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  1. Do grade 11 marks count?
  2. Can I apply to two different programs at UTM?
  3. Will I need to submit reference letters, personal statements, or supplementary applications?
  4. I am interested in pursuing two majors during my undergraduate studies that fall within two different admission categories at U of T Mississauga (ie. Biology and History). How do I know which admission category I should apply to on OUAC?
  5. I am interested in applying to a program at the University of Toronto Mississauga. If I apply to this program on OUAC will I be considered for this program at all three campuses?
  6. What is the difference between an admission category, a program, and POSt? Can I apply directly to my program or specialist/major/minor?
  7. How will a repeated course affect my admission?
  8. Will I be considered for all of the programs I applied to at the same time, or only in the order I ranked them?
  9. I have an extenuating circumstance that affected my academic performance. How can I include this in my application?
  10. If I am not eligible for my program choice at U of T Mississauga, will I be considered for an alternate offer?

  1. Do grade 11 marks count?
    The admission selection process includes consideration of the Grade 11 and Grade 12 academic records. Emphasis is placed on Grade 11 results where marks in the required number of Grade 12 courses are not yet available.
  2. Can I apply to two different programs at UTM?  
    You can apply to one program per campus or faculty at the University of Toronto, up to a maximum of three UofT choices. At U of T Mississauga, you can choose one admission category, but you may pursue more than one program throughout your degree.  

    Examples:  
    1) You can apply to Life Sciences at U of T Mississauga, Life Sciences at U of T Scarborough, and Life Sciences at the Faculty of Arts & Science, St. George.  
    2) You can apply to Chemical & Physical Sciences at U of T Mississauga, Physical & Mathematical Sciences at the Faculty of Arts & Science, St. George, and Chemical Engineering at the Faculty of Applied Sciences & Engineering. 
  3. Will I need to submit reference letters, personal statements, or supplementary applications?
    Reference letters and personal statements are not required for admission to any of our programs. Theatre & Drama requires students to complete an audition. For more information regarding the audition process, please visit https://www.utm.utoronto.ca/future-students/apply/audition.   
  4. I am interested in pursuing two majors during my undergraduate studies that fall within two different admission categories at U of T Mississauga (ie. Biology and History). How do I know which admission category I should apply to on OUAC? 
    You may only select one admission category when applying to the University of Toronto Mississauga. If you are interested in more than one program, we recommend applying to the one that best represents your academic goals, or if you can't decide between the two, choose the one with the most prerequisite subjects or highest grade requirement. 
  5. I am interested in applying to a program at the University of Toronto Mississauga. If I apply to this program on OUAC will I be considered for this program at all three campuses? 
    No. To be considered for U of T Mississauga programs, you must apply to U of T Mississauga via your OUAC or U of T application. In some cases, U of T Mississauga may send alternate offers to competitive Faculty of Arts & Science applicants. 
  6. What is the difference between an admission category, a program, and POSt? Can I apply directly to my program or specialist/major/minor? 
    The Admission Category is a grouping of similar programs, with the same or similar requirements. Students admitted to an Admission Category, complete common foundational studies in first year to determine which Program of Study (POSt) they are most interested in, and best suited for.  The official terminology for Program at the University of Toronto is “Program of Study (POSt)” or “Subject POSt”. Though general programs are listed within our Admission Categories, many more exist at various levels (i.e. Specialist, Major, Minor). These levels are determined by the number of credits completed in that particular area of study.  You can request your Subject POSt(s) once you’ve completed Year 1 or 4.0 credits, including specific program requirements. Watch this video to learn more! 
  7. How will a repeated course affect my admission? 
    The university reserves the right to give preference to students whose marks are the result of a single attempt at each course. Though we may consider repeated courses, we will pay close attention to prerequisite courses, the number of repeats, as well as your overall academic record.  
  8. Will I be considered for all of the programs I applied to at the same time, or only in the order I ranked them? 
    You will be considered concurrently for all your U of T applications. U of T rank doesn’t matter.  
  9. I have an extenuating circumstance that affected my academic performance. How can I include this in my application? 
    If your academic record has been negatively affected by disability related circumstances, or extenuating circumstances (such as a personal or family illness, tragedy, trauma or hardship), and your academic performance is slightly below the usual requirements for admission, the appropriate Admissions Committee may give special consideration.   Although we cannot guarantee approval, each request will be reviewed on its individual merits. For more details visit https://future.utoronto.ca/apply/applying/#special-consideration.
  10. If I am not eligible for my program choice at U of T Mississauga, will I be considered for an alternate offer?  
    You will automatically be considered for an alternate program at U of T Mississauga if you are not eligible for your first program choice. We review your academic record and try our best to choose a program aligned to your first choice, and which plays to your academic strengths.   

