Ontario Universities' Application Centre

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The Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) is a non-profit organization that acts as a centralized service to process online applications for admission to 20 of the 21 universities in Ontario, Canada. The OUAC was founded in 1971 by the Council of Ontario Universities and the Ontario Universities' Council on Admissions, as the benefits of central application processing were recognized.

Currently, the OUAC processes applications to undergraduate programs, medical school, law school, teacher education, and rehabilitation sciences programs at Ontario universities.

The OUAC is located in Guelph, Ontario, Canada.

Ontario Universities[edit]

+The OUAC does not process applications for the Royal Military College of Canada.


The OUAC was founded in 1971 by the Committee of Presidents of the Universities of Ontario, now called the Council of Ontario Universities, and the Ontario Universities’ Council on Admissions (OUCA).

Before the OUAC was formed, each university processed its own applications. Students could accept offers of admission to more than one university, which resulted in “no-shows,” and left universities with vacant spots. Centralizing the process reduced the duplication and costs involved with processing multiple applications.[1]

Since the 1970s, the OUAC has expanded its services to include publications, transcript distribution, surveys, data collection and statistical reports used by governments and universities.[2]

In 1972, the OUAC processed more than 135,000 undergraduate applications. Today, more than 200,000 applicants submit approximately 600,000 applications to the OUAC every year. By 2012, the OUAC had processed more than 14 million applications, submitted by more than 4.5 million applicants.[3]

Starting in 1975, the OUAC began processing applications to professional programs, including medicine (1975), teacher education (1979), law (1997) and rehabilitation sciences (2000). Each program has its own application service. These services were developed by admissions officers at the respective universities to reduce duplication in application processing and save time and resources for the applicants and institutions.[4]

In 2003, during the double cohort year when the last group of Grade 13 students graduated at the same time as Grade 12 students, the OUAC received 86,000 online applications in 60 days.[5]

Applications were paper-based until the late 1990s. By 2011, approximately 99 percent of all applications received by the OUAC were completed online.[6]


The OUAC is a non-profit agency fully funded through student application fees and the contract services it provides for the universities. After all costs are recovered, the OUAC transfers any remaining revenue to the universities to help with their admissions processing costs.[7]

Primary Role[edit]

The OUAC provides application services in English and French for all undergraduate and professional programs (medicine, law, teacher education, and rehabilitation sciences), and graduate programs at some universities.

Secondary Roles[edit]

  • Maintaining the eINFO website (in English and French), a searchable database of information on all Ontario university programs, including admission requirements, scholarships, etc.
  • Overseeing the Ontario Universities’ Fair (OUF), a three-day event held each fall in Toronto. All 21 Ontario universities are exhibitors at this event, which aims to inform parents and students about school programs and life on campus.[8]
  • Coordinating the University Information Program (UIP), a series of events held each fall in cities and towns across Ontario. Representatives from the universities make presentations and speak to students, parents and educators.
  • Providing online tools that allow Ontario high school guidance counsellors and school officials to access student information in the OUAC database and exchange it with universities. Users can create student accounts, submit grades, update academic files, view completed applications, etc.
  • Maintaining the Ontario Universities’ Electronic Transcript System (OUETS), where students can request, through the OUAC website, to have copies of their academic transcripts (from Ontario universities and colleges) sent to any Ontario university.

Application Types[edit]

The OUAC processes all undergraduate and professional applications on behalf of Ontario’s universities. Applicants submit their application to the OUAC, indicating all choices they wish to apply for. The OUAC does not make any admission decisions.


The OUAC forwards undergraduate applications to all requested universities and/or programs regardless of the applicant’s qualifications. Depending on the applicant’s current situation, either the 101 or 105 online applications are used.


The OUAC processes applications for professional programs at Ontario universities (medicine, law, teacher education, and rehabilitation sciences). While the OUAC processes the applications, each university makes its own admission decisions.[9]

Ontario Medical School Application Service (OMSAS)[edit]

OMSAS processes applications for admission to Ontario’s medical schools.

Ontario Medical Schools

Teacher Education Application Service (TEAS)[edit]

TEAS processes applications for admission to Ontario’s faculties of education.

Ontario Faculties of Education

Ontario Law School Application Service (OLSAS)[edit]

OLSAS processes applications for admission to Ontario’s law schools.

Ontario Law Schools

Ontario Rehabilitation Sciences Programs Application Service (ORPAS)[edit]

ORPAS processes applications to Occupational Therapy, Physiotherapy/Physical Therapy, Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology programs offered at the graduate level at select Ontario universities.

Ontario Universities Offering Rehabilitation Sciences Programs

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Celebrating 40 Years of Service", digital book, ©2012 Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC).
  2. ^ "About the OUAC", Ontario Universities’ Application Centre.
  3. ^ "About the OUAC", Ontario Universities’ Application Centre.
  4. ^ "About the OUAC", Ontario Universities’ Application Centre.
  5. ^ "Celebrating 40 Years of Service", digital book, ©2012 Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC).
  6. ^ "Celebrating 40 Years of Service", digital book, ©2012 Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC).
  7. ^ "Our Funding", Ontario Universities’ Application Centre.
  8. ^ La Rose, L. “Primed for post-secondary life? Tips to prep applications and choose right school”, huffingtonpost.ca, 27 Sep 2013.
  9. ^ "Professional Applications", Ontario Universities' Application Centre.

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