Post Secondary Planning

UNIVERSITY APPLICATIONS 2021-2022

ONTARIO UNIVERSITY APPLICATIONS

 

University OUAC 101: 2021/22

A. Begin your research https://www.ontariouniversitiesinfo.ca/

  • Browse programs & Universities

  • View Program pre-requisites & admission requirements

  • Register for upcoming campus tours

  • Research resident and meal plans

  • Explore scholarships, finances & budget

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

https://www.ontariouniversitiesinfo.ca/universities/events

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. https://www.ouac.on.ca/ouac-101/

C. UNIVERSITY APPLICATION – Important Dates

OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 2021

Attend the Virtual Ontario Universities' Fairs. These events are free and anyone may attend – no pre-registration required. Learn about the universities and ask questions

JANUARY 13TH, 2022

 

Deadline for Ontario high school students to submit their completed applications to the OUAC.  The initial application includes all final grades from completed Grade 11, 12 courses, and a list of all current-year courses in progress.

Note: The OUAC still processes applications received after this date and distributes them to the universities; however, specific university deadlines will apply.

FEBRARY 17, 2022

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 5, 2022

Target date for Ontario universities to receive all midterm/final grades available for 4U/M courses and interim grades for full-year courses from the OUAC. Grades the OUAC receives earlier than the deadline will be sent to Ontario universities when received.

MAY 27, 2022

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 1, 2022

 

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 1, 2022, but Ontario universities will not compel a student in any way to make a decision earlier than this date.

D. APPLY NOW!

Welcome to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre website: https://www.ouac.on.ca/ .  Note: To complete this process, please see the MPSS Guidance Staff for your application access codes. Please watch the ‘How to Video’s for added assistance 101 - How-to Videos - Ontario Universities' Application Centre .

 

Step #1: How to Create Your OUAC 101 Account

 

1. Select “UNDERGRAD (101)” for current Ontario high school students.

2. Click “Go to Application”. If this is your first time applying to an Ontario university, you will need to create your OUAC Account.

3. To create your OUAC Account, fill in your personal information – name, date of birth and email address. Make sure you enter a valid email address. Email is the primary method of communication for the universities and the OUAC.

Note: Check your inbox regularly so you do not miss important updates from the OUAC and your university choices.

4. Once you have created your OUAC Account, OUAC will send you an email to verify your email address. You will not be able to submit your application until you verify your email address, so check your inbox when you are done creating your Account. Note: If you do not receive an email, go to “Contact Information” in your application and click “Re-send Verification Email”.

5. Next, create a username that is personal and easy for you to remember.

6. Create a password that is between 7 and 30 characters. Your password must include; an upper-case character, a number, a symbol. You can log in to all OUAC applications with this username and password.

7. Next, Review the Terms and Conditions. Then, click “Create My OUAC Account”.

8. Read the ‘Welcome Page’ carefully as it contains helpful tips to get you started. It also has information from the OUAC’s Privacy Statement you need to read before you submit your application. After you have reviewed this page, click “Continue”.

9. Before you can continue with your application, you will need your access codes to confirm your identity. You can find your access codes in the Application Access Code Letter. If you do not have this letter, contact your guidance counsellor.

10. Remember, the PIN is case-sensitive, so make sure you type it exactly as it appears in your letter. Click “Save” to continue to your application.

11. You can update your username or password at any time by going to “My OUAC Account” in the side menu. You can use the chat feature if you need help while completing your application.

12. Complete your application using the Application Links menu and complete all the required information.

 

PERSONAL INFORMATION

MPSS has uploaded some of your personal information. Go through and add any missing information. Save and review the information you entered. When you are ready, go to the next section.

CONTACT INFORMATION

In Contact Information, add your home and mailing address and at least 1 phone number. MPSS has uploaded this information. Review the information and make any necessary corrections. Please use your non-GEDSB email address & ensure your email address is active. You will receive your OUAC acknowledgement email, university offers of admission and other important information via email. Note: You will not be able to submit your application until your email is verified.

