University Research Checklist

Before you apply to university, it is important to research your options thoroughly and keep track of application deadlines.

Publications and Resources to Help You Research Your Options

  • OUInfo - for university and program options.
  • University websites - for admission handbooks, guidebooks, viewbooks and calendars, which provide details about courses and programs.
  • The Ontario Universities' Fair (OUF) - This event is fair style, and it allows you to gather information and chat with representatives one on one. Note: There are no university presentations at OUF 2023. If you are looking for a similar experience, we encourage you to attend the virtual Information Sessions.
  • Ontario Universities' Regional Fairs - The Regional Fairs travel across the province, offering fair-style events that allow you to gather information about Ontario's universities. Learn about programs, campus life and anything else that may help you decide which Ontario university to choose from.
  • Ontario Universities' Information Sessions - Join us for any (or all!) of our virtual Information Sessions. Each event will give you the opportunity to learn about the universities of your choice and ask questions.
  • Tours and events.
  • Click Get Information From Universities to request information directly from Ontario universities to find out more about them.
  • The Undergraduate Application - to browse anonymously for additional program information, even before you are ready to apply.
  • Your family, teachers and guidance counsellors - for information and insights that may help you make an informed decision.

Research Funding Options

While you research universities and programs, you may also wish to research your funding options. OUInfo lists the universities' scholarships. The Ontario and Canadian governments also provide financial assistance to those who need it.

Decide Which Programs Interest You

Make a list of the programs that interest you and their OUAC program codes. Keep this list handy – you may need the OUAC program codes when you apply.

Get Your Ontario Education Number (OEN)

Your school will provide you with your OEN in September. You need your OEN to complete your application.

Apply by January 15, 2024

Apply early to avoid delays!

Don't worry, you can still make changes to your university and program information after you submit your initial application.

If you are not a current Ontario high school student, your application deadline(s) may vary. Contact the universities directly for more information.

Review Your Application and Respond to Offers of Admission

After you submit your application, you can log in to your application to:

  • view your program choices,
  • check your academic information,
  • make changes and
  • respond to offers of admission.

Respond to an Offer of Admission by June 3, 2024

This is the earliest date you may be required to respond to an offer of admission if you are a current Ontario high school student. You may also have to give a financial commitment (e.g., registration or residence deposit).

Need Assistance?

If you encounter problems or have questions about the application process: