Five things to do over holiday break

Hunter the Ridgeback


Calling all Ontario high school students! The equal consideration deadline (January 15, 2021) 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 will be applying to.

But don’t panic! We’ve created this handy little guide to help you through each step of the process. Here we go…

1. Narrow down your universities

By now you may have been researching which program(s) you are the 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 only applying to a maximum of five universities.

In order to choose those five you want to take a few more things than just your program(s) into consideration. We highly encourage you to also think about what kind of location, accommodations (residence), costs, extra-curricular, 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 and 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, or their website to find out more about those different aspects. For another way to connect with Ontario Tech, visit our Connect with us website!

2. Take a virtual tour

Yes, this ties into our first step - but it is just that important. If there is one thing you do while researching universities; taking a virtual tour is it. Because of our current situation, most universities are now offering guided or self-guided virtual tours.

Right now, this is the best way to see what the campuses look like. Most tours include; lecture halls, residences, libraries, student study spaces, cafeterias, and much more. This is the closest thing to being able to visit the campus and picture yourself there so we encourage you to check out the virtual tours for each university you are interested in. To see more of our university, take a look at our 360° virtual tour.

3. Create a profile on OUAC

Take a few minutes over the holiday break to set up your initial profile on the Ontario Universities Application Centre (OUAC). You do not have to apply at this point, but when you are ready to apply your profile will be set up and ready to go. This step only takes a few minutes because at this point they will only ask you for basic contact information.

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.

You may also want to start thinking about starting the application. For some universities (like Ontario Tech) you can begin the application process and save it and come back to it until the deadline. Pro tip: if you have time over the break, think about volunteering, as this will look good on your scholarship applications! More information on our application-based scholarships can be found on our scholarships page.



5. Apply on OUAC

If at this point you have narrowed down the universities you would like to apply to the application is now open, you can apply any time before January 13, 2022 for equal consideration. Once you have created your profile on OUAC you can choose the universities and program(s) that you wish to apply to. The cost is $150.00 for three universities and then $50 for each additional university. Pro tip: ensure the last thing you do on your application is click “submit.”

Happy researching and of course, happy holidays from your Ridgeback family!

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