encourages post-secondary students to study in N.S. aims makes it easier for students to find the school to get their degree or diploma.

Site aims makes it easier for students to find the right place to get their degree or diploma

Zach Ford helped launch to help promote and prompt post secondary students to study closer to home. (Craig Paisley/CBC)

A new website aims to connect Nova Scotia students with the information they need about pursuing post-secondary education in the province. was launched at the Halifax Central Library Tuesday afternoon.

The site has tools for students, parents and guidance counsellors to learn more about Nova Scotia's 10 universities and colleges, their programs and the application process.

"The province's higher education sector represents one of our greatest comparative advantages," said Allister Surette, recteur at Université Sainte-Anne and head of the Council of Nova Scotia University Presidents.

"Now more than ever, it's important that young Nova Scotians take full advantage of Nova Scotia's high-quality, nationally competitive post-secondary options located here in Halifax and in communities across the province."

Picking a school made easier

"I just found that there was so much selection that it was hard to decide," said Zach Ford, a Dalhousie student working toward a Bachelor of Medical Science degree.

"Before I decided that, I had also thought about just taking a Bachelor of General Science and when I was thinking about that, it was pretty much [offered at] every post-secondary institution in Nova Scotia."

Ford says the website would have been helpful when he was applying to schools, since all the information is in one place.

The website also has a transfer credit guide that allows post-secondary students to find a course at another university or college, or determine if their credits can be used at another institution. 

"Choosing the right university or college is an important step toward finding a good job, building a career and making a life here in Nova Scotia," said Kelly Regan, the minister of labour and advanced education.

"This site will make those decisions a little easier and will help show our young people all our post-secondary institutions have to offer."

By 2016, the site will shift to an e-transcript system and online schedule for summertime courses.