How to Pick the Perfect Program

It’s the most wonderful time of the year – it’s time to start to really think about university for next year! If you’ve already applied and are unsure about which program to ultimately commit to, follow this guide!

1. Research all your options

Take a look at all the programs you applied to and research all your options. Just because a program or school was your first choice when you applied in the fall, it may not be your first choice when accepting offers in the spring. A lot can change in those few months that can impact this big decision. Find out what programs actually entail and ask yourself questions such as:

  • How many mandatory classes do I have?
  • How much room is there for electives?
  • What kind of work would I like to do? Exams, essays, projects, etc?
  • Are there experiential learning options?

Using resources such as the Ontario Universities Info and visiting Ryerson’s program websites can help you get the most information possible about programs you’re interested in.

2. Talk to people you trust 

Talking out your options and getting a second opinion can make picking a program easier. Talking to guidance counsellors and teachers who know how you work in a learning environment can be beneficial, as they know your strengths and interests. Chatting with friends and family who have been there can also help you out! Sometimes just talking to someone about your thoughts can help get them straightened out in your mind. Getting different perspectives on your opportunities can also help you.

3. Evaluate all the factors

Picking a program can sometimes mean more than just deciding on a program. It can mean picking a school, deciding whether or not to move away from your hometown and much more. Would you like to stay on residence or commute from home? Do you want to go somewhere completely new or stick with something familiar? These are all decisions that come along with picking a program and also need to be evaluated.

4. Visit campuses

If it’s possible to do so, being able to visit the campus can help you pick your program! Make sure you can picture yourself going to classes and spending time there. As well, being able to speak with current students in your program can help you get a feel for what to expect. If you’re unable to visit Ryerson for a campus tour, we have Canadian and International high school visits, as well as virtual tours. If you’re looking for the perfect day to visit campus and get the most out of your trip, attend our Spring Open House on Saturday, March 21st, 2020!

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5. Follow your heart

Okay, time to get cheesy. This is a very big decision to make and it can certainly feel overwhelming at times. With input from friends, family, and teachers, it can get difficult to remember what you really want. Make sure you are making a decision that is right for you and that you are 100% happy with it. My parents weren’t expecting my decision to leave home and go to Ryerson, but ultimately they supported my decision and everything was okay in the end! I haven’t regretted my decision since.

Picking a program is no small decision. Take your time and do what’s right for you!





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