imagine yourself living there. Keele has eight undergraduate residences ranging from traditional double and single rooms with shared commons, washrooms and lounge areas to suite-style rooms which have a private washroom. Glendon also has student residences with various room options including singles, large singles and semi-private rooms. Visit York’s Housing Services page to discover the full range of residence options!

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York students enjoying their time together in residence.

Finances

There’s no doubt that attending university is a big investment. That’s why it’s important to understand your personal finances and the resources available to help you pay for your education. For instance, York offers entrance scholarships, bursaries and grants to those who fulfill varying requirements such as academic excellence, financial need and community service. You can also talk to a Financial Aid Advisor to help with financial planning or consider getting a job on campus through one of York’s unique work/study programs: Research at York (RAY), Work/StudyCollege Life at York (CLAY) and York Engaged Students (YES).

Yourself

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to deciding where you want to study. Everyone has different preferences and perceptions of what each university has to offer. The important thing is to know what you are looking for and ask yourself, “Where can I imagine myself being for the next few years?” Keep an open mind, do your research and be excited to explore the different options. Good luck with finding your university fit!

What do you consider when choosing a university? Comment below or tweet us on Twitter at @YorkUStudents.

 

Shannon Hui
Shannon Hui

Shannon is a third-year student in the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) Program at York U. She is also an ice cream fanatic (especially for chocolate chip cookie dough), bookworm and stationery enthusiast, and she hopes York students enjoy reading her posts!

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