Ontario High school Students

So you’re ready to apply! Use the following to get your questions answered, understand the process and learn the lingo.

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

Applicant portal

Once you apply on OUAC, you will get and email to access to your applicant portal. This is your place to submit documents, track your checklist and find your offer.

Go to applicant portal

By-selection program

By-selection programs assess applicants based on grades and the mandatory supplementary application.

Supplementary application

Supplementary applications are extra components that accompany some of our program applications. They help us learn more about you.

Find out more on our supplementary application page.


A major is the main subject of focus for your degree.

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.