FAQ: Applying to Ontario Universities

I know a lot of Grade 12's get anxious over University applications. Not to worry, I also had many of the same anxious questions: How to apply? When is the deadline? How do I fill out supplementary forms? How much do extracurriculars actually matter? Frankly, I think schools are not informing students enough about the answers to these questions. Thus, I've put together a list of common questions Grade 12's have about University applications. Hope you guys learn something new and good luck!

Q: When and how do I apply to Universities?

Generally, you will get an applicant account code through your high school's guidance department sometime in early to mid-November. From that point onward, you can start applying through the OUAC (Ontario Universities' Application Centre).
Most students tend to apply around the Christmas break, as you have use that break from studying to think about which programs you apply to. The deadline to apply for equal consideration is around mid-January, so keep that in mind!

Applying through the OUAC is really easy! All you need to do is search for the University and program you want to apply to. Make sure it is the correct program and OUAC will do the rest

Q: How much does it cost to apply?

OUAC has a basic application fee of $150, which gives you 3 applications to 3 separate programs (each program, even within the same University, counts as an application). You can pay $50 extra for each application beyond the 3 applications that you make.

Q: How many Programs can I apply to?

As many as you want! The minimum is 3, and I have heard of people applying to 20 programs! However, the applying to 6 programs is generally the most common choice.

Q: How should I pick my programs?

Pick programs that you like doing! Don't pick anything that you don't necessarily want to do in your life. Make sure you pick from a variety of Universities. You want to have a few "top choices", which generally require high averages, then a few programs that you feel confident in getting accepted into. Always leave one or two picks for backup choices, in case your average does not meet the first two choice requirements!

Q: When do Universities generally give our offers?

Q: I have heard Grade 11 marks count? Is this true? Which Grade matters more?

While it is true that Universities look at grade 11 marks, they only use these marks when considering you for early acceptance (December-January). Acceptances in March generally use a mix of grade 11 and grade 12 marks, whilst acceptances in May use only grade 12 marks. Thus, Grade 12 is the most important grade!

Q: How do Universities calculate my average?

Universities will generally take your top 6 U and M level courses, using either Grade 11 or Grade 12 marks depending on the time the offer is made. Most programs have a certain set of courses that are always included in the average. For example, an engineering program generally requires English, Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, and Advanced Functions to always be included in the average. Remember that English is virtually required in every program and will always count towards your 6 grades, even though it may not be in your top 6. This may sound confusing, so I've put down an example

Example 1: You are applying to an engineering program that requires English, Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, and Advanced Functions. Currently, your marks are:

English: 76, Calculus: 93, Physics: 88, Chemistry: 90, Law: 95, Advanced Functions: 85, World Issues: 98

Your average will be calculated using your English, Calculus, Physics, Chemistry, Advanced Functions, and World Issues marks. Even though law is a 95, it is not a required course and there is only one space left in the 6 courses to fill up.not been completed yet.