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    1. When will I hear back after submitting my application?
    2. I’m having trouble logging in to JOIN. What should I do?
    3. JOIN is asking me for a temporary pin. What is this?
    4. I have submitted my application but want to make a change, how do I do that?
    5. Do I need to ask my high school to mail in my transcript now?
    6. How should I submit my transcript?
    7. It says that uploading my transcript is unofficial so should I still upload my transcript?
    8. My mid-term grades will not be released until December/January/February, how should I self-report my grades?
    9. What should I submit if I don’t have my mid-term transcript yet? What if I don’t get mid-term grades or a mid-term transcript?
    10. My interim transcript will not be available until December/January/February, will this impact my admission because the document deadline for early consideration is in November?
    11. My school sent my transcript last week, how do I know if you have received it?
    12. I am taking a course outside of my regular day high school, in summer school/night school or private school. Will this affect my admission?
    13. I am planning on taking a prerequisite in the summer before starting my undergraduate studies. Will this affect my admission?

    1. When will I hear back after submitting my application?
      You will receive an email from both the University of Toronto's Enrolment Services and the University of Toronto Mississauga approximately ten business days after you submit your application via the OUAC or U of T International Application. These emails will provide you with instructions on how to access the JOIN U of T portal. Here, you will track the status of your application and submit any necessary supporting documents.
    2. I’m having trouble logging in to JOIN. What should I do?
      Please try resetting your JOIN password. This will resolve the majority of log in issues. If the problem persists, please contact us for next steps.
    3. JOIN is asking me for a temporary pin. What is this?
      Please try logging in directly from the main page: join.utoronto.ca
    4. I have submitted my application but want to make a change, how do I do that?
      If you have applied using the 101 or 105 OUAC application and wish to make changes to your initial application, you must do this by logging in to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre website.

      All other applicants (International/Internal/Part-Time/Non-Degree) should log onto JOIN U of T, click on Check Status, and follow the instructions for making changes to your application.

      Note: You may only amend your application if there is no decision associated. If a decision has been made, and you wish to amend your application, you must submit a Post-Decision appeal accessed through your Join UofT Portal. We do not accept any changes or corrections via e-mail or telephone.
    5. Do I need to ask my high school to mail in my transcript now?
      No, you can personally upload your current unofficial transcripts to the JOIN portal for admission consideration. Only your official final high school transcripts are required to be mailed in.
      If you finished high school by 2020 or have taken a gap year, then you will be asked to send us your official final transcripts as part of the documents needed for admission consideration before the document deadline.
    6. How should I submit my transcript?
      You can upload unofficial transcripts yourself through the JOIN portal. Official final high school transcripts or board exam certificates should be sent directly from your school through Parchment or mailed directly to Enrolment Services.
      If you are not currently a high school student, please visit the Apply to U of T web page for more information on how to submit your transcripts.
    7. It says that uploading my transcript is unofficial so should I still upload my transcript?
      Yes, we will consider you for admission based on your uploaded unofficial transcripts. We will only require your official final transcripts to be sent directly from your school at the end of the year to clear admissions conditions.
    8. My mid-term grades will not be released until December/January/February, how should I self-report my grades?
      If you are required to self-report your grades you will have access to a form in your JOIN portal with instructions as to what grades you should report. You will be able to send updated grades up until the document deadline. For updated dates & deadlines visit https://future.utoronto.ca/apply/important-application-dates/.
    9. What should I submit if I don’t have my mid-term transcript yet? What if I don’t get mid-term grades or a mid-term transcript?
      Please submit all available transcripts or most up-to-date grade reports. We will be able to assess your application for a conditional offer of admission based on what you provide. You are able to submit supporting documents until the document deadline. We will continue to accept updated grades if they become available later, provided that spaces are available in our programs.
    10. My interim transcript will not be available until December/January/February, will this impact my admission because the document deadline for early consideration is in November?
      No. Early consideration will be based on Gr. 11 marks and any available or predicted Gr. 12 marks. These transcripts can be submitted before the November deadline. Students who do not submit their documents before the November 15th early consideration deadline will be assessed in our later rounds in February, March and April using all available marks.
    11. My school sent my transcript last week, how do I know if you have received it?
      It can take a few weeks for sent documents to be matched to an application. You can track the progress of your documents on the JOIN portal.
    12. I am taking a course outside of my regular day high school, in summer school/night school or private school. Will this affect my admission?
      Courses completed through a school or organization accredited by the Ministry of Education are acceptable, whether taken online, at night, or during the summer (before your grade 12 year). Note, however, courses completed the summer before entering university cannot be taken into consideration for admission decision purposes.
    13. I am planning on taking a prerequisite in the summer before starting my undergraduate studies. Will this affect my admission?
      Admission requirements, including prerequisites for admission consideration, must be met during the regular academic school year. Summer courses can be completed for preparation or to use as prerequisites for course enrolment and/or transfer credit, but we will not be able to consider these courses for initial admission decisions.

