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University Of Toronto Admissions Essay Template

Get ready to apply by choosing your program – or programs – and making sure you meet our admission requirements. Refer to Admissions Requirements for complete information about admission requirements for your intended program of study. In addition to meeting general university admission requirements, you may need to present specific subject prerequisites, or submit a personal profile or statement of interest. Application deadlines vary by program area -- find details about all application deadlines here.


Applications

The application form you fill out for admission to the University of Toronto depends on your current situation – whether you’re a current Ontario high school student, an applicant from another Canadian province or territory, an international applicant, or in another circumstance. Consult the categories below to determine which application you need to submit. 

You are permitted to submit one type of application only. If you submit more than one application, the University of Toronto will cancel the second without refund. For example, if you submit a 105 application, then submit an International application, the International application will be cancelled without refund.

Current Ontario High School Students (OUAC 101 Application)

You should complete the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC)’s 101 Application if you:

  • are a current, full-time Ontario high-school student
  • have not been out of high school for more than seven consecutive months
  • expect to receive the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with six Grade 12 U/M courses by the end of the current year
  • have not attended a post-secondary institution (college/university)

Apply Online at OUAC (101 Application)

See Important Application Dates

International Applicants (University of Toronto International Application)

Use the University of Toronto International Application if you:

  • currently reside outside of Canada, AND 
  • are not currently studying, and have not previously studied, in Canada, AND
  • are not applying to any other Ontario university

Prospective international applicants who wish to apply to other Ontario universities in addition to the University of Toronto should use the OUAC 105 Application (see below).

If you have already applied with the OUAC 105 Application, you do not need to apply to the University of Toronto with the International Application. (If you submit both applications, the University of Toronto International Application will be cancelled with no possibility of a refund.)

Note that you will need to pay a non-refundable fee of $180.

University of Toronto has contracted with the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) to provide application processing services. When you begin the application process, you will be transferred to the OUAC website where you will complete and submit your application. You will be required to create an OUAC Account (if you do not already have one). You may have only one OUAC Account. Direct any application process questions to the OUAC.

Apply Online at OUAC (U of T International Application)

See Important Application Dates

Full-Time Degree Applicants who are NOT current Ontario High School Students (OUAC 105 Application)

You should complete the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC)’s 105 Application if you:

  • are NOT currently attending an Ontario high school day program (in Ontario or abroad), AND
  • are NOT a current or former U of T student.

In addition to the OUAC application service fee, you’ll be required to pay a non-refundable University of Toronto supplementary fee of $90.

Apply Online at OUAC (105 Application)

See Important Application Dates

Full-Time Degree Applicants Previously or Currently Registered as Students at the University of Toronto (University of Toronto Internal Application)

Use the University of Toronto Internal Application if you:

  • have previously registered at the University of Toronto in a degree, Pre-University program, or as either a Non-degree or Visiting Student (this does not include Continuing Education studies)

If you’ve previously been a student at the University of Toronto and want to return to the same faculty or division you attended, get in touch with your former Registrar's Office. They can help you determine whether you’re eligible to re-register, or if you must re-apply using this application.

Note that you will need to pay a non-refundable fee of $90. 

University of Toronto has contracted with the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) to provide application processing services. When you begin the application process, you will be transferred to the OUAC website where you will complete and submit your application. You will be required to create an OUAC Account (if you do not already have one). You may have only one OUAC Account. Direct any application process questions to the OUAC.

Complete a University of Toronto Internal Application for Full-Time Degree Studies

See Important Application Dates

Applicants Intending to Study Part-Time (Part-Time Application)

Use the Part-Time Application if you:

  • wish to enrol as a part-time student in arts, science, commerce/management, or engineering courses towards a degree.

Note that students attending a daytime program in secondary school should NOT use this form. Instead, they should apply in the same way as applicants intending to study full time (using one of the OUAC Applications). Applicants currently registered at another institution are not eligible to enrol in the summer session.  

Part-time students can take courses during the day and evening (when available). Although most programs may be taken part-time, students who are only able to attend classes in the evening should consult the appropriate online timetable at University of Toronto.

If you were previously registered at the University of Toronto and want to return to the same faculty or division you attended previously, contact your former Registrar's Office to determine whether you are eligible to re-register or are required to re-apply using this application.

Note that you will need to pay a non-refundable fee of $90.

University of Toronto has contracted with the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) to provide application processing services. When you begin the application process, you will be transferred to the OUAC website where you will complete and submit your application. You will be required to create an OUAC Account (if you do not already have one). You may have only one OUAC Account. Direct any application process questions to the OUAC.

