Welcome Counsellors, Advisors and Educators

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.

If you would like to connect with the Faculty of Arts & Science to book a visit to your school, set up a virtual presentation or connect with an Arts & Science representative, give us a call at 416-978-3384 or email us at with the subject line: Counsellor Request. 

1.    Admission

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.

Trinity College, Victoria College and St. Michael’s College have additional supplemental applications to be filled out after a student has submitted their OUAC application.

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)

For specific admission requirements, visit our Department of Computer Science website.

All Arts & Science students are admitted to an admission category in their first year of study. Note that the “admission category” is not the same as the “program of study”. First year students complete a foundational first year before declaring a program of study (a combination of specialist/majors/minors) that they begin in second year.

Year 2 admission to our Computer Science specialist, major, and minor and our Data Science specialist has become increasingly competitive.

We've made some changes to make it easier for the talented students admitted to the Computer Science admission category for Year 1 to be accepted into a Computer Science or Data Science specialist, major, or minor in Year 2. These include:

  • No longer allowing direct transfer admission of students from other U of T faculties and campuses, or other universities and colleges. Only students in the Faculty of Arts & Science (St. George campus) will be considered for admission into the Computer Science/Data Science program of study.
    • Note: it will be possible for internal/external transfer applicants to apply into the following admission categories: Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematical & Physical Sciences or Social Sciences. Once there, they can try to get a spot in the two prerequisite courses – CSC148H1 and CSC165H1/240H1. They will not have priority enrolment for these courses, and there is inherent risk attempting this route.
  • Lowering the minimum grade to 70% for the two first-year computer science prerequisite courses (CSC148H1 and CSC165H1/CSC240H1), so that the vast majority of students in the Computer Science admission category in Year 1 are eligible to progress into a specialist, major, or minor in Year 2. Students will be assessed based on a competitive average across these courses, and a supplemental application which will be considered alongside their academic results.

6.    First Year Foundations

We’ve also streamlined the application process for our popular First-Year Foundations.

More info on deadlines and applications processes will be available in January 2020.

7.    Connect with the Faculty of Arts & Science

Questions? Contact an Arts & Science Student Service Advisor at or (416) 978-3384. You can also visit us online for more information on upcoming online and on-campus events.

8.    Additional Counsellor Resources

We have a variety of resources available to help you assist students in the application process.