Concordia University

http://www.concordia.ca/content/shared/en/news/main/stories/new-students/students-explain-why-they-chose-concordia.html

Why did you choose Concordia? Here are 11 great reasons

From sports and business to Montreal's joie de vivre — students and alumni weigh in
September 27, 2017
|
By Sarah Buck

Political science major Shanna Camilleri and psychology student Lisa Thomasse, who both moved to Montreal from France, enjoy an outdoor film screening. | Photo courtesy of Shanna Camilleri and Lisa Thomasse Political science major Shanna Camilleri and psychology student Lisa Thomasse, who both moved to Montreal from France, enjoy an outdoor film screening. | Photo courtesy of Shanna Camilleri and Lisa Thomasse

The university throws open its doors for Open House on Saturday, October 28, to give prospective students a chance to experience life at Concordia – and figure out whether it’s the right fit for them.

The decision of where to spend your university years is a big one. We asked 11 students and alumni why they chose Concordia. 

1. The joie de vivre in one of the world’s great cities — even on a student budget

“The cost of living is a huge draw,” says jazz studies alumna and Montreal transplant Anuschka Wright (BFA 16), originally from Nassau, Bahamas.

“When you compare the price of an apartment in Montreal to New York City, it’s a no-brainer.”

2. The vibe on campus

“Concordia was the only school that I applied to that actually made me feel welcome,” says translation student Abigail Candelora, from Georgetown, Ontario.

“My visit to campus was an hour tops. In that time, more people took an interest in my learning than every other school I applied to combined.”

3. A Quebec connection

“My family came to Canada in 1626 and my great-grandfather and grandmother came to the United States in 1924,” says Cam Morin, who grew up in Nashua, New Hampshire.

“I wanted to return to Montreal to study French and live in the land my family called home for 300 years.”

“The cost of living is a huge draw,” says jazz studies alumna and Montreal transplant Anuschka Wright (BFA 16). “The cost of living is a huge draw,” says alumna and Montreal transplant Anuschka Wright (BFA 16).

4. To study in English

Collège Gérald-Godin graduate Pierre-Claude Junior Gacette-Sanon wanted to continue his education in his second language.

“Just getting into the culture at Concordia, through student organizations or group projects, improves your English,” says the accounting and finance student.

Gacette-Sanon is also the director of external affairs for the John Molson Accounting Society.

5. The Stingers called

Buffalo, New York native Trenton Miller got the call from Stingers football head coach Mickey Donovan.

When he’s not scoring touchdowns, Trenton is working on his MBA at the John Molson School of Business (JMSB) and acting as a mentor to budding entrepreneurs at Concordia’s startup incubator, District 3.

6. A good return on investment

“I was looking for a university outside of Brazil that would provide me with a good education at a good price,” says computer science major Caio Paiva.

He has been investing his time in learning French at Concordia, and it’s paying off. Paiva recently added a minor in Études françaises.

Computer science major Caio Paiva has been investing his time in leaning French at Concordia. Computer science major Caio Paiva has been investing his time in learning French at Concordia.

7. Paid work experience

“What really sold me on Concordia was the Institute for Co-operative Education,” says alumnus Bedra Attabibi (BEng 16). “It’s a must. Employers I’ve worked for tell me they love Concordia students because of our work ethic and our skills.”

They really love her too: Bedra landed a job with flight simulation giant CAE before she graduated this spring.

8. Strong programs

“JMSB is considered one of the best business schools in the world.” Enough said for economics major Alexandre Karlov.

Concordia has hundreds of other flexible academic programs, as well.

9. To find a diverse community

“When you’re around people with different opinions, you grow,” says biochemistry major Noraldin Al-Deri, who moved to Montreal from Amman, Jordan.

10. To develop as an artist

“I came to animation without any knowledge of how to animate and now I consider myself a good animator,” says Montrealer and film animation major Marielle Dalpé.

“I loved my three years here and I feel ready to go out into the world.”

11. Academic support

“My main reason for choosing Concordia was the atmosphere I felt when I visited the university,” says political science major Shanna Camilleri.

“A great team of advisors helped me all the way through my application.”

 

Attend Concordia's Open House on Saturday, October 28.

Find out more about Concordia's programs and admissions requirements.



Back to top

© Concordia University