Ria Upreti - PHS network - Posted: October 31st, 2018 - Last updated: October 31st, 2018
With post-secondary application deadlines coming up, it is difficult to ignore the big question looming over our heads: What are we going to do with our lives? Where are we going to study? While these are certainly stressful decisions to be making, it is imperative that we learn as much as possible about our desired schools and/or programs in order to take charge of our futures. Luckily, there are tons of resources to help students research post-secondary options. Here is a list of the top four best websites for planning your educational future:4. Universities Canada.
Universities Canada is a membership organization that advocates for Canadian universities at a federal level. What this means is that their information comes directly from university presidents across Canada. They have tons of facts on schools, programs, co-op and internships, studying abroad, research, and competitions for students. They even offer scholarships to students on behalf of private sector companies. Still not satisfied? They have a list of almost all the universities in Canada with links to their individual websites. So check out the website if you want information focused on Canadian universities.3. UNIVERSITYSTUDY.CA
UNIVERSITYSTUDY.CA is an excellent tool for creating your post-secondary education plan. As a side project of Universities Canada, this website is specifically focused on exploring universities, searching programs, and finding scholarships. One of the key features of this website is its university comparison tool. You can select up to three universities and see them compared side by side on their campus life and tuition fees. Personally, this tool has come in handy when trying to quickly review some important statistics on schools (e.g. number of undergraduates). UNIVERSITYSTUDY.CA also offers helpful articles and tips for planning your future. Essentially, it is useful for its very specific functions that come in handy when trying to make the decision on where to go and what to study.2. TopUniversities
TopUniversities is a website aimed at students looking to pursue undergraduate and graduate studies. It ranks a wide range of universities from all over the world on almost any factor you can think of. It also has a variety of articles on topics such as “How Much Does it Cost to Study in Europe” and “How to Study a PhD in Canada”. TopUniversities informs students on how to pick their dream school, how to finance their education, and upcoming events for all of the major universities. It even has a student forum where you can ask for advice from the members of the TopUniversities community. Essentially, if you need help picking that one school (inside or outside of Canada), TopUniversities is the tool for you.1. eINFO
The final website on this list is Electronic Info, or eINFO. Yes, we have all repeatedly heard about this website from our Guidance Department and teachers. But it is just that helpful. This website tells you everything that you need to know about programs, universities, fees & scholarships, and applications. The key excellence of this website is that it has all of the information relevant to Ontario high school students applying to Ontario universities. This includes the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), the University Information Program, and all of the important dates concerning applications. Since the information on the site is tailored to Ontario universities, it allows for an efficient, in-depth website that is the most useful for students applying to schools inside the province.
In conclusion, there are so many resources out there to help you make decisions about your future. Give at least one website a try, and you might just learn something new. Good luck!