Post Secondary Planning





A. Begin your research (

·       Browse programs & Universities

·       View Program pre-requisites & admission requirements

·       Register for upcoming campus tours

·       Research residence and meal plans

·       Explore scholarships, finances & budget

B: Attend Fall Previews, Virtual Open Houses & Webinar's:,

These virtual events are free and anyone may attend – no pre-registration required. Learn about the universities of your choice and ask questions.  You can also request to receive information directly from Ontario universities. (



These are important dates in your application process. Check them carefully and keep them in mind as you apply.

September - November 2023

Ontario’s universities host a collection of in-person and virtual events in fall 2023. These events are all free and anyone may attend. · Ontario Universities’ Information Sessions (virtual) September 26 and November 22, 2023 · Ontario Universities’ Fair (Toronto), October 21-22, 2023

Visit Ontario Universities' Information (OUInfo)

OUInfo is a guide to Ontario universities for Ontario high school students. It provides information about university programs, admission requirements and more. OUInfo should be used as a starting point for researching university options.


November 24, 2023

Target date for Ontario universities to receive all midterm or final grades available for 4U/M courses from the OUAC.


January 15, 2024: DEADLINE TO APPLY TO University

Deadline for Ontario high school students to submit their completed applications to the OUAC. Note: The OUAC will continue to process applications received after this date and distribute them to the Ontario universities; however, specific university deadlines will apply. The initial application includes all final grades from completed Grade 11 and 12 courses and a list of all current-year courses in progress

February 22, 2024

Target date for Ontario universities to receive all final grades available for 4U/M courses and current full-year grades for 4U/M courses from the OUAC.


May 2, 2024

Target date for Ontario universities to receive all midterm or final grades available for 4U/M courses and interim grades for full-year courses from the OUAC. The OUAC will send grades we receive before the deadline to Ontario universities when they are received.


May 29, 2024

The latest date all high school applicants who submitted their application by the January application deadline can expect a response from an Ontario university. This includes an offer of admission, a refusal or a deferral once additional information is received.


June 3, 2024

The earliest date an Ontario high school student may be required to respond to an Ontario university offer of admission and give a financial commitment (e.g., registration deposit, residence deposit, etc.). All other admission-related elements, including scholarships, other forms of student assistance or financial incentives, and offers of residence, are considered part of the offer of admission. Therefore, a student may accept these other offers before June 3rd, 2024, but Ontario universities will not compel a student in any way to make a decision earlier than this date.




Getting Started: How to Create Your University Application (OUAC 101)Title Screen ⁠–⁠ z Visit the OUAC Undergraduate Application: Watch the ‘How to Apply’ Videos Review the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):


Select “Apply Now” on the OUAC home page or “My Account” in the top menu bar.

Select “Create My Account” to get started.

· Step 1: Enter Your Name and Date of Birth

· Step 2: Enter Your Email Address.

o Email is the primary method of communication for the universities and the OUAC, so make sure you provide a valid email address.

o Check your inbox regularly:

§ For updates from the OUAC and your university choices.

§ For your email verification.

o Verify your email: You will not be able to submit your application until you verify your email address. If you do not receive an email, go to “Contact Details in your application and click “Re-send Verification Email”.

· Step 3: Create a Username and Password.

o You can log in to all OUAC applications with this username and password.

o Your password must be between 7 and 30 characters.

o Must include:

§ An upper-case character

§ A number

§ A symbol

· Step 4: Read the Terms and Conditions and the OUAC Privacy Statement.

o Check the box to confirm you have read and agree. Then, click “Create My Account”.

After you have created your account, choose the OUAC 101 application. Log in with the username and password you created and select the Undergraduate application type to continue.

You are now in the HUB, where you can find helpful information throughout the application process.

· You can find emails from the OUAC in the Message Centre.

· At any time, you can click the Profile icon in the navigation menu to change your username and password and re-send your email verification.

· You can use the chat feature if you need help while completing your application.

