Extenuating Circumstances

If a student’s grades have been adversely affected by health or personal problems, some universities may take these extenuating circumstances into consideration. Below are links to each university’s admission policies regarding extenuating circumstances.

  • Algoma University
    Algoma University reviews all applicants on an individual basis. Students with special/extenuating circumstances are encouraged to contact the Office of the Registrar to speak with our Admissions Officer. Please contact Shelley Mitchell at 705-949-2301 ext. 4220 or email admissions@algomau.ca.
  • Brock University
    Brock University will evaluate each applicant on an individual basis. Students may request individual review by sending a letter, written by them, directly to Brock University. Any letters and/or supporting documentation should clearly articulate how the special circumstances have impacted the student’s academic performance. Letters should be addressed to:Brock University
    Office of the Registrar, Admissions
    1812 Sir Issac Brock Way
    St. Catharines, ON L2S 3A1
  • Carleton University
  • University of Guelph
    This link provides access to all supplementary forms including information about special or extenuating circumstances.
  • University of Guelph-Humber
    Students applying to the University of Guelph-Humber with special/extenuating circumstances are strongly encouraged to submit a Student Profile, which can be completed online. Should you have additional questions or require more information, please contact Student Recruitment & Admission Services at 416-798-1331, ext. 6056, or info@guelphhumber.ca.
  • Lakehead University
    Lakehead University will evaluate each applicant on an individual basis. Please submit a completed Admissions Profile form to Enrolment Services – Undergraduate Admissions. Refer to the “Mature Student Profile Form/ Admissions Profile Form” link. Should you have additional questions or require more information, contact Enrolment Services – Undergraduate Admissions at 807-343-8500.
  • Laurentian University
    Students with special/extenuating circumstances are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-263-4188 or admissions@laurentian.ca for more information.
  • Université Laurentienne – Université de Hearst
    Si, pour des circonstances exceptionnelles, une personne est inadmissible à un programme, l’Université de Hearst l’encourage à soumettre une demande en y expliquant sa situation et ses raisons. Celle-ci peut être acheminée à sylvie_roy@uhearst.ca.
  • McMaster University
    Applicants with extenuating circumstances should contact the Student Recruitment Office at 905-525-9140 ext.23650, as each situation is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • Nipissing University
    Students are encourage to fill out Nipissing’s Extenuating Circumstances form. Click “Extenuating Circumstances Form for Applicants to Undergraduate Programs” (under “Supplemental Forms”) to access the PDF application form.
  • OCAD University
    OCAD University reviews all applicants on an individual basis. All applicants with special/extenuating circumstances are encouraged to contact the Admissions & Recruitment Office by email at admissions@ocadu.ca.
  • University of Ottawa
    If you are going through extenuating circumstances that could affect your application for admission, please email admissions@uOttawa.ca and we will determine if your situation can be taken into consideration when evaluating your file.
  • University of Ottawa – St. Paul University
    If you are going through extenuating circumstances that could affect your application for admission, please email admission@ustpaul.ca and we will determine if your situation can be taken into consideration when evaluating your file.
  • Queen’s University
    If there are any factors that clearly demonstrate significant extenuating circumstances, beyond your control, which have affected your academic performance over the past two years, please submit a separate letter along with supporting documentation to:Undergraduate Recruitment and Admission
    Gordon Hall
    74 Union Street
    Queen’s University
    Kingston, Ontario  K7L 3N6
    Canada
  • Ryerson University
    Ryerson is committed to reviewing each situation deemed reasonable on a case-by-case basis, in keeping with the principles of fairness and equity for all applicants. Students with special or extenuating circumstances can complete Ryerson’s Special Consideration Form if they have not received an admission decision.
  • University of Toronto – St. George
  • University of Toronto Mississauga
  • University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Trent University
    Click “Extenuating Circumstances – supplemental application” to access the PDF application form.
  • University of Ontario Institute of Technology
    If your grades were affected by exceptional circumstances that you can document, you are encouraged to contact the Registrar’s office with the appropriate information at futurestudent@uoit.ca or 905-721-3190.
  • University of Waterloo
  • Western University
  • Western University – Brescia University College
    Brescia University College will evaluate each applicant on an individual basis. Please submit an Application Profile. Should you have additional questions or require more information, contact the Admissions Office at 519-858-5151.
  • Western University – Huron University College
    Click “High School Special Consideration Form” to access the PDF application form.
  • Western University – King’s University College
    Access the online Applicant Profile.
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • University of Windsor
    Students with special/extenuating circumstances are encouraged to contact the Office of the Registrar to speak with an Admissions and Records Officer (admissions@uwindsor.ca) for more information. Each situation will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
  • York University
    If there are any factors that clearly demonstrate significant extenuating circumstances that have affected your academic performance, please submit a letter, along with supporting documentation, to the Office of Admissions.