U.S. Admissions

Minimum Admission Requirements

U.S. Senior Year/Grade 12 in an accredited high school with a high grade point average. We expect competitive applicants to be enrolled in a rigorous academic course load, and to have taken the highest level of course available to them in pre-requisite subjects. 

Test optional assessment has been adopted for students applying for Fall 2022 and 2023 admission. Students who cannot or choose not to submit test results will not be disadvantaged in the admissions process; however, students who have written SAT or ACT tests previously, and wish to have these considered in their assessment, are encouraged to submit their scores. We recognize that students who submit SAT or ACT results may have experienced interruptions in their preparations for these tests, and that testing opportunities have been (and continue to be) limited in many locations.  Results will be considered in this context.

Prerequisite subjects, including English, should be presented at Senior Year/Grade 12 level or AP/IB. SAT Subject Tests cannot be used to satisfy prerequisites.   Calculus 12 or AP Calculus or 1 semester of college or university Calculus is required for most math, science, computer science, and commerce programs.  Precalculus cannot be used to satisfy the Calculus prerequisite.  AP Statistics does not provide the appropriate preparation.

SAT, ACT and AP scores should be sent to us electronically. SAT and AP institution code is 0982 and ACT institution code is 5366.

Expanded Admission Requirements by Target Faculty


Middle 50% data for admitted students from U.S. high schools:

  • Grade point average of between 3.6-4.0
  • SAT combined score 1330 – 1500;
  • ACT composite 29-34
*Ranges may vary year to year based on program area or campus


Programs that Require a Supplemental Application

If a program requires students to complete a supplemental application, audition, or profile, students will be invited to complete the relevant forms after submitting their application. Learn more about supplemental applications/auditions for first-entry programs that require them:

How to Apply

Applications are completed in a two-step process: 

Step 1

The initial application takes about ten minutes and we won’t ask you for any documents or essays at this stage. There are two different applications that you can choose from: 

Applying to More Than One Ontario University: Apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre using the “105” application.

Applying Only to the University of Toronto: Apply using the “University of Toronto International Application” if you reside outside of Canada; and you are not currently studying , nor have previously studied, in Canada.

Step 2

After applying, students must self-report grades through the Join U of T Applicant Website and/or the Engineering Applicant Portal. Once students submit an initial application they will receive details on how to submit their transcripts, test scores, and other required documents. 

Frequently Asked Questions

As each Faculty/campus at U of T varies drastically by size, we do not have a defined acceptance rate. Some specialized programs that are more competitive (i.e. Engineering, Computer Science, Business, etc.) will admit less students due to the competitive nature and size of the program. 

  • The faculty to student ratio varies by program area. While it is true that many first-year classes can have several hundred students in each lecture, our total undergraduate population is 71,930 with 14,434 total faculty members
  • The average class size also varies by program area. Some of our more specialized programs will have smaller classes (i.e. 100-150 students), but many of the first-year classes can be an average of 300-500 classes, as students are still exploring courses in their first year. While these lectures are larger, each class will also offer tutorial and/or practical sessions that have more of an intimate learning environment. Furthermore, students also can enroll in seminar classesFirst-Year Learning Communities, and Foundational Year Programs that offer more of a discussion style learning environment. These seminar classes typically have 25 students or less. 

The city of Toronto is recognized as one of the world’s most livable cities, offering a safe, tolerant, and welcoming environment (The Economist, 2019). 
It also recognized as one of the world’s best cities, and is globally admired for its health, safety. and reputation (Safe Cities Index, 2019).  In addition, the University of Toronto is dedicated to creating a safe and secure environment for students, staff, faculty and visitors. U of T provides the following services to help ensure your safety:           

  • TravelSafer on the St. George campus is a reliable and safe alternative to walking alone at night. 
  • At UTSC, please see the U of T Scarborough Patrol web page for more information. 
  • At UTM, please see University of Toronto Mississauga’s WalkSafer webpage for more information. 

Campus police – Each U of T campus has a campus police service. In the case of a life-threatening emergency, you should always call 911 before calling your campus police. On each campus, urgent calls to the campus police can be made free of charge.Campus emergency telephones – These are located around each of the 3 campuses. By pressing the button on the emergency pole or phone box, you will be immediately connected to the U of T Police, who will know your exact location. 
Community Safety Office – The Community Safety Office is responsible for coordinating the ongoing education and outreach initiatives directed at improving safety and security on all three campuses. For more information, please contact the Community Safety Office website.

The application and admission consideration process is the same for Canadian and International students. Please visit our application page for detailed application information. Canadian Citizens, Landed Immigrants and Permanent Residents qualify for Domestic tuition fees. 

The University does not require students to complete core curriculum or general education courses. Instead, students will take a combination of courses required to graduate from their program of interest as well as elective or breadth requirement courses of the student’s choosing. 

While taking a campus tour or attending an event can be a great way to learn about U of T, we do not track demonstrated interest.  We also don’t consider legacy status as part of the admission process. 

Although some programs require supplemental applications or student profiles, most programs at the University of Toronto do not. If your program requires supplemental materials, it will be noted on your join.utoronto.ca applicant website or Engineering applicant portal.  You can also use the Program Finder to see if the program you’re interested in requires additional materials. Please note, general college essays and reference letters will not be considered unless requested by U of T.  Should supplemental materials be required for your specific program we will let you know once you’ve submitted your application. 

We have Canada’s largest intramural sports program and one of North America’s largest and most successful intercollegiate sports programs with 44 teams participating in 26 sports.  U of T Varsity Blues teams participate in two leagues: OUA (Ontario University Athletics) which oversees provincial university sports and U SPORTS, the body that oversees national university sporting competition. Although U of T (like most Canadian universities) is not a member of the NCAA, for comparison purposes, U of T Varsity would be approximately a Division II / Division III school. 

The University of Toronto is a publicly-funded institution and because of that does not provide financial aid packages similar to those at American universities. We are a Title IV school and do accept alternative/private loans.  
US citizens, or eligible non-US citizens as defined by the US Department of Education, may apply for financial assistance from the US Federal Direct Loan Program if they are accepted in an eligible program at the University of Toronto. 

Visit U.S. Student Aid for more information.

While not as common as American Colleges, Greek Life and Sororities can be found primarily on the downtown St. George campus, which boosts over 20 Fraternities and Sororities.  We have over 1000 student clubs and organizations for you to participate in.  Click here to learn more!