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Year 12 | At-a-glance

All Year 12 students must update their Naviance account indicating all of the universities they are applying to and any offers received. This includes all universities in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. When students have submitted an application, please use the edit function (pencil icon) in Naviance to mark it as “submitted” and include the faculty or programme to which they have applied.

Upcoming Supplementary Deadlines


January 15 at 4 p.m. — Western University (Richard Ivey School of Business)

January 29 at noon — McMaster Engineering supplements

February 1—McMaster University supplemental essays (Arts & Science, Integrated Science, Integrated Business and Humanities) Applicants to the Health Sciences program will be sent an individual deadline in February.

February 1 — University of Toronto Engineering essay and 2 videos

February 1 — Rotman Commerce essay and video

February 3 — York University (Schulich School of Business) leadership profile and video interview

February 14 — Western University (Scholar’s Elective Program)

February 19 — University of Waterloo additional information form
Note: It is recommended that students complete the AIF within 3 weeks of submitting their application on OUAC.

April 28 —Laurier University applicant background summary (optional, but highly recommended)
Note: It is recommended that students complete the background summary within 2 weeks of applying to Laurier.  If their marks are slightly short of the traditional cut-off for a program of interest, students should submit this summary of their co-curricular commitments. Please consult with the university counsellor if students plan to do so. 

Scholarship Nomination Interest Deadline (nomination required)

Huron University Hellmuth Scholarship – February 12

Please notify the university counsellor by February 1 if students would like to be nominated.

Scholarship Application Deadline (nomination not required)

McGill University major entrance scholarship – February 7 (two letters of reference are required; please give references one month’s notice)

Students applying to U of T engineering

Students who have applied on OUAC to the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Toronto will receive an email with instructions on how to complete the required supplemental application. For the regular round of admission, the submission deadline is February 1.

Click here for a helpful overview.

In the Academic Profile section, go to Education System and add “International Baccalaureate.” In the section for IB courses, there is a drop-down menu for Year 1 and Year 2 of the program. Students only need to list prerequisite subjects. For both Year 1 and Year 2, choose predicted from the drop-down and for Year 1, select June Year 11 grades. For Year 2 choose the most recent grade (either June Year 11 or January Year 12, depending on when the application is being submitted). Do not include plus/minus signs. The completion date will be May 2021 for both Year 1 and Year 2.

The university will receive Ontario grades through OUAC. If students took a prerequisite course outside of Ontario, please contact the counsellor for instructions on how to list. Please contact Ms. Berndsen for a transcript to upload to your portal.

In the Other Information section, students should insert the following text under Special Circumstances: All IB diploma courses at Upper Canada College are taught over the final two years of a five-year high school program. Interim grades for the IB diploma program are reported in June of Year 11 and again in January and April of Year 12. Evaluation is cumulative over the two years of the diploma program.

It is important to recognize that the supplement requires students to answer three randomly generated questions. Two of these must be answered orally through an uploaded video. The other problem-solving question requires an essay answer of no more than 250 words, written online within a 10-minute period.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the student’s university counsellor.