Approximately one week after we receive your application, we will send you an email acknowledgement with full information about the next steps in the application process.
Behind the scenes, here's what happens with your application, along with a few details that you should know about admissions.
Minimum Admission Requirements
Make sure to review our full list of Admissions Requirements, but there are the base minimum admission requirements:
- Overall admission average of 75% (on a scale where 50% is considered a pass).
- Minimum grade of 70% in Grade 12 English (or equivalent).
- Minimum grades in prerequisite courses (program dependent, but typically can be 70% or 75%).
Please note that possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission to the university!
Many factors are taken into consideration when assessing applications; these may include, but are not limited to: possession of prerequisite courses and minimum grade requirements, repeated courses (see below), overall average, consistency of academic record, etc.
While the university determines the minimum admission requirements, the exact admitting averages are not predetermined – contrary to popular belief – and vary from year to year as it is dependent on the strength of the current applicant pool. As many programs are competitive, preference is given to applicants who possess the best qualifications.
While we recognize there may be valid reasons for repeating a course, in general we urge you to do as well as possible on your first attempt. When calculating your admission average, we will use the highest mark achieved amongst repeated courses. We reserve the right to give preference to students whose marks are the result of a single attempt at each course. Finally, we will not use repeat courses when calculating your average for scholarship consideration.
Courses completed during the summer prior to entering university cannot be considered for admissions purposes, but can be used to satisfy prerequisite requirements for course enrolment. All Grade 12 U or M courses are considered equivalent, regardless of where or how they are taken, as long as they are taken through a school approved by the Ministry of Education. For courses completed outside of Ontario, please refer to your applicable education system on our Future U of T website or contact us.
We find most issues with someone's application have to do with the documents you're required to submit, so here are some of our tips:
- Your application will only be reviewed once all required documents have been submitted.
- Please apply and submit required documentation well in advance of deadlines, as some programs fill early, and some may fill even before the published deadlines.
- Electronic document submissions are required (or recommended where possible) to accelerate the assessment process. Please do not submit duplicate documents as this will delay the assessment!
- Missed the document deadline? They may still be considered for your intended program, space permitting. If the original program you applied to has reached capacity after the document deadline date, your file may be reviewed for any possible alternate offers of admission once all required documents have been submitted.
- Transfer student? We suggest you submit all transcripts to date, listing current enrolment as well as any available final grades. If we are unable to reach an admission decision based on your current academic record, we may need to wait for additional grades.
We are unable to admit all students who have good academic records, so our waitlist is an opportunity for eligible undergraduate applicants to be reconsidered for admission. Applicants on the waitlist will be assessed for admission for any available spaces in the program that they originally applied to, as well as related program areas at the university.
Not all applicants are eligible to join the waitlist. Applicants are invited to the waitlist based on their academic record and anticipated program space. Once invited to join the waitlist, an applicant must confirm their interest and accept the invitation.
If your academic record has been negatively affected by serious personal, health, or financial circumstances, we may give special consideration. The deadline to request special consideration is the same as your deadline to submit supporting documents and we recommend you to submit your request as soon as possible after applying. Please note that your request will only be considered when your application is complete.
If you applied using an application on OUAC:
Complete the "Request For Special Consideration" form and submit relevant supporting documentation to the Office of University Admissions & Outreach.
You can access this form on the Join U of T website
If you applied using another type of application:
Submit the following by mail to the Office of University Admissions & Outreach:
- A signed and dated letter that includes your full name and U of T applicant number
- Any relevant supporting documentation (e.g. a letter from a health care professional or social worker confirming the circumstances detailed in your letter)
Office of University Admissions & Outreach
172 St. George Street
Toronto, ON M5R 0A3
If you have any questions in advance of submitting your request for special consideration, please contact the Office of University Admissions & Outreach directly, by phone: 416-978-2190.