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    1. I received an offer to a program or U of T campus that I didn’t apply to. What does this mean?
    2. What are the Terms & Conditions of my offer of admission to the University of Toronto Mississauga?
    3. Am I able to defer my offer of admission?
    4. If I’ve done Advanced Placement (AP), GCE, French Baccalaureate, or International Baccalaureate (IB), will I be eligible for Transfer Credit?

    1. I received an offer to a program or U of T campus that I didn’t apply to. What does this mean?
      Congratulations! You've received an alternate offer!

      Alternate Program Offers
      An alternate program offer is not a rejection to the university; in fact, it’s another opportunity! We carefully consider all applications before providing an offer. Students who do not meet the requirements for their original program choice, but are still admissible to the University, are sometimes offered admission to an alternate program that reflects their academic strengths.

      Alternate Campus Offers
      At U of T, we carefully consider all applications before providing an offer. Students who do not meet the requirements for their original program choice, but are still admissible to the University of Toronto, are sometimes offered admission to an alternate program that reflects their academic strengths. In this case, your offer was made to an alternate campus as well. The U of T family includes three distinct campuses, each offering a unique university experience, but all sharing in the commitment to provide our students with an excellent and unparalleled education. This tri-campus system means that our students can take courses at other U of T campuses, use all the facilities, be taught by professors who lecture at multiple campuses, and graduate with a University of Toronto degree. While we realize that you may not have considered U of T Mississauga initially, we think that this offer is something for you to be excited about!
    2. What are the Terms & Conditions of my offer of admission to the University of Toronto Mississauga?
      Most students receive a conditional offer of admission. The terms and conditions of your offer will be detailed on your Join U of T Portal. Please ensure you are working towards meeting these terms and conditions. If you are concerned about not meeting the requirements outlined in your offer letter and offer portal, please contact our office.
    3. Am I able to defer my offer of admission?
      If you decide to put your studies on hold, you may request a one-year deferral of your offer of admission. The deferral of admission will include a deferral of any entrance scholarship(s) awarded and the residence guarantee if applicable. Applicants who plan to attend another post-secondary institution will not be permitted to defer their admission. You can find instructions on how to submit a request for admission deferral form here.
    4. If I’ve done Advanced Placement (AP), GCE, French Baccalaureate, or International Baccalaureate (IB), will I be eligible for Transfer Credit?
      If you have completed college or university studies, AP, IB, GCE, CAPE, or French Baccalaureate examinations you may be eligible for transfer credit(s) at the University of Toronto. Transfer credits are assessed after admission. You can find out more about expected U of Mississauga transfer credit equivalencies on our website.
      For more information on applying for post-secondary transfer credit assessments please visit www.utm.utoronto.ca/transfer.

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    1. Do I need to submit proof of English proficiency?
    2. Can you combine sections from multiple English proficiency tests in order to meet English proficiency requirements? (Ie. Combining the IELTS writing section from one test with an IELTS reading section from another test)
    3. I just sent my new English proficiency test score. How long does it take for the university to get it?
    4. I sent my IELTS/TOEFL scores last week, how do I know if you have received it?
    5. Can I receive an admission decision before sending in my English language test results? I have all required prerequisites.
    6. What does it mean when my offer of admission says that ACE@UTM is a condition?
    7. I am eligible for both the Summer and the Fall-Winter program streams. Which one should I choose?
    8. If I pass an English proficiency test before completing the ACE@UTM program, what should I do?
    9. Where can I learn more about ACE@UTM?

