University admissions requirements rundown

Kari Clarkson


We all know that deciding where to apply to school can be stressful. On top of that, you need to ensure you meet a specific set of admissions requirements before you can even apply.

Admission requirements will vary by program, so it’s important to familiarize yourself with the requirements of the schools you’re interested in.

In a previous blog post, we gave you a beginner's guide to choosing a university; now, we're going to give you a rundown of admissions requirements once you have narrowed down your options.

The suggestions in this post are drawn from our university’s admissions requirements but are likely to be on the list of requirements for other universities as well.


Many university programs will require prerequisites. What is a prerequisite, you ask? It’s an activity or event that must happen before another event can happen.

In relation to admissions requirements, it’s a course (or courses) you’ll need to have taken before you can apply to a specific program. For example, English (ENG4U) is a common prerequisite for all programs and Advanced Functions (MHF4U) is a common prerequisite for science and engineering programs.

giphy of a items on a check list being checked off

In addition, some prerequisites have a grade cut-off. This is important to keep in mind—you not only need the credit but you need to achieve a certain grade in that course to be considered. 

Levels of requirement

You may also find that some programs have more than just required courses; there may be instances of courses that are absolutely required, or times where there will be a list of required courses, of which you only need to have 1 or 2.

For example, many of our science programs have the following requirements: Six 4U or 4M credits including ENG4U and MHF4U, and two of Biology (SBI4U), Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Chemistry (SCH4U) or Physics (SPH4U). Here you can see there are four courses listed, but you are only required to take two of them. 

There are also some cases where courses are only recommended. You aren’t required to have taken it but the course provides valuable knowledge that can be helpful for the program you’re interested in. We urge to you consider taking recommended courses, as they will help you feel prepared when these topics are introduced in lectures. 

Again, as you narrow your decision on which schools you'll be applying to, research each university's specific requirements to make sure you meet their necessary standards.

Feel free to contact our admissions team with any questions you have and one of our team members will happily get back to you.

Good luck with your search and future applications!

Want to learn more about our programs and their specific admission requirements? 

Check out our digital viewbook

Connect with us on social media!


Recent posts

Subscribe to Email Updates