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, admission handbooks, guidebooks, viewbooks and calendars for details about courses and programs.
- The Ontario Universities' Fairs (OUFs) are held in the fall. All Ontario universities will participate in these events. The events are free and anyone may attend – no pre-registration required. These events allow you to talk with university representatives, and get answers about programs, admission requirements, student life and more.
- Virtual tours and events that are scheduled by the universities that interest you.
- Click Get Information From Universities to request information directly from Ontario universities to find out more about the ones you are interested in.
- The 101 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. 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 and temporary Personal Identification Number (PIN), all of which are required to log in to the application.
Apply by January 12, 2022
Apply early to avoid delays! After you submit your initial application, you can still make changes to your university and program information.
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, 2022
This is 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).
If you encounter problems or have questions about the application process: