University College, University of Toronto
In Canada, college and university differ in the types of programs offered.

Let's get the jargon cleared up. What a "college" is in Canada may be different from what a "college" is in other countries in the world. A "college" in Canada refers to a post-secondary institution that typically grants diplomas or certificates upon completion of an applied arts or technology/trades-oriented program. The "college" in Canada is the equivalent to the American "community college." College programs generally prepare students for direct entry into the workforce. Some college graduates continue their education in their field of study with completion of a post-diploma program or entry into a university.

Some colleges offer Associate's Degrees and Bachelor's Degrees. Example: Humber College offers Bachelor's Degrees in Nursing, Interior Design, and Criminal Justice to name a few.

A "university" in Canada is the equivalent to the American "college." Universities are post-secondary institutions that grant degrees upon completion of an academic, co-op (see more in Choosing A Program), or professional program. You can earn a Bachelor's Degree, Master's Degree, or a PhD. Universities offer programs that prepare undergraduate students for graduate school, professional school, or post-degree programs.



(adapted from http://www.state.gov/m/dghr/flo/c24037.htm):
- What are your educational goals? Do you have any career aspirations?
- What is your academic potential?
- What geographic location do you prefer? Do you prefer a rural, small town, suburban, or urban setting? Do you want to stay in your hometown?
- What will your expenses be and how much can you afford to spend? Some institutions charge more money for courses and services than others.
- Will you need financial aid? Do you want to pursue a work-study program? Full or part-time employment?
- What programs of study interest you?
- What type of housing do you require? Or will you live at home and commute to school?
- What kind of student activities and/or athletic programs are you interested in?
- What kind of social environment do you prefer?
- What kind of support services are available?

Conduct research on institutions that may satisfy most of your answers to the above questions. It would be very helpful to visit the schools you are interested in to get to know the facilities, faculty, staff, and services offered. Schools host open house events once to a few times a year, during which students can arrange for tours of the campus and ask questions about everything they may want to know.