Admissions FAQ


What is the application deadline?

All candidates are required to apply online through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre  by mid January. The deadline to submit all required documents, including the Online Student Profile, is February 1, 2020. For a more comprehensive list of important dates and deadlines, please visit the Important Deadlines section.

What grades do I need to be competitive?

The U of T Engineering admission process is a holistic one that takes an applicant's academic and non-academic (as demonstrated in the Online Student Profile) performance into account. Last year, competitive Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) applicants presented admission averages within the following ranges. Note that meeting these minimum averages did not guarantee admission. Admission averages are calculated using the following prerequisite subjects: English (ENG4U); Advanced Functions (MHF4U); Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U); Chemistry (SCH4U); and Physics (SPH4U).

Low to High 90's Engineering Science
High 80's to Low 90'sTrackOne/ Undeclared; Chemical Engineering; Computer Engineering; Electrical Engineering
Mid to High 80'sAll other Core 8 programs


Do you count repeated grades?

While we do not discourage applicants from repeating courses, it is the policy of the University of Toronto Engineering Admissions Committee to consider only first attempt marks. The Admissions Committee in general does not consider repeated course marks. However, we will consider any extenuating circumstances that perhaps had a negative effect on academic performance. You will need to provide documentation to explain how the circumstance affected your academic history with a specific timeline. Please note that if the circumstance is medical in nature, official medical documentation must be provided as well.

Please note, if prerequisite courses have been completed more than five years from the applicant's intended start date at the University, they will be required to complete them again at the high school level.


What if I don’t have Chemistry?

All U of T Engineering programs require Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH4U) or an equivalent course. All applicants to the U of T Engineering program are required to present Chemistry at the senior level for the education system they are studying in. Applicants who otherwise meet our admission requirements but have not completed the Chemistry prerequisite may submit an AP Chemistry or SAT Chemistry Subject Test result instead. Applicants who are writing an exam to meet the requirement must ensure that their result is received electronically by the February 1st deadline to submit documents and results.

Alternatively, students may complete the Ontario curriculum’s Grade 12 Chemistry (SCH4U) course online via a service accredited by the Ministry of Education in Ontario such as the Independent Learning Centre to meet this requirement.  Please note that students pursuing this option must submit an interim mark by the February 1st deadline.


What is the Online Student Profile and what does it entail?

The Faculty requires applicants to submit an Online Student Profile as part of the admissions process. Accessed through the Engineering Applicant Portal, the Online Student Profile allows applicants to detail their extra-curricular involvement, specify their engineering program choices, and provide more information on their academic background. Learn more about the Online Student Profile.


Do extra-curricular activities really count?

We believe that marks alone do not provide a complete picture of your potential. The Online Student Profile gives you the opportunity to tell the Admissions Committee about your abilities, strengths and interests. In particular, we are interested in your activities and achievements that demonstrate leadership, dedication and overall excellence. The Online Student Profile is a mandatory part of your application. If you do not submit your complete the Profile, your application will not be considered for admission. The Online Student Profile will be available on the Engineering Applicant Portal once the Faculty has received your application from the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC).


Does it matter how I rank U of T Engineering on my OUAC application? Does it have to be my first choice?

The Faculty uses a broad-based admissions approach and does not have a set cut-off for our programs. Applicant choice is a small factor among many that we use when making our admission decisions. Highly competitive applicants can expect to receive an offer of admission regardless of choice. However, where we have a select number of spaces to offer to students that are found to be equally competitive, we believe that those students who have indicated a strong preference to be here will ultimately be more successful in our programs.


I have already applied. What is the deadline to submit all documents?

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit their Online Student Profile and supporting documents by February 1.  Applications completed after this date are not guaranteed equal admission consideration. For a more comprehensive list of important dates and deadlines, please visit the Important Deadlines section.


I have already applied; how do I submit my transcripts?

If you are a current Ontario high school student, your high school will automatically send us your grades for your current Ontario high school courses.

If you completed or are completing studies outside of Ontario, submit those transcripts using the Document Upload feature in the Engineering Applicant Portal.

If you are offered admission, you will need to provide official final transcripts. Print the barcoded mailing labels in your Engineering Applicant Portal to mail official, final transcripts to the Engineering Undergraduate Admissions Office. The mailing labels allow you to confirm the date that your final transcripts are received, and ensure that they are sent to the correct office at U of T:

Engineering Undergraduate Admissions Office
Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering
35 St. George Street, Room 157
Toronto, ON
M5S 1A4

Please note that documents sent to the University of Toronto become the property of the University and will not be returned or forwarded to other institutions.

How do I send my English Facility Test results?

TOEFL and IELTS test scores must be sent electronically by the testing service. The TOEFL Institution Code for undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto is 0982-00.  When arranging to send IELTS results, select University of Toronto (Undergraduate and Graduate programs) from the list of options on the IELTS website.  We do not accept paper results for the TOEFL or IELTS test.

For all other English facility tests, the official results must be sent as indicated on our English Language Requirements page.

If you are required to send in a paper copy of your results for the test you have taken, they must be sent directly by the testing service to our office.


Where can I check the status of my application to U of T Engineering?

You can check the status of your application online through the Engineering Applicant Portal website. The Admissions Committee uses this website to communicate with the candidates, outlining documents received and documents that are requested or missing. This site will be active once we have received the application information from the OUAC. Please check this site regularly for updates.


I have an engineering degree from another country. How can I get it evaluated?

For more information on degree evaluation, please contact the School of Continuing Studies.


Can I do a second engineering degree?

Applicants who have already obtained an undergraduate engineering degree from a recognized university are not permitted to proceed towards a second undergraduate engineering degree from the University of Toronto. Please visit the School of Graduate Studies program page for information on further studies.


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