· Make sure to check the HUB regularly. It displays a summary of your application information and status updates.

From here, you can select “Start Application” to begin your Undergraduate Application.

My Personal Details

1. Go through and fill in your personal information starting with The Basics.

o Select “Next” to move through each section. The information you entered on that screen will be saved to your account.

2. Add your details for Citizenship and Language.

o Select the question mark icons for more information about the questions.

3. Applicant Diversity Census: Ontario universities are committed to principles of equity, diversity and inclusion.

o You may select the “Prefer not to answer” response option available for each question if you choose not to provide your diversity-based personal information.

o To answer these questions, click the plus sign to expand and select your response.

4. Select the buttons to add your home and mailing address and at least 1 phone number in Contact Details.

o Ensure your email address is up to date. You will receive your OUAC acknowledgement email, university offers of admission and other important information via email.

o You will not be able to submit your application until your email is verified. If your email address is not verified, you can re-send your email verification.


My Background

· In Education, provide information about all institutions where you have registered in 1 or more secondary or postsecondary courses.

o These institutions include, but are not limited to:

§ Regular day schools

§ Private schools

§ Night schools

§ Summer schools

§ Virtual schools

o Find your institution and then complete the academic details.

o Current Ontario high school students: For “To Date”, add the month and year you will be completing Grade 12 (e.g., June 2024).

· Tell Us More…

o Depending on which institutions you have entered in your educational background, you may have other educational information to complete, which will show at the end of the page.

o Review and complete the necessary details. If some optional sections do not apply to you, you can leave them blank.

· If you have finished high school: Complete the Activities and Employment section with details of any activities you’ve done or jobs you’ve had.


My Choices

You are now ready to add your program choices to your application. There are 5 steps to add a choice.

· Step 1: Select a university and review the specific university requirements, website links and important admission information.

o Choose a university to view the available programs. You can also search by geographic area or program code.

· Step 2: If you have applied or registered at this university before, you can add these details. If you have not applied to this university before, you can leave this section blank.

· Step 3: Review the list of programs available at this university and make your choice.

· Step 4: Review the Program Details, which may include prerequisites, important deadlines and additional admission requirements. Read this section very carefully.

· Step 5: Complete the program details. Notes:

o “Expected Date of Enrollment” is when you wish to start classes.

o Select a “Subject of Major Interest” if one is available for the program you are applying to.

o Depending on the program, you may have additional program detail fields to complete (for example, “Co-op”.)


Save your program choice.

Your program choice will now appear on your Choices page. From here, you can add a new program, delete a program or edit the program details.

On this page, you must also rank your choices in order of preference.

Note: How you order your program choices does not affect your scholarship or admission consideration at the universities, unless a university specifically states that it does. The universities will state their policies clearly in their own literature.

Reminder: You can apply to as many universities as you wish. However, you are limited to a maximum of 3 programs at any 1 university. Some universities may further limit the number of programs that you can apply to. Contact the universities directly for more information.


My Supporting Documents

· Current Ontario high school students: Grades and academic information sent by will display in Academic Information 1-2 days after you submit your application.

o On this page, you will request the transcript from any Ontario high school, university or college you attended.

o For all other institutions you attended (outside of Ontario or internationally), review the instructions about how to order your transcript.

· In the Document Upload section, you can upload documentation that supports your application, as specified by your university choices.

Review and Payment

At this point, you have completed all the necessary information to submit your application. Use the Quick Links to return to any of these sections, at any point, before submitting your application.

Note: Before you submit your application, you can log out and return to it at any time to review and edit the information you have saved.

The Review and Payment process is 4 steps.

· Step 1: Review Summary

o Review any errors or warnings at the top of this page. Use the Quick Links to return to any section of the application to make edits.

o You will be able to review all your application information, including the total amount you will have to pay.

o Check this information carefully and make sure that it is correct.

o Use the plus sign or eye icon to expand and review your application information section by section.

