Toronto Star

Toronto Star

September 21, 2007 10:35 ET

Figuring Out Where to Go After High School Just Got a Little Easier

Toronto Star's Insiders' Guide to Colleges and Universities Launches Today

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 21, 2007) - The Toronto Star has launched an Insiders' Guide to Colleges and Universities in the Greater Toronto Area in the form of a free magazine, available in print and online. "The Star has a commitment stretching back 115 years to education in this city and province," said Fred Kuntz, editor-in-chief of the Toronto Star. "This guide is reflection of that commitment, and an excellent tool for students, educators, parents and newcomers as they make one of the biggest decisions in their lives."

The guide invites students at 11 local colleges and universities to share their experiences on what it is like on campus, and an additional tool kit covers basics like navigating financial aid, accessibility for students with special needs, employment rates and facing first-year jitters.

"We want to go beyond the books and give students a feel for what each college and university is like," said Kristin Rushowy, the guide's editor and an education reporter and editor at the Toronto Star. "Choosing a university or college can be a daunting process and we want to help students figure out if the fit will be right for them before they start filling out their applications."

Given the large number of students who remain in the GTA for post-secondary education, profiles are included of Centennial College, Durham College, George Brown College, Humber College, Seneca College, Sheridan College, Ontario College of Art and Design, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Ryerson University, University of Toronto and York University.

The online guide will offer even more features. Available at www.thestar.com/schoolsguide students and parents can find question-and-answer sessions, video tours, contests, a student media directory, maps featuring popular places to spend time outside of class and links to resources that will help students find an apartment, create a budget or figure out career interests.

Students can also stay in touch with the guide through Facebook, as links to new stories, and information about contests will appear on a regular basis, and experts will be available to take questions.

"The GTA is full of opportunities for education and skills development and there is much to take into consideration, which is why this guide is such a terrific tool," concluded Kuntz. "The Toronto Star is committed to meeting the needs of our newest generation of readers by providing information in the format, whether in print or digital, now demanded by them."

Printed copies will be in libraries later this month, or at the Student Life Expo at Bremner Park from September 28 to 30, the Ontario College Information Fair at the Direct Energy Centre on October 22, or at Gateway Newstands and Dreamboxes throughout the city. The guide is also available online in an easy-to-use format that mimics the print version.

About Star Media Group

The Toronto Star, founded in 1892, is read in print and online (thestar.com) by more than 2 million readers every week. In addition, Star Media Group includes Toronto.com, Torstar Syndication Services, Shop TV, Eye Weekly, Sway Magazine, Real Estate News, Desi Life and The Canadian Immigrant. Star Media Group also includes the jointly owned Metro free daily newspapers in Toronto, Ottawa, Vancouver, Calgary and Edmonton, the Chinese language newspaper Sing Tao, and LiveDeal.ca. Star Media Group is a division of Toronto Star Newspapers Limited, which is a subsidiary of Torstar Corporation.

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