After you apply

Our admission officers handle over 60,000 applications every year. Processing documents, calculating admission averages and evaluating applications can take a few months. While you’re waiting for an answer from us, you can still work on your application and get to know the University. If you’ve received an offer of admission, congratulations! We hope you’ll accept it.

Where are you in the admission process?

I've applied and I'm waiting to hear back

We acknowledge receipt of all applications

We acknowledge receipt of all applications by email within two weeks.Save this message, because it contains your student number, uoAccess ID and password to access the uoZone student portal and track the progress of your application.


If you don’t receive an acknowledgement of receipt within two weeks of applying, email us at

Let us know if your application requires special consideration

We are committed to accommodating applicants who have mental or physical disabilities or who may be experiencing a crisis or an exceptional situation that has affected academic performance. Email us at and supply the supporting documentation, such as a medical certificate or other official documentation, we require to evaluate your situation.

Check your admission file in uoZone

Your uoAccess ID and temporary password are included in the acknowledgement of receipt that we emailed you when we received your application. While you’re waiting for our decision, you can open a session in uoZone to track your application and find out if you need to send the University any other documents or results to complete your file.

Before logging into uoZone for the first time, you must complete the following steps to activate your uoAccess account and change your temporary password.

  1. Go to the uoAccess login page.
  2. Enter your uoAccess ID.
  3. Enter your temporary password.
  4. Click Login.
  5. Once logged in, choose five security questions and provide the answers. Then click OK.
  6. Under Related Tasks in the next window, click on the IBM Security Identity Manager link.
  7. Click on Change Password and follow the instructions to set up your new password. IMPORTANT: Your password cannot include any letters of your first or last name.

Follow these steps to access your admission file:

  1. Go to the Students page.
  2. In the uoZone box, click Login.
  3. Type your uoAccess ID and your new password.
  4. Click Login.
  5. Under Admission file, click on the desired program.

Please send all documents to the Admissions Office by uploading them to uoDoc, via uoZone.

If you have difficulty accessing your account, make a Service Desk request.

You can find complete information about your application status in your admission file. You are responsible for checking it regularly to track your application and ensure that your file is complete.

Information There may be a delay of up to two weeks between when we receive a document and when your admission file is updated in uoZone.

Learn about how your application is handled

The University will email you to let you know of any updates to your admission file. We recommend that you add to your contacts so that our emails don’t end up in your spam folder.

Admissions decisions are not all sent out at the same time. The program you have chosen and the strength of your application can determine when your admission decision is sent out. The University will email you to let you know a decision has been made. Details of this decision will be posted in your admission file in uoZone.


Meeting the minimum admission requirements doesn’t guarantee you admission.

Make changes to your application if necessary

If you’re eligible, you can add the CO-OP program or French immersion to your application, or even change your program choice, if the program you want is still open and accepting applications.

If you’ve applied online through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC), you can open a session on the OUAC website to make changes to your application.

If you’ve applied directly to the University of Ottawa, email us at

Explore scholarship and bursary opportunities

You can apply for scholarships and bursaries as soon as you've applied to the University of Ottawa and have received your uoAccess ID and password.

Explore all of your opportunities through the Online Scholarships and Bursaries search engine, also available in uoZone, on the Applications tab.

Read your University of Ottawa email messages

We will be in touch with you regularly to update you on the status of your application.

We will also contact you to invite you to our events, so you can learn more about our faculties, programs and campus. Take part in a campus tour or one of our admission events to get to know us even better. You can participate in a number of activities even if you haven’t received an offer yet.

I've been admitted

If you’ve received an offer of admission, congratulations!

We will email you to let you know a decision has been made. You need to open a session in uoZone to check your admission file and view the details of your offer.

To access your admission file, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Students page.
  2. In the uoZone box, click Login.
  3. Type your uoAccess ID and password.
  4. Click Login.
  5. Under Admission file, click on the desired program.

If you have difficulty accessing your account, make a Service Desk request.

Your admission file contains information on:

  • your offer of admission
  • requirements you must meet
  • accepting your offer
  • reserving a place in University housing
  • any scholarships or advanced standing granted to you
Applications and offers of admission are only valid for the program, year and session indicated. We can’t defer admissions.

If you need to make any changes

Even if you have an offer of admission, you can still make changes to your original application. Email us at to find out if the changes you would like to make are possible and the steps to follow to request them.

International students: Submit your documents to World Education Services

If you’re an international student, the University may ask you to complete an Academic Records Request Form to have your supporting documents sent to World Education Services (WES), after you accept your offer of admission. WES is a non-profit organization that does credential evaluations on behalf of the University of Ottawa.

Visit World Education Services Canada for more information. You can also search for country-specific required academic documents.

Please follow these instructions carefully:

  • Create an account if necessary and begin completing your WES application.
  • On the evaluation type table, select the Document-by-Document evaluation report under the WES BASIC ($115) column. Don't select theWES ICAP report.
  • Click Add Recipient to arrange for a report to be sent directly to uOttawa.
  • Select Educational Institution from the list and click Continue.
  • Type University of Ottawa in the search box and click Search.
  • Select University of Ottawa – OUAC as the recipient. The cost for the report to uOttawa is $30.
  • Continue the steps, complete the payment information and submit your application.

Say “Yes”!

Follow the instructions in your admission file to accept your offer, and make sure you really understand all its conditions. The offer almost always has conditions.

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You must accept your offer of admission by the deadline indicated.

Start planning your transition to the University of Ottawa

Once you have accepted your offer, find out about the course enrolment process. Enrolment usually begins in mid-May for first-year students.

Don’t forget to research scholarship and bursary opportunities by using Online Scholarships and Bursaries, also available in uoZone, under Applications.

Careful budgeting is another important element of being well prepared for university life and the financial responsibilities it brings. Visit the financial aid and awards site for tools, forms and financial planning information to help you keep your finances on track so you can stay focused on your studies.

Canadian students

In the months before you arrive at uOttawa, check the undergraduate student guide and join our Facebook group for future students.

International students

If you’re an international student, be sure to follow the steps below in the months leading up to your arrival in Canada.

  • Obtain you study permit. You must have your study permit from the Government of Canada before arriving in order to study here. Find out about the Government of Canada requirements to study 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.
  • Join the International Office Facebook page to find out what’s going on at the University of Ottawa and to get to know some of our mentors and students.

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 for newly admitted international students for all the details.

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