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  2. GRADE 12 COUNSELLORS • A – M Miss Kneschewitsch • N – Z Ms. Mohamed

  3. There are a multitude of options and opportunities. Keep an open mind!

  4. Planning for College

  5. WHY COLLEGE? • Shorter program lengths – faster into the workforce • Lower tuition costs • Stay close to home or move away • Specialized knowledge • Small classes • Broad choice of programs • Caters to different learning styles

  6. VARIETY OF CREDENTIALS Apprenticeship Diplomas and Certificates Certificates Diplomas Advanced Diplomas Graduate Certificates Co-op Bachelor Degrees Four years in length Practical, technical strengths of a college education & the theoretical foundation of a bachelor’s degree Over 60 bachelor degrees offered at 18 Ontario colleges

  7. Consider a range of pathways - University to College - College to University - Work to College - Apprenticeship to College Collaborative Degrees Develop: More than 1 plan WHAT CAN STUDENTS DO TO PREPARE?

  8. WHAT CAN STUDENTS DO TO PREPARE? Know what information and support is available and how to access it: • Visit the Guidance Office • Use the websites • Explore Calendars, View Books, Brochures • Take part in visits to colleges/Open Houses • Check out supports available for students with special needs • Attend Workshops & Presentations eg. Portfolio Workshops


  10. ONTARIO COLLEGE ADMISSION • The completion of the Diploma, or equivalent including Grade 12U or 12C English • Some programs require specific courses such as math or biology • Some programs are highly competitive • There may be non-academic criteria • Degree programs offered at Colleges have U or M admissions requirements

  11. APPLICATION PROCESS • Applications will be completed ONLINE by students • College Representatives will be here Tues. Oct. 30th

  12. APPLICATION PROCESS • Students can start to apply on-line now at • No PIN number is required • Need OEN # • Keep a record of user name and password and OCAS # • Be sure to choose September 2013 as intake date • Colleges will start to process the information as soon as it is sent • Must have a valid e-mail address • Legal name and surname must be supplied • Can add consent for a second person to inquire about the application

  13. ADMISSIONS AND MARKS • Based on Grade 11 & 12 marks and supplementary information (i.e. portfolios) • Some colleges have placement testing in English and Math • Colleges have different ways of comparing gr. 12 university and college level programs • Submission of marks/data takes place Nov. 19, Feb. 11, April 24, July 3, & Aug. 21 • Offers conditional pending final marks

  14. APPLYING • Students must apply by Feb. 1st to receive equal consideration in application processing - this is especially important in oversubscribed courses • Must apply with $95 (non-refundable) – by credit card, on-line banking, mail • Application isn’t processed until payment is received • May apply to 5 programs, no more than 3 program choices at any one college -indicate your program choices in order of preference • Choices may be changed • Check the accuracy of your information • Apply and pay by January 15th to be entered into a draw to win $$ for tuition

  15. APPLYING • To get information about a program …use the Find a Program search engine on to search for up-to-date information about the program across the province and their availability • Use the web site to stay current • If making program changes after Feb. 1st, check to confirm program availability

  16. ALTERNATIVE ROUTES INTO COLLEGE PROGRAMS • May be given alternative offers of admission and/or be placed on wait list (especially to highly competitive programs) • Students can apply for Jan. or May intake for some programs • Apply into foundations programs as a route into oversubscribed programs (e.g. Science & Technology into Paramedics) • Also General Arts & Science (GAS) as a route into other college or university programs

  17. HIGHLY COMPETITIVE PROGRAMS • These courses have more applicants than spots i.e.. ECE, Police Foundations, Paramedic • Look at Alternative Routes • Gr. 11 marks are also considered for admission • Supplementary part of application very important i.e. portfolio, interview, resume • February 1st deadline an absolute

  18. DATES • Feb. 1st equal consideration date • Let colleges know if planning on going to Summer School • Feb. 1st to April 30th - offers of admission are mailed out • Don’t be afraid of accepting an offer – may change acceptance if another offer comes in • May 1st- must confirm acceptance if no expiry date is given • June 17th is the earliest date that colleges may require payment of tuition fees

  19. WHAT IF A STUDENT DOESN’T GET ACCEPTED? • If a student isn’t accepted into his/her chosen program and still wishes to attend college in the fall, search through Find a Programon the Colleges website and see what is still open and then amend application • General Arts and Science programs lead to other programs as well as university

  20. Planning for University


  22. SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER • Start planning and doing research • Visit www.electronicinfo.caand specific universities’ websites • Attend universities’ Open Houses/Fairs • University/College Fair @ Woburn C.I. Tuesday, October 30th - 8:45-11:00 • Start checking Scholarship Board in Guidance and

  23. NOVEMBER • Students pick up P.I.N.’s in Guidance mid-Nov. • Begin applying on-line to using P.I.N., OEN, and school number 954160 (deadline to apply and pay: Jan.16th) • Grade 11 final marks and current courses sent to OUAC Nov. 14th • Apply early! Changes and additions to programs and/or universities can be made once a student has applied (up until Feb. 5).

