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Where you’re going to live and what you’re going to study are the two biggest factors when selecting which university to attend. “Certain programs like history or sociology are available pretty much everywhere, while some programs are only available at a few universities,” says Glenda Gill, associate registrar of admissions and recruitment at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus.
“Once you have narrowed it down to four or five universities, you can start to ask more specific questions,” Gill says. “If there are certain things you are interested in, you need to ask if (the school) has it because every university is different.”
Varsity sports, lab facilities, and educational services, such as tutoring or mentoring are just some examples, Gill says, of amenities that can influence your decision. Other amenities include, food options, libraries, and whether or not you are interested in pursuing a co-op. Also, students who are looking to live on campus must decide whether they want to live in a small, medium, or large city while students living at home must evaluate how they are going to commute to school.
Before any final decisions are made Gill recommends visiting the campus and getting a feel for the school. “Student life really plays into the feel. Every university is different and every student is different,” Gill says.
Gill says finances are always the biggest issue, and so she recommends looking into any financial services offered by the school.