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What am I going to study?

When it comes to choosing what you’re going to study, the choices at university can be overwhelming at first. But once you start to sort through the choices based on your interests and enjoyment, you will find the program that suits you. Below are examples of types of programs that you can choose to study, as well as types of academic services that will help support your success at university.

Puzzle IconAcademic Programs

  • Overview

  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Business Administration
  • Faculty of Music
  • Faculty of Education

Academic Programs

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In this panel, you can find information about some university faculties. Keep in mind that the name of the program will likely vary from university to university, and that not every university will feature the same program.

Faculty of Science

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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 have several hands-on learning opportunities in labs, and many will require math, science, and English secondary school courses for admission.

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 will require English secondary school courses for admission.

Faculty of Business Administration

Business programs and faculties include programs such as Entrepreneurship, Management, Marketing, Finance, Accounting, and Economics. These programs usually involve opportunities for group work and classroom presentations, and many will require math and English secondary school courses for admission.

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 will require English secondary school courses and one instrument to be performed at an audition for admission.

Faculty of Education

There are two 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 is option is best for you and which universities offer that option.

Support Services IconAcademic Support Service

  • Overview

  • Writing Centres
  • Tutoring
  • Accessible Learning Services
  • Academic Advising

Academic Support Services

Ontario universities offer many support services to help you be successful in your studies. These supports include student learning centres, writing support, accessibility services, and advising and tutoring programs. You can learn more about support services at your university on our university profiles, and below you’ll find a list of commonly found services on university campuses.

Writing Centres

Many universities have Writing Centres or services on campus. The centres often take appointments in advance, but can usually accommodate drop-ins. They can help you to structure and edit your papers, essays, and assignments. You can usually find information about your university’s centre from your professors.

Tutoring

If you find you’re struggling in a course, contact your Academic Success Centre or Aboriginal Student Centre. One or both of these centres can normally 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.

Accessible Learning Services

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If you have a disability that requires accommodation, it is important that you connect with your university’s office as soon as possible to ensure a smooth transition to university learning. Accessibility Services at your university will help to ensure that your needs are accommodated. Some services could include evaluating your medical documentation and working with your professors to ensure your needs for the classroom and exams are accommodated. Learn more about Accessibility Services on our university profiles.

Academic Advising

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