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Happy New Year! A Few Reminders about Ontario Universities

The first week back from holidays is a good time to take stock and review what still needs to be done in relation to your university applications.

The deadline for submitting your Ontario applications is Wednesday, January 14. As we have mentioned several times, the OUAC website will be very busy over the next week and as a result, may frequently be very slow or even “crash.” Most IB2 students have submitted through OUAC already; those few who have not should try to submit the application by the end of this weekend at the very latest.

Please note that you can still add or delete universities and/or programs as you do additional research or wish to amend your choices in light of January grades. The last recommended date to submit such changes if you wish to be considered in the first round of admission is Tuesday, February 3.

Remember that if you are interested in more than one program at a particular university, you need to apply separately for each one (unless the university indicates that you will automatically be considered for a less selective program if you do not get your first choice). Your first-choice program should be listed ahead of any backup choices. You may not apply to more than three programs at any one university. In the case of the Faculty of Arts and Science at the St. George Campus of the University of Toronto, you may apply to only one program, and before you can do so, you must list the colleges in order of preference.

In addition, students should check to see if any supplemental application is required for programs of interest. Many highly selective programs (engineering, business, fine arts, education) require a supplemental form that is generally available (and submitted) online. Some upcoming deadlines to note:

Wednesday, January 14 @ 4 p.m.—Western University (Richard Ivey School of Business)

Sunday, February 1—McMaster University (Health Sciences, Arts & Science, Integrated Science)

Thursday, February 5—York University (Schulich School of Business)

Friday, February 6—University of Waterloo (Engineering)

Sunday, February 15—Queen’s University (all programs) Please do not leave this application to the last minute as you cannot submit the Personal Statement of Experience without the Queen’s NetID which can take a number of days to arrive via email after you submit your OUAC application.

Sunday, March 1—Western University (Scholar’s Elective Program)

Monday, March 2—University of Waterloo (Architecture and Accounting & Financial Management)

Friday, March 20—University of Waterloo (remaining first-entry programs)

Monday, April 13—Laurier University Applicant Background Summary (Optional) If your marks are slightly short of the traditional cut-off for a program of interest, you should submit this summary of your co-curricular commitments.

Some universities will contact you after you have submitted your OUAC application with instructions on how and when to submit a supplemental application (e.g. University of Toronto Commerce or Engineering). You should also note that most universities allow students to fill out a supplemental statement outlining exceptional circumstances that may have affected their academic standing (serious illness, a family crisis, an identified learning disability, extensive extracurricular involvement).