Heading to university? Boarders have an edge.
“I like living in a tight community of students with different backgrounds. We develop a sense of camaraderie that is special. In boarding, friends grow to be family.”
Jordan Hamilton ’10
Sure, it’s an adjustment at first, but all great things are. And it’s worth it. Why?
Because you develop independence, time management skills and confidence. That’s what gives you the edge in university. Our boarders cultivate those talents before they graduate high school. And they always come back and say the same thing. “It put us ahead of the game.”
A typical evening includes a meal, study time and house meetings. After-school activities might include a work-out in our fully-equipped training studio or playing videogames with housemates.
Weekends are a time to have fun and there are tons of options in a city as big and diverse as Toronto. They include:
- the orientation program for new students at UCC’s Norval Outdoor School, our private nature sanctuary outside Toronto
- outings throughout Toronto using its convenient transit system
- visits to Canada’s Wonderland
Other possible planned activities include:
- bike tours
- rock climbing
- live theatre
- a winter ski program
- outings to professional baseball, basketball, hockey and soccer games
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Why attend a boarding school?
A: UCC’s boarding program has been in place since the College’s founding in 1829. Boarding requires a student to take responsibility for his own life and to get on with other people from all over the world. From theatre and sports to community service and athletics, boarding allows each boy to get the most out of everything the campus has to offer. The only challenge is fitting it all in!
Q: When do I apply?
A: Boarding admission decisions will be made on an ongoing basis. Applications are accepted and decisions are made throughout the admission cycle, so we recommend that families apply early.
Q: What’s the tuition?
A: Initial registration fee for new students: $5,000; Tuition/boarding fees for boarders (Year 1-Foundation Year): $50,990; IB1 and IB2: $52,990.
Q: How do I apply to UCC?
A: An application and application fee is submitted with your most current report card, usually the final report card from the previous academic year. Also submit English and math teacher evaluations, birth verification and results from either the SAT or SSAT. For eligible candidates, the final step is an interview. For more information, visit (a href=”http://www.ucc.on.ca/apply” target=”_blank”>How to Apply.
Q: When does boarding begin?
A. Year 2 (age 13 minimum).
Q: What’s a typical day like?
A: During the week, breakfast begins at 7:30 a.m. School starts at 8:30 am for Assembly three times a week. Students usually have four classes a day (1.5 hours), recess and lunch with classes typically ending at 3:30 p.m. for 3:45 p.m. after-school activities. After dinner (ends at 6:30 p.m.) boarders have House Meetings, then study time which ends at 9 p.m. Then it is usually free-time with friends until lights out.
Q: What if I can’t come to the campus for an interview?
A: In-person interviews are preferred and encouraged, but on occasion, candidate interviews are conducted by phone/Skype or by a regional representative.
Q: How many students in each room?
A: Typically there are 2-3. Seniors in their last year often have their own room.
Q: Where do boarders hail from?
A: There are about 90 boarders from more than 20 countries and regions including Canada & the Americas, Asia/Pacific, Middle East, Europe and Africa.
Q: Can you afford UCC?
A: UCC recognizes that considering an independent school is a major financial decision. If it would be a financial stretch, or even out of the question, our financial aid program is based on need and allows the best candidates for admission an opportunity to attend UCC.