College vs. University: Is One Better Than The Other?

For students, choosing which post-secondary pathway they want to go down is an integral part of planning their futures. Although there are several pathways from which to choose from, it’s commonly believed that university is the best option when looking for a successful career. In reality, choosing which post-secondary pathway to take depends on the person and what they’re looking to focus on in the future, so that will look different for everyone.

Universities in Canada are academic institutions where bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees can be attained. It’s a great post-secondary option for people who want a career in medicine, law, or in a career that’s heavily research-based or academic. In addition, university programs typically last 3 to 4 years, and they take place in large classes, meaning independence is a useful skill to have when considering university.

College, on the other hand, usually provides technical and practical training and focuses on the trades, while giving students a chance to attain a diploma. Programs are usually shorter with smaller classes and more opportunities for one-on-one time with teachers. 

So no, college isn’t better than university, and university isn’t better than college. It all comes down to personal preference and what post-secondary pathway you think suits you best. College and university also aren’t the only choices when it comes to what you’d like to do after high school. The most important thing is to research all your options and then to figure out what pathway will help you achieve your goals in the future!


By Jelena Mandic


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