Advantages of being a mature student at Ontario Tech


Kait Nienhuis

 

If you’re a mature student like me, chances are you might be looking for a customized university experience. Whether you need flexible courses, a convenient location, access to tailored services or specialized facilities, Ontario Tech University has you covered. Here are some of the advantages of being a mature student at Ontario Tech.

Customized welcome and specialized services

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Did you know Ontario Tech has an orientation program designed just for students who are transferring from another post-secondary institution, or are continuing their academic career after a number of years? As part of the MyStart: Orientation programming, the MyStart: Mature and Pathways program will provide you with the opportunity to learn about the campus, find out how to get the most from your university experience tailored to your specific needs, and also meet fellow mature, transfer and Pathways students (MTPS).

In addition to this customized orientation experience, Ontario Tech offers MTPS specialized services to assist with the transition back to academic life and support to maintain the unique set of responsibilities MTPS can often hold. Visit the Student Life Services page to learn more about what is available.

Flexible class and program options

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One of the most important factors when I started studying as a mature student was the ability to take my classes at my own pace because I had a full-time job. Many mature students have jobs and family responsibilities and can’t always fit within a traditional full-time in-class course model.

Ontario Tech has fantastic options including part-time study and online courses. The university also offers a unique diploma-to-degree program which provides many opportunities to apply credits you earned at college toward a university degree. This is a stellar way to fast-track your Undergraduate degree, especially if you are studying part-time or have tighter time constraints.

Childcare centre and great facilities

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If you have childcare needs, Ontario Tech has a not-for-profit Campus Childcare Centre at the north Oshawa location, providing high-quality services and programs to help serve the needs of students, faculty and staff.

Having your little ones in daycare on campus can be extremely beneficial, not only for attending classes and studying but also allows you the time to get the most out of your experience on campus. If you don’t require extra time to commute to pick up your child after classes, maybe you can fit in a quick workout at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Centre, or grab a latte at the Hive Café.

Having the support of your school and campus community makes all the difference in the world no matter what kind of student you are. There are so many amazing experiences offered at Ontario Tech that empower you to get the most out of your time at the university. Take some time to look through all that’s available and see what stands out to you, I think you’ll find that there’s a lot to be excited about!