University Research Checklist
When you are preparing to apply to university, you should research your options thoroughly and keep track of any deadlines to apply.
Note: If you are not an Ontario high school student enrolled in day courses, you should follow the application process for Canadian residents or international applicants not currently attending an Ontario high school.
Use the Following Publications and Resources to Research Your Options:
- eINFO for university and program options.
- University websites, admission handbooks, guidebooks, viewbooks and calendars for details about courses and programs.
- The Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF) in Toronto each September – the only event where you can see all 21 Ontario universities in 1 place. Talk with students and professors, and get answers about programs, admission requirements, student life and more.
- Your local University Information Program (UIP) session this fall – UIPs take place at a host school in your region, and representatives from all of Ontario’s universities are available to answer your questions.
- Campus tours or special events that are scheduled by the universities that interest you.
- The 101 Online Application. Even before you are ready to apply, you can browse anonymously for additional program information.
- Your family, teachers and guidance counsellors. Their information and insight could help you make an informed decision.
Research Funding Options
While you research universities and programs, you may also wish to research your funding options. In addition to the universities' scholarships listed on eINFO, the Ontario and Canadian governments provide financial assistance to those who need it.
Decide Which Programs Interest You
Make a list of the programs that interest you and their OUAC program codes. Keep this list handy – you will need the OUAC program codes when you apply online.
Get Your Confidential Application Access Code Letter
Your school will notify you in November or early December when these letters are available. The letter will provide you with your School Number, Student Number and temporary Personal Identification Number (PIN), all of which are required to log in to the online application.
Apply Online by January 17, 2018
After you submit your initial application, you can still make changes to your university and program information. Apply early to avoid delays!
Review Your Application and Respond to Offers of Admission
After you submit your application, you can log in to your application to view your program choices, check your academic information, make changes and respond to offers of admission.
Respond to an Offer of Admission by June 1, 2018
The earliest date you may be required to respond to an offer of admission.
If you encounter difficulties or have questions about the online application process, review the FAQs and other helpful information on the OUAC's 101 website, talk to your school guidance counsellor or contact the OUAC.