WATERLOO, Ont. (Monday, Jan. 10, 2011) - Grade 10 students and their parents can get a head start on planning for a university education by attending an evening event at the University of Waterloo on Thursday, Jan. 20.

Grade 10 Family Night will help students understand what they can do in Grade 10 to prepare for applying to any of Ontario's universities. Topics include courses to take in high school and resources to learn about the hundreds of university programs offered in Ontario.

Current university students will talk about what they wish they knew about university while still in high school.

"My stepdaughter and I attended Grade 10 Family Night last year and found it invaluable," said parent Sean van Koughnett, also a uWaterloo staff member. "The speakers were very informative and allowed us to learn more about the wide range of academic programs available, as well as different ways to help pay for university. Education is important to our family, so it was helpful to get advice well ahead of time that has enabled us to understand the admissions process."

Speakers include:

- Study what you love - choosing the right program for future success, by Ian Goulden, uWaterloo's dean of mathematics

- Admission requirements and application information, by Nancy Weiner, associate registrar at uWaterloo

- Budgeting for university education, by student awards and financial aid staff at uWaterloo

The evening starts at 6:45 p.m. and will take place at the University of Waterloo in the Humanities Theatre, located in the J. G. Hagey Hall of the Humanities.

People will also be able to view the evening as a live webcast. Further details and registration are available at www.findoutmore.uwaterloo.ca/visitus/family_night.php.

Guests will be able to visit booths to learn about such high school enrichment opportunities as Waterloo Unlimited and the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing, which runs math contests for thousands of students across Canada and around the globe.

About Waterloo

The University of Waterloo, located at the heart of Canada's Technology Triangle, is one of Canada's leading comprehensive universities. Waterloo is home to 30,000 full- and part-time undergraduate and graduate students who are dedicated to making the future better and brighter. Waterloo, known for the largest post-secondary co-operative education program in the world, supports enterprising partnerships in learning, research and discovery. For more information about Waterloo, visit www.uwaterloo.ca.


Amelia Burton, marketing and undergraduate recruitment, 519-888-4567, ext. 37145

Andrew Smith, marketing and undergraduate recruitment, 519-888-4567, ext. 35115

John Morris, Waterloo media relations, 519-888-4435 or john.morris@uwaterloo.ca

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