Post Secondary Application Information

Graduation Requirements GRADUATION & PROMOTION REQUIREMENTS - Laurel High School Counseling  Department

  • Completion of 30 (new) credits (including 18 compulsory) see chart below for specific details.  NOTE: students repeating a passed course will NOT be granted another credit.
  • Passing grade on the Grade 10 Literacy Test  ** see ministry update below
  • Completion of 40 hours of community service by May 1, 2022  ** see ministry update below

** Students graduating in the 2021-22 school year are exempted from the literacy requirement.

** For the 2021-22 school year, the ministry is revising the 40 hour community involvement graduation requirement so that students will not be adversely impacted by the ongoing challenges related to COVID-19.  For students graduating in the 2021-22 school year, the community involvement graduation requirement will be reduced to a minimum of 20 hours of community involvement activities. 

**The ministry plans to restore the 40 hours community involvement and literacy requirement for the 2022-23 school year.

All potential graduates should schedule an appointment with their guidance counsellor for the EXIT PLAN MEETING.

Ontario Scholars – students obtaining an average of 80% or greater in a minimum of six grade 12 courses are eligible to receive Ontario Scholar designation on their transcripts.

Students/Parents should review the graduation requirements each year to ensure that their child is on track and have met the necessary requirements. Download the Graduation Requirements PDF

How to Apply to College and University 


“How to Apply to College” – process

“How to Apply to College” – video


“How to Apply to University”  – process

Do you have questions about Mohawk College?

Mohawk College is excited to announce that they will be providing a number of virtual supports and services again this year.  Virtual services provided include:

  • Grade 12 presentations
  • One to one student advising appointments: program exploration, pathway planning, preparatory and upgrading options.
  • College application assistance
  • Career assessments
  • Financial aid options: OSAP and bursaries
  • Postsecondary point-of-contact for all questions and assistance needed right up to the first day of college.
  • New electronic resources for Guidance & students

If interested in booking a 1:1 session, please contact Samantha Walker (see contact info below).  She is available to meet by phone, text, email, & video appointments (Zoom or Teams).

Samantha Walker – Outreach & Education Advisor

(905) 870-0019


Post Secondary virtual tours for Visiting Kalamazoo College | Admission | Kalamazoo CollegeColleges and Universities across Canada

Virtual campus tours for Colleges and Universities across Canada are now available.   If interested, click on the link and begin the journey.

Virtual Tours – Colleges and Universities

University/College Information Page

Is an Ontario University or College in your future?  Wondering where to start your research?  Check out the following links to see what our fine Ontario schools have to offer.

University Information | College Information

Here you will have an opportunity to get even more information on popular items like:  Programs, Tuition Costs, Contact Links, Scholarships, Tuition Costs and more.

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University and College Application

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Applications to Ontario Universities are due January 13, 2022 @

Applications to Ontario Colleges are due February 1st, 2022 @

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University and College Application (resource guides)



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.

University Application InformationTop 10 Mistakes Students Make on College Applications and Procedures

All Grade 12 Students planning on applying to an Ontario University next year must pick up their PINs in Student Services. Once you have your PIN you are able to apply. There will be a Grade 12 Presentation on “How to Apply” in November. Please visit Student Services if you have any questions.

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 (PINs) 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.

Grade 12 Parent Information Presentation (Click to download)

College Application Information and Procedure

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 $110.00 (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.

Applying to Universities (Out ofOut of Province Students | Student Awards and Financial Aid Province)

Students interested in applying to a university out of province must apply directly to the school that they are interested in.  Application forms can be found directly on the school website.  The OUAC assists the following out-of-province institutions in collecting academic data for Ontario secondary school students who have applied through the OUAC:

  • Acadia University
  • Bishop’s University
  • The University of British Columbia
  • The University of Calgary
  • Concordia University
  • Dalhousie University
  • McGill University
  • The University of New Brunswick
  • Saint Mary’s University
  • Simon Fraser University
  • The University of Victoria

Students who complete an application form for these out-of-province universities can provide authorization for a university to request their academic information from the OUAC.  To provide authorization, the applicant must include their 11-digit OUAC Reference Number on the institutions’s application form.  Note:  In all cases, the eleventh digit should be “0”.  This automated transfer of academic data greatly reduces the workload in secondary schools by eliminating the need to prepare and mail hardcopy transcripts.

Applying to US Colleges

Applying to study in the US? Then you’ll want to know this.

U.S. College Expo –  April 30th, 2022 register by visiting 

Since 2011, the ACT test has been the most widely taken college and university entrance exam in the United States, and is accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in the US. Since 2010, the number of US students taking the ACT increased 17.7%, and it now enjoys 57% of the market share. See below for the year-by-year specifics.

Why should this matter to you?

You need to have testing options. Making decisions based on outdated data could jeopardize your future. Each test has its own unique characteristics and you can choose the one that’s best for you.  Scroll down the page for registration details on the ACT test!

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More information can be found  at USCOLLEGEEXPO.COM

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.

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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 that’s 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:

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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.

How to get OSAPOSAP

Apply for money that can help you pay for a college or university education.  Click below for more information on the application process for OSAP.

How to Pay for College/University (Virtual Presentation) – Wednesday, April 27th, 2022 (6:00pm)

If you were unable to attend this weeks presentation on paying for college/university, do not worry.  Another virtual presentation will be offered next week on Wed. April 27th @ 6:00pm.  Please join Liz for this one-hour session that will cover information to help alleviate students’ (and parents’) worries about the cost of post secondary education.  Topics to be covered include – average costs of attending college/university, types of financial aid, college to university pathway options, and how OSAP is calculated and how to apply.  Promotional flyer.

To join, click on the link below to reserve your spot.

You can also check out the PDF copy of the presentation below.

How to Pay PDF.pdf

Applying to College and OSAP combined

In partnership with the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP), we’re pleased to announce the launch of a new feature that simplifies the OSAP application process for our college applicants.  See link for more details Integration Between College and OSAP Applications

Helpful Links

Financial Aid / Awards & Scholarships

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