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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.

Use these steps as a guideline to help your research and application process go smoothly.

Note: If you are not an Ontario secondary school student enrolled in day courses, you should follow a different application process. Go to www.ouac.on.ca/ouac-105/ for details.

1) Research your many options by using the following publications and resources:

  • Research your university and program options using eINFO. Make sure that you perform many searches - you will probably find something new each time.
  • Read the universities' websites, admission handbooks, guidebooks, viewbooks and calendars. These resources provide the greatest detail about courses and programs. You can find university contact information in eINFO's "Important Information" section.
  • "Meet the Reps" at the University Information Program (UIP) sessions this fall. These sessions take place at a host school in your region, and representatives from all of Ontario's universities will be there to tell you about their institution and answer your questions. 
  • Visit the universities that interest you. You can schedule a campus tour, visit the residences or participate in special events that are scheduled by the university. You can find dates for specific events on the universities' websites or on eINFO.
  • Browse the online university application at www.ouac.on.ca/ouac-101/. You will eventually use your online application account to apply to university, but even before you are ready to apply, you can browse anonymously for additional program information.
  • Talk to your parents, teachers and guidance counsellor. They will have information and insights that could help you make a more informed decision.

2) Record the Programs
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 using the online application system.

3) Obtain Your Confidential PIN Access 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 Personal Identification Number (PIN), all three of which are required for you to log in to the online application system.

4) Apply Online by January 15, 2014

After you submit your initial application, you can still make changes to your university and program information (see step 5). Apply early to avoid delays!

5) After You Submit Your Online Application
You can log in to your online application to view your application, check your academic information, make changes and respond to offers of admission.

6) Respond to an offer of admission by June 2, 2014
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, check out the FAQs and other helpful information in "Have a question? We have the answer!" found at www.ouac.on.ca/ouac-101/. You can also talk to your school guidance official or contact the OUAC.

Additional Financial Support
While you are researching 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.