College or University Program

  1. I am looking for some advice on weather there is a difference between college and university. I have been accepted to the local community college BscNursing program which is a collaborative program with the local U. You take 2 yrs of college and 2 yrs of U. But if I get accepted at the U (which I am expecting to be, I have a 4.0 in my pre-req's) you take all 4 yrs at the U. My question is for anyone who has been through the programs, or currently in the program, does it really make a difference where I go? At the end of it I will still have the same degree no matter where I start the program. I have heard a lot of people say they would rather take the first 2 yrs at the college because of smaller class sizes, I am just wondering if the U would have more to offer. Opinions???
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  3. by   linzz
    I would say that at the end you will end up with a degree in nursing and an RN licence, same as most schools that are publicly funded in Ontario.

    As for the school, that depends on what the school is like, tour it and see. If you are young, you may want to have more of a University type experience, however you will have to work hard at your courses and there will be many social distractions.

    Having been to both University and college, the one thing that bothered me about college was the lack of resources in the library, however that has now changed because I believe that you can get journal articles online even if they are not on the college library website. The school will give you online access to the university library.

    Good luck in your decision.
  4. by   MellaBella
    Hi Busybee,

    I've just completed the Ryerson Collaborative Program in Toronto and I went through the 2 year College- 2 year University route. Really there's no difference whether you do the 4 years at University or collaboratively. I think it really just depends on preference. The positives of going to College for me were that yes there are smaller class sizes and it's easier to talk with faculty, get help, and participate in class discussion. As well, the college was walking distance from my house. However, some things that I did not like about the collaborative program in general is that I found that the course requirements and marking criteria WERE NOT the same at all sites. Like I would talk to friends who were doing the program at the other college site or at the University site and they wouldn't have to do a particular assignment or they did not have to do it the same way. I agree with Linzz that at the college site, there were limited resources for researching etc. However, we had unlimited access to the University resources since we were still considered "Ryerson University students".

    Really, it just depends on your preference and what each school has to offer you.

    Congrats on the acceptance btw!