101 – Ontario Tech University

Last updated: September 22, 2022

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About Ontario Tech University


Modern and forward-thinking, we advance the discovery and application of knowledge to accelerate economic growth, regional development and social innovation. We inspire and equip our students and graduates to make a positive impact in a tech-focused world.

We believe it is not only about developing the next tech breakthrough. Understanding and integrating the social and ethical implications of tech are our key differentiators.

Our innovative and unique undergraduate and graduate programs are designed to meet your interests and career aspirations, along with the market-driven requirements of employers. Upon graduation, you will have the critical thinking, innovative research and technological skills demanded by the world’s leading employers.

Professors and students undertake research in a wide range of areas that include:

  • automotive design and engineering,
  • business and information tech,
  • computer science,
  • alternative and sustainable energy,
  • nuclear engineering,
  • law enforcement,
  • manufacturing and
  • community and public health.

Our unique, tech-enriched teaching and learning environment challenges you to push the boundaries of innovation and discovery. We prepare you to excel in the global, knowledge-driven economy of the 21st century. At Ontario Tech, the possibilities are endless.

Special Characteristics

  • Designed by award-winning architects, our 2 beautiful, student-centred campus locations include brand new facilities and academic buildings, a residence village and welcoming outdoor spaces.
  • You have many opportunities to apply your knowledge in real-world settings. We have more than 300 industry and community partner organizations, including the Durham Region Police Service, Ontario Power Generation and SickKids.
  • There is a wide variety of experiential learning opportunities available, such as capstone projects, practicums, co-ops, internships and undergraduate research opportunities.

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Admission Requirements

Regardless of educational background, all applicants to undergraduate programs must have specific prerequisite subject knowledge for their intended program of study.

The specific grade average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. We select students by considering a wide range of criteria, including:

  • school grades,
  • distribution of subjects taken and
  • relevance to the academic program.

Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. We will give preference to applicants with the best qualifications.

You must have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a minimum of six 4U/M credits or equivalent, including credits and courses that satisfy the academic prerequisites of specific programs. You must also present a competitive admission average.

We will use the highest grade obtained in a course to calculate your admission average.

Faculties may also require additional assessment of the suitability of a student for admission. This may include, but is not limited to:

  • personal and professional characteristic assessment,
  • supplemental application documents and
  • admission interviews.

If your grades are affected by extenuating circumstances that you can document, we encourage you to contact the Office of the Registrar with the appropriate information.

Learn more about extenuating circumstances.

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English-language Requirements

You must provide proof of English-language proficiency.

English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

The EAP program, offered through our English Language Centre, provides a language pathway if you meet the academic requirements for admission but require additional English-language training. When you enter the EAP program, you will receive conditional admission to your degree program.

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We are committed to educating students who reflect the diversity of Canada. We believe that a campus that is equitable, diverse and inclusive drives innovation and excellence, enhances quality and integrity, and helps us to achieve our potential as a university community.

We understand there are systemic barriers and limitations that impact some students’ ability to achieve their full potential; we are invested in increasing access for students who:

  • are Indigenous,
  • are BIPOC,
  • are women,
  • are LGBTQ2S,
  • are immigrants,
  • are low income,
  • have disabilities and/or
  • have extenuating circumstances.

Equity Admissions

If you identify as BIPOC, a woman, LGBTQ2S, having a disability, being a member of a religious minority and/or low income (or other equity-deserving communities), we encourage you to apply to have an additional assessment conducted by our Equity Admissions Committee. The assessment will be done by a member of the faculty you are applying to, the Admissions office and a representative from the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.

The Committee will consider the following items when delivering a recommendation for admissibility:

  • Factors identified by an applicant that may have impacted their previous academic performance.
  • An applicant’s educational goals and an assessment of contributions they can make to the university community.

We acknowledge that equity is a concept that governs all people and a declaration of membership in a certain group will not be the sole determinant of admissibility. We will measure the information contained in the consideration form alongside other factors, including possession of program prerequisites and achievement of the university’s minimum GPA.

Learn more about equity admission consideration.

