FAQs and Tips for using the eINFO website

What is the purpose of eINFO?

Where can I find course content and descriptions for universities?

Why can't I find the same information that is in INFO magazine?

How can I find out more about universities outside of Ontario?

How do I apply to an Ontario university?

How do I find information about applying to Ontario colleges?

What is the best way to search for a university program on eINFO?

What does "2005 Applied" mean?

What does "2005 Enrolled " mean?

What does "2005 Mark Range " mean?

If a program says that the "Previous Year Mark Range" for a program is 82%, and I have 80%, should I still apply?

What is the best way to search for a scholarship on eINFO?

Q: What is the purpose of eINFO?

A: eINFO is being developed as a web tool that makes researching available university programs easier for students. In its current version, eINFO provides searchable Degree Locator and Programs of Study charts, and a searchable Scholarships chart.


Q: Why is the information on eINFO so general? Where can I find course content and descriptions for universities?

A: eINFO is intended to provide general information about university programs and admissions only. If you would like specific university or program details, such as course content and descriptions, visit the universities' websites and consult their undergraduate calendars. Click on the “University Websites” link in the menu at the left of the screen for a full list of websites.


Q: Why can't I find the same information that is in INFO magazine?

A: eINFO is currently in its second version, which includes searchable Degree Locator and Programs of Study charts, and a searchable Scholarships chart, along with useful links. If you are looking for information on scholarships, residence, campus tours, programs that require prior university studies, etc., please consult the latest issue of INFO magazine or click on the “INFO 71” link in the eINFO menu.


Q: How can I find out more about universities outside of Ontario?

A: The Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) processes undergraduate applications for Ontario universities only. If you are interested in applying to a university outside of the province of Ontario, consult the university's website directly or visit your guidance office.


Q: How do I apply to an Ontario university?

A: For more information on the application process for a full-time, day student at an Ontario secondary school, please visit the OUAC's 101 Application process website: www.ouac.on.ca/101/.


Q: How do I find information about applying to Ontario colleges?

A: If you are interested in applying to an Ontario college, visit the Ontario Colleges Application Service's (OCAS) website at www.ontariocolleges.ca or visit your guidance office.


Q: What is the best way to search for a university program on eINFO?

A: There are three ways to search for programs on eINFO: by “Program of Study”, by “University” and by “Degree”. The following section provides some helpful tips for searching within each of these options.

Browse by Program of Study
If you want to research the possibilities for your university studies, this search method allows you to browse through a list of over 500 program areas.

  • Click on the “Program Locator” link in the menu at the left of the screen.
  • In the next page, click on the “Browse by Program of Study” link.
  • Then, use the alphabetical listing to find and select an area of study, which will bring you to a list of universities. When you click on a university name, you will see a list of all the programs that they offer in your chosen area of study.
  • Click on a specific program for details about prerequisites, OUAC Code and other program information. You will find additional, important admissions information by clicking on the “Basis and Timing of Offers of Admission” link on the university's page.

 

TIP: You might find your program of interest under a number of subjects in the “Programs of Study” search. For example, if you are interested in studying Biology, you will first look in the “Biology/Biological Sciences” area. However, you should also look in such areas as “Science/General Science”, “Environmental Biology/Environmental Biology and Technology”, and other Biology-related fields such as “Bioethics” or “Biogeography”.

TIP: When you are scrolling through an alphabetical list, remember that you can quickly return to the top of the page by clicking on “TOP”, a link provided on the right side of the page.

Browse by University
If you know the university that you wish to attend, but not sure of the program that you would like, search by University.

  • First, click on the “Program Locator” link in the menu at the left of the screen.
  • Then, when you click on the “Browse by University” link in the next page, you will see a list of all the universities in Ontario.
  • Click on the university in which you are interested, and you will see a full listing of all undergraduate programs that are offered there.
  • Click on a specific program for details about prerequisites, OUAC Code and other program information. You will find additional, important admissions information by clicking on the “Basis and Timing of Offers of Admission” link on the university's page.

TIP: If you would like more detailed information about a specific program than is supplied on eINFO, click on the “University Websites” or the “Ontario Map” link in the menu on the left of the eINFO home page. Click on a university's name to get to their website and search for a “Course Calendar” that provides in-depth information about programs and courses.

If you do not find the program information you need on either eINFO or on the universities' websites, click on the “INFO 71” link in the menu on the left of the screen. On the INFO 71 page, scroll down and click on the “Liaison Numbers” link. From that page, you can find contact information at each of the universities. Contact them by phone, e-mail or mail, and they will be pleased to answer your questions.

