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College Admissions: 5 Reasons to Attend College in Canada

Monday, February 24, 2014

 

Hart House, a student activity center at the University of Toronto.

With many U.S. universities exceeding $50,000 per year (and some $60,000+), families are struggling to pay for college in a stagnant economy.

Yet few consider the bargains available in Canada. Before you dismiss this northern option, consider a few compelling reasons to venture across the border:

1. Top Rankings Worldwide

According to the 2013 Times Higher World Education Report, the University of Toronto ranks 20 among universities GLOBALLY (Cornell ranked #19). Other Canadian notables included the University of British Columbia at #31 and McGill at #35.

2. Save $50-$100K+ Over 4 Years

McGill bases tuition on your program, and that means costs can vary widely, from under $15,000 per year for a Bachelor of Arts to over $25,000 for a Bachelor of Science. Add another $12,000-$14,000 per year for room and board, for a total cost range of $27,000-$39,000 per year. Compare that to big city private schools like BU or NYU at approximately $60,000 per year. At U. Toronto and U. British Columbia, total annual costs range from about $35,000-$40,000, compared to big U.S. state universities like U. Michigan or UCLA at around $55,000 for out of state students.

3. No Language Barrier

With the exception of some Quebec universities that teach in French, most Canadian universities use English. So, there is no trouble in the classroom or navigating around town. Although you may want to practice saying “eh?” at the end of your sentences.

4. Good Healthcare

While parents may worry about students heading off for study abroad programs in countries with lesser healthcare systems, Canada boasts a top notch healthcare system, or you can opt to come back across the border for medical needs.

5. Absorb Another Culture

Although Canada is similar enough to the U.S. to make you feel at home, there are also differences to explore. From the French speaking streets of Montreal to halls of Parliament in Ottawa, there are many unique aspects of Canada for U.S. students to experience.

 

Cristiana Quinn, M.Ed. is the founder of College Admission Advisors, LLC, a Providence-based educational consulting firm which provides strategic, individual counseling for college-bound students www.collegeadvisorsonline.com.

 

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Hanover, NH

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New England College

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