What Kind of Applicant Are You?

Before applying to an undergraduate program, you need to know what kind of application to submit.

There are 2 different applications:

  1. 101 application
  2. 105 application

Applications to Ontario universities are completed online through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).

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101 Application

Do you meet all of the following requirements?

  • You are taking courses during the day at an Ontario high school (this includes students returning for second semester and graduated students returning to upgrade 1 or more courses).
  • You have not, at some point, been out of high school for more than 7 consecutive months.
  • You will have received or expect to receive your Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six 4U/M courses at the end of the current year.
  • You have not attended a postsecondary institution (college/university/career college).
  • You are applying to the first year of an undergraduate degree program or diploma program at an Ontario university.
  • You are under 21 years of age.

If yes, you should use the 101 application.

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105 Application

Do you meet any of the following requirements?

  • You currently reside in Canada (Canadian citizens, permanent residents or those currently studying in Canada on a study permit or other visa), or are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident living elsewhere (not in Canada), and you are not currently attending an Ontario high school day program.
  • You currently reside outside of Canada, and are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and are not currently attending an Ontario high school day program (in Ontario or abroad).

If yes, you should complete the 105 application.

Note: Do not complete this application if you are applying to the 4-semester consecutive BEd program or Common Law.

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Are there any admission policies for Indigenous students?

Ontario universities have recognized the need to encourage Indigenous students to participate in postsecondary education, and many now offer Indigenous students an additional and/or alternative pathway for admission to an undergraduate or graduate program.

Find out which Ontario universities offer alternative admission pathways by visiting the Universities section.

During the university application process, you can declare that you have Indigenous ancestry or heritage – First Nations (status or non-status), Inuit or Métis. By declaring Indigenous ancestry, your university’s Indigenous student centre may reach out to you with transition supports and other helpful resources.

You should be aware that recent amendments to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) Act have given the Ministry the power to allow institutions to share personalized information, including self-identification data, with the Ontario government.

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What is a transfer student policy?

Many schools have transfer student policies. These policies apply to students who might choose to transition from a college program into university, or students who seek to change universities during their programs. Student transfer policies outline how the credits you completed at one postsecondary institution can count toward the completion of a degree at another.

To find out more about your school’s transfer student policies, contact the admission office at the university you would like to attend or visit the Universities section for more information.

You can also access ONTransfer.ca for interactive transfer information and links to advisors who can help you plan your transfer.

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What is a mature student policy?

Most Ontario universities have a policy to support admission for mature students who do not meet standard university entrance requirements, but who have life and work experience. These policies vary depending on the university. The OUAC has a complete list of mature student policies.

Read more about mature students and other applicants.

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