Post Secondary Application Information


Important Facts about Post-Secondary Admission Requirements:

#1:  Universities calculate admission average using a student’s top six Grade 12 credits at the “M” or “U” level, including the programs’s required courses.  One credit must be ENG4U.  You cannot use “O” level or “C” level credits to apply to university.

#2:  Colleges calculate admission average based on the program’s required courses.  This may be the average of one or more courses.  One of these credits must be ENG4C or ENG4U (very few colleges also accept ENG4E).  Some colleges do not accept Coop or Physical Education credits because they are at the open level.  Check college websites to verify program requirements.

#3:  Many colleges have transfer agreements with universities.  This is helpful for students who are not eligible to apply to university directly from high school.  Visit for details.


Have an IEP? Transition Resource Information Guide:

Transition Resource Guide

The is a one stop shop for students with disabilities to learn what they need to know to be prepared for post-secondary school in Ontario.

Students can find information about their rights and responsibilities, how to access accommodations at post-secondary, as well as detailed information about each publicly funded post-secondary institution in Ontario.


University Application

All Grade 12 Students planning on applying to an Ontario University next year. Your PINS will be mailed to students homes for the 2020-2021 Application process. Once you have your PIN you are able to apply. There will be a Grade 12 Presentation on “How to Apply” by the end of October. Please visit Student Services if you have any questions.

OUAC Application Process

University Application Information and Procedures

You will receive your PIN Code Letter in the mail at the start of November. This letter contains the access codes that you will need to begin the application. Your access codes should not be shared with anyone. The OUAC cannot provide access codes over the telephone or by email. The deadline for Ontario secondary school students to submit completed applications to the OUAC is January 13th, 2022.

Summary of Fees

All fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

Base Application Fee: $150
For the initial three university/program choices.

Additional Choice Fee: $50/choice
For each university/program choice beyond the initial three (e.g., if two additional university choices are added, you must pay $100 in addition to the base application fee).

Note: You may apply to as many Ontario universities/programs as you wish; however, you are limited to a maximum of 3 program choices at any one university (including its affiliates). Some universities may further limit the number of programs you can apply to.

101 How to Apply

Step 1: Research Your University Selections

Step 2: Gather Information Needed to Apply

In October/November your high school will distribute Application Access Code letters that contain the information required to apply online:

  • School Number
  • Student Number
  • Temporary PIN
  • Narrow down your university program selections by talking to your parents, teachers and guidance counsellors about your interests and options.
  • Watch the instructional video on how to apply online.
  • Review the 101 Important Dates.

Step 3: Apply

  • Use the information in your Application Access Code Letter to log in to your online application. Note: The first time you log in you must change your temporary PIN to a personal password. Use your password (instead of your PIN) the next time you log in.
  • Complete all sections of the application.
  • Review your program selections before clicking “I Verify and Agree”.
  • Submit your application, with payment, well before the 101 application deadline and any university program-specific deadlines.
  • Record the OUAC Reference Number you receive and keep it in a safe place. You will require this number, along with your password, for future access to your application, and to respond to university offers of admission.

Step 4: After Applying

  • After one business day, log in to your online application to verify the details. Review and make any necessary changes.
  • Ensure spam filters are set to accept email from the OUAC and the universities you applied to. Email is the primary mode of communication for the universities and the OUAC.
  • The universities will acknowledge that they received your application.
  • After you receive your report card, log in to verify your grades information. Notify your guidance office of any necessary corrections.
  • Visit a university. University open houses and campus visits are great ways to experience first-hand what campus life is like and help you decide which university is the best fit for you.
  • Expect to receive either an offer of admission or a refusal from the universities you applied to by the end of May. Review the 101 Important Dates.

Video Tutorials


College Application

OCAS – Ontario College Application Services

Apply on or before February 1, 2022 in order to receive equal consideration for admission to programs starting the following fall. After this date, colleges consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until programs are full.

If you have never applied through before, click the “Apply” link to get started. Your account allows you to

Important Info Before You Apply

  • The application processing fee is $95.00 (non-refundable).
  • An application allows you up to 5 program choices (no more than 3 at any one college).
  • All program choices must start within the same academic year (August-July).
  • Your username is permanent.
  • Your password must be between 8 and 14 characters in length.
  • Use a valid email address.
  • DO NOT create more than one account.
  • The application works best in certain web browsers.

How to Apply

  • Log in to your account.
  • Fill in your personal information and educational history.
  • Add your program choices.
  • Pay the application processing fee and any transcript fees.
  • Log back in to verify your transcript information, or to make changes or updates to your application.
  • Log back in after February 1 to view and confirm offers of admission.

For a step-by-step tour of the secure online application, download the user guide.

Important Dates

  • October: Applications become available for programs starting the following fall.
  • February 1: Equal Consideration Date – apply to highly competitive programs on or before this date.
  • February 1: Colleges may begin sending offers of admission.
  • May 1: Deadline to confirm offers (colleges may extend offers after this date).
  • Mid-June: Tuition deposit payment due.
  • See the Important Dates page for more information.

OSAP – Ontario Student Assistance Program

Need help paying for school? Check out the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) website.

Grade 12 OSAP Presentation

An OSAP Presentation will be scheduled for grade 12 students. A representative from Sheridan’s Financial Office will be giving our students the presentation.

Click on the hyperlinks below to get informed about OSAP before the presentation!

10 Things you Need to Know about OSAP

OSAP Brochure

Q&A About OSAP:

Applying to US Colleges

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Why should this matter to you?

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NCAA Rules and Regulations for Ontario Athletes

The NCAA has strict rules for applying. The links below provide parents and students with the Eligibility Requirements to apply.

SAT and ACT Information

The SAT and SAT Subject Tests are designed to assess your academic readiness for college. These exams provide a path to opportunities, financial support, and scholarships, in a way thats fair to all students. The SAT and SAT Subject Tests keep pace with what colleges are looking for today, measuring the skills required for success in the 21st century. Click the link below for more details:

ACT Test Information

The ACT is an achievement test, measuring what a student has learned in school. The SAT is more of an aptitude test, testing reasoning and verbal abilities. The ACT has up to 5 components: English, Mathematics, Reading, Science, and an optional Writing Test.

The College Board introduced a new version of the SAT in 2005, with a mandatory writing test. ACT continues to offer its well-established test, plus an optional writing test. You take the ACT Writing Test only if required or requested by the college(s) you’re applying to.

The SAT penalizes you for wrong answers, so guessing is discouraged. The ACT is scored based on the number of correct answers with no penalty for guessing.

The ACT has an Interest Inventory that allows students to evaluate their interests in various career options.

The Common App

The Common Application is a not-for-profit membership organization that, since its founding over 35 years ago, has been committed to providing reliable services that promote equity, access, and integrity in the college application process. They serve students, member institutions, and secondary schools by providing applications that students and school officials may submit to any of their over 500 members. Membership is open to colleges and universities that promote access by evaluating students using a holistic selection process. Parents may access the Common App site using the link below:

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