Applying to an Ontario College


Many colleges now offer full 4-year Bachelor degrees.

• Many colleges have articulation agreements with universities that allow students who have successfully 
completed a college diploma to move into Year 2 or 3 of a university program.

• Many universities recognize successful completion of college programs for entry into related university programs. 
Some bridging courses may be required, depending on the program.

• Most apprenticeships require completion of additional course modules offered at a college or training centre.
• Most colleges and universities offer testing to potential applicants to help determine if gaps in knowledge or skills need to be addressed through prep courses.

Learn more about changing pathways and post-secondary education by visiting Ontario Council on Articulation and 

Here is a brief timeline...


Look at your credit count and timetable.   

Ensure you have...

- 18 compulsory credits (one being ENG4C or 4U)
- 12 elective credits

- pre requisite courses for College programs of interest
- Literacy Requirement
- 40 Hours of community service completed

Be sure your Guidance counsellor knows about any on-line. correspondance, or night school courses you are taking

September - October

Set yourself up to apply

Visit the Ontario College Information Fair - Toronto
College Information Program - Barrie

 - start application procedures for subsidized (college) technical training through the military for a non-commissioned career

- establish a professional email address - use and check regularly

Ensure your guidance counsellor knows you intend to apply

September - November

Final research for your post-secondary destination


- Visit links to the right -->
 (Ontario Colleges website, Individual College websites, College Campus Tours,  Student Services resource)
September - June
Research and apply for Scholarships

Semester 1 Midterm

Distribution of necessary PIN numbers and upload of marks to OCAS.

- Full disclosure applies to Gr. 11/12 courses not dropped within 5 days of mid-term report

You will need your Ontario Education Number (OEN) to apply via Ontario Colleges website.  You can find it on your report card or timetable.

check to make sure you have all of your courses and marks to date have been uploaded correctly
Don't wait until the last minute!

- Very strong recommendation is to have applications completed before Christmas Break!  DO NOT wait until February!
  • List program selections in order of preference
  • You can select five choices but no more than 3 at one college - $95.00 for 5 choices
  • Print a copy for your records
  • Once you have applied online you can still go back to change your choices
- Supplemental application components may have later dates.


(Semester 1 Ended)

- Check to make sure all of your course marks to date have been uploaded correctly

- Check important date that college offers will be released and earliest date student may confirm an offer.

- Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) if still required for diploma

- Set up Campus Visits during March Break

Semester 2 Midterm

- Full disclosure applies to Gr. 11/12 courses not dropped within 5 days of mid-term report

- check to make sure all of your courses and marks to date have been uploaded correctly


May - June

Check important date to confirm acceptance to an offer of admission

Check important date colleges may require payment of tuition fees

Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
Residence applications and deposits
Make contact with support services (if applicable): Special Needs, ESL, First Generation


June - Summer

- course selections for September

- Orientation / Transition Programs at Colleges

- Check to make sure all of your courses and marks to date have been uploaded correctly

- Ensure that College receives final marks for courses completed after July upload.


If you have an Individual Education Plan in High School, or have a disability of any kind, you may be eligible for special supports at College or University. Click HERE to discover what every post-secondary school in Ontario has to offer.