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What is the Ontario Universities’ Fair?
The Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF) is an annual event that happens each September at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. This year, it starts on Friday, September 23, and runs through Sunday, September 25. All 21 of Ontario’s universities will be there with admissions experts, Faculty/program and support-services representatives, student ambassadors, free swag and presentations to showcase their institutions. OUF is free and open to anyone interested in Ontario universities, which means that all prospective students (including mature and transfer), their friends and family are welcome. If you’re thinking about attending university, definitely mark your calendar: I promise the fair will give you food for thought!
Why should I attend?
Attending OUF is a great opportunity to acquaint yourself with the universities that interest you (and maybe even learn about some new options), as well as ask any questions that will help you make a decision when the time comes to apply. Choosing the right university for you is a decision with tremendous impact on your future, so you will want to arm yourself with as much knowledge as possible. Make sure to keep an eye out for student ambassadors, as they can answer questions about student and campus life from an insider’s perspective. If you want to chat with current staff, professors and students, York will have an awesome booth set up and will also be running hourly presentations in room 714AB from 11 to 4pm (and as early as 10am on Saturday and Sunday).
What should I do to get the most out of my time there?
Plan ahead! Make sure you know the presentation schedule for universities of interest to you, so that you don’t miss out. More importantly, consider writing down a list of questions to ask. OUF offers a Questions to Ask page online that you might also find helpful.
Some questions I would ask include:
- What are the program requirements for [insert your program here]?
- What are majors and minors?
- What influenced your decision to accept York over other universities? (ask a student ambassador)
- How much, on average, is tuition?
- Can I study part-time?
- Are there are night-time, weekend or online courses available?
- Does York offer experiential learning or internships?
- I know I want to go to university, but I’m not sure what I want to study yet. Does York have an option for me?
- How does York help its students succeed in the and beyond the classroom?
- Can I only apply to York for the Fall, or am I able to start in the Winter or Summer semesters?
- How does York support my career readiness for once I am done with my degree?
- What can you tell me about international opportunities during my studies?
- What is campus life like at York?
- What kinds of residences does York offer?
- Is residence guaranteed for first-year students?
- How can I get involved on campus?
- What events can I attend on campus?
- I like sports. What kind of athletic facilities and programming does York offer?
If you have any other questions, I recommend checking out the Ontario Universitie’s Fair FAQ, or feel free to leave a question down below and I’ll do my best to answer.
Note: This is thoroughly revised and updated version of a post originally published on September 12, 2014.