Five things to do over the holiday break

Hunter the Ridgeback


Calling all Ontario high school students! The equal consideration deadline (Thursday, January 13, 2022) for applying to Ontario universities is approaching fast. We know you’ve had a busy semester and have been working very hard, but now the time has come to put on some comfortable clothes, grab a hot drink, settle into your couch, and decide which universities you'll be applying to.

But don’t panic! We’ve created this handy little guide to help you through each step of the process:

1. Narrow down your universities

By now you may have been researching which program(s) you are most interested in and which universities offer those programs. But, there is a lot more that goes into choosing which university is going to be the right fit for you. You don’t need to have narrowed it down to just one at this point, but we do recommend applying to a maximum of five universities.

Five eggs in a basket

In order to choose those five, you want to take a few more things than just programs into consideration. We highly encourage you to think about what kind of location, accessibility accommodations, residence options, extra-curricular activities, expenses and student services you are looking to have at your chosen university.

Your university experience is going to be about so much more than just academics, so try to picture what you would like the next four years of your life to look like and find the university that fits that vision.

Most universities are currently offering webinars, live chats and websites as resources to find out more about those different aspects. For another way to learn more about Ontario Tech, visit our Connect With Us Hub.

2. Take a virtual tour

Yes, this ties into our first step, but it's just that important. If there's one thing you do while researching universities, taking a virtual tour is it. Many universities are offering guided or self-guided virtual tours at this time.Picture of Ontario Tech campus Most tours include lecture halls, residences, libraries, student study spaces, cafeterias and much more. This is a great option when in-person tours aren't available; it allows you to get a sense of the campus and to picture yourself there. To see more of our university, you can take a look at our 360° self-guided virtual tour.

Ontario Tech is currently offering personalized virtual tours; meaning we take you on a one-on-one tour of our university from the comfort of your home! 

3. Create a profile on the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC)

Take a few minutes over the holiday break to set up your initial profile for the OUAC. You don't have to apply at this point, but taking this step will mean that when you are ready to apply, your profile will be set up and ready to go.

someone working on a computer Creating a profile only takes a few minutes, since they only ask you for your basic contact information. Plus, it always feels nice to cross something off a to-do list!

4. Research scholarships

The deadlines for application-based scholarships will come up really fast once you are back to school, so take some time—while you have it—over the break to research the scholarship opportunities at the universities you are interested in.

searchOntario Tech offers various major, application-based scholarships to students who demonstrate outstanding academic achievement, leadership and community involvement. Applications are now open and the deadline to apply is Thursday, February 24.

Pro tip: If you have time over the break, think about volunteering; this will look good on your scholarship applications! 

You may also want to start thinking about starting your application. For some universities—like Ontario Tech—you can begin the application process, save it and come back to it later (up until the deadline). You could use this time off to get a chunk of the application done, and come back to finish and submit it later on. 

5. Apply on OUAC

If at this point you have narrowed down the universities you're interested in, you can apply any time before the equal consideration deadline of Thursday, January 13. Once you've created your profile on OUAC, you can choose the universities and program(s) that you wish to apply to.

January 13 circled on a calendar

The cost to apply is $150 for three universities and $50 for each additional university application. Ensure the last thing you do on your application is select submit and confirm the submission was successful. 

I hope going over these steps helps calm your nerves and gives you an idea of what to do in the next few weeks. This is the beginning of an exciting adventure! 

Happy researching and of course, Happy Holidays from your Ridgeback family!

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