Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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FAQ

HOW TO APPLY

How do I apply to U of T Scarborough?

You can apply to U of T by visiting the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). You may select one program only for the Scarborough campus, and will be required to submit academic documents such as transcripts after you apply on the OUAC.

What OUAC application form should I fill out?

There are two forms available on OUAC. The 101 application is to be filled out by current Ontario high school students. All other applicants should use the 105 application.

PROGRAM AND U OF T SCARBOROUGH INFORMATION

What programs can I study at U of T Scarborough?

U of T Scarborough offers undergraduate and graduate programs covering a wide array disciplines ranging from New Media Studies, to Management and International Business, to Mental Health Studies. Many of our academic programs also have Co-op opportunities available. For a full list of all the programs we offer, please visit our programs page.

What is Co-op?

U of T Scarborough is the only U of T campus that offers an option to participate in the Co-op program. This program allows you to work within your field of study while completing your degree. It’s a great way to explore career options, gain experience and skills to complement your studies, earn money while going to school, and network with potential employers. 

How can I learn about the campus?

You can learn more about the campus through our on-campus and online events which are designed to give you a comprehensive overview of U of T Scarborough. You can also see what the campus looks like and get a better understanding of a day at U of T Scarborough through an on-campus or virtual tour.

What is a Combined Degree Program?

Through our combined degree options, students are able to smoothly bridge from undergraduate to graduate degree studies at the University of Toronto. Students begin with an undergraduate degree in one of the listed programs and add the graduate degree as they progress through their studies. 

AFTER YOU APPLY

What documents do I have to submit with my application?

Depending on your academic history and educational background, applicants may have to submit some or all of these pieces of information: Transcripts from high school, transcripts from post-secondary such as college/university attended, Supplementary Application form (for select U of T Scarborough programs), proof of English facility, additional documentation such as letters to explain academic experiences, etc.

Do I need to complete a Supplementary Application Form (SAF)?

The SAF is only to be completed by those students applying to the following programs: 

  • All Management and Co-op Management program options
  • Double Degree and Co-op Double Degree (BBA/BSc) programs
  • Co-op International Development Studies
  • Paramedicine

If a SAF is listed as a required document on your JOIN U of T portal, it is necessary that you submit one. Failure to submit your SAF may jeopardize your application consideration.

For programs that require a Supplementary Application Form (SAF), the SAF must be submitted by the deadline listed on the Dates and Deadlines page in order for applications to be considered during the rounds of admission. If the SAF deadline has passed, we still encourage applicants to submit it as soon as possible in order to be considered for that program.

How do I submit documents? 

A full list of your required documents can be found on your JOIN U of T portal and the majority of these documents can be uploaded through the portal. In some situations, documents need to come directly from the educational institution and/or testing agency (e.g. IB results, IELTS/TOEFL scores, etc.).

How do I submit official transcripts?

All transcripts must be submitted electronically directly from your institution through Parchment/Naviance or through OUAC. If an electronic submission is not possible, please have your institution mail the transcripts in a sealed and stamped envelope to U of T Enrolment Services (be sure the name on any documents sent to the university match the name on your application):

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

Do I need to provide proof of English proficiency?

Proof of English proficiency must be submitted by all applicants whose first language is not English. Those whose first language is not English but have studies in an English Language School System in a country where English is a dominant language for 4 years or more may be exempt from this requirement. Further details can be found on the English Language Requirements page.

JOIN U OF T PORTAL

What is the JOIN U of T portal?

The JOIN U of T portal is the online platform that our admissions assessors use to communicate with applicants. This portal is where you will submit documents, apply for residence, receive admissions decisions, and much more. Applicants usually get access to the JOIN U of T portal within two weeks of submitting their OUAC application.

I’m having trouble logging into my JOIN U of T portal.

If you have entered the correct values and still have problems logging in with your JOINid, try resetting your password. Please be advised that your password reset will take effect within one business day. 

AMENDING YOUR APPLICATION

I submitted my Supplementary Application Form (SAF), but need to update my information. How do I do that?

Once your SAF is submitted, you cannot revisit it to make any changes. You have the ability to save your responses and work on it over time, but you must submit your SAF before the deadline. Please ensure all the information and responses on your SAF are correct before submitting it.

Can I change the program that I applied to at U of T Scarborough?

Without Offer of Admission

Of course! To make changes to a program you applied to, please visit your OUAC application and remove the old program and add the new program you wish to apply to. You will not be charged extra if you are replacing programs from the same institution. 

With Offer of Admission

If you are requesting to change programs after receiving an offer of admission, do not amend on OUAC because this will cancel your offer of admission and you will lose your place at U of T Scarborough. Please email utsc.offer@utoronto.ca to request a program change.

