When I was applying for university, I remember being worried about getting everything right for my application. There are so many things to take into account during the application process.
Here are five things to know before applying for university:
1. Visit the campus
You would be surprised at how many people tell me that they didn't attend campus tours before choosing their school! Visiting the campus can give you a sense of where your in-person classes will be, what facilities are available and give you the chance to check out the overall vibe of the campus to see if it suits you.
2. Think about applying early
While it is not a requirement to apply early, I would encourage considering it. I applied early and it took the load off my shoulders, which allowed me to focus more on school with the remaining time I had left. Also, applying early allows you to receive your offers earlier, which is another benefit worth considering.
Check out our blog on applying to university, it takes you step-by-step through the application process which may help calm your nerves.
Remember: The deadline to apply for Fall 2022 is Thursday, January 13.
3. Start researching early
It's important to familiarize yourself with the application process, so nothing is missing when you're ready to apply. Another helpful tip is to pick out your top choices before your senior year—or early on—so that you won’t be overwhelmed during your final year.
Not sure what to research? We got you covered! Check out our blog on the six things to research about potential universities to give you a starting point.
4. Don’t get hung up on rankings
Ontario Tech has been ranked as first in a few categories, such as having the number one undergraduate library in Canada and the best undergraduate university reputation in Ontario.
While these are impressive, it's important not to get too hung up on rankings. Pursue something that appeals to you, this is your education and shouldn't be left to others' opinions.
Think about what you are looking for in your university experience: what is important to you? The size, cost, resources, services and financial aid offered by the school are also important factors to consider when choosing a university.
And remember, what you do at school is more important than what school you go to.
5. Don’t take it personally
Rejection is okay; it happens to everyone at some point. Rejection is an important part of life, as we often gain the most knowledge and experience from our failures!
It's also important to remember that an application only shows a part of who you really are. It will be tough, but try your best to accept the refusal and work hard to make it the next time.
Many successful people fail in their life and take them as learning opportunities, and so should you.
Applying to university can be stressful, but it's a wonderful journey to take. There is a lot to consider which is why it's important to take the time, do the research and think it through.
Hopefully, these tips help you navigate your application journey and make it a little easier. Have more tips for future students? Comment below any other things to know before applying for University!
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