Top Tips from Students for Choosing a University

By University of Waterloo Modified on November 13, 2019

University students offer suggestions for finding the program that's right for you.

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A University of Waterloo Ambassador helps a tour group out with his top tips for choosing a university.

Choosing a university and program can be a big decision. Studying subjects that interest you makes college and university life a lot easier and definitely more enjoyable.

So what other factors are important to consider? Aujas, a student ambassador at the University of Waterloo, offers some tips for choosing a university program and questions to think about, such as:

  • What are you interested in?
  • Do you want a co-op program?
  • What programs can you get into with the grades you have?
  • What's it like at each university you're considering?
  • Do you prefer hands-on learning or learning about theories?

During October and November there will be many university events to help you learn about universities and your programs of interest. Aujas also wrote an article about getting the most out of university fairs.

It's definitely hard to choose with so many options available. Do you want a general program where you can study a broad range of subjects, or do you want to focus on a particular area of interest? Science student Jocelyn offers her own suggestions for whether to specialize or keep your studies broad.

Other things to consider include distance from home, city size, campus type, and potential housing options.

Each university has its own share of unique teams and clubs. If you're interested in a specific team, try reaching out to the coach to check out when tryouts are and talk to some current athletes. Get a feel for what the team is like and how you can make an impact through your own contributions!

Not a big sports fan? No problem. Make sure you get to know what kinds of clubs each school has and which are of interest to you. Joining a club or a team can be a great way to build relationships and make new friends.

With these starting tips, we wish you good luck as you continue with your college or university search!