How-to: apply to uni/college in Ontario

OUAC

(Ontario University Application Centre) 

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Application:

  • Current high school students apply using the 101 application NOT the 105. 

  • You can begin applying once you have received your university PIN number sent via mail this year (check with your guidance counsellor to see if your school is doing it differently) 

  • Follow the instructions on the OUAC website & see tutorials below

  • Apply using the program code which can be found on OUAC. You can only apply for a MAXIMUM of 3 programs per university

  • You will also need to rank your programs in order of preference. Note that universities will be able to see your ranking, however it will not affect your chance of acceptance, unless the university specifically says so.

  • Make sure to check your junk box in case supplementary applications were sent there. 

Payment:

  • Base Fee - $150 (3 program choices)

  • Additional Program Choice - $50

  • Fee for a non-negotiable cheque - $25

  • Methods of payment:

    • Credit Card, On-line Banking, Western Union, Money Order, Cheque

TIPS

  • We suggest that you complete your OUAC application prior to Christmas Break. 

  • Get started on any supp apps early! Also if there are any optional supplementary applications we suggest that you do them! This can be a chance to show the admissions committee who you are as a person and outside of school which can boost your application. 

  • Always check MyBlueprint to ensure your OSSD requirements are on track to be completed

"What marks are used for my application?" 

  • Top 6 grade 12 U / M marks including prerequisite(s)

  • Universities do not use any other mark in calculation of your average (unless specified)

    • however, all grade 12 and grade 11 grades are uploaded to the OUAC. Some programs offer early admission & will use your grade 11 marks. 

  • Universities will always use the highest mark to calculate your average –usually including prerequisite(s)

  • Universities will not use Open or College Type Credits

Institution Acknowledgment:

  • Acknowledgement e-mails are immediately sent once the application has been successfully completed

  • Acknowledgement letters will follow

  • Access information should be kept confidential

  • Supplemental Application will be e-mailed by the institutions directly to the applicant

For all IMPORTANT DEADLINES like application due dates, when marks will be submitted, the last day to receive acceptances etc. head over to Project Uni's calendar feature

Always refer to OUAC's official website for the most up to date info. 

"How do I respond to offers?" 

  • Accepting offers of Admission

    • To be done on-line

    • Offers of admission can be sent anywhere from January all the way to May (it will likely be earlier this year)

    • Accepting an offer from one university WILL NOT cancel applications to other universities

    • Only permitted to have one acceptance from one Ontario University at a time

  • Amending offers 

    • May choose to accept an offer after you have already accepted an offer from another university

    • Cancel the first offer and accept the new offer – OUAC  will notify the institutions of the change

    • If you have cancelled an offer or missed the deadline but wish to accept this offer – must contact the university / college

  • Refused Admission to a program

    • May request admission consideration to another program (alternative offer)

    • Process – contact the University

    • Delete an active choice and add the new choice

    • Ensure that the program is still active – some programs will close

OCAS

(Ontario College Application Service) 

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Application:

  • Current high school students apply using the CURRENT application 

  • Use your OEN (found on your report card) and student number to apply 

  • Follow the directions on the OCAS website 

Payment:

  • Base Fee - $95

  • Permitted to apply to 5 college programs

  • Only 3 of these programs can be at the same college

  • Method of payment:

  • Credit Card, On-line Banking, Western Union, Money Order, Cheque

TIPS

  • We suggest that you complete your application prior to Christmas Break. 

  • Always check MyBlueprint to ensure your OSSD requirements are on track to be completed

"What marks are used for my application?" 

  • Colleges vary in how they calculate your admission average

    • English (12) & Prerequisite(s)

    • Combination of grade 11 and 12 O/C/M/U courses are used in calculating your average

  • HRE4O–is not used in this calculation

  • University or Mixed level courses are counted as the same as a college or open types

Institution Acknowledgment:

  • Acknowledgement e-mails are immediately sent once the application has been successfully completed

  • • Expect to receive a FORMAL letter from Ontariocolleges.ca – they will ask for your marks – don’t worry

  • • Supplemental Applications, portfolios, interviews, auditions will be sent to you via e-mail

For all IMPORTANT DEADLINES like application due dates, when marks will be submitted, the last day to receive acceptances etc. head over to Project Uni's calendar feature

Always refer to OCAS' official website for the most up to date info. 

"How do I respond to offers?" 

  • Accepting offers of Admission

    • To be done on-line

    • Accepting an offer from one college WILL NOT cancel applications to other colleges

    • Only permitted to have one acceptance from one Ontario College at a time

  • Amending offers 

    • May choose to accept an offer after you have already accepted an offer from another university

    • Cancel the first offer and accept the new offer – OCAS will notify the institutions of the change

    • If you have cancelled an offer or missed the deadline but wish to accept this offer – must contact the university / college

  • Refused Admission to a program

    • May request admission consideration to another program (alternative offer)

    • Process – contact the College

    • Delete an active choice and add the new choice

    • Ensure that the program is still active – some programs will close

APPLYING OUTSIDE OF ONTARIO

As an Ontario student, applying to any school outside of Ontario means that each student is responsible for sending in his/her transcript, following all the necessary dates and deadlines, submitting all fees directly to each school. 

However, OUAC does assist the following out-of province institutions in collecting academic data from Ontario high school students:

  • Bishops University 

  • The University of British Columbia

  • The University of Calgary

  • Concordia University

  • Dalhousie University

  • McGill University

  • The University of New Brunswick

  • Saint Mary’s University

  • Simon Fraser University

  • The University of Victoria