The #1 Thing High-School Students Ask University Reps

Posted by Kren on December 22, 2014

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As a York University student from the Faculty of Education, I spent part of this semester in a high-school placement where I volunteered as a teacher candidate. I had the opportunity to teach English to grade 12 students. I noticed that they were stressed and worried about applying to university. So I asked them “What is one thing you would like to ask a university representative?” The majority of them said that they were filled with the fear of making a mistake during their OUAC Application.

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The OUAC application process can be overwhelming, especially if you are applying on your own. It is a busy time of year, and for those high-school students who still haven’t applied yet, I am hoping that this blog focused on reviewing the OUAC Application Process will help you!

Remember to Read

On the OUAC Website, there is a link under the 101 online application for high-school students that is listed as the “101 Instruction Booklet,” the complete guide for applying to an Ontario University. As intimidating as it might seem to read through 126 pages of the guide, it is easy to understand and will benefit you tremendously when applying.


Watch the OUAC Video Tutorials

Have you watched the OUAC Video Tutorials? I would highly suggest you do so now! For a high-school student, the How to Apply to University Using the 101 Online Application video tutorial is EXTREMELY helpful because you can complete each step of the application by following the instructions in the video and pausing the video before moving on to a next step.

After you have logged on and accessed the 101 Online Application, you will see some of the most important information to read when you are selecting a program from a university.

This information includes:

The High School credits you need to have completed in order to apply.

For example: 
If you were applying to a Bachelor of Science and majoring in Psychology at York University your pre-requisites would be:
One 4U math,


If you were applying to a Bachelor of Arts and majoring in Psychology at York University then the prerequisites would be:


The date/time by which you must apply to the program.

Additional information you must submit, such as a supplementary form.

These are 3 terms you should be very familiar with as a high-school student applying to university. Under :Additional program information,” you will see any prerequisites listed for that program.

This information is highlighted in the screen shot below. To view this section of the 101 Online Application video click here.

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This is why it is SO important for you to read the information that is listed after you select a program.

Completing your application by following the OUAC 101 Online Application Tutorial will ensure that you’ve completed the steps to applying correctly.

Just a Reminder…

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You have until January 14, 2015 to submit your completed application to the OUAC. If you start your application early, you can always save your changes and log-in at another time to continue completing the application. There’s EVEN an online tutorial video that shows you how to review and change your application, and also one that shows you how to respond to your offers of admission.

I hope this blog post was helpful to you. There are numerous resources available to assist you with the application and the online tutorials provided by OUAC can make the process easier.

If you have any other questions about applying to York or general questions about the application process, feel free to tweet us @yorkustudents and ask your questions!

Good luck with your applications!



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