College or university degree — which is better?

Friday, July 26, 2019
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While universities may be the traditional choice to study for an undergraduate degree, colleges increasingly offer an attractive alternative for the same credential. Although universities may be known for their “hallowed hallways of learning”, college's boast high employability rates. In this video, Connor shares the benefits of a college degree


Video transcription:

Hey. I’m Connor from Fanshawe College and I want to share a few things that I wish I knew back in the day when I was figuring out what I wanted to do after high school. I always thought I had to go to university to get a degree. I didn’t know that colleges offer degrees as well, and they’re recognized the same way university degrees are.

So what’s the difference and why would you choose a college degree over a university degree?

Employable skills

College degrees offer a blend of both academic experience and hands-on skills training. This is important because you can build your resume with real work experience while studying, which you’ll appreciate once you land your first job.


Academic plus hands-on skills = resume assets


Graduate with less debt 

A college degree pays off. For every $1 invested in an Ontario college education, grads receive a cumulative $3.20 more in future wages. That’s a 14.3% rate of return. 


One dollar investment equals three dollars and twenty cents more in future wages.

More pathways to success

If you haven't taken university-level classes in high school, don’t worry. This is one of the best parts of college degrees. In just two or three years, you can start in a diploma program and then bridge into a degree. When you’re all said and done, you’ll graduate with two credentials - a diploma and a bachelor degree. 


Start with a diploma program and bridge to a degree program

Smaller class sizes

College degrees are also known for their small class sizes compared to universities. With fewer students, your class will feel more like a community where peers will connect more closely with one another and become more comfortable sharing their ideas. Plus, you’ll get the attention you need (and deserve) from your prof. 

Fewer students equals community plus peer connections plus comfort

Hands-on experience

When you’re studying in a college degree program, everything you learn is being applied to the workplace. College degrees focus on fieldwork, lab time and clinical training, so that means you’re already trained for the job and ready to work when you graduate. 

College degree prepares you for a career

Grads hit the ground running

At the end of the day, it's all about investing in your future. College degree options are increasing every year, as students are looking for more work opportunities to apply their learning throughout their degree. At Fanshawe College, we have several degrees to choose from a wide range of disciplines. Learn more about Fanshawe degrees here.


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