Apply to Canadian University
Apply to Canadian University

Applying to Colleges/Universities with an OSSD

Toronto eSchool students who have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) can apply to Colleges or Universities in Canada and all over the world as an Ontario high school graduate.

The requirements for applying to an Ontario College or University as following:

. Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
. Six 4U (Grade 12 University Preparation) or 4M (Grade 12 University/College) courses.
. ENG4U is required for all university academic programs. Most also have course specific requirements which may require one or two Grade 12 math courses as well.
. English Language Proficiency Level IELTS score of 6.0 for College and 6.5 for University. Students with a score 5.0-6.0 may be eligible for admission into a combined ESL and degree programs.
. The admission average for College/University programs can be as low as 60-70%. But most highly competitive programs have admission averages ranging from 80% to 95%.
. Some programs require students to submit personal profiles, essays or videos as part of the application process.
. Students with an OSSD apply to an Ontario College/University through the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS), or the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). Student marks will be entered into OUAC system directly by Toronto eSchool.

Applying Online to Ontario's Universities

To apply to an Ontario university, you must submit your application to the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). The OUAC processes application for all Ontario universities.

The deadline to apply depends on whether you are currently in high school, and which kind of program you are applying to. For example, professional programs usually have different deadlines than undergraduate (Bachelor's) programs. You can find information about application deadlines on the OUAC AND GRADUATION TIMELINE.

To apply to an Ontario college, you must submit your application to the Ontario College Application Service (OCAS). OCAS processes the applications for public colleges in Ontario. If you are accepted to a college, you also send your response to the OCAS. The OCAS will respond to the college for you. Unlike universities, colleges do not have the same kind of final application deadline. Generally, colleges consider all applications that they receive by a certain date together; after that date, they consider applications on a first-come, first-served basis. You can find out information about the application dates on the OCAS webpage - When to Apply.

Step 1: Research Your University Options

. Do some research on the university website.
. Review the 101 Application Guide on
. Check the 101 Important Dates on for important deadlines.

Step 2: Be Prepared

. In early November, Your home school will send you a confidential letter containing your access code: school number, student number and temporary PIN, which allow you to access to your OUAC 101 online application.
. Talk to your guidance counsellor to narrow down your program choices.

Step 3: Apply

. Log in to the OUAC application using your access code . You must change your temporary PIN to a personal password when you log in first time.
. Complete all sections of the online application.
. Submit your application with payment before the 101 application and the university program-specific deadlines. Record the OUAC Reference Number.

Step 4: After Submission

. Check if you have received an email acknowledgment within 48 hours after submitting your application for admission.
. The login information provided in the email will allow you to access your Minerva account to view your application status and upload supporting documents.
. Check often and read all letters and emails from OUAC and Universities.
. Expect to receive an offer or a refusal from the universities you applied to.

Applying to a Canadian University Outside of Ontario

To apply to universities outside of Ontario, you must apply through the university admissions office itself. Each university will require a fee for sending in your application, which includes your high school transcript complete with all of your grades. University websites will often feature an application page with forms to fill out, along with your transcript. Some universities will require you to fill out additional information regarding your extracurricular activities and community involvement. Applications can be sent online with the use of a credit card to account for processing fees. In most cases, these fees are non-refundable.

Ontario secondary school students, applying to the following listed Canadian universities outside of Ontario, can authorize the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) to transfer their academic data to the listed out-of-province university.

. Acadia University
. Bishop's 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

Students who complete an application form for these Outside of Ontario universities can provide authorization for a university to request their academic information from the OUAC. To provide authorization, the applicant must include their 11-digit OUAC Reference Number on the institution's application form. Note: In all cases, the eleventh digit should be "0".

Step 1: Do University Research

. Go to university websites:
. Select 5-10 programs of interest and review their admissions on the websites.
. Consulting with TES teachers and guidance counsellors about your selections.

Step 2: Be Prepared

. High school transcripts from grades 9-12.
. List of any extra curricular activities and awards if any.
. IELTS/TOFEL Test Scores.
. Personal statements and portfolio work.
. Additional documents (such as passport, criminal records and reference letter).

Step 3: Submit Your Application

. Apply directly on the university website with the required documents and payment.
. The above listed Outside of Ontario Universities receive electronic grades from OUAC

Step 4: After Submission

. Check if you have received an email acknowledgment within 48 hours after submitting your application for admission.
. The login information provided in the email will allow you to access your Minerva account to view your application status and upload supporting documents.

Step 5: Accept an Offer

. Check the last date for accepting and declining offers.
. Check for next steps with your university after you have accepted an offer (applying for a student residence, applying for a student visa and tuition payments, etc.).

You can contact a Toronto eSchool counsellor for more information
TEL: 001 416-637-2632 Extension: 102 Guidance Counsellor

For More Information

. Ontario Universities - A list of Ontario's universities, including website links and contact information.
. Ontario Colleges - A list of Ontario's colleges, including website links and contact information.
. Studying in Canada - Information from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for people planning to come to Canada as international students.
. Information for Students Educated Abroad Applying for Admission to Canadian Universities and Colleges - Answers to some basic questions, includes links to relevant organizations and resources.
. International Students - This webpage has information about coming to Ontario as an international student, and working while you study and after you graduate. It is from the Ontario Immigration website.

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