University Choices

It is just the end of October but most of the seniors around Canada are starting to apply for their chosen Universities already. So let us look into the some universities you might want to go into.

 

1. University of Alberta

This is the first on the list because it is one of the best universities in Canada and because it is, mostly, the first choice of students that wants to get into university. It is where most senior students in Edmonton and its surrounding communities wants to get into because of its reputation and of course because of the quality of education.

Pros

– Close to home. In this way you can save money for residence.

– One of the best universities in Canada.

– There is a lot of programs to choose from.

– The Rutherford Library one of the best Libraries in Canada is located in this University, look how cool is that.

Cons

– The entrance average is pretty high. (If you want to know more about the entrance average for this school year go to http://admissions.ualberta.ca/requirements/entrance-averages.aspx.

– Because of budget cuts, they are slashing off some spots in some of the ‘big’ faculties like the Faculty of Arts and the Faculty of Science.

Website : http://admission.ualberta.ca/

 

2. Grant MacEwan University

A not so big university at the heart of the city.

Pros

– It is also close to home in fact it is in the heart of the city (Downtown) so it is easier to go shop and hang out with your classmates after your classes. In this way you can save money for residence.

– The population is not that big compared to the University of Alberta so in this case your professors will recognize you easily in the hallways, in class or even in the library (maybe).

– It is easy to get into GMac because of the entrance average is not high (at all).  You can find more info about entrance averages in this link http://www.macewan.ca/wcm/Registrar/Admissions/index.htm

Cons

– Some programs are not available in the University, for example Engineering, they don’t have a full degree Engineering program at Gran Mac so if you want to be an Engineer it is a good place to start to but if you are the kind of student who does not want to transfer universities year after year then you gotta choose another university.

Website : http://www.macewan.ca/wcm/Registrar/Admissions/index.htm

 

3. University of Toronto

Do you want to study on the other side of the country? Then choose the University of Toronto.

Pros

– One of the best universities in Canada, in fact, it was ranked number 1 university in Canada last school year.

– There is a lot of programs to choose from.

Cons

– The entrance average is pretty high. So if you want to get in this university you need to study harder.

– You need to pay for your residence because you will be going into Toronto, (This costs a lot of money, like seriously, a lot)

Website : http://discover.utoronto.ca/

 

4. University of British Columbia

If you want to go to the coast while studying, then UBC is the right place for you.

Pros

– One of the best universities in Canada.

– There is a lot of programs to choose from.

– The location of the Vancouver campus is a heaven. On the other side of your University is an ocean while on the other side you have this rich forest. You can also go to the beach whenever you want (except during winter, obviously) but if you are looking into a good university with an awesome location, then UBC is the right place for you to go.

– If you are a high school graduate from any high school in Alberta they will add 4% on your general average at the end of the year, after all your marks are calculated, including your Diploma marks. So if you graduate in Alberta with, for example, a 78% if you apply to UBC they will consider it as 82%. That is a really good deal.

Cons

– You need to pay for your residence because you will be going in B.C.. (This costs a lot of money, like seriously, a lot).

Website : http://www.ubc.ca/students/

 

5. University of Calgary

For those of you who wants to go out of Edmonton but still wants to stay in Alberta because you just love being in Alberta then the University of Calgary is the best place for you.

Pros

– There is a lot of programs to choose from.

– It is also not that far from home.

Cons

– You need to pay for your residence because you will be going in Calgary unless you have relatives in Calgary.

Website : http://www.ucalgary.ca/prospectivestudents/

 

There you go, choose what fits your budget for university and choose whatever university you think best fits your needs as a student. As Mr. Leong said during one of the post-secondary school presentations that ‘if money is your problem, don’t worry about it too much. Because if you work really hard and graduate in the future that money will come back to you quickly’.

In  my own opinion, there is no easy way to get through university. You need to work hard wherever university you are going into. If you are not ready to go to university yet, then you might need a year off to be able to think about what you really want to be. Make sure that you do whatever your passion is, do not get into a program you are not passionate about because you are going to do that job for the rest of your life. But also remember that if you do not get into the university that you want to get into, don’t worry because there is a lot more university that is open for you to apply. Keep in mind that in the end it’s not what university you got into it is all about your hard work and your knowledge that will make you a competitive person in the real world.

 

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About J.V. Tomas

| Pray | Love | Study | Travel | Adventure | Blog | Photography | That's JV's life! Juliver Tomas completed his final year as a full International Baccalaureate student at McNally High School this year (2014). He was the Editor-in-Chief of the official student publication of his previous school, Dorganda High School, back in the Philippines. However, they used "Filipino" as the main medium of their publication that is why expect grammatical errors or "carabao English" on this blog (He is improving his vocab tho). He was also the Editor-in-chief of the school magazine of McNally High School - the McNally Tiger Magazine. He attended various press conferences and competitions. He won the Journalist of the Year award at their school and was the Valedictorian of his class (Class of 2012). He is looking forward to be a Doctor someday and is planning to take a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta next fall. He is currently a World Vision Ambassador and a part of the Red Cross Youth Leaders (RCYL) in Edmonton. He is really engaged in any activities. He loves Sciences, Journalism and Social Justice/Human Rights. He believes in the saying that "Teamwork Makes The Dreamwork"

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