Top 10 questions you should ask when choosing a university

Sara Stephen


Choosing the university program that is best for you can be a stressful decision, never mind trying to decide which school you want to go to for at least the next four years.

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But don't worry, we have a solution! As a former recruiter, I know that speaking to someone about what your life on campus will look like is the best way to find out what is the best fit for you. So we’ve compiled the top 10 questions to ask a recruiter, alumni or student when choosing the right university for you. 

1. What program might best suit what I’m interested in?

Passion should be the number one driver behind deciding which program you go into. You know the saying, "do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life"? They’re right. 

Our digital viewbooks are a great place to explore the different programs and faculties offered at Ontario Tech. Feel free to download one and see if you can find your passion!

2. What will my first year in the program look like?

Sometimes the best way to know which program and university are right for you is to understand exactly what your first year will look like.

Check out the Ontario Tech Academic Calendar to see what courses we offer in each program. 

3. What type of experiential learning opportunities are there in my program?

When you graduate you’re probably going to want to work; that’s where experiential learning comes in. Whether it be getting hands-on at an Internship or Co-op, working with a community partner in a Placement or Capstone Project, or working with faculty to conduct a research project or undergraduate thesis, there is an experiential learning opportunity in every program we offer. 

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These experiences are beneficial and valuable because they equip you with the skills and knowledge to confidently strut into the world of work when you graduate. 

4. What are my options for on-campus housing?

Make sure you ask what your options for residence are. University will probably be one of the best and most memorable times of your life, so make sure you’re comfortable with where you’re going to live.

Ontario Tech offers private and semi-private bedrooms, gender-inclusive housing, Engineering residence communities, and optional and flexible meal plans provided by local Canadian companies to ensure that every student can find a home at our university

5. What student activities can I get involved with that align with my passions?

We have more than 150 clubs and groups on- and off-campus, so get involved in something you're passionate about! Have a passion that doesn’t currently have a club? Start one. New clubs and groups are started every year.

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6. How can I manage schoolwork, social engagement and personal interests?

Learning how to manage your time can be a bit of a challenge in your first year. Ask anyone and everyone what helpful tips they might have to help keep you balanced. Also, don't be afraid to take advantage of the many resources offered to students designed to help them succeed.

Academic Advisors are a great resource to help you navigate university workloads, program choice and planning for the future. 

7. How do I meet other people?

What's the best way to make connections? By putting yourself out there and getting to know people. Our university hosts tons of events and workshops, both on-campus and virtually, at the beginning of and throughout the school year for this reason.

Go check them out, even if you're hesitant! This is where you’ll get to engage with others who share your interests and possibly make lifelong friends.

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8. How do I help myself be successful in my first year?

University lives by one rule. You get out of it what you put into it. It will teach you so much about who you are and what you want to do with your life. It will be the most rewarding thing you do to date, so put all of your energy into it...even though it may be absolutely exhausting at times.

Be sure to make use of our Academic Advisors. They are specialized by faculty to ensure they understand the needs and requirements of your program and can provide you with the best help. 

9. When can I come and visit the campus?

Honestly, the best way to know which university is right for you is by exploring the campus and picturing what the next four years of your life will look like.

Whether it be in-person or virtually, getting a sense of your campus and its community can help you decide if that university is the right fit for you.  

10. How do I apply?

All university applications are done through the Ontario University Applications Centre

If you have any questions about applying to Ontario Tech or the programs we offer, don't hesitate to book a one-on-one meeting with one of our recruiters; we would love to talk with you. 

Just remember: try not to stress yourself out. Enjoy every step of the journey!Chandler from TV show friends dancing on a table

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