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  2. Reasons for Choosing College • Career focus • Practical, industry partnerships, coop • Cost (time, tuition) • Personal • Lots of options (3700 programs at 130 locations)

  3. Why College?

  4. Where do I want to go to College ?

  5. Location and Program • Location can dictate program strength and opportunity. e.g. In the GTA more opportunity for fashion programs than in North Bay • Location can also influence competitiveness of a program e.g. A paramedic program in London may have more applicants than one in Timmins

  6. Location – things to consider • Can you live in that city? • Transportation • Cost of living • Distance from home • Future employment prospects

  7. Tuition Fees • Tuition fees vary from college to college and from program to program. • Diploma programs $ 2,400 • Graduate Certificate programs $ 4,000 • Bachelor’s Degree programs $ 6,100 • Collaborative programs $ 5,000 • Other fees $ 800 • Books and supplies $ 1,300

  8. Finding the right Program Research Tools Ontario Colleges Ontario Colleges Publications Website:

  9. Finding the right Program Research Tools College Campus Tours College Course View Books Liaison Visits

  10. Program Types • Certificates • Diplomas • Bachelor’s Degree Programs • Collaborative/ Joint Degree Programs • Graduate Certificate Programs • Co-op Placements • Apprenticeships

  11. Program Offerings • Applied Arts • Business • Health • Skilled Trades • Technology • Preparatory Studies

  12. WILLING AND QUALIFIED • Know the program requirements. • All diploma programs require a combination of courses • ENG 4C is required for almost all programs • Most programs will have recommended courses • Some courses may have minimum grades • Degree programs require University entrance requirements Are you willing to go where you are qualified ?

  13. WILLING AND QUALIFIED Paramedic-2013/2014 A Two Year Ontario College Diploma Program Program Code: PAR2Campus Code: LC (LC - London)September AdmissionAcademic Calendars available at Admission Requirements OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),University/College (U/C), or Open (O) stream WITH: - Any Grade 12 English (C) or (U) - Mathematics ONE OF:       - Grade 11 Mathematics (U) or (U/C)        - Grade 12 Mathematics (C) or (U)- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U) or physics- Grade 11 or Grade 12 Chemistry (C) or (U) (Note: minimum final grade required for each course is 65)

  14. Highly Competitive Programs • the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available • These programs are competitive and often do not admit many students from high school • Feb 1 is the equal consideration deadline Apply for the preparatory courses that correspond with these programs. E.g. paramedic – apply to Pre-Health, dental hygiene- apply to pre health (at the school that you wish to continue)

  15. Grade Differential Few Colleges will evaluate 4U and 4C courses differently. Fanshawe Conestoga ENG 4C 75% ENG 4C 75% ENG 4U 75 % ENG 4U 75% BOTH THE SAME ENG 4U converts to equivalent of 85%

  16. OCAS and applying ONLINE The Ontario College Application Service processes all Ontario College applications. Applications are completed on-line for a fee of $95 (non-refundable fee) Pay online by credit card, over the phone, or through the mail.

  17. How To Apply To An Ontario College The first step in applying to college is to research the programs and colleges available to you. If you have not already decided what programs you are applying to, see our College Map to find a campus near you, browse our Find a Program tool to see all college programs offered in Ontario, go directly to college websites for more details about their programs, and consider attending a College Information Program event to meet college representatives in person.

  18. Your Account • If you have never applied through before, click the "Create an Account" button to get started. Your account allows you to • Apply to any of Ontario's 28 public colleges • Review and update your college application • Request Ontario high school transcripts (from participating schools) • Request Ontario college/university transcripts • View and accept offers of admission

  19. Sign UpComplete this section to sign up for an online account. • *Legal First / Given Name: • As displayed on your health card or passport: • *Legal Last / Family Name: • As displayed on your health card or passport: • *Date of Birth: • *Email Address: • *Confirm Email Address: • Username Same as Email Address

  20. Minimum Password Requirements • Minimum 8 Characters and Maximum 14 Characters • 1 Uppercase Letter • 1 Lowercase Letter • 1 Number • 1 Symbol (e.g. @, #, $) • Passwords Match

  21. Challenge Question: • Please select a question ( must complete 3) • What city was your father born in? What is your mother's middle name? What is the name of the street you grew up on? Where was your first vacation spot? What is your favourite teacher's name? Custom Question • Challenge Answer:

  22. Important Info Before You Apply • The application processing fee is $95.00 (non-refundable). • An application allows you up to 5 program choices (no more than 3 at any one college). • All program choices must start within the same academic year (August-July). • There may be additional fees to request transcripts. • Your username is permanent. • Your password must be between 8 and 14 characters in length. • Use a valid email address. • DO NOT create more than one account. • The application works best in certain web browsers.

  23. How to Apply • Log in to your account. • Fill in your personal information and educational history. • Add your program choices. • Request your transcripts. • Pay the application processing fee and any transcript fees. • Log back in to verify your transcript information, or to make changes or updates to your application. • Log back in after February 1 to view and confirm offers of admission.

  24. Important Dates • October: Applications become available for programs starting the following fall. • February 1: Equal Consideration Date - apply to highly competitive programs by this date. • February 1: Colleges may begin sending offers of admission. • May 1: Deadline to confirm offers (colleges may extend offers after this date). • See the Important Dates page for more information.