FAQs

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You will only be considered for one admission category at the Faculty of Arts & Science. If you applied to more than one Faculty or campus at U of T, you will be considered for all your choices concurrently. In some cases, the University of Toronto Scarborough or Mississauga campuses may send alternate offers to competitive Faculty of Arts & Science students. 

Reference letters and personal statements are not required for admission to any of our programs. Rotman Commerce and Computer Science require students to fill out an additional supplementary application, but no other programs at the Faculty of Arts & Science require this. Select Colleges and first-year opportunities require additional information as well.

You can upload unofficial transcripts yourself through the JOIN portal. Official final high school transcripts or board exam certificates should be sent directly from your school through Parchment or mailed directly to Enrolment Services.

If you are not currently a high school students, please visit the Apply to U of T web page for more information on how to submit your transcripts.

No, you can personally upload your current unofficial transcripts to the JOIN portal for admission consideration. Only your official final high school transcripts are required to be mailed in. 

If you finished high school by 2019 or have taken a gap year, then you will be asked to send us your official final transcripts as part of the documents needed for admission consideration before the document deadline.

Yes, we will consider you for admission based on your uploaded unofficial transcripts. We will only require your official final transcripts to be sent directly from your school at the end of the year to clear your admissions conditions. 

If you are required to self-report your grades you will have access to a form in your JOIN portal with instructions as to what grades you should report. You will be able to send updated grades up until the February 1 document deadline.

Please submit all available transcripts or most up-to-date grade reports. We will be able to assess your application for a conditional offer of admission based on what you provide. You are able to submit supporting documents until February 1. We will continue to accept updated grades if they become available later, provided that spaces are available in our programs. 

No. Early consideration will be based on Gr. 11 marks and any available or predicted Gr. 12 marks. These transcripts can be submitted before the November deadline. Students who do not submit their documents before the November 15th early consideration deadline will  be assessed in our later rounds in February, March and April using all available marks.

It can take a few weeks for sent documents to be matched to an application. You can track the progress of your documents on the JOIN portal. 

 

Already Applied

You will receive an email from both the University of Toronto's Enrolment Services and the Faculty of Arts & Science approximately ten business days after you submit your application via the OUAC or U of T International Application. These emails will provide you with instructions on how to access the JOIN U of T portal. Here, you will track the status of your application and submit any necessary supporting documents.

Offers of admission are generally sent out in late February, March, and April. Some offers may be made outside of these dates.

If you have applied using the 101 or 105 OUAC application and wish to make changes to your initial application, you must do this by logging in to the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre website.

All other applicants (International/Internal/Part-Time/Non-Degree) should log onto JOIN U of T, click on Check Status, and follow the instructions for making changes to your application.

We do not accept any changes or corrections via e-mail or telephone and changes cannot be made after the application deadline (January 15, 2020).

If English is not your first language you may be required to submit proof of English facility. Some international high school curricula can act as exemptions from English language tests. Visit our website for a complete list of English facility requirements, accepted tests, exemptions, and expected scores.

It can take a few weeks for sent documents to be matched to an application. You can track the progress of your documents on the JOIN portal. It is very important that the names on these tests match exactly the name you used on your application (i.e: the same first, middle, and combination of last names). If the name on your test does not match your U of T applicant name exactly, we will not be able to match them and this will often be the reason for a delay.

If you decide to put your studies on hold, you may request a one-year deferral of your offer of admission. The deferral of admission will include a deferral of any entrance scholarship(s) awarded and the residence guarantee if applicable. Applicants who plan to attend another post-secondary institution will not be permitted to defer their admission. You can find instructions on how to submit a deferral form.

You must indicate your interest in residence by March 31st through the StarRez portal on the JOIN portal to be covered by the Residence Guarantee. Once you receive an offer of admission you will be able to go back to StarRez to rank your residence preferences. These will vary depending on your college of admission. Once you’ve submitted your preferences, you will hear back from the Housing Office between June and July about your residence assignment. You then have the choice to accept or refuse the room assignment. Should you accept the room, a deposit will be required.

 

Transfer Students

Your transfer credits will determine whether you are eligible to enrol in a program of study or if you are missing required courses for this program. If this is the case, you will remain as a HBA or HBSc student during your first year at the Faculty of Arts & Science while you complete the courses required for your program of study. Once these courses are completed, you can enrol in your intended program of study.

Use the Academic Calendar to compare your previous post-secondary courses with Faculty of Arts & Science courses to determine whether you have course equivalents for your program of interest.

If you have completed college or university studies, AP, IB, GCE, CAPE, or French Baccalaureate examinations you may be eligible for transfer credit(s) at the University of Toronto. Transfer credits are assessed after admission. You can find out more about expected Faculty of Arts & Science transfer credit equivalencies on our website.

To assess your eligibility for transfer credits we are looking for course syllabi and descriptions, and a final official transcript. We need as much information about your courses as possible to determine whether the Faculty of Arts & Science offers a course equivalent to what you have already studied.

While we determine your transfer credit eligibility, you can check which of your courses might be eligible for transfer through the Transfer Explorer. This is a planning tool showing credits previously transferred to the Faculty of Arts & Science from other post-secondary institutions. When using the tool, ensure that the transfer credit assessment is for the Faculty of Arts & Science at the St. George campus and that you’ve taken the course within the past five years.

Remember, Transfer Explorer is for planning purposes only and is not a guarantee of what transfer credits you may be awarded.

The time it takes to assess transfer credits varies depending on a number of factors such as whether or not the documentation in your file is complete, where your studies were completed, and the time period during which your transfer credit request is received. A Canadian university assessment takes approximately four weeks, and an international assessment up to ten weeks.

Mid-May to mid-August is our peak assessment period, so we recommend starting your Transfer Credit Application as soon as you receive your offer of admission.

Transfer credits are assessed after you have been admitted. You can find more information on the transfer credit webpage.

 

Scholarships/Financial Aid

All Faculty of Arts & Science students will be automatically considered for scholarships at the time of admission. Canadian citizens, permanent residents and protected persons currently studying at a Canadian secondary school are encouraged to fill out the Awards Profile available in your JOIN portal. However, all other students will be considered automatically.

Financial planning is an important part of readying yourself for university. We have a wide variety of tools to help you plan for the years ahead. Find a list of scholarships, tuition costs and a helpful planning tool on our website. 

Students can expect to hear back about scholarships within three to four weeks after they receive an offer of admission.