ACADEMIC BACKGROUND

 

In Academic Background, provide information about all institutions where you have registered in 1 or more secondary or postsecondary courses. These institutions include, but are not limited to: Day schools, Night schools, Summer schools, Virtual schools, Private schools

Next, Save and Review the information you entered.

 

Step #2: How to Browse and Add Programs to Your Application 

CHOOSING YOUR PROGRAMS

 

  • You can browse for programs by university, geographic area or program code. Choose a university to view the available programs.
  • Read the top of each page for university requirements, website links and important admission information. Then,
  • Review the list of programs available at this university and make your choice. The Program Details page may include prerequisites, important deadlines and additional admission requirements such as supplementary forms, profile questionnaires and more. Read this section very carefully.

Next, complete the program details.

Step #3: How to Complete Your Application 

 

  • Expected Date of Enrollment” is when you wish to start classes.
  • Select a “Subject of Major Interest” if one is available for the program you are applying to.
  • Depending on the program, you may have additional program detail fields to complete. (For example, “Co-op”.)

Next, Save your program choice.

  • Return to the Program Choices page. From here, you can add a new program, delete a program or edit the program details.
  • 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.

ADDITIONAL UNIVERSITY DETAILS

Fill in the Additional University Details only if you have applied to 1 of the universities before. Otherwise, you can skip this section.

DOCUMENT UPLOAD

Upload documentation if required by your university choices.

OTHER ACADEMIC INFORMATION

In Other Academic Information, fill in the appropriate information. If some sections do not apply to you, you can leave them blank.

CURRENT HIGH SCHOOL GRADES

MPSS has uploaded academic information. Verify your grades information for accuracy. Note: You cannot change this data yourself, but if you see anything that is incorrect, inform your guidance counsellor – they will update the information for you. Even if the information is incorrect or missing entirely, continue to complete your application

REVIEW & SUBMIT

  • At this point, you have completed all the necessary information to submit your application. Note: You can go back to any of these steps, at any point, before submitting your application. If you are completing your application at school, but want your parents to see it before you submit, log out and log back in at home – your information will be saved.
  • Review any errors or warnings at the top of this page. If you need to edit any information, use the Application Links menu to return to any section of your application to make changes. You will see all your application information, including the total amount you will have to pay. Check this information carefully and make sure that it is correct.
  • Review the Applicant’s Declaration. When you are ready, select “I Verify and Agree” to go to the payment page.
  • The application fee is $150 for 3 choices - it is an additional $50/choice. The OUAC accepts a variety of payment methods, including credit card, online banking and international payment options. All payments must be made in Canadian funds.

Note: Once you select a payment option and click “Continue”, you will not be able to log back in and make changes to your application until the OUAC receives your payment. After OUAC receives and processes 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.

  • Select a payment option and click “Continue” to complete your application. If you pay by credit card, you will immediately receive an email receipt after we process your payment.
  • Once you have completed your application, you will receive an OUAC Reference Number to use when communicating with the OUAC or the universities and an email to acknowledge your application was successfully submitted. Keep these for your records.
  • We recommend you log back in 1-3 business days after you submit your application to review your submission. Once logged in, you can add/delete program choices, edit your application information (except your grades) and respond to offers of admission.

Note: If you did not pay by credit card, you will not be able to log back in to your application until we have processed your payment.

Step #4: How to Edit Your Completed Application

 

After you submit and pay for your application, you can log back in to review your information and make any edits. (Usually you can do this the next business day after you completed your application.)Log in to your application.  At this point in the application process, you can:

  • Review the application information you provided to the OUAC.
  • Edit your personal or address information.
  • Edit your university or program choices (including adding or withdrawing choices).
  • Respond to university offers of admission.
  • Pay your application fee (if necessary).

To review or edit your application information, click any of the application links to go to the applicable section.

NOTE: IF you make edits, remember to click “Save” at the bottom of each section to save your changes to your account. Note: If you exit your application at this point without completing the “Submit” process, your changes will not be sent to the universities. Go to “Review and Submit” to verify and submit your changes.

