Student Services

Thanks to support services, students are succeeding at Ontario universities.

Aboriginal Learners

Ontario universities are committed to supporting Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) learners by providing dedicated spaces, culturally relevant support services and leadership opportunities.

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Career Services

Career and life success for students and graduates is at the core of education at Ontario’s universities. They offer a wide range of work-integrated and community opportunities, as well as in-person and online resources to set students up for success.

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Mental Health

Mental illness is a complex and pervasive challenge, but also a manageable one. Ontario universities are committed to encouraging good mental health practices and to supporting students with mental illness to help them realize their academic and professional goals.

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Sexual Violence: Support, Prevention, Education

Sexual violence is a serious and systemic issue that impacts the individual, community, and society as a whole. Ontario universities are committed to ensuring student safety and supporting anyone on campus who has experienced sexual violence.

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Student & Financial Aid

An education is an investment, and Ontario’s universities ensure that students take advantage of a myriad of grants, loans and scholarships available through the universities, government and external sources.

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Tuition

Thanks to one of the strongest financial support systems in the country, many Ontario university students have actual tuition costs that are much lower than the sticker price.

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University-College Partnerships

Ontario universities and colleges are collaborating on services that enhance the student experience, expand e-learning, create more pathways, and support career success for graduates, as we meet our shared commitment to meet the needs of the 700,000 students we serve and to help Ontario succeed.

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The Student Experience

Whether it’s creating a seamless experience for student transfers, streamlining loans, or expanding services for students with disabilities or mental health challenges, universities and colleges are collaborating for a better student experience.

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Innovative Education

Colleges and universities are finding innovative ways to educate our students through online learning and modules, research hubs in inclusive design, and e-textbooks.

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Employment Success

From a matchmaking service for employers and graduates, to tracking the success of graduates in the job market, and joint job fairs, universities and colleges are partnering to enhance employment success for graduates.

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Joint Programs in Less Time

Numerous joint programs on everything from business, to journalism and health sciences allow students to graduate with both a university and college credential, often in less time.

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Ontario Universities Blog

Ontario Research Chair Andrew Emili is working to create maps of healthy protein interactions so that he can spot faulty ones. These faulty protein maps can then be used as biomarkers, signals that indicate disease and reveal how advanced it is.
Disease maps that point to possible cures: University of Toronto prof peers into inner workings of human cells April 17, 2017

Ontario Research Chair Andrew Emili is working to create maps of healthy protein interactions so that he can spot faulty ones. These faulty protein maps can then be used as biomarkers, signals that indicate disease and reveal how advanced it is.

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This month, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our partners, Ontario’s colleges, as we work together to strengthen higher education for the benefit our students.
50 Ways Universities and Colleges are Partnering for Student Success April 3, 2017

This month, we celebrate the 50th anniversary of our partners, Ontario’s colleges, as we work together to strengthen higher education for the benefit our students.

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Jatin Nathwani is the Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy, funded by an endowment from the government of Ontario, and he has a hugely ambitious goal: bring affordable, low carbon energy to those who lack it.
Energy as an enabler: University of Waterloo expert brings affordable, green energy to those who need it most March 30, 2017

Jatin Nathwani is the Ontario Research Chair in Public Policy for Sustainable Energy, funded by an endowment from the government of Ontario, and he has a hugely ambitious goal: bring affordable, low carbon energy to those who lack it.

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Ontario Research Chair Bill Anderson wants to level your playing field by answering a deceptively simple question: “How can we make the border work better?” With a newly installed U.S. president skeptical of the benefits of international trade, the question is more timely than ever.
Building better borders: University of Windsor prof aims to make international trade efficient March 15, 2017

Ontario Research Chair Bill Anderson wants to level your playing field by answering a deceptively simple question: “How can we make the border work better?” With a newly installed U.S. president skeptical of the benefits of international trade, the question is more timely than ever.

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News Releases

COU statement on the death of former COU President and Chair and McMaster University President Peter George April 28, 2017

COU is deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Peter James George, who served as President of the Council of Ontario Universities from 1991 to 1995 and who also served three terms as President and Vice-Chancellor of McMaster University before retiring in 2010.

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Demand for Ontario’s universities up as postsecondary education recognized as key to brighter future April 27, 2017

The number of high school students applying to Ontario’s universities is up 1.8 per cent over last year in spite of an overall decline in secondary school graduates, which demonstrates that postsecondary education is recognized as key to a brighter economic future for graduates, and for the province.

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Ontario’s universities welcome partnerships with government, industry to help Ontario thrive in disruptive global economy April 19, 2017

Ontario university students trying to land their first job and employers scouting for the talent they need to compete in the rapidly changing economy will each benefit from the new Career Kick-Start Strategy announced today by the provincial government.

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Laurentian and Cambrian collaborate to boost research and innovation in Northern Ontario April 17, 2017

Laurentian University and Cambrian College have formalized an agreement that facilitates the creation of collaborative partnerships and enables faculty, students, and staff at both institutions to pursue large-scale research projects –sharing professional expertise, facilities, equipment, and administrative services in order to boost innovation, productivity, and results.

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