101 – Ontario Tech University

Last updated: October 1, 2020

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About Ontario Tech University


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 technology,
  • computer science,
  • alternative and sustainable energy,
  • nuclear engineering,
  • law enforcement,
  • manufacturing and
  • community/public health.

Our unique, technology-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, including our outdoor skating rink.
  • You have many opportunities to apply your knowledge in real-world settings. Ontario Tech has more than 300 industry and community partner organizations, including the Durham Region Police Service, Ontario Power Generation and SickKids.
  • There are 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 marks, 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 for students who meet the academic requirements for admission but require additional English-language training. When they enter the EAP program, they will receive conditional admission to their degree program.

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We work to ensure equal access to all academically qualified students. We encourage applications from members of visible minorities and/or individuals with disabilities.

Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

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

Indigenous Students

If you self-identify as Indigenous (Status or Non-Status First Nation, Métis and/or Inuit) and do not meet our competitive grade point average (GPA) for admission, but still meet a minimum 70% high school GPA, you may apply to have our Indigenous Admissions Committee conduct a separate assessment. 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.

Equity Admissions

If you consider yourself to be personally and academically disadvantaged for reasons that are beyond your control, you may apply to have our Equity Admissions Committee conduct a separate assessment. Our committee includes a member from the faculty of application, the Admissions office and the President’s Equity Taskforce.

You will have an opportunity to outline factors that may have negatively affected your academic performance and to describe the contributions that you can make to the university community. You must meet our minimum 70% high school GPA for consideration. For more information, contact the Admissions office.

Learn more about equity admission consideration.

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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 provinces 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.

Application-based Scholarships

We also 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.

We offer the FIRST Robotics Canada (FRC) Scholarship – a $12,000 merit-based scholarship. We award this scholarship to a student participating on their high school’s FRC team, in their final year and entering an Engineering program at Ontario Tech.

Applications for these scholarships are due on Friday, February 20, 2021. The Founder’s, President’s and Chancellor’s scholarships require 1 application to be considered for all 3.

In-course Scholarships

We recognize your academic achievements during your undergraduate program with us. 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 of admission.

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 Tuesday, June 1, 2021, deadline.

Our residence offers 3 styles of suites for accommodation. Every suite has cable television, high-speed internet, a work area and telephone. We also provide modern on-site laundry facilities and light housekeeping services.

Learn more about our on-campus residence.

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Visiting Ontario Tech University

The best way to experience our university is to join us on campus to see what makes Ontario Tech unique. We may not physically be able to meet with you at this time or show you around campus in person, but our team still wants to get to know you!

We are ready and excited to help you prepare for your future at Ontario Tech by answering your questions and showing you more about university life. We look forward to connecting with you virtually and on campus when government and health regulations allow.

Connect With Us Virtually

Virtual Open House
Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Saturday, November 21, 2020
Saturday, March 27, 2021

Chat with faculty members, admission officers, the Student Awards and Financial Aid team, Student Life, current students, alumni and more.

Virtual Tour
Take our guided 360° tour of our award-winning campus, labs, student spaces and classrooms. Alternatively, choose your own adventure and explore our entire campus with a self-guided virtual tour.

Webinars cover everything you need to know about life at Ontario Tech. Hear from specific faculty, what your next steps are after you’ve received an offer, what your first year will look like, financing your education and many more services we have to offer to help you transition to our university.

Social Media
Want to stay connected with what’s happening at Ontario Tech on the daily? Follow along for student takeovers, highlights of our faculty and spaces, events and all things Ridgebacks.

Facebook: otfuturestudent
Instagram: otfuturestudent
Snapchat: ridgebackpack02
TikTok: otfuturestudent

Connect With Us on Campus

Open House
Saturday, May 15, 2021

Find your place at Ontario Tech and take your first steps in experiencing our campus community. Attend information sessions with faculty, tour our campus locations and residence rooms, chat with current students and start your Ridgeback spirit early by picking up some swag.

Campus Tours
Join 1 of our tour guides on campus and check out our academic buildings, student services, residences, athletic facilities and many other areas on campus.

January Drop-in Tours
Friday, January 8, 2021
Saturday, January 9, 2021

March Break Tours
March 15 to 19, 2021

Connect with us.

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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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