University Research Checklist

When you are preparing to apply to university, you should research your options thoroughly and keep track of any application deadlines.

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

Publications and Resources You Can Use to 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’ Fair (OUF) in Toronto each September – the only event where you can see all 21 Ontario universities in 1 place. Talk with students and professors, and get answers to your questions about programs, admission requirements, student life and more.
  • Your local Ontario Universities' Regional Fairs this fall – Regional Fairs take place at a host school in your region, and representatives from all of Ontario’s universities are available to answer your questions.
  • Campus tours or special events that are scheduled by the universities that interest you.
  • 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. The universities' scholarships are listed on OUInfo, and the Ontario and Canadian governments 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 online.

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 online application.

Apply by January 15, 2020

After you submit your initial application, you can still make changes to your university and program information. Apply early to avoid delays!

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, 2020

The earliest date you may be required to respond to an offer of admission. You may also have to give a financial commitment (registration or residence deposit, etc.).

Need Assistance?

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