Other applicants

If your background doesn't match the other applicant types, you can still apply for admission to the University of Ottawa as a mature applicant.

1. Make sure you're ready to apply

To be eligible for admission as a mature applicant, you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Have spent two or more consecutive years since completing secondary school working or having another non-academic experience (such as volunteering or travelling). This can include part-time, but not full time, postsecondary studies.
  • Show academic promise through studies, work and/or personal experience.
  • Meet the particular requirements of the program you’re applying to.
  • Submit a Declaration of Personal Experience telling us why you think you have the potential to succeed.
  • The decision on your application will depend on the strength of your file and the program you’re applying to. We do not offer a pre-evaluation service. For us to evaluate your file, you must submit an application for admission that includes all necessary documents.

All courses that you have taken to meet a program’s prerequisites must be equivalent to Grade 12 courses. To see these prerequisites, select the province or territory where you’ve studied.

Good to know

  • 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.
  • 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, French Immersion Stream or the Extended French 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 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 or the list of supporting documents you need to submit to complete your application.

4. Submit necessary documents

Submit all documents through uoDoc (in uoZone). Please note:

  • Transcripts submitted through uoDoc are not considered official. If you are admitted, you must submit your official transcript with final grades.
  • 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.
InformationThe 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.
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