How We Make Decisions

Factors to Consider

We take many factors into consideration when assessing your application — not just your academic record. The grades required for admission are not pre-determined by the University. They vary from year to year and are based on the competition among applicants for available spaces (to view the minimum admission grades, visit the Program section). This competition means that you are not guaranteed a place in your desired program even if you have the minimum requirements. Preference is given to students with the best qualifications. Here are some of the factors we consider when we look at your application.

Academic credentials

We look at a wide range of criteria including school grades, which subjects you take and how well you do in subjects relevant to the academic program you select.  

Non-academic credentials

Depending on the program, non-academic information may be used to assess your application, and is considered as important as your academic qualifications.

Repeated courses

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.  

Special Consideration

If your academic performance is slightly below the usual requirements for admission, you may be given special consideration if you provide the necessary supporting documents at the time of your application.  More details can be found here.  

When Decisions are Made

Ontario High School Students (OUAC 101)

  1. Ontario high school applicants are assessed in 3 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.
  2. 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.
  3. For programs that require a Supplementary Application Form (SAF), the SAF must be submitted before the round of admission for an application to be assessed. If the deadline has passed to submit your SAF, we still encourage applicants to submit it as soon as possible in order to be considered for that program.
  4. Applicants should not make any program changes after the January 16 application deadline as it can affect the assessment of your application. Program changes made after the deadline may also delay admission decisions. Similarly, once an offer of admission is made, students who would like to make any program choices should notify the admissions office and not make any changes to their application. 

All Other Applicants (OUAC 105, International, Internal, Non-Degree, Part-time)

  1. Admission decisions are made on an ongoing basis once all required documents have been received and an application is ready to be assessed. Required documents must be submitted electronically whenever possible. If they cannot be sent electronically, you may be given the opportunity to upload your documents directly to (uploaded documents are considered unofficial and we may request official transcripts). Please do not submit duplicate documents as this will delay the assessment.
  2. After all required documents are submitted, including proof of English-language proficiency and the SAF (if required), decisions are typically made within 6 to 8 weeks.
  3. University/college transfer applicants are encouraged to submit current transcripts that indicate the courses in which they are currently enrolled and any final grades from previous semesters. If we are unable to make a conditional decision based on the current academic record, the final transcript from that semester will be required to make a decision.
  4. Any documents submitted after the listed document deadline will still be assessed for admission, space permitting. If the original program you applied to has reached capacity after the document deadline date, your file will be reviewed for any possible alternate offers of admission related to your original program choice once all your required documents are submitted. 

Notification of Admission Decisions

  1. Check your inbox. If you are currently studying full-time in the Ontario secondary school system, you should receive your notification by the end of the month during any of the 3 rounds of admission. Otherwise, the notification period typically ranges from 6 to 8 weeks after all documents are submitted.


  • At U of T Scarborough, we make every effort to process applications as quickly as possible. We will only process your application once you have submitted all of your necessary documents, such as transcripts, predicted grades, and proof of English Facility (if required).
  • All applicants can view documents they need to submit after applying, as well as view when a decision is made, by accessing Status Check, available through the JOIN U of T Portal.
  • If you have already applied and received your U of T Acknowledgement email, please click here to access Application Status Check