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Laurier BBA vs. Rotman Commerce! (PLEASE HELP)

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Hey guys, so I have been admitted to both of these programs but I am having trouble deciding between the two. Both of them seem like really good schools, but like I guess theres pros and cons about everything.

If you guys had to choose between one of them to enroll in, which one would you guys choose! thanks so much!
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@PSPman06 wrote
Hey guys, so I have been admitted to both of these programs but I am having trouble deciding between the two. Both of them seem like really good schools, but like I guess theres pros and cons about everything.

If you guys had to choose between one of them to enroll in, which one would you guys choose! thanks so much!


I applied, was accepted to and considered going to Laurier, so I guess that is my answer.

They are both great schools. Consider campus, rez, atmosphere, cost, etc.

Would you prefer co-op opportunities at Laurier, or the reputation of Rotman?
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Laurier, if you get COOP you are golden, however it is tough to get it..

Rotman, it is hard to stay in, however if you graduate from Rotman, you are golden..

For both unis you will have to work hard..
like g93 said, consider the atmosphere,rez,cost,etc and see which one you would prefer..
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I'd say they are pretty equal as Laurier gives you the opportunity at Co-op while Rotman has the international reputation.
If you are confident in being one of the top students at Rotman then go there.
One of my friends chose Rotman over Afm-PA with fellowship but he is a brilliant student and has done well so far.
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Is it worth it though? like going to rotman?
is the international reputation worth it? is the name "rotman" worth it?
and both laurier and rotman dont post stats on their undergrads, so i dont even know how well both of them are doing. I just hear stories
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@PSPman06 wrote
Is it worth it though? like going to rotman?
is the international reputation worth it? is the name "rotman" worth it?




If you're relying on the name of your degree to be successful in business after graduation, then honestly it doesn't really matter. You will never be successful.
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@PSPman06 wrote
Is it worth it though? like going to rotman?
is the international reputation worth it? is the name "rotman" worth it?
and both laurier and rotman dont post stats on their undergrads, so i dont even know how well both of them are doing. I just hear stories



Rotman's international reputation allows you to land summer internships overseas while competing with guys from top american schools. I dont know if going to laurier will open up this possibility for you.

Is the name "rotman" worth it? Sure it is. I'd say rotman is just a tad behind queens and ivey, but competitive alongside schools like schulich. Ive heard from the senior students at Rotman that it caters accounting specialists more in terms of landing internships, as a lot of accounting firms (the big 4) recruit rotman students. They also say the recruitment for finance is a bit weak, but an admin from the RC admissions team recently assured prospectives that the finance sector is improving.

As for laurier, you gotta be in the top 25% out of ~900 kids to become a co-op student the following year. I dont think it should be that hard for you... if you can be among the top students in rotman, you can definitely make laurier coop, think of it like that. For rotman this year, they accepted 650 out of 6500 students (youre among the top 10%!), so the weeding process into the second year will drastically decrease. I think one of the admins said it was going to be around 20% of the students from first year being axed.

In terms of academics, i'm fairly certain that rotman will prepare you better for your future specialization because of how much resource u of t has, their top-notch profs, and the competitive atmosphere among students. You also have literally hundreds of courses to choose from for your electives... this brings out another potential possibility for you to take interest in a specific subject that you may want to minor in (or even major).

Finally, you gotta consider your rez life. I have no idea about laurier, but I can shed some light for u of t as ive visited the campus. Each college (7 colleges) will boast opportunities for you to get involved in your college and they have a specific program called FLC, which allows you to meet up with 20ish other first year students for academic/funtime/experiential purposes. Getting involved with your school doesnt necessarily mean partying. It's about joining groups that will not only help you build your resume for obtaining jobs, but also to help develop you as a student throughout your undergrad studies.

Hope this helps.
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They're both really good but...

What do you want to do?
If it's accounting, Laurier wins by a fair bit

Do you want to work in Canada?
Rotman's international rep is useless if you plan on living and working in Canada. If you intend to work in Europe, Asia, or US, Rotman is the better choice.

Which city/univerisity/atmosphere do you prefer?
UofT is a city in a city and I would assume it's "community-feel" would be lesser than Laurier which is a much more compact and closer knit school. But if you're from the GTA (more specifically Toronto), then perhaps UofT is alright.

