On September 19th, 2014, the Ontario University Fair officially opened at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. The Ontario Universities' Fair (OUF) is the most attended educational fair in Canada, bringing all twenty-one (21) Ontario universities together under one roof. It has been eighteen years since the first OUF launched in 1997. OUF provides an excellent source of information about Ontario universities for parents and students. Teachers, together with alumni and senior students of the various universities, set up booths at the Convention Centre to provide school counselling and educational seminars. At the fair, students and their parents are able to obtain the first-hand information they require to make informed decisions about university and the choice of programs.
At OUF, information concerning all aspects of campus life is available at university booths, as well as information about programs, extracurricular activities, residence, internships, scholarships and much more. Students have the opportunity to speak to representatives from the different universities in which they are interested. Over 100,000 students, parents and educators participate in the fair, over three days.
Bond International College, a well respected private school in Toronto, arranged for one hundred and ten (110) Grade 12 students to attend OUF. Senior students, from Bond, visit OUF on an annual basis. It offers Bond students and families the opportunity of speaking with representatives from every university in Ontario, all under one roof.
“Attending the OUF is one of the best ways for students to begin researching the diverse options for universities.” said Dr. Jin (Charlotte) Ge, Vice-Principal of Bond International College. “The number of participants to the fair has significantly increased compared to last year, which means our applicants are meeting a greater challenge through applications this year.”
“I gain a lot from this university fair, because it helps me work out my right fit.” says a Grade 12 student from Bond. “Now I have a clear vision of my goal — the Waterloo University, which runs the best co-op programs among all universities. The opportunity to speak directly with university representatives makes me more certain about my option.”
For those interested in universities in British Columbia, there will be University Information Sessions at the Donalda Club, on October 10th, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Admissions representatives from the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the University of Victoria will be available to answer students’ questions about admission, scholarships, accommodation and other issues. This will afford a good opportunity for students to speak directly to university representatives from British Columbia.