Studying at university can be an incredibly rewarding and interesting experience. First things first, though – you have to apply! Don’t worry. Applying for admission to an Ontario university can be a very straightforward and relatively painless process.
First of all, start by researching different universities. The world (well, in this case, Ontario) is your oyster! Consider the reputation, location, tuition cost, residence fees, and program selection of each institution. Even if you are unsure of what you want to study, comparing schools will help narrow your options and refine your search.
- A complete list of all universities in Ontario, with links to each of their respective homepages
- A complete list of all universities in Canada, with links to each of their respective homepages
- Alternatively, you can browse Ontario university programs online using electronicinfo.ca.
The application process might seem intimidating, but you don’t have to do it alone. Make an appointment with your guidance counsellor to discuss any questions and concerns you have about the future. He or she might be able to give you information about events such as the Ontario Universities’ Fair and University Information Program Sessions, both of which will have a wealth of resources available for prospective students. While you browse and research university programs, it’s a good idea to discuss your interests and options with your teachers and your family as well. Also, remember to keep track of any program-specific admission requirements and deadlines – this will be important when the time comes for you to submit your application.
Speaking of submitting your application, the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) is the processing centre for undergraduate applications for admission to the universities of Ontario. The OUAC is not in charge of admission decisions – they simply process and forward the details of your application to the universities of your choice.Depending on your academic history and place of residence, different types of undergraduate application procedures exist. If you go to secondary school in Ontario, you will receive an “Access Code” letter in the fall. This letter contains the three important codes you will need to apply to OUAC online: your school number, your student number, and your PIN.
Important resources to help you navigate OUAC can be found below:
- A list of requirements one must meet in order to be eligible to apply to an Ontario university, as well as an instruction booklet
- A step-by-step explanation of to how to apply to universities online through OUAC
- A video tutorial explaining how to apply to universities online through OUAC
- A list of frequently asked questions
- Links to other resources for applicants regarding Canadian university and college applications, program finders, postsecondary transfers and graduate studies, employment trends, scholarship information, financial assistance services, and more