Being a direct-entry transfer student, I have noticed many differences between the college I previously attended and Ryerson. I am grateful that I have both perspectives, and wanted to share four main differences I have personally noticed.
1. Class Size
In college I was used to very small class sizes, usually no more than 30 students in each class. Coming to Ryerson most of my third-year university classes have approximately 90 students in each of them. Although this may seem significantly bigger, I have not noticed very much of a difference when it comes to getting help from professors or my level of participation in class.
2. Campus Size
My college was a series of buildings all attached to each other, and the student population was relatively small. At Ryerson there are significantly more students, more buildings, and the campus covers a larger area overall.
College programs are typically very specialized, so there is little room for choosing your courses, and when you do get to choose the options are limited. Going to a large university allows for more customization. There are so many courses to choose from, especially when you hit 3rd and 4th year.
4. Content Delivery
Content in university is delivered mostly through lectures with workshops/practical/hands-on learning built-in when necessary. Whereas in college every class I took would involve some sort of hands-on practical activity to apply the lecture content to, and sometimes there would just be a practical activity without a formal lecture.
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