Did you know that you can also go directly from Secondary V to the University of Ottawa?

If, like me, you come from CEGEP, read on to know how to apply!

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. Please see below the admission average you need for each program, based on the number of courses you have passed.

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.

Before applying, make sure you meet the admission requirements.

Check minimum averages and prerequisite courses for your program

Health Sciences
Civil Law
Common Law
Social Sciences

Good to know

  • 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.
  • 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.

Applying to CO-OP

You can gain 16 months of hands-on work experience with top employers as you study by joining our CO-OP program, the fifth largest in Canada.

  • If you have passed 17 or more CEGEP courses, you’ll need an average of 75% to be admitted to the CO-OP program. CEGEP students who have successfully completed 12 to 16 courses need an average of 80%.
  • Joining a CO-OP program is entirely up to you and has no impact on admission decisions.

Choosing your language of study

  • We are the largest English-French bilingual university in the world. We are so bilingual that you can take a course in French and hand in your work in English, or vice-versa! You have the right to produce work and answer exam questions in English or French.

Choosing French immersion

You can boost your future earnings by learning or perfecting your French through our French Immersion Stream.

  • If you have attended school in French (high school or CEGEP) you are not eligible for French immersion.

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 admissions@uOttawa.ca.
  • 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

  • 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, mail us your official transcript.
  • 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.

Advanced standing available


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)


Virtual events

Join us virtually!

Don’t miss an opportunity to get your questions answered! Whether you need help choosing your program, finalizing your admission application, or have already applied and have questions, we’ve got plenty of virtual opportunities for you to get the information you need, including recorded presentations on admissions from our different open house events. Visit our admission events page regularly for the most up-to-date information about our events.

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.

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Did you know?

  • 5,500 students from Quebec attend the University of Ottawa.
  • In 2017-2018, of all the Quebec students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate courses across all faculties at uOttawa, over half (3598) received scholarships. 
  • According to the 2021 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.

French Immersion Stream

Immersion français

Studying in a language that’s not your mother tongue isn’t easy. But we think that if anyone can do it, it’s you!

That’s why we pull out all the stops to help you succeed: mentors, academic support, pass/fail grades that don’t count for your average, flexible paths, as well as a whole campus and city where you can practise!

French immersion: A challenge that pays off!

Being in French immersion means taking at least a third of your courses in French. You can take accompanying language courses to help you succeed in courses in your program. It’s almost like two for one!

Automatic scholarships

Admission scholarship
based on your pre-university grades
$1,000 to $4,000 for your first year at university
Admission average Scholarship
95% to 100% $4,000
90% to 94.9% $3,000
85% to 89.9% $2,000
80% to 84.9% $1,000
Merit scholarship
based on your university grades
$1,000 for each full-time term
82.5% minimum average
Up to $10,000 during your studies
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