At this stage in the application process, you can also make changes to your university or program choices under “Choices/Offers”. Here you can add a new program, withdraw a program or edit the details of programs that you have applied to.

Note: For an existing program choice, you may edit only the details that you initially specified. You cannot edit the details for a program with an offer or an accepted offer.

To change a program or university choice, you must first withdraw your existing choice and then add the new program.

Note: If you add more program choices, you may have to pay additional fees. Any additional choices over and above your initial 3 programs are $50 for each choice, unless you withdraw and add a choice at the same university. There are no refunds for withdrawn choices.

Keep in mind that some universities may not accept changes past a certain date. Check the university’s own information for any program-specific deadlines.

When you are done making edits, go to “Review and Submit” to verify your changes and send them to your university choices. Your edits will appear in the Amendment Summary. Scroll down and select “I Verify and Agree” to submit your edits.

If you make any changes to your application that required payment, you must pay by credit card. Now you have successfully made edits to your completed application and sent them to your university choices. Thank you for watching!

Step #5: How to Respond to an Ontario University Offer

 

  • To view your offers, log back in to your 101 application and select “Choices/Offers” from the Application Links menu.
  • You will see your offers or alternate offers in the Offers of Admission column. Select an offer to respond to it. Read the details of your offer. Accept or decline the offer, if that option is available.
  • 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.
  • You will see your response status listed as “Unsubmitted Acceptance”. When you are done making edits to your application, go to the Review and Submit page to submit your offer to the university.
  • After you respond to your offer, if you have no further changes, select “I’m ready to submit my response/changes”.
  • You will see your response in the Amendment Summary. Scroll to the bottom and select “I Verify and Agree” to submit your response to the university.
  • Once you submit your response and pay any necessary fees (if you added new program choices), we will send you an Amendment Summary email with a confirmation number. If you do not receive this email, your response was not submitted – please try again.

Note: You will be locked out of your account for 1-3 business days. We recommend that you log back in to your account after that time to ensure that your responses have been saved in your application.

Need Assistance? If you encounter problems or have questions about the application process - please book an appointment with guidance staff; CLICK HERE TO BOOK

COLLEGE APPLICATIONS 2021-2022

ONTARIO COLLEGE APPLICATIONS

College OCAS 101: 2021/22

A. Begin your research https://www.ontariocolleges.ca/en/

The first step in applying to college is to research the programs and colleges available to you. If you have not already decided what programs you are applying to, you can:

  • See our Campus Map to find a campus near you
  • Browse our Find a Program tool to see all college programs offered in Ontario
  • Visit college websites for more details about their programs and admission requirements
  • Attend a college recruitment event to meet college representatives

IMPORTANT DATES & DEADLINES: 

Early October 2021: 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 https://www.ontariocolleges.ca/en/apply . Apply to college as soon as the online application becomes available in October. Complete and pay for your application on or before February 1st, in order to receive equal consideration for admission to programs beginning the following September.

February 1, 2022: Equal Consideration Date

Apply on or before this date 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: Applications to Highly Competitive Programs   must be received by this date in order to be considered. As these programs receive a high volume of applicants, all seats may be filled by February 1ST, 2022.  https://www.ontariocolleges.ca/en/apply/highly-competitive-programs .

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.  https://www.ontariocolleges.ca/en/programs .

February 1, 2022: 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.

May 1, 2022: Deadline to Confirm Offers of Admission

Applicants must confirm their acceptance of an offer of admission by this date. Log in to your ontariocolleges.ca account to confirm your offer. https://www.ontariocolleges.ca/en/apply/offers-of-admission

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.

LET’S APPLY!!!

Go to: http://www.ontariocolleges.ca

COLLEGE APPLICATIONS MUST BE COMPLETED BY FEBRUARY 1, 2022 (Recommended MPSS Due Date is DECEMBER 17th, 2021)

A. BEFORE YOU BEGIN:

1. Make sure you have RESEARCHED the programs and schools you are interested in which includes checking admission requirements.

