105 – Ontario Tech University

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Last updated: September 17, 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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Advanced Entry and Bridge Programs for Postsecondary Graduates

  • Allied Health Sciences Bridge
  • Biological Science – Advanced Entry
  • Commerce Bridge
  • Commerce – Advanced Entry
  • Communication and Digital Media Studies – Advanced Entry
  • Computer Science – Advanced Entry
  • Criminology and Justice – Advanced Entry
  • Designing Adult Learning for the Digital Age – Undergraduate Diploma
  • Educational Studies and Digital Technology – Advanced Entry
  • Forensic Psychology – Advanced Entry
  • Information Technology Bridge – Game Development and Entrepreneurship
  • Information Technology Bridge – Information Technology Security
  • Information Technology – Networking and Information Technology Security – Advanced Entry
  • Kinesiology – Advanced Entry for Fitness and Health Promotion
  • Kinesiology – Advanced Entry for Occupational Therapy Assistant/Physiotherapy Assistant
  • Legal Studies – Advanced Entry
  • Medical Laboratory Science Bridge (Durham College and Fleming College only)
  • Nursing Post-RPN Bridge – Collaborative Program with Durham College
  • Nursing Post-RPN Bridge – Collaborative Program with Georgian College
  • Political Science – Advanced Entry
  • Sustainable Energy Systems Bridge

Explore more about our advanced entry and bridge programs.

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Application Deadlines

We must receive applications and supporting documentation for the following competitive programs for the 2021-2022 academic year by Sunday, January 31, 2021:

  • Collaborative Nursing
  • Computer Science
  • Data Science
  • Medical Laboratory Science
  • Nursing Post-RPN Bridge

We should receive all other applications by Wednesday, March 31, 2021. Late applications will be considered on a case‑by‑case basis. Students applying from provinces other than Ontario should ensure that documentation is submitted as soon as possible.

Official transcripts from all secondary and postsecondary institutions attended must be sent through the OUAC or directly from the issuing institution to the Office of the Registrar at the university.

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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.

We evaluate current high school students and high school graduates (with no postsecondary education) based on their high school courses.

The specific 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.

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

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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Mature Applicants

You are a mature applicant if you:

  • Have not attended any postsecondary institutions.
  • Have been away from formal education for at least 2 years.
  • Will have reached the age of 21 by December 31, 2021.
  • Are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (landed immigrant).
  • Are not eligible for admission as a high school graduate.

As a mature applicant, you may be admitted upon successfully completing high school-level courses in the prerequisite subjects for your intended program. You must present a competitive admission average.

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Students Transferring from Other Postsecondary Institutions

You must present a competitive average in the specific prerequisite subjects for your intended program.

Review a list of prerequisites for each program.

You may meet prerequisite subject requirements by a combination of secondary and postsecondary studies. You must be in good academic standing at your previous postsecondary institution.

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Transfer Credits

We will evaluate credits from other universities and colleges on an individual basis. You must submit institutionally prepared, detailed course syllabi from your previous and/or present institution(s) for transfer credit evaluation. For direct equivalency, the course content from the host institution must meet a minimum content equivalency to our courses.

If you attended a postsecondary institution within Ontario, you must request your transcripts electronically through the OUAC 105 application.

All other applicants: You must request that your host institution(s) send official, original transcripts directly to Ontario Tech.

Note: We will not accept student‑issued or electronic transcripts as official (i.e., transcripts that are sent from or hand‑delivered by students).

Once you receive an offer of admission to a degree program, you will receive a preliminary transfer credit evaluation based on our existing equivalencies. Once you accept your offer, we will evaluate any remaining postsecondary courses for transfer credit.

Learn more about transfer credit.

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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

Board of Governors Pathways Award

Fifteen awards of $1,000 each are available to students entering a college-to-university transfer program from an Ontario college. You must have the highest incoming average from college or highest bridging semester grade with a minimum GPA equivalent to 80%. An application is not required.

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.

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Supplemental Fee

You must submit a non-refundable $80 supplemental fee if you have previously attended another postsecondary institution. This fee is required only once per academic cycle and is payable to the OUAC along with the application service fees. We will not process your application until you pay the fees.

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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 reassess 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.

Transfer Information Night
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 (will run virtual if required)

Thinking about 1 of our college-to-university transfer programs or transferring to Ontario Tech? Join us for Transfer Information Night to have all your questions answered by our faculty, staff and students.

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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