Welcome Counsellors, Advisors and Educators
Admissions Update Regarding COVID-19: We understand this is a stressful time for students preparing for post-secondary studies this fall. School closures and exam delays are affecting both high school and post-secondary students around the world, and there is uncertainty about the extent of disruption we will all face before normal activities can resume.
We have a number of updates for 2019/20. We hope this will help you to inform your students of our most recent application changes and policy updates.
Admissions average calculations will be made based on Grade 11 finals and any available Grade 12 finals/midterms (in progress), with emphasis on courses specific to the program to which students have applied to. If a student presents a course at both the Grade 11 level and the Grade 12 level, emphasis is placed upon the mark obtained in the more senior-level course. The University of Toronto reserves the right to take into account repeated courses, grades in specific subjects and other aspects of the student’s academic record.
New for 2020! All applicants, including those who must present proof of English facility, will be required to present a senior level English course (where an equivalent to Ontario ENG4U/EAE4U is available) for admission to all undergraduate programs, and the English grade will be included in the applicant’s calculated average.
2. Recommended Minimum Admission Averages and Prerequisite Grades
|Admission Category||Required High School Courses||Anticipated Admission Range||Recommended Range for Required High School Courses||Supplemental Application|
|Computer Science||English, Calculus||low 90s||English – mid to high 80s
Calculus – mid to high 80s
|Humanities||English||low to mid 80s||English – low to mid 80s|
|Life Sciences||English, Calculus||low to mid 80s||English – low to mid 80s
Calculus – low to mid 80s
|Physical and Mathematical Sciences||English, Calculus||low to mid 80s||English – mid to high 70s
Calculus – low to mid 80s
|Rotman Commerce||English, Calculus||mid to high 80s||English – low to mid 80s
Calculus – mid to high 80s
|Social Sciences||English||low to mid 80s||English – low to mid 80s|
For detailed admissions information for other Canadian and international curriculum equivalencies, please visit our Ready to Apply page.
*Additional high school courses may be required for entry into specific courses in first year or for entry into a specific program after year one. Please see our program pages for high school prerequisites.
3. Selecting College Preferences
New this year! We’ve streamlined the process of college membership. Instead of being asked to rank all seven colleges when applying to the Faculty of Arts & Science on the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC), applicants will select their top three colleges in order of preference.
4. Supplemental Application for Computer Science
New this year! Applicants to the Arts & Science Computer Science admission category must now submit a supplemental application by posted document deadlines.
The supplemental application will be found in applicants’ Join U of T account after they have applied and will be included as a “to do” item in their admission checklist.
More info about the supplemental application:
- It will be comprised of four short-answer questions
- Applicants will be asked to reflect on personal experiences and qualities
- The questions are not specific to computer science
- It is nothing they need to study for!
The majority of Computer Science decisions will be released in February and March.
As in the past, admission to the Computer Science admission category is extremely competitive. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early and submit all requested documents, including the supplemental application, as early as possible – preferably by mid-November.
5. Admission to Computer Science/Data Science Programs of Study (Year 2)
On a student’s Arts & Science application they will select an admission category. Note: The Computer Science admission category is not the same as the Computer Science (or Data Science) program of study. Students apply to a program, or programs, of study at the end of first year, which means they have the opportunity to explore a variety of interests in their first year before they begin their program(s) of study in second year.
The Department of Computer Science has introduced changes to the first-year experience for students entering the Computer Science admission category (CMP1) in September 2020. Changes include new courses and an admission guarantee. All students admitted to the CMP1 admission category are guaranteed a place in the Computer Science specialist, major or minor program of choice after first year, provided that conditions of their guarantee have been met.
Visit The Department of Computer Science website for more detailed information.
For students who have completed any post-secondary education (transfer students)
- Due to the program’s limited capacity, Computer Science will not be considering applicants seeking to transfer from other post-secondary institutions, U of T faculties or U of T campuses other than the Faculty of Arts & Science, St. George Campus.
- Students have the option to transfer into one of the other four admission categories (Humanities, Social Sciences, Life Sciences or Physical & Mathematical Sciences) in the Faculty of Arts & Science.
6. First Year Foundations
We’ve also streamlined the application process for our popular First-Year Foundations.
- First Year Foundations = (a) Ones programs and (b) First-Year Seminars.
- Most Ones programs no longer need an application – students just enrol during first-year course enrolment in July.
- The Ones programs still requiring an application are:
More info on deadlines and applications processes will be available in January 2020.
7. Connect with the Faculty of Arts & Science
If you would like to connect with the Faculty of Arts & Science to set up a virtual presentation or connect with an Arts & Science Student Service Advisor, give us a call at 416-978-3384 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line: Counsellor Request.
You can also visit us online for more information on upcoming online events.
8. Additional Counsellor Resources
We have a variety of resources available to help you assist students in the application process.