2. Attend the virtual COLLEGE OPEN HOUSES, look through the COLLEGE GUIDES in Student Services and search the INTERNET.  Access MPSS Brightspace for virtual tours, College Mondays and instructions. 

3. You will also be able to use the Ontario college home page at http://www.ontariocolleges.ca to locate information.

4. Get your OEN # from Student Services

 

If you applied last year, OCAS has kept your username and password so you do not have to set up a new account. It will prompt you with some hints if you have forgotten. If you still cannot remember, then you will have to call OCAS @ #888-892-2228

If you have never applied through ontariocolleges.ca before, click the "Create an Account" button to get started. Your ontariocolleges.ca account allows you to:

  • Apply to any to any of Ontario’s public colleges
  • Review and update your college application
  • Request Ontario high school transcripts (from participating schools). 
  • Request Ontario college / university transcripts
  • View and accept offers of admission

B. GETTING STARTED:

  • Go to www.ontariocolleges.ca
  •  Click on APPLY NOW
  • Fill in all required fields (ie. Name/DOB)
  • Create your USERNAME 
  • Create your PASSWORD: 
  • Choose 3 QUESTIONS: 
  • Record ANSWERS
  • Complete VERIFICATION to continue with the applications process
  • Click the "l AGREE TO THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS" bar at the bottom to continue. Your ACCOUNT # has been sent to your personal e-mail.
  • Click the link in your email to activate your on-line account
  • Click on "SIGN IN" and you will be redirected back to http://www.ontariocolleges.ca to continue the application process
  • LOG IN now using your new USERNAME and PASSWORD, save this information.
  • Carefully read and ACCEPT the privacy statement to continue with the application process.

C. MY HOME: APPLICANT DASHBOARD

  • MY PROFILE section.
  • PERSONAL INFORMATION refers to your name and DOB
  • CONTACT INFORMATION - refers to your address and e-mail
  • AUTHORIZED USERS refers to person you can sign for your mail
  • CITIZENSHIP AND RESIDENCE INFORMATION - refers to your status
  • EDUCATION - refers to your academic history at MPSS, OEN # will be provided Please note: Your school information is required so that MPSS can send your transcripts electronically to the colleges you have selected
  • FINANCIAL SUPPORT refers to sponsorship (ie. Native funding)
  • EXPERIENCE - refers to employment and volunteer opportunities you have completed

D. 'MY APPLICATION' section

  • Start date? Click on the first one with a start date of August 2022 and January 2023
  • The next screen to come up will have your application # 
  • ADD A PROGRAM
  • Click on a COLLEGE you are interested in and type in the PROGRAM TITLE ie: paramedic, business administration
  • Scroll down and SELECT (left side) the program you are interested in. Pay attention to start date!
  • Click on SAVE button to add more programs
  • Click on SAVE AND CONTINUE to proceed to next step
  • IMPORTANT: Make sure the email you provide is one you check regularly because OCAS and colleges will correspond with you via e-mail during the application process.   Check your JUNK/SPAM folders on a regular basis as some information from the colleges MAY be sent there.

E. PAYMENT

Your application will not be forwarded to your college choices until the $95 application processing fee has been received. Other fees may apply in addition to the $95.00 application processing fee, Note: You may not defer an offer of admission.

Changing Your Confirmation of Acceptance:

 You may receive more than one offer of admission, depending on the number of colleges and/or programs to which you have applied. You may accept only one offer at a time. However, if you change your mind or receive another offer that you prefer, you may change your acceptance as long as the offer has not expired. Your current acceptance will automatically cancel your previous acceptance. Note: You may only confirm an offer once per day. If you have already confirmed an offer and change your mind later that day, you must wait until the next business day to confirm the new offer.

Confirmation Deadlines

You must confirm your acceptance to college by May 1, 2022 unless the offer was made to you after this date. Each college determines its own confirmation deadline on offers made after May 1st, 2022.