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Arranging campus visits

In addition to reading the university view books and calendars in the University Counselling Office, browsing websites, and talking to more experienced people, visiting campuses is one of the most helpful ways to decide which university will be right for you. For this reason, UCC requires all members of the class of 2020 to spend some time over the next year having a first-hand look at schools of interest to them.

In the winter term, all Year 11 students met with their university counsellor in house groupings. At that time you were given a Campus Visit Reflection form, an assignment for the Career Studies course that is a mandatory credit in your Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Students are expected to visit at least one campus before next September in order to complete this assignment. A copy of the assignment can be found on your UCO PowerSchool page under Career Studies.

It is easy to make arrangements for such visits by checking university websites (usually under headings such as “Prospective or Future Students” or “Visitors”):  these will have relevant e-mail addresses and telephone numbers. Although universities are not in full swing during the summer months, this is still a good time to book tours as you and your parents often have a more flexible schedule. You can be excused from a few classes next fall and winter to accommodate such visits, but these months are often hectic due to important academic and extracurricular commitments. The November long weekend, however, is often a good time to visit university classes without missing your own.

Some parents have inquired about the possibility of UCC arranging group visits to universities as is done at some other schools.  This was attempted–rather unsuccessfully–in the past and then abandoned as unfeasible. Too many boys had to cancel at the last minute due to other commitments, and the reality of a swarm of classmates descending on a particular campus was that socializing with friends took priority over a thoughtful investigation of the university’s advantages and disadvantages for any individual student. In our experience, campus tours involving a student and his parents or a couple of friends prove much more effective.



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