When to Apply
As long as
space remains in an Ontario college program, you may apply for it. However,
there are some important dates to keep in mind, especially for popular programs
that fill up quickly.
Apply to college as soon as the
online application becomes available in October. Complete and pay for your
application on or before February 1 in order to receive equal consideration for
admission to programs beginning the following September.
The following dates
apply to programs starting in the fall of 2017.
Early October 2016: Online Application Opens
In early October, access to the
online college application becomes available for programs beginning in the
following academic year (August to July). You may create an account and begin
November 21, 2016: Colleges Begin Receiving Applications
In late November,
ontariocolleges.ca begins transmitting application data to the colleges for the
following academic year (August to July). This is the earliest date that
colleges may acknowledge applications.
February 1, 2017: Equal Consideration Date
Apply on or before this date in
order to receive equal consideration for admission to programs starting the
following fall. After this date, colleges consider applicants on a first-come,
first-served basis until programs are full.
applications to Highly Competitive Programs must be received by this date in order to be considered. As these programs
receive a high volume of applicants, all seats may be filled by February 1.
Applicants are encouraged to
complete their applications well before the Equal Consideration Date, as
website volumes on the online application are at their highest at this time.
Many programs continue to accept
applicants after February 1st . Use the Find
a Program tool on
ontariocolleges.ca at any time to find
programs that are still open.
February 1, 2017: Earliest Offer Date
This is the earliest date that
colleges may begin to send offers of admission to programs for the upcoming
academic year. Offers will continue to be issued until programs are filled or
wait-lists are established.
May 1, 2017: Deadline to Confirm Offers of Admission
Applicants must confirm their
acceptance of an offer of admission by this date. Log in to your
ontariocolleges.ca account to confirm your offer.
Colleges may extend offers of
admission after this date. Each college will set the deadline to confirm offers
made after May 1, and this deadline will be communicated to you with your
June 15, 2017: Tuition Deposit Due at the Colleges
The colleges require payment of a
tuition deposit in mid-June to secure your spot in your program. Each college
sets its own tuition deposit amount and payment deadline. This information will
be communicated to you by the college.