University Research Checklist

When you are preparing to apply to university, it is important that you research your options thoroughly and keep track of any deadlines to apply.

Note: If you are not an Ontario high school student enrolled in day courses, you should follow a different application process.

Follow these steps to help your research and application process go smoothly.

  1. Use the Following Resources to Research Your Options:
    • eINFO for university and program options.
    • University websites, admission handbooks, guidebooks, viewbooks and calendars for details about courses and programs.
    • The Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF) in Toronto in September – the only event where you can see all 21 Ontario universities in one place. Talk personally with students and professors, and get answers about programs, admission requirements, student life and more.
    • Your local University Information Program (UIP) session this fall. UIPs take place at a host school in your region, and representatives from all of Ontario’s universities are available to answer your questions.
    • The universities that interest you. Schedule a campus tour or participate in special events that are scheduled by the university.
    • The OUAC 101 Online Application. Even before you are ready to apply, you can browse anonymously for additional program information.
    • Your family, teachers and guidance counsellors. Their information and insight could help you make a more informed decision.
  2. Research Funding Options
    While you research universities and programs, you may also wish to research your funding options. In addition to the universities' own scholarships that are listed on eINFO, the Ontario and Canadian governments provide financial assistance to those who need it.
  3. Decide Which Programs Interest You
    Make a list of the programs that interest you and their OUAC program codes. Keep this list handy - you will need the OUAC program codes when you apply online.
  4. Get Your Confidential Application Access Code Letter
    Your school will notify you in November or early December when these letters are available. The letter will provide you with your School Number, Student Number and temporary Personal Identification Number (PIN), all of which are required to log in to the online application.
  5. Apply Online by January 11, 2017, at:
    After you submit your initial application, you can still make changes to your university and program information (see step 6). Apply early to avoid delays!
  6. Review Your Application and Respond to Offers of Admission
    After you submit your application, you can log in to your application to view your program choices, check your academic information, make changes and respond to offers of admission.
  7. Respond to an Offer of Admission by June 1, 2017
    The earliest date you may be required to respond to an offer of admission.

Need Assistance?
If you encounter difficulties or have questions about the online application process, review the FAQs and other helpful information on the OUAC's 101 website, talk to your school guidance counsellor or contact the OUAC.