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University Counselling

The University Counselling Office at Upper Canada College is committed to supporting our students as they identify and develop their individual passions and strengths and explore how these will shape their post-secondary studies and future careers.

We strive to work in close partnership with boys and their parents, recognizing, as psychologist Michael Thompson has pointed out, that this process is about much more than the mechanics of selecting a place of higher education: it is “the most important and difficult transition” in a young person’s life. As such, the primary goal is to encourage our young men to develop a useful template for making wise adult decisions, one which recognizes the value of thorough research, honest reflection, and a willingness to follow one’s own path.

Ultimately, we believe that a strong university counselling honours both the “small school feel” and the “big school opportunities” that define Upper Canada College.

Located in the area overlooking the Student Centre, the University Counselling Office works most closely with students enrolled in the IB diploma program. However, boys at all grade levels and their parents are welcome to obtain information about university and career preparation and to receive advice about the application/admission process, including standardized testing. The office also provides course selection counselling for those entering Year 10 and 11, since subject choices at these grade levels often influence opportunities for study at the post-secondary level.

Boys are assigned to their university counsellor by house as follows:
Where are they now?

With IB scores two to five points above the average, our grads are well-equipped to head on to top universities in Canada, the U.S. and internationally. A sampling of 2017 destinations includes Canadian destinations such as the University of Toronto, Western University, Queen’s University and McGill University. In the U.S. grads have gone off to UCLA, Harvard University, Princeton University and Rhode Island School of Design. International destinations include University of St. Andrews, University of Bristol and NYU Abu Dhabi.

For more information about graduation and our Old Boys — including the destinations of our recent grads — see Leaving Class Destinations 2017. You can also get a snapshot of where our alumni are and what they’re doing through UCC’s LinkedIn page.

Contact information:

To arrange an appointment with university counselling, please contact Leigh Berndsen, the Coordinator of the University Counselling Office at 416-488-1125 ext. 2262 or