Make note of all admission requirements and program-specific deadlines.
Attend any or all of the Ontario universities’ fall events, including the Ontario Universities’ Fair, Regional Fairs and virtual Information Sessions to help you make an informed choice for your future.
Visit OUInfo to find links to university events and tours, webinars, chats, videos and more. You can also request to receive information directly from Ontario universities.
Note: OUInfo is primarily intended for Ontario high school students. If you are not currently attending an Ontario high school, OUInfo might be helpful, but you should check university publications and websites for program details specific to your educational background.
You will need your Ontario Education Number (OEN) to apply. The OEN is a 9-digit, unique identification number assigned to elementary and high school students across the province. You can find your OEN on your report card. Your high school guidance counsellor will also have it on record.
Submit your application, with payment, well before the deadlines that apply to you.
Record your OUAC Reference Number and keep it in a safe place. Have your OUAC Reference Number handy whenever you contact the OUAC or your university choices.
During the busy periods around deadline dates, it can take up to 3 business days to process your application. Normally, it takes 1 business day.
Step 4: After you apply
Log in to your application to verify the details. Review and make any necessary changes.
Ensure your spam filters are set to accept email from the OUAC and the universities you applied to. Email is the primary mode of communication for the universities and the OUAC.
The universities will acknowledge that they received your application. Depending on the time of year, this might take up to 2 weeks.
Visit a university or take a virtual tour. University open houses, campus visits and virtual tours are great ways to experience what campus life is like and help you decide which university is the best fit for you.
Refer to the application and the university's website for up-to-date program details.