Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find the Schedule of Dates for this cycle and next cycle?

Categories: General

You can find the Schedule of Dates on the Guidance website home page under “Counsellor Resources”. The OUAC drafts the schedule for the next cycle in November and then brings it forward for approval by the Ontario Universities’ Council on Admissions. Final approval is typically received at the end of April, at which time the…

I have students who graduated with their OSSD last year but are returning to high school to upgrade some of their courses. Do they apply using the 101 application? If so, will they receive new application access codes (e.g., PINs)?

Categories: Application Process

Yes, they may complete the 101 application as long as they: are attending your high school during the day (this includes students returning for second semester and graduated students returning to upgrade 1 or more courses); have not, at some point, been out of high school for more than 7 consecutive months; have not attended…

I have a student with several of out-of-province and/or international courses. How do I indicate these equivalencies on the academic record?

Categories: Grades

If a student was granted equivalency credits for course work outside of the Ontario school system and you believe this information will affect the student’s admission decision, a hard-copy transcript from the out-of-province school should be sent to the admission offices of the universities the student has applied to. In addition, you can add a…

What can students do if they are refused admission to all of their choices?

Categories: General

Beginning in June, Ontario high school students can search for possible openings at Ontario universities. To begin their search, students can visit the OUAC 101 page and click “Search Open Programs”. Once they find an open program of interest, they can add it to their 101 application. View the Admission Information Service flyer [PDF] for…

I have a student who will be attending high school in second semester. Should they apply using the 101 application or the 105 application?

Categories: Application Process

Applicants should use the 101 application if they meet all the following requirements: They 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). They have not, at some point, been out of high school for more…

I have several students who were missed in our school’s November data transmission, so they did not receive their application access codes. Can they be provided with access codes for the application?

Categories: PIN Information

You can set up these students with access codes for the application by logging in to COLS and selecting the “Create a PIN” option under “PINs”. This option allows you to provide the OUAC with the students’: Secondary School Student Number (SSSN), Ontario Education Number (OEN), first name, last name and date of birth. You…

My school is following the quadmester/octomester system this year. As a result, we will not have any midterm grades for courses for the April grades deadline.

Categories: Grades

Most universities will make conditional offers of admission on a rolling basis using a combination of Grade 11 and available Grade 12 marks. This type of assessment depends on students being registered in all required Grade 12 courses.

My school is following the quadmester/octomester system this year. Will this affect students’ acceptance into university programs?

Categories: Grades

The universities will work to be as responsive and flexible as possible with respect to admission processes. Most universities will make conditional offers of admission on a rolling basis using a combination of Grade 11 and available Grade 12 marks. This type of assessment depends on students being registered in all required Grade 12 courses.…

What documents should students upload in the Document Upload section of the 101 application?

Categories: Application Process

You may upload proof of status in Canada, proof of extenuating circumstances, English language test scores, etc., to support your application. These documents are not mandatory. Note that not all universities accept the same types of documents. For some universities, you can upload the document in your application or directly to the university. Important: Do…

I have created a PIN for a student to apply online. Is there a way to obtain the PIN sooner rather than waiting for it to arrive at our school by mail?

Categories: PIN Information

Yes. School officials with access may obtain the assigned PIN by: selecting “PINs” in COLS, selecting “PIN Checklist” and then searching for the student. School officials can then select “View/Print PIN Letter” and print using their browser’s print option or, if your school has opted to receive PINs in a data file, you can download…