Academics

Academics

What am I going to study?

When it comes to choosing what you are going to study, the choices at university can be overwhelming at first. But after you sort through the choices based on your interests and enjoyment, you will find the program that suits you. This section lists types of programs that you can choose to study and types of academic services that will help support your success at university.

Academic Programs

Overview

In this section, you can find information about some university programs. Keep in mind that the name of a program may vary from university to university, and that not every university features the same programs.

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Faculty of Science

You can find programs, such as Biology, Psychology, Chemistry, Physics, Kinesiology, Health Sciences, Nursing and Environmental Studies, in many Faculties of Science. These programs usually offer hands-on learning opportunities in labs, and many require math, science and English high school courses for admission.

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Faculty of Arts

You can find programs, such as History, English, Political Science, Fine Art, Global Studies, Religion, Languages and Journalism, in many Faculties of Arts. These programs usually involve plenty of essay assignments to build your writing and communication skills, and many require English high school courses for admission.

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Faculty of Business Administration

Business programs include Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing, Finance, Accounting and Economics. These programs usually offer opportunities for group work and classroom presentations, and many require math and English high school courses for admission.

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Faculty of Music

Faculties of Music offer music programs that may allow you to focus on Conducting, Performance, History or Theory. These programs usually include performance time on campus and tutoring with professors. Many require English high school courses and one instrument to be performed at an audition for admission.

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Faculty of Education

There are 2 ways to become a teacher in Ontario. You can take a concurrent education program that allows you to earn an undergraduate degree and teaching degree at the same time, or you can take “teacher’s college” or an education degree after graduating from your undergraduate studies. Not all universities offer both paths, so know which option is best for you and which universities offer that option.

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Academic Support Services

Overview

Ontario universities offer many support services to help you be successful in your studies. These services include student learning centres, writing support, accessibility services, and advising and tutoring programs.

Learn more about support services at a university and find a list of services commonly found on a university campus.

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Writing Centres

Many universities have writing centres or services on campus. The centres often take appointments in advance and can usually accommodate drop-ins as well. They can help you structure and edit your papers, essays and assignments.

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Tutoring

If you are struggling in a course, contact your academic success centre or Indigenous student centre. One or both of these centres can usually pair you with a senior student who will work one-on-one with you to develop the academic skills you need, or point you in the direction of other tutoring services offered on campus.

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Accessible Learning Services

If you have a disability that requires accommodation, contact your university’s accessibility services office as soon as possible to ensure a smooth transition to university learning. Accessibility services at your university will help ensure that your needs are accommodated. Services may include evaluating your medical documentation and working with your professors to ensure your needs for the classroom and exams are accommodated.

Find more information about the accessibility services at each university.

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Academic Advising

Academic advisors act as guidance counsellors throughout your university studies. They can help you select courses, provide advice on possible program changes and keep you on track to graduate. Many universities offer academic advising through individual faculties or programs, while some institutions offer centralized academic advising services through an academic support service centre.

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