Education

Ontario universities graduate more than 100,000 people each year, and hundreds of thousands of applications pour in annually as the demand for a university education remains high.

Universities are increasingly helping students to customize their education by opening more pathways between universities and colleges and making credit transfer easier. Some go on to graduate school or to one of the province’s medical and law programs. Others get a taste of future careers by gaining real-life experience through experiential learning and co-op programs.

Universities are not only helping students adapt to the job market, they are also demonstrating innovation in methods of teaching and learning through flipped classrooms, video instruction and online learning.

Read more about the many ways Ontario’s universities are helping students achieve their goals by browsing through the categories below.

Education

Accessibility

Ontario’s universities are leaders in accessibility and are committed to breaking down barriers faced by people with visible and invisible disabilities.

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Applications & Enrolment

Hundreds of thousands of applications are made each year to Ontario universities as demand remains strong for the skills gained on and off campuses.

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Credit Transfers

Hundreds of agreements between colleges and universities exist to allow students to transfer their credits between institutions. The Ontario Council on Articulation and Transfer (ONCAT) was created to find even more pathways. Today’s students can customize their education to suit their own goals and needs, and the needs of the job market.

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Experiential Learning & Co-ops

Ontario’s universities are equipping the next generation of leaders with the skills required for career success by providing students with real-life work experience across all disciplines through co-ops, community service placements and other experiential learning opportunities.

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Graduate Education

Ontario educates the largest number of graduate students in Canada, and has experienced tremendous growth in graduate education in the last decade. University research and graduate education play a critical role in economic growth and development through research and innovation.

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Health Sciences Education

Ontario universities’ health sciences graduates are moving the healthcare system forward with cutting-edge research, evidenced-based practice and compassionate care.

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Online Learning

Online and technology-enhanced courses and programs in Ontario are giving students greater flexibility as they pursue their degrees, and Ontario universities are committed to expanding online learning for students, to give them more opportunities to work on their own schedules, at their own pace and from any location.

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Quality Assurance

Ontario universities are international leaders in quality assurance, and are committed to ensuring all programs have clearly articulated learning outcomes that are linked to appropriate degree level expectations.

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Teaching & Learning

Whether it’s the flipped classroom or lessons delivered by video, Ontario universities are bringing innovation to the way teachers teach and students learn.

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Resources

Questions & Answers

Ontario Universities Blog

Through groundbreaking research and innovative new projects, and by growing advocacy and forging partnerships, Ontario’s universities continue to demonstrate their commitment to bettering the world we live in.
Ontario Universities Strengthen Commitment to Going Green November 29, 2016

Through groundbreaking research and innovative new projects, and by growing advocacy and forging partnerships, Ontario’s universities continue to demonstrate their commitment to bettering the world we live in.

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Ontario universities are excited to spark a conversation about the future. Over the coming year, all 21 Ontario universities will be in their communities asking for your insights.
Futuring with COU President David Lindsay September 30, 2016

Ontario universities are excited to spark a conversation about the future. Over the coming year, all 21 Ontario universities will be in their communities asking for your insights.

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As convocation season comes to a close and undergraduates decide whether to launch into the work world, or to continue their studies, Jordan Wilcox, a PhD graduate of the University of Guelph, tells us how he has benefited from his choice to go to graduate school.
How I made It: A Successful Guelph PhD Grad Shares His Story July 6, 2016

As convocation season comes to a close and undergraduates decide whether to launch into the work world, or to continue their studies, Jordan Wilcox, a PhD graduate of the University of Guelph, tells us how he has benefited from his choice to go to graduate school.

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Ontario universities are calling on all Ontarians to support Aboriginal achievement in postsecondary education by engaging in conversations throughout the year about the role Aboriginal peoples are playing in taking Ontario’s future further - economically, socially, and culturally.
Aboriginal Students Taking Their Future Further June 29, 2016

Ontario universities are calling on all Ontarians to support Aboriginal achievement in postsecondary education by engaging in conversations throughout the year about the role Aboriginal peoples are playing in taking Ontario’s future further - economically, socially, and culturally.

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News Releases

Brock first Canadian university to have Experiential Education definitions adopted by its Senate January 20, 2017

The path from academic study and experiential education to graduation and starting a career is more clearly defined, now that Brock has become Canada’s first university to have its Senate adopt a set of definitions for the experiential education that students receive.

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Brock team discovers insect in Ontario that can transmit devastating livestock disease January 12, 2017

Brock University researchers have confirmed that an insect able to transmit the devastating bluetongue virus has made its way to southern Ontario.

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Western study finds culturally relevant mentorship improves Indigenous students’ mental health, academic success December 14, 2016

A new study of Indigenous students in southwestern Ontario public schools shows those who received mentorship from a member of their community had better cultural connectedness, improved mental health and higher school credit accumulation than peers who were not mentored.

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94% of Ontario university grads have secured well-paying jobs two years after graduation: government survey December 14, 2016

University-educated graduates are using the advanced skills they learn at university to secure good, well-paying jobs soon after graduation, with 87 per cent employed within six months of graduation, and almost 94 per cent within two years.

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