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Centre Youville Centre
Ottawa-Carleton Inc.
150 Mann Avenue
Ottawa ON Canada
K1N 8P4

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Youville Centre


The Two Major Universities in Ottawa

Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive,
Ottawa, ON
K1S 5B6
Offers a mature program for individuals who lack normal entrance requirements as published, but who will be 21 years of age or over by December 31st of the year in which they will enroll. May receive consideration for admission to a degree program either full-time or part-time.

University of Ottawa
550 Cumberland Street
K1N 6N5
For mature students who do not meet formal admission and have been out of full-time studies for two years after secondary school studies.

If university is the path you plan to take, here is some relevant information that will help you.

Approximate Schedule of dates for admission to an Ontario University

September 30
A local University information Program (UIP) will be held at Peterborough College form 7:00-9:00p.m. A representative from all Ontario Universities will be present to answer your questions. Students can attend specific university and gather school's calendars.

October- November
Begin your research using - a great website for locating degrees, comparing universities, finding scholarship info and so on. Go onto to begin the application process.

December 19
We recommend that you apply to OUAC by this date, as the nest 2 weeks are very busy.

January 15
On-line applications due to Ontario University Application Centre. We will forward your transcript, listing all courses you've taken in high school, with grades earned.

February 6
Recommended late for students to submit university or program changes for consideration for early admission.

May 25
Date by which all secondary school applicants shall expect one of the following: 1.) an offer of admission 2.) a refusal 3.) a deferral

May 28
The earliest date by which Ontario Universities may require a response to an offer of admission from students and may require financial commitment.

June 1
Online OSAP application available

Important Notes to Consider

The earlier offer date means that universities may use Gr. 11 and 12 marks.
Each university will set its own admission policies. Pay careful attention to these details by referring to the individual university's website, or OUAC's website
Students should start researching their options in September to be sure their make will-informed decisions and to be ready to make decisions by mid December.
Fee is $100.00 to apply to three universities- each additional choice is $33.00. These additional choices can be submitted as part of the original application or as amendments to their application after it has been submitted.

Financing University:

OSAP-Ontario Student Assistance Program

OSAP is a program run by the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, and funded by the provincial and federal governments.
OSAP is a needs-based program. This means that it provides loans, grants, scholarships and bursaries based on a formula that compares your educational costs to expected contributions from your parents or your spouse (if applicable) and your own income and assets.
OSAP provides eligible Ontario students with financial assistance to help pay for their tuition, books, mandatory fees, living costs and transportation.

Universities in Ontario

19 publicly funded universities, plus the Ontario College of Art
3 or 4 year degree program (undergraduate) and 5 to 10 year graduate programs (Master's or PhD)
General Areas of Study: Agriculture and Biological Science, Education/Physical Education/Recreation. Engineering and Applied Science, Fine and Applied Arts, General Arts and Social Science (Humanities), General Science, Health Programs and Medical Science, Math and Physical Science and Business
Nature of Studies: Knowledge oriented with a focus on understanding theoretical principles, 0-15% of course work is practical, hands-on, does not necessarily lead to specific professions without additional study
High School Requirements (minimum): Diploma and 6 courses at the grade 12 University and/or Mixed-levels (required average and prerequisites vary with programs/universities)
Cost per Year (8 months): Varies greatly between programs and institutions. Check course calendars. Go to open house and information sessions. Check websites for most current information.