    1. Do I need to submit proof of English proficiency?
      If English is not your first language, you may be required to submit proof of English facility. Some international high school curricula can act as exemptions from English language tests. Visit our website for a complete list of English facility requirements, accepted tests, exemptions, and expected scores.
    2. Can you combine sections from multiple English proficiency tests in order to meet English proficiency requirements? (Ie. Combining the IELTS writing section from one test with an IELTS reading section from another test)
      We do not super score English proficiency tests. You must meet the University of Toronto English language requirements in one sitting of an English proficiency test.
    3. I just sent my new English proficiency test score. How long does it take for the university to get it?
      It can take up to 10 business days.
    4. I sent my IELTS/TOEFL scores last week, how do I know if you have received it?
      It can take a few weeks for sent documents to be matched to an application. You can track the progress of your documents on the JOIN portal. It is very important that the names on these tests match exactly the name you used on your application (i.e: the same first, middle, and combination of last names). If the name on your test does not match your U of T applicant name exactly, we will not be able to match them and this will often be the reason for a delay.
    5. Can I receive an admission decision before sending in my English language test results? I have all required prerequisites.
      Meeting the English language proficiency requirements for the University of Toronto is part of the admission process. If required, you must submit test scores to be considered for admission. Test scores either must meet the minimum English proficiency test requirements outlined on our website, or meet the minimum scores required to be considered for our ACE@UTM Programs.
    6. What does it mean when my offer of admission says that ACE@UTM is a condition?
      This means that you have not yet met the University of Toronto's English language requirement. You have been given the opportunity to complete ACE@UTM in order to meet this requirement. Please register and complete the ACE@UTM program or submit a new English proficiency test in order to satisfy the English language requirement.
    7. I am eligible for both the Summer and the Fall-Winter program streams. Which one should I choose?
      If you are given the option, we highly recommend that you complete the program in the Summer before you begin your undergraduate studies at U of T Mississauga. The advantage is that you are able to complete and satisfy the English Language Requirement condition on your offer of admission before you begin your academic studies. It's one less thing to worry about once classes begin in September!

      Students who successfully complete Summer ACE@UTM will be able to enroll in a full-time course load once classes begin. Fall-Winter ACE@UTM students will complete the Academic English course part-time and enroll in part-time U of T Mississauga classes.
    8. If I pass an English proficiency test before completing the ACE@UTM program, what should I do?
      Please submit your official test results to the University of Toronto to demonstrate that you have passed an English proficiency test that meets the English language requirement. After you receive the official results, please contact us at ace.utm@utoronto.ca to let us know.
    9. Where can I learn more about ACE@UTM?
      Please visit our website at www.utm.utoronto.ca/ace/.

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    1. How do I make sure I’m considered for scholarships? What scholarships are available to me?
    2. What if my final high school grades change after I receive my scholarship offer?
    3. When will I find out about scholarships?
    4. I was awarded the University of Toronto International Scholar Award but there has recently been a change to my legal status and now I qualify for domestic tuition. What do I do?
    5. I received two offers of admission from the University of Toronto from two different faculties/campuses. Will my scholarship offers be transferrable?
    6. What is a “renewable” award?
    7. If the award is renewable, what grade should I maintain?
    8. If I fail to meet renewable conditions one year, but meet them the next, can I receive the award?
    9. If I reduce my course load to part-time status, will this affect my eligibility for an award?
    10. I was awarded the University of Toronto International Scholar Award. Is this scholarship offer tenable with other scholarships?
    11. I was required to pay an Admission Deposit, is this refundable?
    12. How and when will I receive my scholarship/award payment?
    13. Can I defer my tuition and fee payments until my award is credited to my student account?
    14. Can I defer my scholarship(s) to the following September?
    15. I still have questions about my U of T Mississauga admission award. Who do I contact?

    1. How do I make sure I’m considered for scholarships? What scholarships are available to me?
      All U of T Mississauga students will be automatically considered for scholarships at the time of admission. Canadian citizens, permanent residents and protected persons currently studying at a Canadian secondary school are encouraged to fill out the Awards Profile available in your JOIN portal. However, all other students will be considered automatically.