ADMISSION DECISION

When will I receive a decision on my U of T Scarborough application?

Admission decisions for all Ontario high school applicants (101 applicants) are assessed in three rounds of admission during February, March and May. During each round of admission, updated grades are provided to the University of Toronto from Ontario high schools to assess applicants. If an offer of admission is not made during a particular round of admission, the applicant will be reassessed with updated grades for the subsequent round. During the round in May, applicants who have not received an offer of admission will receive a final decision on their application. 

Applicants to undergraduate studies who are not currently attending an Ontario high school (105 applicants) are assessed in rounds of admission during January, February, March, April and May. During each round of admission, applications will be assessed using the most up-to-date information we have available. If an applicant has applied to more than one undergraduate program at the University of Toronto, they will receive a decision from all of the University of Toronto faculties they selected. Applicants are encouraged to complete application requirements for all program choices as early as possible to prevent any delay in admission decisions. If an offer of admission is not made during a particular round of admission, the applicant will be reassessed with any updated information for the subsequent round. During the round in May, applicants who have not received an offer of admission will receive a final decision on their application.

What is an Alternate Offer of Admission?

An alternate offer of admission is an admission offer that is granted to students who are strong academically but did not quite meet the criteria for admission into the program that they initially applied to.

Why did I get an Alternate Offer of Admission?

There can be many reasons as to why a student may receive an alternate offer. Some reasons could be low SAF score, academic inconsistencies, course repeats or not a strong enough average for their initial program application.

Why was I refused admission to U of T Scarborough?

There could be multiple reasons why you were not admissible. It could be one or a combination of the criteria below:

  • Overall grades not competitive enough.
  • Missing prerequisites or low grades in required courses.
  • Did not meet EPT requirements.
  • Poor responses on SAF or no SAF submitted.
  • Inconsistent academic history (e.g. lots of repeats).

How does U of T Scarborough look at summer school or private school courses? 

We accept courses that are taken in summer school and private school as long as the institution is approved by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Review the complete list of approved private institutions.

Will repeating a course impact my application to U of T Scarborough?

We do accept repeated courses, however, priority will be given to students who took the course in a single attempt. While we recognize that there may be valid reasons for repeating a course, in general we urge you to do as well as possible on your first attempt.  

We take many factors into consideration when assessing your application — not just your academic record. Learn more on how we make decisions

Can I postpone starting studies at U of T Scarborough?

You may request a one-year deferral of your offer of admission. 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. Deferral applications will be available to students who have met all offer conditions.

AFTER YOU RECEIVE AN OFFER OF ADMISSION

What do I do once I’ve accepted my offer of admission?

Once you have responded to your offer, your status on the JOIN U of T Portal will change to “Accepted”. You have now successfully accepted your offer and will be part of our incoming class in September, congratulations!

You may be guaranteed a place in residence provided you meet the eligibility criteria indicated on StarRez. Your admission letter will indicate whether or not you qualify for the residence guarantee. If you are interested in residence, you must log in to StarRez and ensure all required steps are completed.

In the summer, you will receive information about Get Started and course enrolment. Please ensure that you are aware of all conditions of your offer of admission. Details are outlined in your status page on JOIN.

For more information on next steps, visit the You Got In page.

How do I enroll in courses?

Begin your journey at U of T Scarborough with Get Started, our online, interactive academic orientation. The orientation will introduce you to information and tools needed for academic success.

Get help choosing your first-year courses and receive answers to your questions by using tools like the Enrolment Cart on ACORN, the Academic Calendar to view courses required for your program of study, the Course Timetable to see when the courses you plan to take are offered, and the Registrar’s Guide for information on course registration, payment deadlines, financial support and academic requirements.

Visit the Office of the Registrar’s Choosing Courses page for more information on how to select courses.

FEES & SCHOLARSHIPS

What types of scholarships does U of T Scarborough have?

U of T Scarborough has a variety of scholarships available - some that you are automatically considered for, and others that are application-based. For more information, please visit our Scholarships page. For further information regarding feesscholarships and financial aid, please visit our Finances page.

How much are tuition and fees?

Tuition costs can vary year-to-year and are also dependent on your status in Canada. In addition to tuition fees, there are other items that you need to budget for such as books, residence, and academic fees. For a complete list of costs you can anticipate for an academic year, visit our Tuition and Fees page.

Are there jobs available on campus? 

A wide variety of career-related part-time jobs are available at U of T. Students can begin to apply for positions starting in late August. Successful applicants are allowed to work up to 15 hours a week. Interested students can visit the Academic Advising & Career Centre for more information.