Complete a Part-Time Application

See Important Application Dates

Non-Degree Applicants (Non-Degree Application)

Use the Non-Degree Application if you wish to upgrade your university record to qualify for graduate school, a professional program, or for personal interest. Non-degree students enrol in arts, science or commerce/management degree credit courses, for which they have the prerequisites, but are not proceeding towards a degree. Admission consideration is based on your entire postsecondary academic record and your most recent annual average (GPA). 

  • Faculty of Arts and Science, U of T St. George: Non-Degree students may not enrol in Rotman Commerce courses.
  • University of Toronto Mississauga: An undergraduate degree from a recognized institution is required. Non-Degree students may not enrol in Commerce or Management courses.
  • University of Toronto Scarborough: Only first year courses may be considered for Non-degree students in Management or Economics.
  • Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education: Please email the Faculty directly at undergrad.kpe@utoronto.ca or visit the Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education website.

If you've previously been a student at the University of Toronto and want to return to the same faculty of division you attended, get in touch with your former Registrar's Office.  They can help you determine whether you're eligible to re-register, or if you must re-apply using this application.

If you are interested in being a Non-degree student in a professional division (e.g. Applied Science and Engineering; Music), you must contact the division directly.  

Note that you will need to pay a non-refundable fee of $90.

University of Toronto has contracted with the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) to provide application processing services. When you begin the application process, you will be transferred to the OUAC website where you will complete and submit your application. You will be required to create an OUAC Account (if you do not already have one). You may have only one OUAC Account. Direct any application process questions to the OUAC.

Complete a Non-Degree Application

See Important Application Dates

Details About Applying to U of T

We encourage you to apply well in advance of the posted deadlines.  Spaces fill quickly and programs may close before the application deadlines listed  (See Important Application Dates).

Approximately one week after we receive your application we will send you an email acknowledgement that includes your JOINid/UTORid, your University of Toronto applicant number, and full information about the next steps in the application process.

When we correspond with you it may be by email or by post (mailing address). Please ensure that your application information includes an active email address and up to date mailing address.

Your eligibility for admission will be considered once your complete academic record and any additional information requested by the division to which you have applied have been received.  You must submit full documentation for all secondary and post-secondary studies you have attempted.  Be sure to submit all required documents in advance of the published supporting document deadlines. 

In considering students for admission and scholarships, the University reserves the right to give preference to students whose grades represent their first attempt.

University policies on access to student records and personal privacy allow us to communicate only with the applicant unless we have the written permission of the applicant to discuss the application with a third party.

We reserve the right to require recent, government-issued photo identification for verification purposes. 

The University of Toronto does not interact with agencies (educational "agents") in order to recruit students to undergraduate programs.

How your application is considered

We first verify that you meet the University’s general admission requirements. These are basic requirements that all candidates must meet to be eligible for University of Toronto admission consideration. The general requirements, including our English language requirements, are outlined by educational jurisdiction in the Requirements section.

Secondly, we assess whether you meet program-specific requirements for your intended area of study.  Do you have the necessary subject pre-requisites and have you completed any required personal statement, supplementary application or audition?

The University of Toronto does not have the capacity to admit all applicants who meet the minimum general and program-specific requirements. We seek to admit the best possible students on the basis of academic performance and potential, and will select students for admission based on competitive strength.

The emphasis of our final assessment will be placed on the results of your most recent two years of study, including your marks in prerequisite courses, and on the strength of your supplemental information (personal statement, profile, etc) where this is required. However, we may also consider other aspects of your complete academic record including, but not limited to: consistency; where and when courses were completed; and the number of times any courses have been attempted. If you are required to provide test scores from your educational jurisdiction, we will assess the relative strength of your results.

Full disclosure of all academic information must be made at the time of application, and any request for special consideration must be submitted to Enrolment Services as soon as possible following your application. 

Globalization and ensuring diversity within the international student population is a key priority of the University of Toronto.  We are committed to better balancing our international student body so that a greater number of regions and countries are fairly represented.   This is essential to making sure that both our domestic and international students have a truly global experience, reflecting the many and varied viewpoints that international students bring to the classroom.

When admission decisions are made, and alternate offers      

If you are a current secondary school applicant using the OUAC 101 application, you will receive a decision from all of the University of Toronto faculties you selected. Those who are not admitted to their selected faculties may be considered for alternate programs and campuses, space permitting.  These decisions are released during three admission rounds, occurring in February, March and May.

If you are applying on another application – not the OUAC 101 – you will be considered for your first University of Toronto choice.  In the event you are not admitted to your preferred program, you may be considered for alternate programs, space permitting. Admission decisions are made on a continuing basis until programs are full.  It is always wise to apply and submit required documentation well in advance of deadlines, as some programs fill early, and some may fill even before the published deadlines.

