Please consult our Admissions FAQs for the latest information on the impact of COVID-19. If you cannot find the answer to your query there, you can still communicate with us.

I've applied

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.

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.

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

Your grades don’t tell the whole story?

At the University of Ottawa, we believe that grades don’t always tell the whole story. So, if you’re a Canadian citizen or have permanent resident or refugee status, your average is below the average required for the program you’re applying for and you would like to strengthen your application file, you can tell us about challenges you’ve faced that may have affected your grades by completing a declaration of personal experience.

Use of this declaration is optional.

NoticeExceptions – This declaration is part of a pilot project for Canadian students and students who have permanent resident or refugee status except for those applying to programs in the Faculty of Medicine, the Faculty of Education, the Civil Law Section, programs leading to a Juris Doctor designation or graduate studies.

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.

Reviews and appeals of admissions decisions

Admissions decisions are usually final. However, you can request an informal review of a decision or appeal a decision for the following reasons:

  • Your grades have improved since you submitted your transcript.
  • You have completed additional courses for which results are now available.
  • You have submitted a missing document that might affect your admission.
  • You have reason to believe there was an error in the decision process.

Informal review

If you have new information related to the above reasons, email details to the Admissions Office at within five business days of the admission decision. An admission officer will review the decision.

Notice We recommend that you request an informal review before proceeding to an appeal. However, you can proceed directly to an appeal if you wish.


You can formally appeal the admission decision based on the above reasons. You cannot appeal our decision without a reason or based on decisions other applicants may have received.


There is no appeal process for the Faculty of Education.

You must file your appeal in writing within five business days of the informal review decision or the initial admission decision, providing relevant supporting documentation. If you delay your appeal, however, the program may have reached its maximum enrolment number even if the appeal is successful.

  • Email your letter of appeal to
  • Use the subject heading “Appealing an admission decision.”
  • Include the following in your appeal letter:
    • your name, your student number and the name of the program for which you have applied 
    • the reason for your appeal

You will receive the Appeals Committee decision in writing within 10 business days. The committee’s decision is final.

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