Browse by Degree
Use this search method only if you know exactly what degree you are researching.

  • First, click on the “Program Locator” link in the menu at the left of the screen.
  • Then,click on the “Browse by Degree” link in the next page, and will see a full listing of all degrees offered by all Ontario universities.
  • Click on the degree in which you are interested, and you will see a full listing of all universities that offer that degree.
  • When you click on a university name, you will see a list of all the programs that they offer that lead to your chosen degree.

 

TIP: The same degree may have a different name, depending on which university offers it. For example, if you enrol in Engineering studies, you may earn a Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) at one university, but a Bachelor of Engineering (BEng) at another university. Likewise, one university may offer a highly specific degree, such as a Bachelor of Social Science (BSoSc), whereas others offer Social Sciences within a general Bachelor of Arts (BA) program. Ensure that you research all your options.


Q: What does "2005 Applied" mean?

A: The "2005 Applied" box provides the number of students who applied to that program in the 2005 academic year. It is important to understand that these numbers change every year, and so the information in this box is a guideline only. For instance, a program with 2,000 applications in one year may receive only 800 applications the next year.


Q: What does "2005 Enrolled" mean?

A: The "2005 Enrolled" box provides the number of students who enrolled in the first year of that program in the 2005 academic year. This number will vary each year, according to the number and quality of applicants. It is not a "cut-off point” or enrolment limit - consider it as a general guideline.


Q: What does "2005 Mark Range" mean?

A: The "2005 Mark Range" box indicates the admission average for that program in the 2005 academic year. This mark range will vary each year, according to the number and quality of applicants. It is not a "cut-off point” or enrolment limit – consider it as a general guideline.


Q: If a program says that the "2005 Mark Range" for a program is 82%, and I have 80%, should I still apply?

A: Yes. As stated above, the mark ranges (and enrolment numbers) provided on eINFO are based on the previous year's first-year admission. The range will vary each year, according to the number and quality of applicants; therefore, you should consider the "2005 Mark Range" not as a “cut-off point”, but as a general guideline.

Also, remember that many universities use supplemental information such as essays, portfolios, interviews and personal information forms to make their admission decisions, not only your academic average.


Q: What is the best way to search for a scholarship on eINFO?

A: The “Scholarships” search page consists of a series of drop-down boxes with various search criteria. You can fill in as many or as few of the drop-down boxes as necessary to narrow your search. The following section provides some helpful tips for finding the scholarships that apply to you.

•  Box 1 – “By University”: If you are interested in scholarships offered at one specific university, indicate it in this box. If you want to see scholarships available at all universities, leave this box blank.

•  Box 2 – ”By Annual Dollar Range”: This box allows you to filter results according to their monetary value. Leave this field blank if you would like to see all scholarships available to you.

•  Box 3 – “By Application”: Some scholarships require students to submit an application in order to be considered. Other scholarships are awarded automatically when a student meets certain criteria. If you are only interested in one type of scholarship or the other, indicate your preference in this box. Otherwise, leave the box blank in order to view all possible scholarships.

•  Box 4 – “By Grade Range”: Using this box, you can specify your grade range and determine which scholarships you are eligible for. If you have an 80% average, you would want to search for scholarships “Under 85%”. Leave this field blank if you would like to see all possible scholarships.

•  Box 5 – "Renewable/Non-Renewable": Renewable scholarships can be received year after year, if certain criteria are met. Non-renewable scholarships are available only in the first year of university, although upper-year scholarships may be available once you are enrolled. Leave this field blank if you would like to see all scholarships available to you.

TIP: Scholarships are categorized according to how much money is provided per year . Therefore, a scholarship that appears in the “Under $1,500” category may look small; however, if it is renewable for four years, it could have a total, four-year value of up to $6,000. In comparison, a scholarship that appears in the “$3000–$4,999” category looks larger; but if it is non-renewable (available for only one year), it would have the same (or lower) total value as the first scholarship.

•  Other Search Methods: If you want to see all the scholarships offered at one specific school, fill in the “University Name” box, and leave all other boxes blank. Or, if you want to see all scholarships available at all universities for applicants with under 80% averages, fill in the “Grade Range” box, and leave all other boxes blank.

TIP: It is recommended that you do more than one search, with different criteria, just so you do not miss any scholarships.


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