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 panel of expert faculty members will take into account experiences that reflect positively on your admission before making an admission decision.
Declaration of personal experience
Your marks don’t always paint a complete picture of your academic potential. That’s why at the University of Ottawa, your admission does not solely depend on your academic average. We value the life experiences that every student brings to the University. Consequently, we have made it our mission to be more inclusive by encouraging access to university while still promoting academic excellence.
What does this mean for you?
Is this for anyone?
No. A declaration of Personal Experience can only be submitted by Canadian citizens, permanent residents or those having refugee status. Moreover, declarations will only be considered in decisions for admission to undergraduate programs in one of the direct-entry faculties, and will not be considered for admission to programs leading to a Juris Doctor designation or graduate studies.
How does it work?
You don’t need to send us a Declaration of Personal Experience; you should only send us a Declaration if you do not meet the required average and you would like to tell us about specific experiences or accomplishments that set you apart.
- Apply for admission.
- Fill out the Declaration of Personal Experience in your admission file in , the University’s secure student portal.
- Only complete one Declaration of Personal Experience, even if you are applying for admission to several programs for the same session.
- Only submit a Declaration of Personal Experience if your academic average is below the posted minimum average required for admission to the program(s) of interest to you.