Terms & Definitions
The Ontario Universities Application Centre. OUAC facilitates the process of applying to an Ontario university. When you apply, it will be through ouac.on.ca
Once you apply on OUAC, you will get an email to access to your applicant portal. This is your place to submit documents, track your checklist and find your offer.
By-selection programs assess applicants based on grades and the mandatory supplementary application.
Supplementary applications are extra components that accompany some of our program applications. They help us learn more about you. Find out more about supplementary applications.
A minor is a secondary subject that complements your major. It’s available to students enrolled in four or five-year programs.
Units define the number of credits associated with a course.
A unit is roughly equivalent to one lecture-hour per week for one term or two hours of laboratories or seminars per week for one term.
High school curriculum
Your curriculum is your study program. You could be taking a country curriculum (your national education system). Or, you could be taking an international curriculum, like CBSE, IB, etc.
A School Profile is an official document or brochure created by the school that elaborates on the school’s accreditations, curricula, course offerings, graduation requirements, diplomas awarded, and grading scale. It may also include information about the student body, graduation rate, school’s history, and notable facts of interest. The School Profile is a required component of the application for students studying an American or American-influenced curriculum. Please note that a School Profile is not simply a grading scale. To obtain a School Profile, please contact your school counselor or school administrator for assistance.
A detailed course outline provides further information about the course content and delivery. The course outline should be as detailed as possible and include: a detailed list of topics/chapters covered, a list of textbook(s) used, class hours, weekly lesson plans, methods of evaluation (assignments/tests), etc. If the course outline is too brief or doesn’t provide the level of detail requested, or if the course outline doesn’t appear official, it may be rejected.