University Applications for September 2018
Students wishing to apply to Ontario Universities are reminded of the OUAC Final Deadline for completing university application – Wednesday, January 17. Here is a message from OUAC:
“With the January 17 application deadline quickly approaching, we ask that you encourage those students who have not yet submitted their 101 application to do so as soon as possible to avoid the frustration of slower online response times and delays.
Students are not able to view and make changes to their application until the OUAC receives and processes their payment.
Note: It may take several days for us to receive and process online banking payments. You may wish to encourage your students to pay their application fees by credit card, as we process credit card payments immediately. “
Extended Applicant Services hours will be available before the application deadline:
Students can use the following information to help them with their Ontario University Application:
Important Deadlines from eINFO regarding Ontario University Applications.
University Program Requirements
eINFO : Ontario Universities – programs, admission requirements, scholarships, residence….
- Find a Program on eINFO- search ALL programs offered by Ontario universities .
- Program Requirements Charts – the quick way to look at program requirements listed by university.
- Council of Ontario Universities – Compare data on Ontario Universities such as tuition costs, graduation rates, and employment rates after graduation.
Some university programs require one or more years of university study before you can apply.
- OUAC also has information regarding the application process and requirements to apply to professional degree programs.
- eINFO also identifies programs which require prior postsecondary study for eligibility. These include areas such as Social Worker, Music Therapy, Trilingual Studies – International BA, Medical Radiation Sciences, Ivey School of Business, and Creative Writing.
University Visits & Visiting Universities
Many Ontario Universities will be sending representatives to Ancaster High School this fall. A calendar of these visits will be coming soon. All senior students are invited to attend the information sessions that are of interest for them. We are going to a University Fair format for our university and college visits this year. All grade 12 students will be invited to attend 45 minute times when these university and college representatives will be at our school.
- McMaster University will be hosting a FALL PREVIEW DAY – Saturday, October 28, 2017 and Saturday, November 18, 2017. You can also visit during March Break and during the May@Mac Day.
- All Ontario Universities will also be hosting Spring and Fall Open Houses. These are valuable opportunities to see if the university is a good fit for you..
- Are Ontario Universities worth the investment? – check out what the Ontario Universities Application Centre says.
University Information Fairs
Ontario Universities Fair
The Ontario Universities Fair will take place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre – September 22 to 24 from 10:00am – 5:00pm each day.
University Information Program
All 21 Ontario universities will be represented in the Hamilton area University Information Program. Hamilton, Halton, Niagara and Brant Regions: Week of September 25, 2017
International Universities Fair
To find out about university options outside of Canada (U.S. and other countries), plan to attend the International Universities Fair. The International Universities Fair in Toronto is October 4th from 1:00pm to 5:00pm, at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
Applying to Canadian Universities Outside of Ontario
Students who wish to apply to universities outside of Ontario must get application information from the websites of the schools they wish to apply to. The application fees must be paid separate for each university outside of Ontario. Students must also determine if they are required to send a transcript of their grades to the university or if the university will gather academic information from OUAC. (If they can access grades through OUAC – apply to Ontario universities before making other applications)
- The Canadian University Guide contains information on universities across Canada
- Association of of Universities and Colleges of Canada
- UBC has general admission criteria and specific admission criteria for some programs. Students taking the IB Programme can also see which first-year courses can be granted based on performance in IB courses.
- Metro Convention Centre in Toronto – November 14, 2015 – 10:00am to 12:30pm
- University of New Brunswick has a new degree in Leadership Studies through their Renaissance College program. A unique program that offers a select group of students the opportunity to use their first degree as an opportunity to learn, grow and develop.
- Interested in going to Alberta for post-secondary? Use the ApplyAlberta website to find institutions that meet your needs.
U.S. and U.K. Universities – visit our International Universities page regarding applications, SAT, ACT, PSAT, Common Application and UCAS information.
University-College Transfer Agreements
Some students will wish to attend both a college and a university to complete their post-secondary education and training. Use the following websites to find agreements that currently exist between colleges and universities (not all transfer possibilities are listed – contact the admissions office of the institution you wish to transfer to for information)
Financial Aid for University
Ontario/Canada Student Loans are available to students entering university and for students currently in university, who qualify. The process for assessment can be lengthy (10 weeks), so students are advised to apply for Ontario Student Loans as soon as they accept an offer of admission to university. Student Loan information is available on the OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program) website. Students should be familiar with the process and with the information which will be required before they begin the application process formally.
Students can go to the OSAP Estimator to get a rough idea of how much (or little) student loans they would be eligible for.
Students can make an OSAP Application after they accept an offer of admission – applications for the next year are usually available in April.
Each university will have its own Financial Aid and Scholarship Office to assist students with their OSAP loans, scholarships and bursary applications.
The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships at McMaster University can assist students once they have accepted offers of admission to McMaster.
The Canadian government has created a website to assist post-secondary students in saving for, planning for, and paying for a post-secondary education. Information on Canada Student Loans, Provincial Student Loans, and Study and Access Grants can be found on the Canlearn website.
The Transition to University
Dealing with Stress and anxiety can be difficult at university. Macleans Magazine has an interesting article entitled “The Broken Generation”
Finding universities can also be difficult. The StudyinCanada.com website can help you find universities and programs in Canada.
What if I graduate, but do not have the entrance average for universities
Some universities have programs that allow students to attend the university for one year to work on their academic skills and take a few first year courses. Students who meet criteria after this one year can earn an offer of admission into first year (usually BA programs) with the possibility of receiving some advanced standing.
- Carleton University – Enriched Support Program
- Lakehead University – Gateway Program – Students who meet the basic admissions requirements for courses, but who have an admission average between 65 – 69.9% will receive information from Lakehead about their Gateway Program. This allows students to attend Lakehead for 1 year and work on improving academic skills and university credits that can transfer to their university degree.
English Language Requirements for Universities
Students who have NOT attended English speaking high schools for 3 or more years may have to take English Language Tests to gain admission to Canadian/English speaking universities. Students may choose from the following tests – please check the university admissions requirements to ensure you are taking an appropriate test:
- IELTS – For more information on Canadian university and college English language requirements and the IELTS, visit the degrees.ca website
International students may be eligible to study English (ESL Programs) while at a university such as Queen’s University. Check university websites for available programs.
For students who are unable to meet these English Language Requirements, consider a CultureWorks program at one of the following partner institutions: University of Western Ontario, Brescia University College (at University of Western Ontario), Kings University College (at University of Western Ontario), the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, and now Carleton University. CultureWorks is an ESL program that prepares international students for university or college study.
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