College vs. University

Employers are increasingly looking for individuals with post secondary credentials that closely match job needs. Colleges offer a full range of applied education programs designed specifically for jobs and vocations. Colleges are the most affordable and accessible pathway to post-secondary education in BC.

Over 41% of job openings across B.C. require college or trade certifications, while 36% of jobs require university credentials, which many students will begin at one of BC’s colleges before using their credits to transfer through the provincial transfer program.

BC Colleges offer many benefits to students:

  • Pathways to success by getting a job, upgrading skills, transferring to other post-secondary institutions, and/or lifelong learning, including applied post degree programs
  • Business relevant programming taught by industry experienced instructors
  • Real world work experience and learning placements with local businesses
  • Over 90% of BC college students graduate and transition into the workforce within six months.
  • Students’ opportunities to study close to home with campuses and learning centres in over 50 communities