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Architecture + a bunch of random questions

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So with the many options for architecture undergrad programs in Ontario, I was wondering what some of the pros and cons were to some of the popular universities such as Waterloo, Ryerson, UofT, Carleton etc. 

Are there any programs that offer you a minor or double major along with architecture (for instance in business). I'm not completely sure if I wanna do architecture for the rest of my life, so I wanted to be able to explore some other options. 

Also, does Waterloo allow you to do exchange programs along with Co-op?
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I go to ryerson architecture
waterloo pros: very well known and respected program, you get into coop automatically, smaller class sizes (80 people a year is the average)
cons: its in cambridge and there's not much architecture going on around there, the architecture program is isolated from the rest of Waterloo university (you dont really get to see the rest of the university or get to explore other options if you decide architecture isn't for you), very competitive to get into (aif/portfolio/interview/precis/grades)

u of t pros: located in downtown toronto so there's going to be a lot of architecture, u of t is well respected as a school, their graduate programs for architecture is good, not too difficult to get into (application process has no interview or portfolio, all you need is good grades)
cons: their undergraduate architecture program is very theory based and not much designing happens (they've only started to have design studio courses and from what i'm seeing from their students, their studio work isn't to par compared to ryerson and waterloo)

ryerson pros: heart of downtown toronto (lots of architecture), diverse faculty, ample opportunities to volunteer or go to the different events that they hold for architecture/engineering students within the university (there are just a lot of events going on), well respected undergraduate and graduate programs, students get the opportunity to work on cool projects in Toronto (ex: nuit blanche, "come up to my room" at gladstone hotel, etc)
cons: harder to get into (portfolio/drawing test/precis/grades), their coop option is only available to the top 20% of students so getting a coop placement can be competitive, 

don't know too much about carleton, mcgill, and laurier but here is what i know: laurier's architecture program is still very new so not very well renowned. mcgill only accepts around 40 people a year and from what i hear, their approach to architecture is very technical and closer to engineering than the artistic/aesthetic side of architecture. carleton is easier to get into compared to waterloo and ryerson and it is a well known program, but from what i have seen, the student work at carleton is not as good as the student work at ryerson and waterloo. 
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I won't comment too long because most of the above information is informative and correct. having said that, laurier does not have an architecture school, laurentian does. I will also add that there was extreme bias towards ryerson in the previous post which isn't helpful to someone looking for a comparison. To say that the only con to ryerson is that it's hard to get into is ridiculous when the grade requirements are much higher at UofT and waterloo. Ryerson, while it's a decent contender, is certainly not as well recognized for its architecture as some of the other schools listed. In fact, Ryerson is generally regarded as a non-academic school. It's maybe getting there but isn't there yet. There isn't anything wrong with Ryerson but it certainly isn't as great as the last comment seemed to suggest
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ya Ryerson is the worst option. many programs are super easy and architecture there is not hard to get into. the person above who goes there says its hard to get into because they want their ego to be stroked. well tell ya what, no ego is being stroked todaymy firend. good luck with ur decision thread creator! (even though u posted this a month ago)
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Really? I would've thought that Ryerson was pretty competitive. I went to the University fair earlier in the year and one of the profs said their cut off was 90% last year, so I thought it would be hard to get into...
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90% is BS
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cut off is 83.5%
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Hold on, I've heard their architecture program is good and produces jobs. And their Architecture Program is one of their better programs, considering the reputation of the university. But Ryerson does not have a 90% requirement for admittance, In fact, its a 80% minimum. Just under the mid 80's minimum for UofT and Waterloo. I don't know where yall are getting you're facts...
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