Now that you have received a decision in uoZone, explore your next steps.
You’ve received an offer of admission, congratulations!
If you have been admitted, we will email you to let you know we’ve made a decision. Read the PDF offer of admission in your admission file carefully. You’ll find information on your admission conditions, the average you need to maintain, the deadline for accepting your offer and any transfer credits you have received. Please note that we only assess and grant advanced standing after you accept your offer of admission.
Even if you have received an offer of admission, you may still be able to add French immersion or CO-OP to your original application. To find out if you can make changes to your program, email us at [email protected]. Be sure to include your student number.
Follow the instructions in your Admission file in uoZone to accept your offer. It usually has conditions — make sure you really understand them. You must accept your offer of admission by the deadline indicated on your offer.
Start planning your transition to the University of Ottawa
Once you have accepted your offer, find out about course enrolment. Enrolment for the fall term usually begins in mid-May. It’s never too early to figure out your course sequence and start shopping for courses you might want to take!
Careful budgeting is another important element of being well prepared for university life and the financial responsibilities it brings. Visit the fees and financial support website for information to help you keep your finances on track so you can stay focused on your studies.
Discover the Regional Mentoring Centre, which organizes social and cultural activities, holds orientation sessions for students across Canada…and more! The regional mentors are like your GPS for your first year on campus. They’ll help you get used to your new home and life, meet new friends and start you off on the right foot for success at the University of Ottawa.
If you’re an international student, be sure to follow the steps below in the months leading up to your arrival in Canada.
Learn about the International Office, which manages the International Mentoring Centre, organizes social and cultural activities, holds orientation sessions for international students…and more! The International Office and its mentors are here for you, to help you get used to your new home, meet new friends and get you off on the right foot for success at the University of Ottawa.
Also, once you’ve arrived, you’ll need to attend an orientation session for international students, a mandatory activity for all new international students. Be sure you make plans to arrive in Ottawa in time to attend. It takes place about a week before classes begin. Check out the information on international orientation for all the details.
Confirming your admission conditions
We begin assessing admission conditions in mid-June. Please follow the instructions on your offer of admission to submit your final transcripts. Unless we receive your final results electronically, you must upload your final documents via uOdoc. All admission conditions will be verified based on this single document. Make sure that all pages are included. You will receive a confirmation email once all conditions have been verified.
We recognize that unusual circumstances may create change and uncertainty concerning your final results. Please be advised that in special circumstances, we will continue to accept documents required for the verification of admission conditions for a two-week period after the deadline.
Except under exceptional circumstances, it is normally not possible to defer an offer of admission, as they are only valid for the program, year and term specified. As such, students who wish to be considered for an alternate year or term must submit a new application, fees and any new supporting documents.
However, if exceptional circumstances prevent you from starting your studies as planned you may request a deferral of your offer of admission.
The following criteria will need to apply:
You must have accepted your offer of admission;
You must meet the conditions of your offer;
You will not be attending any academic institution during the deferral period;
The deferral period does not extend more than 12 months;
The deadline to submit your request is the same date as the last day to withdraw from a course and receive a financial credit.
We reserve the right to refuse any deferral requests.
Please note that offers to our English Intensive program (EIP) are not eligible for deferral. The following programs are also not eligible for deferral:
Computer Science & Mathematics
Bachelor of Nursing
Bachelor of Music
To request a deferral of admission, please complete our InfoAdmission web form. Select the Undergraduate studies, Faculty of Education or Faculty of Law - Civil law section depending on the program you are requesting the deferral for and then select Deferral Request. You will be asked to explain the reasons for requesting the deferral and summarize your plans for the deferral period.
Deferral requests will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and may be granted for reasons including illness, mandatory military service, etc.
There is no deferral process for the January to September session. Indeed, you must modify your application for the September session on OUAC if you are not able to start your studies on time.
There is no appeal process for deferral requests denied by our Office. Decisions are final.
If your request is accepted, we will confirm this by email and issue a new offer of admission once we start accepting applications for the entry point you selected.
Please note that, if your original offer of admission included a scholarship, scholarship eligibility for your deferred offer will be based on your final academic average according to the regulations in effect for the year/term of your new offer admission.
If you have signed a housing contract, you must formally cancel it with the Housing Services. Please email them directly at [email protected]
Deferral request related to obtaining your study permit
In the case of a study permit not yet issued, only those presenting their ‘Acknowledgment of Receipt of Visa Application’ confirming that the application was submitted within reasonable deadlines will be considered.
We reserve the right to request any other document that we deem relevant for the evaluation of your request.
It is your responsibility to ensure that you submit your study permit application shortly after receiving your offer.
Our expectations as a university are that our students are proactive and demonstrate accountability for their records.
Deferral for the fall session (starting in September)
You have been admitted…
You must submit your study permit application
Between 8 and 12 weeks after receiving your offer of admission
Between march and May 15th
8 weeks after receiving your offer of admission
After May 15th
4 weeks after receiving your offer of admission
If you weren’t admitted, and wish to re-apply, you must improve your academic record. Reasons for refusal are posted in your Admission File (available via uoZone).
If you need to retake a prerequisite course, you can do so in high school, college or university.
If you were refused admission based on your admission average, see below for your next steps based on your level of studies when you applied.
I applied from high school or lycée
If you haven’t been admitted due to your high school or lycée grades, you can retake courses to improve your admission average. However, make sure you take courses that we use to calculate your admission average. To understand how we calculate your admission average, see our admission requirements.
I applied from CEGEP
If you haven’t been admitted due to your CEGEP grades, you can take CEGEP-level courses to raise your admission average.
Alternately, to show your potential to succeed in university, you can complete 24 university-level units (eight one-term undergraduate courses). You will then be evaluated based on these university courses.
If you haven’t been admitted due to your college grades, you can demonstrate your potential to succeed in university by completing 24 university-level units (8 one-term undergraduate courses). You will then be evaluated based on these university courses. See our requirements for re-admission by faculty.