Residence decisions

If you are interested in residence, you must complete a separate application.  Go to MyRes to apply and to learn about the residence guarantee.

Conditional Offers of Admission:  How to keep your offer of admission

Most of our admission decisions are based on interim marks, and so our offers are typically conditional on achieving acceptable final standing.  Students are expected to maintain consistent academic standing for the duration of their high school (and post-secondary, if applicable) studies.

The terms of the offer, including conditions and specific minimum grade thresholds, are described in the terms and conditions section of your offer letter.  Admitted students who do not meet the required condition(s) can expect to have their offer rescinded and will not be permitted to register.

Fraudulent Information or Documentation

You should be aware that when you submit your application you are required to certify that the personal information and documents submitted in the application, or to be submitted (all of which constitutes the application), are true, complete and correct in all respects. If evidence is found to the contrary, your admission to the University may be rescinded after notice to you in writing, your registration may be revoked, or you could be subject to additional academic penalties.  Other universities may also be notified.

If you are not admitted to U of T

The most common reasons for not being admitted to the University of Toronto:

  •              your overall average, or grades in prerequisite subjects, are not competitive
  •              you have repeated an unacceptable number of courses for the program(s) you have selected
  •              you have an insufficient number of available courses at the time of consideration
  •              English language requirement (if applicable) was not met by the deadline
  •              Supplementary information (if required) was not submitted, or was not competitive

Appeals of an admission decision will only be considered in cases where an applicant provides compelling, additional information that was not known at the time of initial decision.

Required Documents

You must submit full documentation for all secondary and post-secondary studies. Notarized translations of any documents not issued in English or French are also required.

If you have already applied, check the status of your application at join.utoronto.ca  on a regular basis to determine what documents and additional information are required to complete your file.

We cannot request documents on your behalf and we do not retain documents from previous applications. Official transcripts are required, although you may have the opportunity to upload some of the required documents yourself. Instructions will be provided when you check your status through Join U of T.

Transcripts received by the University of Toronto become the property of the University and will not be returned or forwarded to other institutions.

Important:

To ensure timely processing of your application please note the following:

  • If the name on your documents is not identical to the name on your OUAC application, it will not be added to your record. Include your U of T Applicant Number or OUAC reference number on all documents, and provide proof of name change if the documents show different names.
  • Submit each document only once, even if applying to more than one U of T program.
  • Documents must be submitted electronically via Parchment/Naviance/OUAC whenever possible.
  • You may be given the opportunity to upload your documents directly, if they cannot be sent electronically. However, uploaded documents are considered unofficial, and we reserve the right to request official transcripts.
  • DO NOT mail documents to Enrolment Services unless specifically requested.  Unsolicited documents will NOT be reviewed or added to your application.
  • If document upload or electronic submission is not an option, you must arrange for your institution to send your documents directly to Enrolment Services (172 St. George Street, Toronto, ON, M5R 0A3).
  • AP, SAT, ACT, IB, TOEFL, IELTS, and COPE/ELDA test scores must be sent electronically.
  • Spaces in programs are filled on an ongoing basis. It is to your advantage to submit all required documents prior to the document deadlines.

How to Submit Required Documents

Ontario High School

Your school will send Grade 11 and 12 results through the OUAC. All grades MUST be submitted via the OUAC; unsolicited Ontario transcripts/report cards will not be reviewed.

Quebec CEGEP

Provide your Permanent Code on your OUAC  application, allowing U of T to obtain your transcripts electronically from the OUAC.

Canadian High Schools Outside of Ontario and Quebec

After you have applied, upload your transcripts and complete the self-reported form through join.utoronto.ca or the Engineering Applicant Portal.

U.S. High School

After you have applied, submit transcripts electronically via Parchment/Naviance. Where electronic transfer of documents is not possible, upload your transcripts and complete the self-reported form through join.utoronto.ca or the Engineering Applicant Portal. Test scores (SAT/ACT/AP) must be sent electronically.

High Schools Outside of Canada and the U.S.

After you have applied, upload your transcripts and complete the self-reported form through join.utoronto.ca or the Engineering Applicant Portal. If you are attending an international school that offers multiple curricula you must ask your school to specify the type of program in which you are enrolled and ensure that appropriate documents are submitted.

Universities and Colleges in Ontario

Submit your postsecondary transcripts electronically via OUAC.

Universities and Colleges Outside of Ontario

Upload your transcripts through join.utoronto.ca or the Engineering Applicant Portal.

