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Upcoming university visits to UCC

Monday, September 26 @ lunchtime in Room 128—Macalester College

Situated in St. Paul, Minnesota, Macalester is considered one of the top small liberal arts colleges in the U.S. The programs in chemistry, economics, and international studies are particularly noteworthy. The school is known for its low-key campus culture and emphasis on globalism, social justice, and environmentalism. Its student body includes young people from around the world (including some UCC Old Boys) as it has significant financial aid for international students.

Monday, September 26 @ lunchtime in the Lecture Theatre—Queen’s University

A mid-sized university in Kingston, Ontario with a national reputation in arts, sciences, commerce, and engineering, Queen’s University combines a bright student body with legendary school spirit. The commerce program is a top draw for many UCC students and is one of the most selective undergraduate programs in the country; the curriculum has recently been widened to make it easier for commerce students to do a dual degree with arts or science.

Monday, September 26 @ 3:30 p.m. in Room 128—Claremont McKenna College

Part of a consortium of elite colleges near Los Angeles, Claremont McKenna is renowned for its programs in economics, government, international relations, and philosophy. A traditional liberal arts education is rooted in a practical, engaged approach to real-world issues. Students build close relationships with their professors and they enjoy the easy access to both beach and mountains.

Tuesday, September 27 @ lunchtime in Room 128—St. Michael’s College

A Catholic liberal arts college with a 440-acre campus near Burlington, Vermont, St. Michael’s College has about 2000 undergraduate students, with an average class size of 19. Experiential learning and internships are priorities for the college. A 3+2 engineering program is offered in partnership with the University of Vermont or Clarkson University. About 20% of students major in business administration.

Tuesday, September 27 @ lunchtime in Room 127—University of Toronto

Many of you will be familiar with the University of Toronto through your visits to Robarts Library.  Given its almost 50,000 undergraduate students and 3,000 world-class faculty, Canada’s largest university can seem rather intimidating.  However, with each undergraduate belonging to a smaller college or professional program, students are quickly able to establish a familiar “home base.”  Each first-year student is encouraged to enrol in a small seminar course.  With one of the best library systems in the world and over 300 undergraduate programs on offer, it is not surprising that U of T is always among the top destinations of UCC graduates.

Tuesday, September 27 @ 3:30 p.m. in Room 128—University of Guelph-Humber

Located on the western edge of Toronto, the University of Guelph-Humber’s academic program stresses “theoretical perspectives, practical training, and workplace experience.” Graduates earn a university honours degree and a specialized diploma. Programs of interest include business, computing and telecommunications, justice studies, kinesiology, and media studies.

Tuesday, September 27 @ 3:30 p.m. in Room 127—University of Notre Dame

Located near South Bend, Indiana, Notre Dame is a great choice for students who value both academic rigour and high-level sports.  The Roman Catholic tradition ensures a strong emphasis on community life and voluntary service.

Wednesday, September 28 @ lunchtime in Room 127—City (University London), University of Reading, Keele University

City University describes itself as the “international university in the heart of London.” The school specializes in business, health, law, computing, engineering, journalism, and the arts. Located in the financial district, the business program is ranked among the top 50 in the world; many of the students study abroad at one of dozens of partner schools.

Located on a parkland site on the outskirts of Reading (near London), the University of Reading began as an extension college for Oxford.  The university is especially well regarded for its programs in environmental science, land management, archaeology, psychology, and philosophy.  There are first-rate sports facilities, including rowing and sailing boathouses.  All undergraduates must take modules in Career Management Skills.

Located in the hills of North Staffordshire halfway between Manchester and Birmingham, Keele University has the largest campus in England at almost 600 acres, but also a close community of fewer than 10,000 students. International students are guaranteed accommodation for their entire degree program. In recent years, much new funding has been directed to health-related programs.

Wednesday, September 28 @ 3:30 p.m. in Room 128—Dickinson College

Founded in 1783, Dickinson College is recognized as a leader in global and sustainability education.  Its 144-acre campus in Carlisle, Pennsylvania hosts 2400 undergraduates; the average class size of 15 students ensures close relationships with professors and lots of opportunities for hands-on learning. Unlike many liberal arts colleges, Dickinson does offer a major in business and management.

Thursday, September 29 @ lunchtime in Room 128–Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (Switzerland)

The oldest hotel school in the world, the Ecole Hoteliere de Lausanne is internationally acclaimed for its innovative approach to a rapidly expanding and evolving industry.  The Swiss school prides itself on its unique educational philosophy which combines the “science” of business with the “art” of management.  Internships are an essential part of the program.

Thursday, September 29 @ lunchtime in Room 127—University of British Columbia

Ranked among the top research universities in Canada and with the second largest library system in the country, the University of British Columbia now has two very different campuses. The Vancouver campus, with 40,000 students, has an international, research-intensive focus, offering exchanges with 150 universities in 40 different countries. The Gateway Programs for first-year students offer opportunities for more intimate learning environments. The Okanagan campus, located in Kelowna, has 5,400 students and is designed primarily for undergraduates. It emphasizes interdisciplinary and experiential learning. Both campuses offer easy access to breath-taking natural beauty.

Thursday, September 29 @ 3:30 p.m. in Room 128—Ulster University School of Pharmacy

The pharmaceutical biosciences program at Ulster University is designed to provide students with both the theory and practical experience they need to move forward into a successful career in research or industry. With small class sizes, students are able to work closely with their professors and also share some teaching modules with those in other health-related fields.

Thursday, September 29 @ 3:30 p.m. in Room 127—University of Exeter and University of Nottingham

A member of the Russell Group of leading research institutions, the University of Exeter has particular strength in English literature, drama, law, history, archaeology, sports science, and psychology. Students who wish to pursue a broader degree can study a mix of humanities, social sciences, languages, and science in the innovative liberal arts program. The attractive campus in the southwest of England boasts a lively social scene.

The University of Nottingham’s three campuses “integrate beautiful parkland with impressive traditional and contemporary architecture.”  It has a highly ranked medical school and its teaching ratings are particularly strong in classics, economics, politics, psychology and engineering. London is a short train ride away.

Friday, September 30 @ lunchtime in Room 127—Boston University

A large private university in the Back Bay area, Boston University is well known for its programs in fine arts, pre-med, communications, management, and engineering. It boasts a highly reputable seven-year liberal arts/medical education program. In many respects, the campus is similar to that of the University of Toronto:  extensive, urban, with diverse academic opportunities and access to great research facilities.  Its newest residence has been identified as the “most luxurious” on any U.S. campus!

Friday, September 30 @ lunchtime in Room 128—Cardiff University

The only Welsh university belonging to the Russell Group of research-intensive institutions, Cardiff University has particularly strong programs in journalism, English, city and regional planning, physical geography, media and cultural studies, and business. The modular courses system adds to flexibility of choice as does the common year shared by many full-time degrees.

Friday, September 30 @ 3:30 p.m. in Room 128—University of Birmingham

The oldest of the “redbrick” universities, Birmingham has a parkland campus set in a major urban centre, with excellent student facilities. The curriculum is designed to encourage cross-disciplinary learning and programs in music, physics, computer science, engineering, psychology, and law are particularly well ranked.