Updated: Applying to Ontario Universities Through OUAC

By Logan Bright Modified on March 16, 2020

A guide to getting your OUAC application in on time.

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COVID-19 Update:

As of March 16, OUAC may experience a delay in receiving and reviewing your grades. OUAC is working directly with universities to offer flexibility where possible. Be sure to check out the website of any universities you're interested in for the latest updates.

Some Ontario universities have extended the application deadline for The Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS). Please see the university's website for the latest news.

It's that time of year: application season! To apply for an undergraduate program in Ontario, you'll need to use the Ontario Universities' Application Centre, or OUAC. There are two basic streams:

There are a few exceptions. If you're applying for law school, rehab sciences, teacher education or a medical program, there are distinct applications processes, but that's another story. Most people will go through either the 101 or 105 streams.

The first step, regardless of your stream, is research, research, research! Check out SchoolFinder.com to find info on schools, programs, and potential career paths.

101: Current Ontario high school students

If you expect to receive your Ontario Secondary School Diploma this year, you've taken at least six 4U/M courses, and you're under 21, you're eligible to apply through the 101 portal. Once you've done your research, check out the OUAC program directory to find your program's code, as in the screenshot below. This is a two or three letter code, unique to each school and program, that you'll need to apply. While you're there, double check the admission requirements, including any program prerequisites. Make sure you'll have completed them by the time you graduate from high school.

A screenshot from OUAC's online application portal showing program codes.

Beyond that, applying should be a breeze. Just follow the prompts, and apply by January 15th, especially for competitive programs. You can expect to hear back from your choices by the end of May.

105: International students or Canadians already out of high school

If you're no longer in high school, or you're in Canada on a study permit, you should apply through OUAC's 105 portal. When you do your research on schools, programs, and careers, make sure you check out the available programs on OUAC. Each available program has a two or three letter code; note down the ones that interest you. Click through to find program details, and pay close attention to prerequisites and eligibility. Not every program a school offers is accessible to international students, so be thorough.

A screenshot from OUAC's online application portal showing program prerequisites.

When you're ready to apply, you'll need an OUAC account if you don't have one. Set up your account and start your application. You'll need to pay the base application fee of $156, which gets you three program choices; additional ones are another $50 each. If you're in Canada on a study permit, there's another $10 fee, and certain programs have supplemental fees as well. Review all of your details before you submit, and check your program codes carefully. When you submit, you'll get an OUAC Reference Number: write it down somewhere safe. You'll need it to get in touch with OUAC or the schools you're applying to.

And that's it! You've applied. Congratulations! You're not done just yet, though. Log back into your application to check your details and make any last-minute changes. Keep an eye on your email, and your spam filter, as universities will reach out when they've received your application, and to discuss any next steps. While you play the waiting game, consider visiting some of your choices, in person or online. Campus tours are a good way to get a sense of what university life will be like.

Note that there's no hard deadline for 105 applicants: each school will have its own deadline. Be scrupulous with your research, and apply early! Give OUAC plenty of time to get your application to schools.

We wish you all the best with your degree. Check out SchoolFinder throughout your degree for helpful articles, tips and advice on making the most of your program and career.

Enjoy your studies!

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