The University Counselling Office (UCO) at Upper Canada College is committed to supporting 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, parents, faculty, and staff, 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 these young men to develop a useful template for making wise adult decisions, one that recognizes the value of thorough research, honest reflection and a willingness to follow one’s own path.
The University Counselling Office is located in the area overlooking the Student Centre and works most closely with students enrolled in the final three years at the Upper School. 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 UCO also provides advice about course selection for students entering Years 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:
Bremner’s, Howard’s, Jackson’s: Anne Weldon (Associate Director), ext. 3210
Martland’s, McHugh’s: Katherine Ridout (Director), ext. 2264
Mowbray’s, Orr’s, Scadding’s: Nili Isaacs (Associate Director), ext. 2260
Seaton’s, Wedd’s: Andrew Turner (Director of Residential Life), ext. 2500
If parents wish to arrange an appointment with their son’s university counsellor, they should contact Leigh Berndsen, the University Counselling Office Coordinator, at 416-488-1125, ext. 2262 or firstname.lastname@example.org