U.S. Universities and Colleges

Submit transcripts electronically via Parchment/Naviance. Go to Parchment (http://exchange.parchment.comsign-up/), register for a student account and have your transcripts sent electronically to Enrolment Services. Where electronic transfer of documents is not possible, upload your transcripts through join.utoronto.ca or the Engineering Applicant Portal.

Universities and Colleges Outside of Canada and U.S.

Submit your transcripts electronically via Parchment/Naviance. Where electronic transfer of documents is not possible, upload your transcripts through join.utoronto.ca or the Engineering Applicant Portal.

Deferring an Offer of Admission

If you decide to put your studies on hold, you may request a one-year deferral of your offer of admission. All conditions of the offer of admission must be satisfied before a deferral request will be considered. If granted, the deferral of admission will include a deferral of any entrance scholarship(s) awarded and the residence guarantee if applicable. If you plan to attend another post-secondary institution you will not be permitted to defer your offer of admission. If your deferral request is granted, your offer of admission to the current academic year will be cancelled.

Special Consideration

If your academic record has been negatively affected by serious personal, health or financial circumstances, and your academic performance is slightly below the usual requirements for admission, the appropriate Admissions Committee may give special consideration.   The deadline to request special consideration is the same as your deadline to submit supporting documents, although we do encourage you to submit your request as soon as possible (see:  Important Application Dates).  To be considered, you will first need to apply for admission to U of T (see above).  Next:

  • if you applied using the OUAC 101 application, you'll complete the "Request For Special Consideration" form and submit relevant supporting documentation to Enrolment Services.  You'll be able to access the form through JOIN U of T after you've submitted your application. 
  • if you applied using another type of application, you'll make your request by submitting a signed and dated letter, along with any relevant supporting documentation (e.g.: a letter from a health care professional or social worker confirming the circumstances detailed in your letter), to Enrolment Services by mail (address below).  Before you submit your letter, be certain that your full name and U of T applicant number appear at the top of the page. Your request will be considered when your application file is complete. It is to your advantage to submit all supporting documents as early as possible

If you have any questions in advance of submitting your request, contact Enrolment Services by telephone for more information.

University of Toronto Notice of Collection

Freedom of Information and Privacy Act

The University of Toronto respects your privacy.

Personal information that you provide to the University is collected pursuant to section 2(14) of the University of Toronto Act, 1971.  It is collected for the purpose of administering admissions, registration, academic programs, university-related student activities, activities of student societies, safety, financial assistance and awards, graduation and university advancement, and reporting to government.  At all times it will be protected in accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. If you have questions, please refer to www.utoronto.ca/privacy or contact the University Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Coordinator at McMurrich Building, room 104, 12 Queen’s Park Crescent West, Toronto, ON, M5S 1A8.

In addition, the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities has asked that we notify you of the following: The University of Toronto is required to disclose personal information such as Ontario Education Numbers, student characteristics and educational outcomes to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities under s. 15 of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act, R.S.O. 1990, Chapter M.19, as amended. The ministry collects this data for purposes such as planning, allocating and administering public funding to colleges, universities and other post-secondary educational and training institutions and to conduct research and analysis, including longitudinal studies, and statistical activities conducted by or on behalf of the ministry for purposes that relate to post-secondary education and training. Further information on how the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities uses this personal information is available on the ministry’s website.

Contact Enrolment Services

Enrolment Services
University of Toronto
172 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5R 0A3

Location: We are located on the west side of St. George Street, just north of the intersection of St. George Street and Bloor Street West. The closest subway stop is St. George Station.

Drop-in hours (no appointment necessary):  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Telephone inquiries:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Telephone:  416-978-2190

Fax: 416-978-7022

Email: admissions@utoronto.ca

A Statement of Interest is a crucial part of most graduate school applications.

It may also be called a "statement of intent", "description of research interests" or something similar. Basically it is your opportunity to tell the graduate program:

  • Your specific area of academic interest (research topic you want to work on)
  • How your past education and other experiences have prepared you to be successful in the graduate program
  • What you hope to achieve in the graduate program
  • Why this particular program at UBC is the best place for you to pursue your interests

The statement is generally in the form of a short essay. Be sure to carefully read the specific instructions given by the graduate program and ensure you provide them with what they are asking for. Please contact the program you are applying to if you have any questions on the content of your Statement of Interest.

Other tips for a strong Statement of Interest:

  • State any work you have done in this area already (mention specific skills/techniques you have picked up).
  • Connect your area of interest to work being done in the program (mention specific faculty members and projects).
  • Refer to academic publications that have informed your interest (use correct citation as footnote).
  • Mention any publications, presentations or conferences you have been a part of.

Remember: You are building a case that you are focused, skilled, enthusiastic, and a great match for the program.

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