This page is for students who have completed or will complete secondary school studies in a home-schooling program.
1. Make sure you're ready to apply
We evaluate home-schooled applicants on an individual basis. Home-schoolers applying without a high school diploma will have to present alternative credentials for admission.
Home-school applicants do not require the usual six 4U- or 4M-level courses that are associated with the Ontario high school diploma or equivalent.
However, for programs requiring specific grade 12 mathematics or science admission prerequisites, you must have completed the equivalent course through standardized tests such as SAT, ACT, AP exams or 4U-level courses from an accredited Ontario high school, or their equivalent from another province.
Check minimum averages and prerequisite courses for your program.
Good to know
- You can apply as early as mid-October for the following fall term. While most programs accept applications for admission until June 1, some programs have different deadlines. Check the deadlines and available programs.
- 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 might have to provide us with your official results in one of the following University-approved language tests. We reserve the right to request the result of a language test at any time, if necessary.
- In some programs, you can apply to the Co-operative Education Program, French Immersion Stream or the Extended French Stream. Just indicate your choice on the application form.
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.
- You’ll need an admission average of 80% to be admitted to the CO-OP program.
- 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 and extended French streams.
- If you have attended a French-language high school, you are not eligible for French Immersion. You are eligible if you took French immersion, extended French or core French in an English-language school.
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 two weeks of applying. Keep an eye on your junk mail inbox, just in case. 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
Submit your transcripts and other documents through uoDoc (in uoZone), including:
- A personal statement in which you describe the educational plan you followed to prepare for university studies over the last two years. For example, you may have studied a provincial or other home-school curriculum. Please also describe your extra-curricular activities.
- Your personal statement could include a transcript of grades indicating all subjects taken and grades earned from grades 11 and 12. These may be graded either by an independent home-school agency or by the applicant’s parent(s).
- Standardized Testing Results (such as SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, AP Exams, etc.), if taken. These are optional depending on your choice of program.
- 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.
- The 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.
Submit your documents on time. Learn more about deadlines and available programs.