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Are you wondering how to get the career you want? Do you know how to build the skills and knowledge you need? There may be more than one way. Find the training path that’s right for you.
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Choose a Post-Secondary School to Attend

If only one school offers the program you want, your choice of which school to attend is obvious. Or is it?

In this video, consider what steps Sharon took to help her choose a school and program:

Achieving Dreams at a Private College (2:53)

Sharon is a student at a private college that offers approved degrees. Watch as she discusses her experience choosing a college and taking steps that will enable her to graduate debt free.

If there are post–secondary schools closer to home that offer appropriate transfer programs, consider these suggestions to help you choose the school you will attend.

Transfer programs

Transfer programs give students the flexibility to begin their studies at one institution and later transfer to another institution to complete their program of studies and/or take a course not offered by their first institution. The benefits of a university transfer program may include smaller class sizes, lower tuition fees, less competitive admission requirements and the opportunity to choose from a greater number of institutions.

Here are some important things to keep in mind if you are planning on beginning your studies at one post-secondary institution and transferring to another:

  1. Get advice, plus written confirmation from appropriate faculty/program staff, if possible, about program requirements, from both the sending and receiving institutions to make sure you will receive credit for your courses.
  2. Program admission is competitive and the number of students who can be admitted may be limited. Admission is not guaranteed after completing a transfer program.
  3. Go to Transfer Alberta to plan your transfer path.

To decide which courses to take at the sending institution:

  • check the transfer program advice in the sending institution's calendar
  • check the receiving institution's calendar to get the most current program advice.

If possible, check with the Program Advisor or similar individual from the sending and receiving institution to ensure/confirm that what is noted in the institution calendar is accurate and uptodate. If in doubt, check with the particular faculty head/dean’s office.

Transfer Alberta is the official source of transfer agreement information in Alberta. It lists more than 76,000 transfer agreements by course and by program between post-secondary institutions in Alberta, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut.

Studying in your community

If you live in a rural area, you may have the option of taking post–secondary programs in your community through collaborative organizations and educational consortia. All programs meet the same standards and have the same entrance requirements as those offered on the main campuses of the institutions that deliver the programs. Check with these programs before making a decision:

  • Aboriginal Consortium: First Nations Adult and Higher Education Consortium provides quality adult and higher education by and for people of the First Nations. This consortium serves the Brocket, Cardston, Edmonton, Hobbema, Morley, Siksika, St. Albert, St. Paul and Tsuu T'ina areas.
  • Alberta-North is a partnership of 7 post–secondary institutions providing quality educational opportunities to adult learners in northern Alberta and the Northwest Territories.

Choosing a school

If more than one school offers the type of program you want, you're in the happy position of being able to choose the one(s) you want to attend. To learn more about post-secondary schools in Alberta, visit their websites. You can find links to postsecondary institutions at OCCinfo.

Visit the schools yourself and talk to other students. Most post-secondary institutions have regular open houses or information sessions. It's a great chance to look around, experience the learning environment, ask about program content, find out what student life is like, and discover/explore what support services are available for student success.

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