Beginner's guide to the Ontario Universities' Fair

Erin Campbell


Hi everyone - the Ontario Universities' Fair (OUF) is fast approaching and I’m here to help you navigate the busy weekend! I have been to OUF a few times myself and left dazed and confused so I am here to tell you how to be better than I was!

If you don’t know, OUF is a three-day event at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, during which you have the chance to visit all 21 universities in Ontario and speak to representatives from each. OUF is a free event, and this year (2019) it's happening on September 27 to 29 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Basically, each university has their own booth where they will have student representatives, staff from their admissions and recruitment teams as well as some professors!

Each school also holds presentations in smaller rooms where you can have the chance to listen to their spiel and ask questions in a smaller setting. At these booths or information sessions, you can learn about each university’s programs, admission requirements, student life, clubs and societies and basically anything else you can think of!

Now that we know what OUF is, here are five tips on how you can strategically navigate it and make the most out of the time you’re there.


1. Plan your day in advance

On the OUF website, you can view the scheduled presentations for each university, as well as a floor map of where each school’s booth is. Take some time before you go to look at these and plan which information sessions you want to attend.

Viewing the floor map beforehand will help you feel less overwhelmed. OUF is a very busy weekend and there are 21 universities there. When you walk in the room it can feel daunting but if you have already looked at a floor map, you can plan your route and see which schools you want to hit.


2. Prepare questions


You will be meeting a lot of staff and students at each booth that are eager to help you and answer any questions about their school. In the moment, you may not be able to think of anything to ask because there will be a lot of information coming your way. Prepare some key questions you want to ask every school you’re interested in and you will get a lot more out of your time at OUF!

Here’s some suggested questions to ask: 

  • How many students attend your university?
  • What is the average class size?
  • What scholarships and bursaries are available?
  • What kinds of services are offered to support students?
  • How much is tuition?
  • What is the minimum grade needed to be admitted to my program of interest?

If you’re interested in joining a sports team or a club/society you can ask about what teams and clubs are offered.


3. Do a bit of research

You don’t need to look into each university in-depth, but having an idea of a few schools you are interested in talking to at OUF can help make your time easier. This will help you plan your day!


4. Don’t be shy

Each university has representatives at the fair that really want to help you decide what university to choose. Of course, they’re all rooting for you to pick their school, but they really want you to ask them questions about anything you want to know. Don’t be shy and not ask about something you really want to know, they have all made the trip there for you!


5. Have fun!

OUF can be a little overwhelming, but it is the beginning of your exciting journey of visiting universities and deciding which one is right for you. It is a great place to gain valuable information but it is also a place to enter contests, meet new people and get excited about university!

Have a great time at OUF this year everyone, I hope this helped. Good luck on your university journey, you’ll have a blast! Have more questions about OUF? Leave me a comment down below!

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