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Admission Decisions: Canadian Universities

Now that some of you are beginning to receive conditional offers of admission from Canadian universities, you may wonder what your next steps should be. In many cases, you have some choices to make—which is exciting but also a bit scary! As I mentioned earlier, we are happy to help you sort through your choices in any way we can.

The dates on which the universities make offers vary by university and by program. Highly selective programs tend to be the last to make offers.

In early April, we shall send OUAC the updated grades from your final UCC report card and these grades will then be transmitted to Ontario universities (and to out-of-province universities which subscribe to the OUAC database). As a result of the receipt of these grades, some of you will receive conditional offers of admission in April and May as well.

In the case of Ontario universities, you can actually respond to an offer of admission online through the OUAC website. Accepting an offer of admission from one university does not cancel the candidate’s application to other universities. However, an applicant may have only one acceptance of an offer from an Ontario university on file at any given time. If you accept an offer of admission from one university, you can change your mind if you get a later offer from one that you would prefer to attend. You simply cancel the previously accepted offer and indicate your revised choice. You indicate your acceptance of an offer using the “Review and Change Your Completed Application” section on the OUAC website.

Canadian universities vary in their deadlines for accepting offers of admission. All Ontario universities to which you have applied must respond by May 28 with an offer of admission, a refusal, or a deferral pending receipt of additional information. For Ontario universities, June 1 is the earliest date by which universities may require a response from you. You may, of course, either accept or decline an offer before the response deadline. Please note that tuition and residence deposits must be received by that date, so you will not want to leave your decision until then!

Out-of-province universities have no common deadline by which they require a response to offers of admission, so it is crucial that you check the information sent to you by the individual schools from which you have received a conditional offer. If these deadlines fall before you have heard from all of your choices, you can ask the university for a deadline extension (which they will usually grant). The only risk in doing so is that you may miss out on the opportunity for a space in residence.

Please keep in mind that all offers of admission are conditional on satisfactory performance in your final grades that will only be available in July after we receive your IB results. The nature of the conditions will depend on the individual program and school. Universities have the right to withdraw an offer of admission if you fail to meet the stated conditions.