How to Apply

You can submit your application to the Faculty of Arts & Science through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC), starting in early October. Although the final date to submit your application is January 13, we strongly encourage you not to wait until the deadline to apply.

Applications are reviewed on an ongoing basis and some admission categories fill up quickly. Applicants who submit their OUAC application early and provide all the necessary documentation may be considered for early admission by the Faculty. Please note, each year the early admission deadline is November 7. Admission decisions are released between late January and late May.  

To help you prepare to complete your OUAC application, you will need to do some research on the following: 

  • Admission categories: Students applying to the Faculty of Arts & Science must choose one admission category on their application, identifying the area of study they want to pursue.
  • College preferences: On your application, you must select a college – a friendly and supportive community of students and scholars within the Faculty of Arts & Science. All seven colleges provide the same core services, and each has its own distinct history, culture and tradition. They are all good choices. 
  • English language requirements: If English is not your first language and you have studied for fewer than four full years in an English language environment, you may be required to submit proof of English proficiency. 

Additional Application Types: If you are applying to study at the Faculty of Arts & Science from another post-secondary school or U of T faculty or campus, view the application steps for transfer students. If you are applying as a second-degree studentpart-time student, non-degree student, visiting student or mature student, learn more about admission requirements and how to apply on the Additional Application Types page. 

How to Apply Step 1

Review application deadlines

Be sure to review the important dates and deadlines page for more information that will help you complete all the required documentation.

How to Apply Step 2

Apply through OUAC

To apply to the Faculty of Arts & Science, you will need to apply through the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC). Create your OUAC account in order to apply. There are three types of applications available: the 101 application, 105 application and the University of Toronto International Application. 

  • Choose the 101 application if you are currently attending an Ontario high school.
  • Choose the 105 application if you are NOT currently attending an Ontario high school and want to apply to multiple universities in Ontario. Use this application if you are an international student or a Canadian citizen or permanent resident living abroad.
  • Choose the University of Toronto International Application if you currently reside outside of Canada, are not currently studying (and have not previously studied) in Canada AND are not applying to any other Ontario university. 

You can review the full criteria for these three applications on the OUAC website to ensure you are using the right application. 

On the OUAC application, you will be asked to select the admission category you’d like to apply to and your top three college preferences. This step will only take you 10 to15 minutes to complete because it is simply a biographical application. There is no document submission at this point. 

How to Apply Step 3

Apply to an admission category

Browse our programs to find the admission category you should select on your OUAC application. When applying to the Faculty of Arts & Science you will not apply to a program of study but rather to a general area of study, known as an admission category. When you apply, choose one of our six admission categories. 

If you do not meet the English language requirements at the time of application or are worried that your test score will not meet our minimum requirements, you may want to consider applying for the International Foundation Program (IFP) instead of an admission category. Please visit the English Language Requirements page to evaluate if you are required to present proof of English proficiency. 

The recruitment team provides counselling and advising for prospective students and their parents/guardians interested in applying to Arts & Science. Meet our recruiters and book a video chat.

How to Apply Step 4

Select your college preferences

When you apply to the Faculty of Arts & Science, you will be asked to select your college membership preferences on your OUAC application. Do your research beforehand to discover which college is right for you. Every Arts & Science student is a member of a college. Your college choice is personal preference and they are all good choices. 

How to Apply Step 5

Enable your JOIN U of T portal

After submitting your application through the OUAC, you will be required to enable your JOINid and log in to the JOIN U of T applicant website. Instructions will be emailed to you approximately one week after we receive your OUAC application.  

On the JOIN U of T portal, you can track the status of your application, submit your transcripts and other required documents, and get access to the residence application. Depending on your school curriculum, you may be asked to complete a self-reported grades form. If the self-reported grades form is listed in your JOIN U of T portal, it is important that you complete this form to be considered for admission. 

How to Apply Step 6

Complete supplemental applications

You may be required to complete supplemental applications. Both Computer Science and Rotman Commerce admission categories require supplemental applications to be considered for admission. You will find these on your JOIN U of T portal.

If you select the Computer Science or Rotman Commerce admission categories, you will have the option of selecting a second admission category for consideration on the JOIN portal. 

Trinity College and Victoria College also have supplemental applications in order to be considered for membership to their college.

There are four First-Year Foundations Ones Programs that require supplemental applications, including: 

  • Munk One – apply in your JOIN U of T portal  
  • St. Michael’s College (SMC) One – apply in your JOIN U of T portal 
  • Trinity One – apply through their website
  • Vic One – apply through their website 

Innis One, New One, UC One and Woodsworth One do not require applications; you simply enrol with your other courses in July.  

Visit the First-Year Foundations Ones page for more information about each program. 

How to Apply Step 7

Submit additional award applications

All applicants are automatically considered for admission scholarships. Successful scholarship recipients will be notified of scholarships decisions with their offer of admission. Unless specified, scholarships will not be awarded outside of this timeline.   

A select number of additional entrance scholarships require separate applications to be considered for admission awards based on financial need, academic merit, leadership and other criteria.

If you are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada or protected person (convention refugee) currently studying in a Canadian secondary school within Canada, you may be eligible to submit an Awards Profile. The Awards Profile is accessible as a supplementary application through the JOIN U of T portal.

If you are an international student, you can submit the International Financial Aid Application to be considered for admission awards based on financial need and academic merit. The International Financial Aid Application is accessible as a supplementary application through the JOIN U of T portal.

How to Apply Step 8

Submit all required documents listed in your JOIN portal

You must complete your application by submitting all the required documents listed on your JOIN U of T portal by the posted deadline for your application to be assessed for admission. We encourage you to complete your application early, as programs are filled on an ongoing basis.