Resources for Counsellors

Connecting with U of T

We value our relationship with the counselling community. We engage counsellors through online information sessions, school visits, and individual meetings. Join our counsellor mailing list to stay up-to-date with the latest application news and receive invitations to events for the counselling community.

Counsellor Webinars

We’re hosting a series of webinars for counsellors, which will cover a full range of details and updates concerning the admissions process and how you can support your students who have applied to the University of Toronto.

Prospective Student Webcasts

Encourage your students to register for one of our online information sessions. These webcasts will feature an overview of U of T, details about the application process, and a Q&A session.

Request a U of T Visit

If you’re interested in having U of T visiting your school to meet with your students, complete our visit request form here. Virtual visits can be scheduled for your junior students this spring, or for this fall for your seniors.

Counselling Your Students

We understand that it can be stressful applying to any university. Here is some guidance and pieces of advice you can give your students who are interested in U of T.

Guidance for Students Who Have Applied to U of T

U of T will make conditional offers of admission throughout the year on the basis of applicants’ available Grade 11 and 12 marks. Fourth quadmester midterm marks for students in Ontario will not be reported to universities, and so the May round of admissions will also be based on available grade 11 and 12 marks. This assessment is possible provided the OUAC record for Ontario high school applicants shows enrolment in all required Grade 12 courses. If a Grade 12 mark in a pre-requisite subject is not available, we will use the mark in the corresponding Grade 11 course.

Remind your students to click the Admitted link on their application and follow the prompts to officially accept their offers. Students with offers of admission to Engineering should check their application status through the Engineering Applicant Portal: uoft.me/myportal.

Offers of admission are typically conditional upon a student’s final grades, along with submission of any outstanding documents. To check their conditions, students should go to the “Check Your Application Status” page and then click on their target application. If you or your students have any questions about an offer’s terms or conditions, please contact the admitting faculty or campus directly.

Students should log into residence.utoronto.ca and confirm their interest in residence before March 31 to be covered by our first-year residence guarantee. Students admitted to the Faculty of Arts & Science should log back into StarRez and rank their choices.

UPDATE FOR FALL 2021: The health and safety of the U of T community is our top priority. The University is looking toward Fall 2021 with optimism, and we are hopeful that public health conditions will allow us to house all eligible first-year students. However, provincial health regulations continue to guide our work and will determine the total number of spaces in residence as well as our ability to honour the first-year residence guarantee. Find more details about residence for fall 2021 here.

Students who are not Canadian citizens or permanent residents must apply for a study permit. Their offer letter will include a letter that can be used to apply for a student visa through a Canadian embassy or consulate. Learn more at www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/cie/immigration.

Final transcripts should be submitted electronically through Parchment, Naviance, OUAC, or provincial document system. If you or your school is unable to submit transcripts electronically through one of these systems, complete our Counsellor Submission Form for Final Results, Report Cards, and TranscriptsThis form should only be completed by counsellors or schools.

Note that transcripts for students using the 101 application must be faxed to the OUAC where electronic submission to OUAC is not possible.

Most program areas allow students to design their own weekly schedules. Course selection occurs online and begins in July or August. Students will receive specific instructions on how and when to select their courses in the spring. In advance of this, Registrars will hold orientation sessions to clarify processes and misconceptions. Note that first-year Engineering students and students in the International Foundation Program do not choose courses and will be provided, instead, with a readymade class schedule.

UHIP is a mandatory health insurance plan for international students, and helps cover the cost of healthcare services delivered and billed in Canada. Enrolment in UHIP is automatic, with coverage charged directly to each student’s ACORN account balance. Learn more at www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/cie/uhip.

The first fees instalment is normally due at the end of August or start of September. Each student will receive details during the summer, tailored to their program and, if applicable, courseload. Students may be required to pay a tuition deposit — this will be indicated on their offer page, along with the deposit deadline.

Students who will be living in residence typically move in over the Labour Day weekend (the first week of September). Incoming students should monitor their email regularly for logistical guidance and other updates from their Dean of Residence. We encourage students who wish to learn more about orientation week, sometimes known as Frosh Week, to visit hello.utoronto.ca.

U of T’s academic year begins in September and consists of a fall semester (September – December) and a winter semester (January – April), punctuated by some statutory holidays, one study break per semester, and a two-week campus closure during the winter holiday season. Classes and final exams for fall-winter and winter courses conclude by late April. Registered students who plan to take summer courses should be aware that the summer term consists of two “semesters” (May-June, July-August), each of which is paced twice as fast as a normal four-month semester.

Advice for Students Who Are Exploring Their Options

The University of Toronto continues to soar in global university rankings and is consistently ranked first in Canada. Learn more about our rankings.

The university application process starts in the fall of the year before you intend to begin your studies. We encourage students to submit their application, and the appropriate application fee, well in advance of the deadlines. View all important dates and deadlines.

U of T’s National Scholarship program recognizes original and creative thinkers, community leaders, and high academic achievers. It is U of T’s most prestigious award for Canadian high school students entering university. Learn more about eligibility, nomination procedures, and how to apply.

The Lester B. Pearson International Scholarships at the University of Toronto provide an unparalleled opportunity for outstanding international students to study at one of the world’s best universities in one of the world’s most multicultural cities. This scholarship program is intended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional academic achievement and creativity, and who are recognized as leaders within their school. Learn more about eligibility, nomination procedures, and how to apply.

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 OUAC application. Learn more about supplemental applications/auditions for first-entry programs that require them:

For an in-depth look at prerequisites, program options, deadlines, and application guidelines for students in and outside of Canada, please download our domestic or international undergraduate admissions bulletin.

Finding and maintaining suitable housing is a key part of a student’s personal and academic success. Housing Services offers the information, resources and support for students to reach their housing goals.

We consistently place first in the country and within the top 15 worldwide for graduate employability—our graduates are well-equipped to achieve career success. Here are just a few of the many ways you can connect your classroom to the boardroom:

The University has comprehensive scholarship programs that recognize outstanding achievement at different levels of study. Students can search our Award Explorer database to discover admissions to in-course and graduating awards.

Get to know the opportunities and experiences waiting for you at U of T — on your own time. Browse through our library of recorded information sessions or take a virtual tour of our campuses and faculties.


Additional Resources for Counsellors

Our campuses and faculties provide additional resources for counsellors on their specific academic opportunities. Find more details on new programs, admission requirements and supplemental applications.

Counselling Students with Accessibility Concerns?

Transition Day is an opportunity to learn about starting university for students with disabilities. Join us to learn about academic accommodations and how they are implemented, the support services that are available to students, the assessment process and common transition challenges students face.

Transition Day includes sessions for high school educators and community partners who work with students with disabilities. Transition Day will take place online on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 from 12 – 3 p.m. EST. Learn more and register here.