Close to 140,000 students and parents attended the Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF) this past weekend, where the province’s 21 institutions gathered in one spot to help students get all the information they need to pick the right university for them.
The three-day fair – the largest of its kind in North America and held at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre – featured booths and presentations where admissions officers, teachers, deans and presidents talked to students about the array of programs, extracurricular activities, residence options and experiential learning opportunities available at each Ontario university.
The excitement was palpable, as students moved from booth to booth imagining a future for themselves at university and where their education might lead. Some provided a tour of their campus using virtual reality technology, while others showcased elaborate displays of racecars, canoes and fascinating research happening within their university walls.
Some students arrived with a firm idea of the programs they wanted to study, while others came with an open mind and learned about interesting courses and programs that they hadn’t even contemplated.
More than 515,000 students attended an Ontario university in 2015-16 and, with new OSAP measures providing free tuition for more than 210,000 students this year, financial barriers will be removed for many more students hoping to fulfill their dreams and pursue a postsecondary education.
For those unable to attend the fair, the University Information Program (UIP) – which provides information about Ontario’s 21 universities, including programs, campus life and anything else that may help students make a decision about which Ontario university to choose – will be travelling to high schools across the province over the coming weeks. Check out its itinerary at www.ouf.ca/uip.
Over the course of the year, Ontario’s Universities have been engaging with students, parents, business, government and community leaders in a conversation about how we can partner to build a better future for our students, our communities and the province. Be sure to sign up for our newsletter as we report back on everything Ontarians told us throughout our #futuring campaign.