Accepting an Offer

June 1, 2023, is the earliest date Ontario universities may require a response to an offer of admission or a financial commitment of any kind (e.g., registration or residence deposit).

To ensure your students meet their selected universities’ response deadlines:

  1. Log in to COLS.
  2. Run an Applicant Status Report using “unconfirmed only” as your selection criteria.

Ensure all your students remember their OUAC username and password long before the response deadline.

The Most Common Mistake

The most common mistake students make when accepting an offer is not completing the “Submit” process.

Share these tips with students to help them successfully submit their acceptance:

  • Don’t wait until the last day!
  • Watch the How to Respond to an Ontario University Offer video.
  • To accept an offer:
    • Log in to your application.
    • Go to Choices/Offers.
    • Click “Offer” or “Alternate Offer” for the offer you want to accept.
    • Click “Accept”.
    • Click “I’m ready to submit my response/changes”.
    • Follow the instructions to review and submit your application.
  • After you successfully complete the “Submit” process, you will receive a confirmation number by email, along with a summary of your offer responses and/or changes to your application. Keep this email for your records.
  • Once your response is processed, log back in to your application and and you will see “Accepted” beside the program you accepted.

Students must accept their offer by the deadline specified in their offer letter. It is their responsibility to meet the deadlines stipulated by the universities.

The universities reserve the right to revoke acceptances received by the OUAC after the response deadline. They cannot guarantee that they will re-issue offers that were not accepted by the deadline.

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