Talk with your child about his/her interests and career considerations. The Centre for Education Statistics Canada (CES) is a great resource to help match your child’s interests with potential careers.

List of postsecondary institutions

College criteria consideration

Speak with your child about the type of school he/she is comfortable attending. Consider bucketing your criteria as follows:

Size of University or College

  • Research University or College
    • Large student population
    • Lecture-based classes with grad students teaching
    • Most majors, PhD and graduate programs
    • Research and graduate student focused
  • Master’s Level University or College
    • Large to medium student population
    • Medium class size taught by professors and graduate students
    • More majors, Master’s programs and select PhD programs
    • Greater focus on the undergraduate experience
  • Liberal Arts University or College
    • Small student population
    • Smaller classes taught by professors
    • Fewer majors
    • Completely focused on the undergraduate experience

Geographic Location

  • Is your child more comfortable in a suburban or rural setting or in a city? Does he/she wish to attend an international school?
  • How far are the schools from family, and how comfortable will you and your child be with distance?
  • What interests does your child plan to pursue outside of school?
  • Where may your child reside after school? Make sure this makes sense with his/her potential career interests.

Student Body & Culture

  • What type of extracurricular activities is your child interested in (e.g. intramural sports, community service)?
  • Is your child interested in having a job or internship?
  • What type of lifestyle is your child looking for while at school (Co-ed or a single gender school)?

Learning Environment

  • What type of learning setting does your child thrive in? Is he/she interested in a lab environment, lecture or small class size?
  • Discuss class structure. Your child may be interested in focusing on one intensive course per semester or taking a few classes at a time.
  • Consider the academic pre-requisites that might apply and your child's interest/strength in these areas. For example, some schools have core curricula, such as History, English and/or Mathematics.