Full Process Tutorial – How to Create Your OUAC Account and Complete Your 101 Application (Transcript – Text Only)

Last updated: April 14, 2021

Welcome to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre website: www.ouac.on.ca. This video will show you how to create your OUAC Account, log in for the first time, and complete and pay for your 101 application.

Note: To complete this process, you will need your application access codes.

To log in to your 101 application, select “UNDERGRAD (101)” for current Ontario high school students.

Review the 101 criteria to make sure you are using the right application. If you have any questions, contact your guidance counsellor. Review the Application Guide and the side menus. Both contain helpful resources and instructions to guide you through the application process.

Note: You can browse programs anonymously before you begin the application process.

If you have your access codes and meet the 101 criteria, click “Go to Application”. If this is your first time applying to an Ontario university, you will need to create your OUAC Account.

To create your OUAC Account, fill in your personal information – name, date of birth and email address. Make sure you enter a valid email address. Email is the primary method of communication for the universities and the OUAC. Note: Check your inbox regularly so you do not miss important updates from the OUAC and your university choices.

Once you have created your OUAC Account, we will send you an email to verify your email address. You will not be able to submit your application until you verify your email address, so check your inbox when you are done creating your Account. Note: If you do not receive an email, go to “Contact Information” in your application and click “Re-send Verification Email”.

Next, create a username that is personal and easy for you to remember.

Create a password that is between 7 and 30 characters. Your password must include:

  • an upper-case character
  • a number
  • a symbol.

You can log in to all OUAC applications with this username and password.

Review the Terms and Conditions. Then, click “Create My OUAC Account”.

Read the Welcome page carefully as it contains helpful tips to get you started. It also has information from the OUAC’s Privacy Statement you need to read before you submit your application. After you have reviewed this page, click “Continue”.

Before you can continue with your application, you will need your access codes to confirm your identity. You can find your access codes in the Application Access Code Letter. If you do not have this letter, contact your guidance counsellor.

Remember, the PIN is case-sensitive, so make sure you type it exactly as it appears in your letter. Click “Save” to continue to your application.

You are now logged in to your 101 application. You can update your username or password at any time by going to “My OUAC Account” in the side menu. You can use the chat feature if you need help while completing your application.

Now that your OUAC Account is set up, you can go through and complete your application.

Go through each page in the Application Links menu and complete all the required information.
We will go through each of these sections.

Personal Information

Your high school may have provided some of your personal information. Go through and add any missing information. Save and review the information you entered. When you are ready, go to the next section.

Contact Information

In Contact Information, add your home and mailing address and at least 1 phone number.
Your school may have already provided this information. Review the information and make any necessary corrections.

Ensure your email address is up to date. You will receive your OUAC acknowledgement email, university offers of admission and other important information via email. Note: If your email address is not verified, you can re-send your email verification. You will not be able to submit your application until your email is verified.

Academic Background

In Academic Background, provide information about all institutions where you have registered in 1 or more secondary or postsecondary courses. These institutions include, but are not limited to:

  • Day schools
  • Night schools
  • Summer schools
  • Virtual schools
  • Private schools

Save and review the information you entered.

Program Choices

Program Choices is where you add programs to your application.

You can browse for programs by university, geographic area or program code. Choose a university to view the available programs.

Read the top of each page for university requirements, website links and important admission information. Then, review the list of programs available at this university and make your choice. The Program Details page may include prerequisites, important deadlines and additional admission requirements such as supplementary forms, profile questionnaires and more. Read this section very carefully.

Next, complete the program details.

“Expected Date of Enrollment” is when you wish to start classes.

Select a “Subject of Major Interest” if one is available for the program you are applying to.

Depending on the program, you may have additional program detail fields to complete. (For example, “Co-op”.)

Save your program choice.

You return to the Program Choices page. From here, you can add a new program, delete a program or edit the program details.

On this page, you must also rank your choices in order of preference. Note: How you order your program choices does not affect your scholarship or admission consideration at the universities, unless a university specifically states that it does. The universities will state their policies clearly in their own literature.

Reminder: You can apply to as many universities as you wish. However, you are limited to a maximum of 3 programs at any 1 university. Some universities may further limit the number of programs that you can apply to. Contact the universities directly for more information.

Additional University Details

Fill in the Additional University Details only if you have applied to 1 of the universities before. Otherwise, you can skip this section.

Document Upload

In Document Upload, you can upload documentation that supports your application, as required by your university choices.

Other Academic Information

In Other Academic Information, fill in the appropriate information. If some sections do not apply to you, you can leave them blank.

Current High School Information and Grades

Your high school may have provided some of your academic information. Verify your grades information for accuracy. Note: You cannot change this data yourself, but if you see anything that is incorrect, inform your guidance counsellor – they will update the information for you. Even if the information is incorrect or missing entirely, continue to complete your application.

Review and Submit

At this point, you have completed all the necessary information to submit your application. Note: You can go back to any of these steps, at any point, before submitting your application. If you are completing your application at school, but want your parents to see it before you submit, log out and log back in at home – your information will be saved.

Review any errors or warnings at the top of this page. If you need to edit any information, use the Application Links menu to return to any section of your application to make changes. You will see all your application information, including the total amount you will have to pay. Check this information carefully and make sure that it is correct.

Review the Applicant’s Declaration. When you are ready, select “I Verify and Agree” to go to the payment page.

The OUAC accepts a variety of payment methods, including credit card, online banking and international payment options. All payments must be made in Canadian funds.

Note: Once you select a payment option and click “Continue”, you will not be able to log back in and make changes to your application until the OUAC receives your payment. After we receive and process your payment, we will forward your application to your university choices. We recommend that you pay for your application at the same time you submit it.

Select a payment option and click “Continue” to complete your application. If you pay by credit card, you will immediately receive an email receipt after we process your payment.

Once you have completed your application, you will receive an OUAC Reference Number to use when communicating with the OUAC or the universities and an email to acknowledge your application was successfully submitted. Keep these for your records.

We recommend you log back in 1-3 business days after you submit your application to review your submission. Once logged in, you can add/delete program choices, edit your application information (except your grades) and respond to offers of admission.

Note: If you did not pay by credit card, you will not be able to log back in to your application until we have processed your payment.

Now you have successfully created your OUAC Account and applied to an Ontario university. Thank you for watching!

Watch the next OUAC How-to Video to learn how to review and make edits to your completed 101 application.