What is OUAC?
The Ontario University Applications Center (OUAC) is a centralised platform for undergraduate courses application in any of the Ontario Universities. Students will need to open an account on www.ouac.on.ca. They must ensure fulfilling all the requirements set by the OUAC authority for creating an account successfully.
The deadline of the application depends on the undergraduate course you are interested in and whether you are currently pursuing a high school education!
Requirements for OUAC
- You must be pursuing any of the high school courses in one of the Ontario schools during the day. This category includes graduates returning for another course(s) and students who are about to pursue the 2nd
- There should be no discontinuation of more than 7 months at any point during your high school education.
- You will receive or have received your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U/M courses by the end of the current year.
- You have not enrolled or attended any post-secondary institution (career college/university/college).
- You should be below 21 years.
- You have decided to apply for any undergraduate diploma or degree program at any of the Ontario Universities.
Please note that OUAC does not have the right to make any decisions related to admission to the universities. It totally depends on the university authorities.
How to apply using the OUAC Website:
Step 1: Do your research and select a university
Visit the official websites of the universities you are interested in and check the following.
- Search and check university publications and notices
- Browse the programs conducted in different universities
- Use the OUAC codes to record the respective programs you are interested in
- Note down the eligibility criteria, admission requirements, and specific deadlines for all the programs of your choice.
Check the 105 Application guide formatted and available on the OUAC website!
Step 2: Application
- First create an OUAC account. If you have one already, make sure you record the username and password safely. The username and password will be required to check the status of your applications and other information in the future.
- Proceed to the application section. Read properly and complete every section on the application page.
- Make sure you review and check the programs you want to apply before clicking the option â€˜I Verify and Agreeâ€™ to submit.
- Once verified, submit the application along with the fee before the deadline of the programs you have applied for.
- An OUAC Reference Number will be generated. Note it down and keep it safe. It will be required when you contact OUAC regarding your university choices.
Step 3: Post Application
- Once the application is submitted, log into your account to verify the 105 Application. You can make necessary changes if required.
- Ensure spam filters are on so that you do not miss to accept the emails from OUAC and the respective universities mentioned in the application. Remember the application progress will be intimated by the authorities of OUAC and universities via emails only.
All the universities will send an acknowledgment email after receiving your application.
What is OCAS?
The Ontario College Application Service (OCAS) is a centraliseddomain to apply for courses in different colleges. It is a one-stop platform where you can apply for college services in English and French via the website giving you access to a consolidated data warehouse. You will find centralisedinformation related to the colleges, high schools, and universities. You will also find centraliseinformation related to the applicants for easy application.
The admission process depends on the colleges and the programs conducted by them. Generally, an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) is the prime criterion for the application to such programs. Any equivalent degree is also accepted by many colleges.
The application in graduate programs will need a certificate, degree, or a diploma from a previous college or recogniseduniversity. Apart from this basic criterion, college authorities can set other program-oriented criteria as for admission parameters. Make sure you have gone through the specific program requirements before choosing a program and applying for it.
For the mature applicants, a proper evaluation of the knowledge acquired and skills developed will be done by means of Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition. In this aspect, one can include acquisition of knowledge in the classroom or outside from employment, life experiences, volunteering, and other domains. This assessment result can be included as academic credit for those who are pursuing or retraining and upgrading their academic profile in the colleges of Ontario after an employment phase.
How to apply
- Use your username and password to log in to the website.
- Open your account and start filling the sections related to your personal information and academic profile.
- Find and add the program of your choices.
- Request to get the transcripts of your credits. If you are a current student in an Ontario high school, the authority will automatically send your grades/credits to the authority of OCAS. If not, you can rest the high school authority for the same.
- Pay the specific application processing and transcript (if any) fees.
- You can log in again to verify and check the progress of your transcript information and to make any necessary changes/updates in your application.
(Since February 1st, the changes in your choices of program might affect the offers you will receive. Since this date, applications are considered on a first-come-first-serve basis. If you remove a college option, the college authority will get notified and assume that you are not interested anymore.)