Indigenous Students

If you self-identify as Indigenous (Status or Non-status First Nation, Inuit and/or Métis) and do not meet our competitive GPA for admission, but still meet a minimum 70% admission average, you may apply to have a separate assessment conducted by our Indigenous Admissions Committee. Our Committee includes a member from the faculty of application, the Admissions office and the Indigenous Education and Cultural Services office.

Learn more about Indigenous admission consideration.

Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) offers valuable services to students with all types of disabilities, including students who are blind or have low vision, are deaf or hard of hearing and have a physical, mental health, medical or learning disability as defined in the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Learn more about applying for consideration with a disability.

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Financial Assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) provides financial assistance to supplement your financial contributions to your education. Apply for OSAP online.

When you complete an OSAP application, both the federal and provincial governments automatically assess you for loan assistance.

If you are a Canadian student applying from a province outside of Ontario, you should contact the financial assistance agencies in your home province.

There is also a substantial bursary program to aid students facing financial hardships. From emergency funds to long-term assistance, we work with you to find solutions through bursaries and/or on-campus employment opportunities suited to your individual circumstances.

Read more about financial assistance or call 905-721-3190.

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Scholarships and Awards

Awards of Recognition

We acknowledge the accomplishments of many students admitted to the University through the presentation of awards of recognition for outstanding academic achievement (85% or higher). We give these awards to students entering directly from a Canadian high school. An application is not required.

Women for STEM Scholarship Program

We automatically award 20 scholarships of $5,000 to women with high averages entering STEM programs. The program includes mentorship, special events and a $2,000 upper-year award for eligible students.

Application-based Scholarships

Major Entrance Scholarship

We offer scholarships that require completion of an application. We award the Founder’s, President’s and Chancellor’s scholarships based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership and community involvement. These scholarships are renewable and are valued from $24,000 to $36,000.

The Founder’s, President’s and Chancellor’s scholarships require 1 application to be considered for all 5 awards.

We offer the FIRST Robotics Canada (FRC) Scholarship valued at $12,000. We award this scholarship to a student participating on their high school’s FRC team, in their final year and entering a program within the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science or the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science at Ontario Tech.

Applications for these scholarships are due on Thursday, February 23, 2023.

In-course Scholarships

We recognize your academic achievements during your undergraduate program. If you achieve a minimum 3.7 GPA (on a 4.3 scale) during the previous year and are returning to full-time study, we automatically award you a scholarship.

Read more about scholarships and awards.

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Deferral Policy

If we offer you admission, you may apply to defer your application for 1 year, provided you accept your offer and meet all the conditions of your offer.

When you defer your application, we re-assess you for admissibility on a competitive basis in the relevant admission period. You must submit your deferral request online to the Office of the Registrar. You must make your deferral request before the end of the regular registration period for the specific application term. Competitive programs may have earlier deadlines.

View the deferral application.

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Residence Accommodations

If you are a first-year student, we guarantee you a place in residence, provided you accept your offer of admission and apply to residence by the June 1, 2023, deadline.

Our residence offers 4 styles of suites for accommodation. Every suite has a TV, internet, a work area and telephone. We also provide on-site laundry facilities, maintenance and light housekeeping services.

Learn more about our on-campus residence.

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Connect With Ontario Tech University

We are here to help – one on one or with your incoming class community. Customize your own experience and get information in a way that works for you through events, social media and more.

Find information about life at Ontario Tech via our Connect With Us Hub.

Follow Us on Social Media

Student takeovers, highlights of our faculty and spaces, events and all things Ridgebacks.

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Open Houses

Chat with faculty members, admissions officers, awards and financial aid, student life, current students, alumni and more.

Read more about open houses.


Everything you need to know about life at Ontario Tech. Learn about our programs and find support for:

  • applying to university,
  • your next steps after you have received an offer of admission,
  • what your first year of university will look like,
  • financing your education and
  • our community’s favourite spots on and off campus.

Read more about webinars.

Campus Tours

Check out our award-winning academic buildings, student services, residences, athletic facilities and many other areas on campus. Choose your own adventure or let a member of our team show you around.

Read more about campus tours.

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Contact Information

Office of the Registrar
Ontario Tech University
2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa ON  L1G 0C5

Telephone: 905-721-3190
Fax: 905-721-3178
Email: connect@ontariotechu.ca
Website: www.ontariotechu.ca

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