  24. FEES • $130 for 3 choices • $44 for each additional choice • Credit Card • Cheque/money order • Internet or phone banking • Application NOT processed until $ received

  25. DECEMBER • Students may attend one of two Application Help sessions in the library computer lab if having trouble: Dec. 4th – lunch Dec. 11th – lunch College applicants are welcome too! • Early admission offers for students with exceptional grade 11 marks

  26. JANUARY • Absolute Deadline to apply and pay: January 16th • Remember that choices can be added and changed up until Feb. 5th • Early admission offers continue • Continue to check Scholarship Board

  27. FEBRUARY • February report card marks, plus Night School and E-learning final marks, sent to OUAC on Feb. 11th • Check OUAC for accuracy – students are to inform their counsellor if there is an error • Feb. 5th – recommended last date to change/add choices • Check e-mail regularly for correspondence from universities • Watch deadlines for supplementary applications • Accept offers on-line – watch for expiry dates • Can change acceptance if another offer received

  28. MARCH • Check universities’ websites for Open Houses during March Break • Continue to check e-mail regularly • Universities use a rolling admission process • Continue to check for Scholarship opportunities

  29. APRIL • Updated day school marks and midterm marks for second semester Night School and E-learning sent to OUAC on Apr. 23rd • Check OUAC for accuracy • Many offers come after this submission • Many universities make alternate offers

  30. MAY • Offers continue to be received • May 29th – last date for universities to inform you of admission or refusal

  31. JUNE/JULY/AUGUST • June 1st – often the deadline for residence application and deposit (check specific universities) • June 3rd – earliest date you may be required to pay a deposit on tuition • July 4th – final marks sent to OUAC • OFFERS ARE ALWAYS CONDITIONAL ON FINAL GRADES • August 20th – summer school marks sent to OUAC

  32. THE PATH TO THE RIGHT UNIVERSITY • Be Realistic • Do research • Visit campuses, libraries, etc. • Attend Open Houses and Information Sessions/Fairs • Attend presentations at Woburn

  33. COMPETITION • Some universities are looking for breadth of experience • Applications anticipated to increase by 100,000 over this decade

  34. AMERICAN UNIVERSITIES • SAT required for most • Common Application used for most • Scholarships available

  35. SAT • Required by most American Universities • Scores predict how well you will do in American Colleges/Universities • Measures verbal & mathematical reasoning abilities •

  36. OTHER PROVINCES • Separate applications and fees • Scholarships • Some calendars available in Guidance • Internet for the most up-to-date information and applications • OUAC will send marks to some provinces if you put OUAC # on out–of-province application • Bishop’s, Concordia, McGill, Dalhousie, UBC, Victoria, Calgary, Simon Fraser, New Brunswick all have agreements with OUAC

  37. REMEMBER • Offers come at different times - DON’T PANIC!!!! • Meet Deadlines • Consider universities around the province, NOT only close to home • Take advantage of what universities have to offer – Open houses, campus tours


  39. WHAT DO YOU NEED TO GRADUATE? OSSD Requirements • 30 Credits • 18 compulsory • 12 electives • Literacy Requirement • 40 hours community involvement (submitted to Guidance)

  40. OTHER REQUIREMENTS • FOR UNIVERSITY: • 6 University (“U”) or University/College (“M”) courses • Some programs allow a maximum of 2 “M” courses – check carefully • FOR BOTH COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY: • Certain pre-requisites - program specific • Accurate information • E-mail address • Money

  41. FULL DISCLOSURE • Post secondary institutions support the full disclosure of ALL attempts at a course unless dropped by the deadline • Full disclosure date for MHF4U: Nov. 21st • Full disclosure date for all other courses: Feb. 20th • Any course dropped after the full disclosure date will appear on your transcript (with a mark) • Each university should state how it will treat repeated course marks in considering students – it is the student’s responsibility to find out his/her university choices’ policy • Night, summer school and private schools are discouraged by many

  42. PRIVATE SCHOOL MARKS • Courses studied at private schools will not automatically appear on the student’s transcript • Private schools are responsible for mid-term marks on OUAC • Final Report cards must be brought in to Guidance as soon as the course is completed if to be on transcript (absolute deadline: June 13th) • Course code reflects that the course was taken at private school • Seek counselling if considering private school courses • A student cannot be registered in a day school course if he/she is taking it at private or night school • Students are responsible for any follow-up issues that may arise from earning a credit at a private school • Commencement Awards will not include any private school marks

  43. APPROXIMATE COSTS • COLLEGE • Tuition = $2400 • Residence = $4000 • Ancillary fees = $800 • Books = $1000 • Transportation = $800 • Food = $1800 • Total = $10 000 – $11 000 (if leaving home) • UNIVERSITY • Tuition = $5700 – $14 000 • Residence & food plan = $9 000 - $16 000 • Books, travel, food, phone, parking, etc. • Total = $14 000 – $30 000 (if leaving home)

  44. FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE • Bank of Mom & Dad • OSAP (Ontario Student Assistance Program) • Investments (RESPs) • Jobs / Work Study / Co-op • Bursaries • Scholarships – check Scholarship Board in Guidance regularly • Also check for Entrance Scholarships and websites:

  45. STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES • Research • Have an email account for communication • Read everything received from each institution • Stay organized • Prepare early for supplementary applications, testing, interviews, auditions and portfolios • Meet deadlines for applications, acceptances, supplementary applications, medical forms, police checks, etc. – MANY OFFERS HAVE EXPIRY DATES • Check email account regularly • Apply for scholarships, bursaries and OSAP • Students should see their counsellor if there are special circumstances, eg. health issues • Universities and colleges will not use learning skills information • Information sent to the universities and colleges as it is received by OUAC and OCAS

  46. Ontario University Application This power point presentation will be available on under Guidance > Post Secondary Info Ontario College Application Services

  47. Questions & Answers