University Research Checklist

Before you apply to university, it is important to research your options thoroughly and keep track of application deadlines.

Note: If you are not an Ontario high school student enrolled in day courses, follow the application process for international or Canadian applicants not currently attending an Ontario high school: 105 application.

Publications and Resources to Help You Research Your Options

  • OUInfo - for university and program options.
  • University websites - for admission handbooks, guidebooks, viewbooks and calendars, which provide details about courses and programs.
  • The Ontario Universities' Fair (OUF) - This event is fair style, and it allows you allows you to gather information and chat with representatives one on one. Note: There are no university presentations at OUF 2022. If you are looking for a similar experience, we encourage you to attend the virtual Information Sessions.
  • Ontario Universities' Regional Fairs - The Regional Fairs travel across the province, offering fair-style events that allow you to gather information about Ontario's universities. Learn about programs, campus life and anything else that may help you decide which Ontario university to choose from. Locations, dates and times TBD.
  • Ontario Universities' Information Sessions - Join us for any (or all!) of our virtual Information Sessions. Each event is divided into 6 timeslots, where you can learn about the universities of their choice and ask questions.
  • Virtual tours and events.
  • Click Get Information From Universities to request information directly from Ontario universities to find out more about them.
  • The 101 application - to browse anonymously for additional program information, even before you are ready to apply.
  • Your family, teachers and guidance counsellors - for information and insights that may help you make an informed decision.

Research Funding Options

While you research universities and programs, you may also wish to research your funding options. OUInfo lists the universities' scholarships. The Ontario and Canadian governments also 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 may need the OUAC program codes when you apply.

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 
  • Temporary Personal Identification Number (PIN)

You need all these numbers to log in to the application.

Apply by January 12, 2023

Apply early to avoid delays!

Don't worry, you can still make changes to your university and program information after you submit your initial application.

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, 2023

This is the earliest date you may be required to respond to an offer of admission. You may also have to give a financial commitment (e.g., registration or residence deposit).

Need Assistance?

If you encounter problems or have questions about the application process: