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Researching College Programs: Career Planning sub-module 4 of 4

Chances are, before you make a big purchase like a new phone, you do a little research first. College not only costs money, but takes time and effort, so treat this investment the same way: make an informed program choice by gathering as much information as possible to ensure a program meets your goals. This module will help you navigate program information as you decide if that program is right for you.


  • Read up.Check out an online program description for detailed information about that program.
  • Go see.Attend an open house to tour the campus and get a better sense of a program.
  • Ask an expert.Chat with a program coordinator or representative about your career goals and any questions you may have about the program.
  • Meet your support system.Learn about the Student Support Services offered at your college.
  • Reach out.If you’re still struggling to pick a program, set up an appointment to chat with a counsellor at your college. a

Making an Informed Program Choice

Get Informed!

Watch this video to learn about where to find information on college programs. You can also download the Get Informed! video transcript - RTF - Downloads in a new window .

Resources for Making an Informed Program Choice

Take advantage of these resources when selecting a program.

  • Detailed program descriptions can be found on most college websites.
  • Use a program description to get a clearer idea of specific courses offered, program length, career opportunities, and academic requirements.
  • A Program Coordinator can answer your questions and help with program-specific concerns. This terminology may change from college to college, so look for titles like "Program Representative" or "Program Contact," too.
  • Contact information can usually be found in the online program description.
  • Most colleges host open houses a few times a year.
  • These events give you a chance to explore the campus, visit with staff from academic programs and college services, and learn more about the programs you’re interested in.
  • Check out any student services offered by the colleges you’re considering. These services, such as counselling, tutoring, and academic accommodation, can support your learning.