Applying to University

Step By Step Application Instructions for OUAC (from the University of Windsor)

Step 1: Research Your University Selections

Step 2: Gather Information Needed to Apply

  • In November you will receive an Application Access Code letter that contains the information required to apply online:

  • Narrow down your university program selections by talking to your parents, teachers and guidance counsellors about your interests and options.

Step 3: Apply

  • Use the information in your Application Access Code Letter to log in to your online application.

  • Complete all sections of the application.

  • Review your program selections before clicking “I Verify and Agree”.

  • Submit your application, with payment, well before the 101 application deadline and any university program-specific deadlines.

  • Record the OUAC Reference Number you receive and keep it in a safe place. You will require this number, along with your password, for future access to your application, and to respond to university offers of admission.

Step 4: After Applying

  • Log in to your online application to verify the details. Review and make any necessary changes. Note: During the busy periods around deadline dates (January/February), it can take up to 2 weeks to process your application. Normally, it takes 1-3 business days.

  • Ensure 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.

  • After you receive your report card, log in to verify your grades information. Notify your guidance office of any necessary corrections.

  • Visit a university. University open houses and campus visits are great ways to experience first-hand what campus life is like and help you decide which university is the best fit for you.

  • Expect to receive either an offer of admission or a refusal from the universities you applied to by the end of May.

Accepting an Offer of Admission

You can accept (or for some universities, decline) offers of admission by logging in to your 101 application. Accepting an offer of admission from 1 university will not affect the evaluation of your application by your other university choices. However, you may have only 1 offer acceptance on file at a time. Before you can accept another offer, you must first cancel the previously accepted offer.

Many university programs reach capacity quickly. The later you attempt to change your program choices, the more likely it is that the program is closed and no longer accepting new applicants.

Note: Residence deposits do not replace an official response to an offer of admission.

Contact the university’s admissions office if:

  • the response deadline for an offer of admission has expired but you would like to accept the offer. The university will determine if you can still be considered and, if so, will issue a new offer.

  • you previously cancelled or declined an offer of admission but now wish to accept the offer. The university will determine if you can still be considered and, if so, will issue a new offer.

Applying to Out-of-province Universities

The OUAC assists the following out-of-province universities with collecting academic data for Ontario high school students who have applied through the OUAC:

  • Acadia University

  • Bishop’s University

  • The University of British Columbia

  • University of Calgary

  • Concordia University

  • Dalhousie University

  • McGill University

  • Saint Mary’s University

  • Simon Fraser University

  • The University of Victoria

Students who apply to these out-of-province universities can authorize the universities to request their academic information from the OUAC. To authorize them, the applicant must include their 11-digit OUAC Reference Number on the university’s application form. 

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