Have you completed a year or more of CEGEP? Follow these how-to steps for admission.


1. Make sure you're ready to apply

You must have passed 12 CEGEP courses, including the prerequisites for your chosen program, but excluding make-up courses.

If you have passed between 12 and 16 CEGEP courses, we might require an average that is 5% to 10% higher than if you have passed 17 or more CEGEP courses.

Your admission average is based on all your completed CEGEP courses, including failed courses, but excluding make-up courses.

Please note that the requirements listed are minimum requirements only and are subject to change. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

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Prerequisite courses

Before applying, make sure you meet the admission requirements. Check the minimum averages and prerequisite courses you need for your chosen program.
Check minimum averages and prerequisite courses.
  • Did you know that you can also go directly from Secondary V to the University of Ottawa?
  • Your R-score doesn’t matter. Admission is based on your average.
  • CEGEP students can apply as early as October for the following fall term. While most programs accept applications for admission until June 1, several have earlier deadlines. Check the deadlines and available programs.
  • If you’re missing a CEGEP prerequisite but have completed its Secondary V equivalent, you must have a grade of 80% in this course and provide us with your official Achievement Record.
  • All CEGEP courses failed with a final grade lower than 50% are rounded up to 50% to calculate your admission average.
  • It is important to note that the course Human Biology (101) is not the same as the prerequisite Biology (101) General Biology.
  • At the University of Ottawa, we believe that grades don’t always tell the whole story. Maybe your academic history is unusual or you’ve faced personal challenges. You can now improve your chances of admission by filling out a Declaration of Personal Experience if your academic average is below the minimum average listed for the program that interests you. A declaration can only be submitted by Canadian citizens, permanent residents or those having refugee status.
  • If you have been studying in Canada for less than three years, you might have to take a language test and submit your results. You might also have to pass a University language test.
  • You must also decide whether to apply to the Co-operative Education Programs or French Immersion Stream, and whether to take a program in French, English or both.
  • You need prior university studies to be admissible to programs in Education and Medicine.

2. Apply online

  • CEGEP students must apply online through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC), by completing form 105.
  • Declare all current and previous postsecondary studies, completed or not, even if they are not related to your current application. Failure to do so may result in the cancellation of your application or the withdrawal of your offer of admission at any time.
  • Add your permanent code to your OUAC application so that the Admissions Office can track your CEGEP grades.
  • You must pay application fees for all admission applications. Visit the OUAC website to find out which fees you need to pay.
  • OUAC is not part of the University of Ottawa. It handles applications to Ontario universities and transfers your application to us.

3. Log into uoZone to track your status

  • You should receive an email acknowledging receipt of your application within one week of applying. If you do not receive it within two weeks, email [email protected].
  • Be sure to save the acknowledgement of receipt email. It tells you how to log into the uoZone student portal to track the progress of your application. It also includes your student number, user ID and password.
  • Once you have logged into uoZone, check your Admission file for the list of supporting documents you need to submit to complete your application.
  • How to upload and submit your documents.
  • For technical assistance, including with your uoAccess ID or uoZone password, please contact our IT Service Desk.

4. Submit necessary documents

  • Upload any required documents other than your CEGEP transcripts to uoDoc in uoZone.
  • Include your permanent code in your OUAC application to allow the Admissions Office to see your CEGEP transcripts. Otherwise, the Admissions Office will not be able to assess your application.
  • If you have taken the prerequisite courses for your program in secondary school, send us your official transcript via uoDoc in uoZone.
  • We may request any other document necessary to evaluate your file. All documents become property of the University.
  • Submit all required documents on time. Check the deadlines.
  • We process your application as soon as we have received all required documents and your file is complete.

5. Know about advanced standing

  • You may receive up to 15 units (credits) of advanced standing if you’ve passed 12 CEGEP courses.
  • If you’ve completed more than 12 CEGEP courses, you can receive up to 30 units of advanced standing, which usually represents one year of university study.
  • Advanced standing granted depends on the courses you’ve completed, the grades you have achieved and the program to which you are admitted.
  • When you are admitted, the advanced standing will be indicated on your offer of admission.


Faculty Number of units
Arts, Sciences and Social Sciences, Telfer School Management Up to 30 units

For Computer Science: Up to 30 units

For other disciplines: Very limited advanced standing

Health Sciences

Up to 30 units except for Nursing (Up to 21 units)

Civil Law Up to 9 units for graduates of a technical legal program

Did you know?

  • Over 5,800 students from Quebec attend the University of Ottawa.
  • In 2021-2022, of all the Quebec students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate courses across all faculties at uOttawa, 66% or 3,885 students received scholarships. 
  • According to the 2022 Times Higher Education World University Ranking, the University of Ottawa is among the top ten Francophone universities in the world.
  • Through the University’s co-op program, students can earn between $35,000 and $45,000 over the course of four co-op terms.

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Your uOttawa representative

Hi, I’m Dominique, the University of Ottawa representative for CEGEP students. If you have any questions, feel free to send me an e-mail.

You can also book a meeting with me! I'd be happy to answer your questions. 

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