Canadian college

This page is for students who have completed a year or more of a college certificate or diploma program, or who have a college diploma (from outside of Quebec).

If you are in a Bachelor’s degree program, your application will be evaluated as a university transfer applicant. Please click here for more information.

1. Make sure you’re ready to apply.

If you have your college diploma, start by checking the admission average, prerequisite courses and additional requirements you need for your chosen uOttawa program by clicking on the drop down menus below.

If you do not have your college diploma, but have completed at least two terms (one year) in the same college program and have the prerequisites for your chosen uOttawa program, you could qualify for admission. However, you must have a high school diploma, your college average must be 5% to 10% higher than indicated in the drop down menus and you cannot receive advanced standing (see step 5).

If you have completed less than one year of college, you might be admitted based on your high school grades.

Check below the admission average, prerequisite courses and additional requirements you need for the program(s) you’re interested in. You must have taken these prerequisites in secondary school or their college equivalents. Your admission average is based on all your college courses.

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

Admission averages
Faculty of Arts 2 years 1 year
All programs 63% or more 73% or more
Faculty of Social Sciences 2 years 1 year
Social Work (offered in French only) 74% or more 74% or more
Economics and mathematics 65% or more 75% or more
All other programs 63% or more 73% or more
Faculty of Science 2 years 1 year
Biochemistry & Chemical Engineering (Biotechnology) 70% or more 80% or more
Physics & Electrical Engineering 70% or more 80% or more
Biomedical Science 78% or more 80% or more
All other programs 65% or more 75% or more
Faculty of Health Sciences 2 years 1 year
Human Kinetics, Health Sciences, Food and Nutrition Sciences, Intergrated Food sciences 70% or more 73% or more
Nursing 75% or more 80% or more
Faculty of Engineering 2 years 1 year
All programs 70% or more 80% or more
Telfer School of Management 2 years 1 year
All programs 70% or more 75% or more
Certificates 70% or more 70% or more
Faculty of Law, Civil Law Section 2 years 1 year
Certificate 70% or more Not admissible
Licentiate in Law (including LL.L & International Development and Globalization). Offered in French only. 80% or more Not admissible
Prerequisite courses by province or territory
  • For some programs you may have to provide additional supporting documents or pass an audition or exam.
  • If you have been studying in Canada for less than three years, you may have to pass a language test. We may also request the results of a language test if we consider this necessary.
  • While most programs accept admission applications until June 1, some programs have different deadlines. It’s important for you to check application deadlines and available programs before applying.
  • We reserve the right to stop accepting applications before the deadline.

In some programs, you can apply to the Co-operative Education Program or French Immersion Stream. Just indicate your choice on the application form.

2. Apply online

  • Apply online through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC), by completing form 105.
  • On the form, 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.
  • 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. Keep an eye on your junk mail inbox just in case. If you do not receive it within two weeks, email
  • 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.

4. Submit necessary documents

If you have studied at an Ontario college, complete the Transcript Request Form (105) on the OUAC website. Your interim or final grades will then be sent to us.

If you are studying in a college in another province or territory, submit your transcripts through uoDoc (in uoZone). Also, please note:

  • If you are currently taking courses that do not appear on your transcript, you must submit their course codes and titles through uoDoc.
  • Transcripts submitted through uoDoc are not considered official. If you are admitted, you must submit your official transcript with final grades.
  • An official transcript must be printed and stamped with an official seal and sent by the institution in question, or a copy certified by a notary, lawyer or commissioner of oaths.

If you have taken the prerequisite courses for your program in secondary school, we require your secondary school transcripts.

Submit your documents on time. Learn more about deadlines and available programs.

NoticeThe University of Ottawa may request any other document necessary to evaluate your file. All documents become property of the University and will not be returned to applicants. You are responsible for ensuring that we receive all requested documents by the deadline.

5. Know about advanced standing

If you have completed four semesters (two years) of full-time study in the same Canadian college diploma program, we might grant you advanced standing, depending on the program you are applying to, as per the table below. If you are in a Bachelor’s degree program, please refer to university transfers.

If you are applying after one year of college in a certificate or diploma program, we will not grant you any advanced standing.

Faculties that grant advanced standing do so based on your discipline, courses completed and length of studies.

Advanced standing available (Diploma programs)

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

With a two or three-year non-business diploma: 15 units

With a two-year management diploma: Up to 30 units

With a three-year management diploma: Up to 45 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)

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