      Financial planning is an important part of readying yourself for university. We have a wide variety of tools to help you plan for the years ahead. Find a list of scholarships, tuition costs and a helpful planning tool on our website.
    2. What if my final high school grades change after I receive my scholarship offer?
      All U of T Mississauga scholarship and award offers are conditional on the completion of your secondary school program with high academic standing and satisfying the conditions of your offer of admission to the University of Toronto, as indicated on your Join U of T portal. Provided that you meet all the conditions of your offer of admission, we will not withdraw the scholarship offer. Please remember that your final high school marks are an important part of your academic record for the future – keep working!
      Note: Scholarships are based on your grades at the time of admission.
    3. When will I find out about scholarships?
      Students can expect to hear back about UTM scholarships within two weeks after they receive an offer of admission. Other awards and scholarships may have different review dates.
    4. I was awarded the University of Toronto International Scholar Award but there has recently been a change to my legal status and now I qualify for domestic tuition. What do I do?
      This award is conditional on registration as an international student (i.e. a non-Canadian requiring a study permit) and international students charged domestic fees are not eligible for this award. Should there be a change in your legal status, you are required to notify the University of Toronto Mississauga, as your eligibility may be affected.
    5. I received two offers of admission from the University of Toronto from two different faculties/campuses. Will my scholarship offers be transferrable?
      No. The admission scholarship offer you received from U of T Mississauga is not transferrable to other campuses or faculties. Your award will be conditional on your registration as a student at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus.
    6. What is a “renewable” award?
      A renewable award is typically issued for multiple years. The terms and conditions of the award specify award criteria, which could be full-time enrollment in a given program, certain academic performance, or demonstration of financial need. As long as the student meets the outlined terms and conditions of the award, the award is “renewed”, and a specified amount of money is issued the following year once registration is confirmed.

      Students are notified when awards are renewed or not renewed and have an opportunity to provide supplementary information, when appropriate.
    7. If the award is renewable, what grade should I maintain?
      Unless otherwise noted in the terms and conditions of your award, your academic status must remain “in good standing” as defined by the University of Toronto Mississauga. 
    8. If I fail to meet renewable conditions one year, but meet them the next, can I receive the award?
      No. Unfortunately, once the student does not meet the renewability criteria, the award is forfeited.
    9. If I reduce my course load to part-time status, will this affect my eligibility for an award?
      Yes. All U of T Mississauga admission awards are conditional on full-time registration (must complete at least 3.0 credits by the end of the Fall/Winter session). An exception is made for students registered with Accessibility Services.
    10. I was awarded the University of Toronto International Scholar Award. Is this scholarship offer tenable with other scholarships?
      Your U of T Mississauga International Scholar Award may be combined with all other entrance scholarships, except the Lester B. Pearson International Scholarship. The scholarship offer that is of higher value will replace the scholarship of lower value. Review our Automatic Entrance Scholarship information for more details and conditions.
    11. I was required to pay an Admission Deposit, is this refundable?
      Accepted applicants must pay the required deposit payment and accept their offer of admission. Deposits are non-refundable and are applied to the first term tuition.
    12. How and when will I receive my scholarship/award payment?
      Payment for admission scholarships/awards is applied to your student account after your registration is confirmed for the fall term, typically by mid-October.

      The scholarship payment is first applied to any outstanding fees on your student account. If the award amount exceeds the fees owing, the remainder of the award will be issued to you and deposited into your Canadian bank account via direct deposit. You will be able to view your award information, including pending payments, on ACORN under “My Award”.

      If you have not already done so, please set up direct deposit on ACORN. For more information on the types of award refund payments available, please visit the Student Accounts website.
    13. Can I defer my tuition and fee payments until my award is credited to my student account?
      Yes. You may use your scholarship offer for a tuition fee deferral on the basis of Undergraduate Scholarships or Awards (register without payment). Information about tuition deferral and payment of fees is available through the Student Accounts website.
    14. Can I defer my scholarship(s) to the following September?
      Yes. You may request a one-year deferral of your offer of admission and if granted, your scholarship will be deferred as well. Deferrals are not guaranteed and will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Deferral requests that are approved will include deferral of eligible entrance scholarship(s) awarded (check the terms of your award for conditions and eligibility) and the residence guarantee, if applicable. For more information about deferrals visit future.utoronto.ca.
    15. I still have questions about my U of T Mississauga admission award. Who do I contact?
      If you have additional questions, please contact offer.utm@utoronto.ca.

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