Last but not least, take note that UofT bell curves their grades to around the 70%ish mark which means it may be more difficult to get into a graduate school.
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@Username81 wrote
They're both really good but...

What do you want to do?
If it's accounting, Laurier wins by a fair bit

Do you want to work in Canada?
Rotman's international rep is useless if you plan on living and working in Canada. If you intend to work in Europe, Asia, or US, Rotman is the better choice.

Which city/univerisity/atmosphere do you prefer?
UofT is a city in a city and I would assume it's "community-feel" would be lesser than Laurier which is a much more compact and closer knit school. But if you're from the GTA (more specifically Toronto), then perhaps UofT is alright.

Last but not least, take note that UofT bell curves their grades to around the 70%ish mark which means it may be more difficult to get into a graduate school.



I'm going to Rotman so I may be seen as a bit biased, but I don't think of myself to be so but oh well.


If it's accounting, Laurier wins by a fair bit



Actually, Rotman's accounting program is touted to be comparable to that of Schulich's. It far outstrips Laurier but is reportedly the same or a bit less for finance.


take note that UofT bell curves their grades to around the 70%ish mark which means it may be more difficult to get into a graduate school.



If only GPA mattered in the process of going onto graduate school, then everyone would be flocking to York Arts(no offense). Your GPA in undergraduate studies matters, but the more important factor is, of course, work experience. I'm not an expert on Laurier but it seems to me that after graduation(if you make it through Rotman), then it's easier for Rotman alumni to get jobs than Laurier alumni, especially if they didn't get co-op.

In terms of Laurier vs. Rotman, it also depends on what you want to do. Laurier is, as I've heard, good for finance but lacks in other fields while Rotman is good for accounting but lacks in other fields. In the end, both have pros and cons but if you're still unclear which you want to do, I suggest you go to Rotman because, God forbid, at the end of your 4 years of undergrdauate studies you still don't know what to do(even if you've chosen a specialty to focus on in year 2 at Rotman), you'll have Rotman's name under your belt.

Of course, I'll probably be seen as preaching or being biased so just gather advice from everyone.

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Actually, Rotman's accounting program is touted to be comparable to that of Schulich's. It far outstrips Laurier but is reportedly the same or a bit less for finance.


I meant if you get co-op then it is better. Without, maybe not because co-op is a big selling feature for Laurier.

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If only GPA mattered in the process of going onto graduate school, then everyone would be flocking to York Arts(no offense). Your GPA in undergraduate studies matters, but the more important factor is, of course, work experience. I'm not an expert on Laurier but it seems to me that after graduation(if you make it through Rotman), then it's easier for Rotman alumni to get jobs than Laurier alumni, especially if they didn't get co-op.


Sorry, I wasn't clear on how I worded that. GPA isn't a huge factor, work experience is by far the most important. I'm just saying, take note that by going to UofT, your GPA will be lower than at Laurier. I know for me, that influenced my decision a bit (ultimately the school was just too big so I didn't apply).


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Laurier is, as I've heard, good for finance but lacks in other fields while Rotman is good for accounting but lacks in other fields.


Hm interesting lol I thought it was the other way around. I know that Laurier is under-rated for finance but still behind Queen's and Ivey, but I thought Rotman would be better for finance than Laurier because of it's name (UofT) (but you'd know better than me). Laurier is well-known specifically for their co-op and accounting (highest UFE pass rate, fully accredited, co-ops at the Big 4 accounting firms).

But to the OP, I think both Daruki35 and myself would say either school is really good so it comes down to preference as much as prestige or whatever you want to call it.
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I think both Daruki35 and myself would say either school is really good so it comes down to preference as much as prestige or whatever you want to call it.




Exactly. We are still high school students and we are on the SA forums so we are bound to be biased towards the University we're going to. It ultimately comes down to where you want to go cause the simlarities and differences aren't that big and the school doesn't really matter, it depends on the student.
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@scollyhunter wrote

@PSPman06 wrote
Is it worth it though? like going to rotman?
is the international reputation worth it? is the name "rotman" worth it?




If you're relying on the name of your degree to be successful in business after graduation, then honestly it doesn't really matter. You will never be successful.



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