101 – Ontario Tech University (University of Ontario Institute of Technology)

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Last updated: October 1, 2019

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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, to name a few.

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 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. Preference will be given 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, you are encouraged 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)

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 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.

Equity Admission

If you consider yourself to be personally and academically disadvantaged for reasons that are beyond your control, you may apply to have a separate assessment conducted by the university’s Equity Admissions Committee. 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 are required to meet the university’s minimum 70% high school GPA for consideration. For more information, please 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. You may apply for OSAP online.

By completing an OSAP application, you are automatically assessed for loan assistance from both the federal and provincial governments.

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). These awards are given 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. The Founder’s, President’s and Chancellor’s scholarships are awarded based on academic achievement, demonstrated leadership and community involvement. These scholarships are renewable and are valued from $24,000 to $36,000.

In support of the FIRST mission, we offer the FIRST Robotics Canada (FRC) Scholarship – a $12,000 merit-based scholarship. This scholarship is awarded 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. The Founder’s, President’s and Chancellor’s scholarships require 1 application to be considered for all 3.

Joyce Foundation Success Award

The Joyce Foundation Success Award supports first-year students from Durham Region and Northumberland County who have a demonstrated financial need. Each year, 2 bursaries of $4,000 each will be awarded to students from a high school in Durham Region or Northumberland County, who are entering full-time undergraduate studies in any faculty. Applications must be submitted by Thursday, March 12.

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, you are automatically awarded a scholarship.

Read more about scholarships and awards.

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Deferral Policy

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

When an application is deferred, it is re-assessed for admissibility on a competitive basis in the relevant admission period. A request for deferral must be made 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 Monday, June 1, deadline.

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

Learn more about our on-campus residence.

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Visiting Ontario Tech University

The best way to experience our university is to participate in one of our campus tours.

Register for your tour online.

Twice a year, we host open house events and invite you to meet current students, staff and faculty, and to learn more about our market-driven programs and dynamic student life at Ontario Tech.

Open houses will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019, and Saturday, March 28, 2020.

Learn more about our open house events.

Virtual Tour

If you cannot make it to campus, you can join us for a virtual tour of either campus location.

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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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