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University Requirements

Remember that each university and each faculty within each university establishes its own admission requirements. Although there are commonalities, the differences are crucial. You need to know:
  • Required courses
  • How many "U" courses are required / how many "M" courses are acceptable
  • How admission averages are determined:
    • Are required courses included in the average or are they simply required but not necessarily part of the admission average? If not necessarily part of the admission average, is there a minimum mark?
    • Are grade 11 marks factored into the admission average – if so, which and when?
    • How does each university, or faculty treat upgraded courses?
    • What were last year's cut off marks in each program?
    • Are cut off marks likely to go up?
Research and Plan Carefully
  • INFO magazine is an excellent source of information
  • Available at www.ouac.on.ca – Go to INFO at the OUAC site for updated information on specific universities and programs, for scholarships, for open houses, for residence costs, etc.
  • Links to Ontario Universities are also available through the OUAC site
  • Visit various campuses that interest you
  • University liaison offices have email addresses and they are always ready to arrange tours or to answer questions
  • Keep in close contact with your guidance counsellor – universities keep in constant touch with counsellors through updates and information sessions
  • Be careful about information you get from friends and family – it may be well intentioned but it may also be outdated. Universities and admission procedures have changed radically over the last few years. Be sure you are making decisions based on up-to-date information.