105 – Ontario Tech University

Last updated: September 14, 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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Advanced Entry and Bridge Programs for Postsecondary Graduates

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

Explore our advanced entry and bridge programs.

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Application Deadlines

We must receive applications for the following competitive programs for the 2023-2024 academic year by Tuesday, January 31, 2023:

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

We must receive supporting documentation by Friday, February 10, 2023.

We should receive all other applications by Friday, March 31, 2023. We will consider late applications 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 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.

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 be age 21 or older in the calendar year you start your program.
  • 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 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 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

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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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.

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 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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TikTok: otfuturestudent

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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