· Step 2: Declaration

o Review the Applicant’s Declaration. When you are ready, select “I Verify and Agree” to go to the payment page.

· Step 3: Pay

o The OUAC accepts a variety of payment methods, including credit or debit card, online banking and international payment options.

o All payments must be made in Canadian funds.

o Select a payment option and click “Pay” to complete your application.

o Notes:

§ Once you click “Pay”, you will not be able to log back in and make changes to your application until the OUAC receives your payment.

§ After we receive and process your payment, we will forward your application to your university choices. We recommend that you pay for your application at the same time you submit it.

§ If you pay by credit or debit card, you will immediately receive an email receipt after we process your payment.

· Step 4: Confirmation

o Once you have completed your application, you will receive an OUAC Reference Number to use when you communicate with the OUAC or the universities.

o You will receive an email to acknowledge your application was successfully submitted.

1-2 business days after you apply, we recommend you visit the HUB to check the status of your application.

You can log back in to add or delete program choices, edit your application information and respond to offers of admission.


How to Respond to an Offer of Admission

o On the HUB, you will see an OFFERS button that shows all of the offers you have received.

o Click “View Offers” to go directly to the MY OFFERS section in your application.

o Your offers or alternates will be displayed. Select the eye icon to view and respond to the offer.

o Read the details of your offer.

o OFFER Response: Accept or decline the offer (if that option is available).

o At this point, if you have further edits to make to your application, select “I want to make more changes” to return to your application.

o On the My Offers page, you will see your response status listed as “Accepted”.

o When you are done making edits to your application, go to Review and Payment and follow the steps to submit your response to the university.

o After you respond to your offer, if you have no further changes, select “I’m ready to submit my response/changes”.

o You will see your response in the Review Summary. Review your response and any other updates you made. Continue to the Declaration to confirm your application information is accurate.

o Scroll to the bottom and select “I Verify and Agree” to submit your response to the university.

o Once you submit your response (and pay any necessary fees), you will receive a confirmation number and a summary of changes via email.

o If you do not receive this email, your response was not submitted – please try again.

o We recommend that you log back in to your account the next day to ensure that your responses were saved in your application.


Application Inquiries

For questions about your application, contact the OUAC applicant support team. Guidance staff cannot call on your behalf as all information is confidential. NOTE: Have your username or OUAC Reference Number handy.

Telephone: 519-823-1063 Email: Undergraduate 101 Application: Live Chat and SMS Text Support: Available in your application.






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The following dates apply to programs starting in the fall of 2023. The application process at follows an annual cycle, based on the academic year (August to July). For programs beginning at other times of the year, please contact the individual colleges for more information about application processing dates.


Early October 2023: Online Application Opens

In early October, access to the online college application becomes available for programs beginning in the following academic year (August to July). You may create an account and begin your application.

November 1, 2023: Earliest Offer Date

This is the earliest date that colleges may begin to send offers of admission to programs for the upcoming academic year. Offers will continue to be issued until programs are filled or wait-lists are established.

February 1, 2024: Equal Consideration Date

Apply on or before this date in order to receive equal consideration for admission to programs starting the following fall. After this date, colleges consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until programs are full.

Note that applications to Highly Competitive Programs must be received by this date in order to be considered.

Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications well before the Equal Consideration Date, as website volumes on the online application are at their highest at this time.

Many programs continue to accept applicants after February 1. Use our Find a Program tool at any time to find programs that are still open.

May 1, 2024: Deadline to Confirm Offers of Admission

Applicants must confirm their acceptance of an offer of admission by this date. Log in to your account to confirm your offer.

Colleges may extend offers of admission after this date. Each college will set the deadline to confirm offers made after May 1, and this deadline will be communicated to you with your offer.

June 2024: Tuition Deposit Due at the Colleges

The colleges require payment of a tuition deposit in June to secure your spot in your program. Each college sets its own tuition deposit amount and payment deadline. This information will be communicated to you by the college.