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Upcoming university visits to UCC

Tuesday, October 14 @ 12:30 p.m. in the Colborne Room—University of Chicago

Often compared to Oxford or Cambridge due to its emphasis on the “life of the mind,” the University of Chicago is especially renowned for its incomparable economics department. Classes are small in order to promote free-ranging discussion with the world-class faculty. With the Hyde Park campus only fifteen minutes from downtown Chicago, students have all the resources of a vibrant metropolis on their doorstep. Click here for more information.

Please note that UCC is also hosting an evening session with the University of Chicago at 7 p.m. that day in the Student Centre. Parents who are interested in attending must register here.

Tuesday, October 14 @ 3:30 p.m. in the Faculty Seminar Room—Ryerson University

Ryerson’s location in downtown Toronto allows the university to deliver on its mission to provide a curriculum that is closely linked to real world opportunities. In addition to having the largest business program in Canada, Ryerson offers renowned programs in radio and television, theatre, fashion, image arts, urban and regional planning, and geographic analysis. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, October 14 @ 3:30 p.m. in the Colborne Room—Yale-NUS (Singapore)

A collaboration between Yale University and the National University of Singapore, Yale NUS College is a liberal arts college nestled within the campus of one of Asia’s top universities. The curriculum incorporates both Eastern and Western intellectual traditions and emphasizes the development of practical problem-solving skills with many opportunities for experiential learning in Asia. Old Boy Zach Mahon is a member of the inaugural class! Click here for more information.

Wednesday, October 15 @ 12:30 p.m. in the Colborne Room—University of California, Santa Cruz

Set in a beautiful, wooded campus on the northern edge of Monterey Bay, the University of California at Santa Cruz has a reputation for academic excellence, boasting particularly strong programs in engineering and marine biology. Students have many opportunities for research and internships. Click here for more information.

Wednesday, October 15 @ 12:30 p.m. in Room 131—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. Click here for more information.

Thursday, October 16 @ 8:30 a.m. in the Colborne Room—Boston College

One of the oldest Catholic universities in the U.S., Boston College balances an excellent academic program with top-tier athletics and engaged community service. Following the Jesuit ideal of “educating the whole person,” the college has a strong core curriculum enhanced by options such as internships, study abroad, and service learning. The education, business, and nursing programs are particularly strong. Click here for more information.

Thursday, October 16 @ 12:30 p.m. in the Colborne Room—Tufts University

A prestigious mid-sized university located just five miles from downtown Boston, Tufts is particularly well known for its engineering, life sciences, and international relations programs. Students enjoy small classes (average size 15-20), engaging professors, and an active extracurricular program. There are a number of joint degrees offered e.g. a five-year degree in liberal arts and engineering; degree options are also available in conjunction with the Museum of Fine Arts and the New England Conservatory of Music. With a strong emphasis on community service, Tufts leads U.S. colleges in providing volunteers for the Peace Corps. Click here for more information.

Thursday, October 16 @ 3:30 p.m. in the Colborne Room—Hamilton College

Located on a lovely, wooded campus in upper-state New York, Hamilton College prides itself on being “a national leader in teaching students to write effectively, learn from each other and think for themselves.” It is one of the few highly selective liberal arts colleges with an open curriculum: students design their own programs with the help of faculty mentors. Click here for more information.

Friday, October 17 @ 12:20 p.m. in the Jubilee Room—Acadia University

As one of the top picks each year in Maclean’s Guide to Canadian Universities, Acadia is a small Maritime university that has successfully created a very positive undergraduate learning environment. Set in lovely Wolfville, N.S., the campus blends picturesque traditional buildings with the stunning new K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre and Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens. The Acadia Advantage program incorporates technology across the curriculum. Dr. Kinnear is a graduate. Click here for more information.

Friday, October 17 @ 12:20 p.m. in the Colborne Room—King’s University College, Western University

As one of Western’s three affiliated colleges, King’s offers the advantages of a small college (good class sizes, closer relationships with professors and peers) and the perks of a larger university (better facilities and a wider range of course offerings). Those Old Boys who have taken courses at King’s report very positively on the experience. Click here for more information.