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Attending College


Students wanting to attend an Ontario College need to, at minimum, meet program entry requirements.  Students are strongly encouraged to begin searching program and school of interest during their grade 10 year.  It is highly recommended that students and parents/guardians familiarize themselves with the application process, important dates, campus visits, and scholarships and financial aid.


Students should visit college websites, and to learn about college programs and admission requirements.


This year's Ontario College Information Fair will take place on Monday, October 17th between 5 – 9 pm and Tuesday, October 18th, between 10 am – 3 pm at the Direct Energy Centre.   This is a free event where you will be able to interact with Ontario College representatives.  Please note that we will be taking a bus down on Tuesday, October 18th for those students interested in attending.


Please take the time to ensure that you are prepared to apply to college. Below is a checklist of items to consider:


1.      Earn your Ontario Secondary School Diploma by June 2017

·Successfully complete 18 compulsory and 12 elective credits

·Successfully complete a minimum of 40 hours of community involvement

·Pass the literacy test or complete the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Course


2.     Make sure you have completed any pre-requisite courses required. 

An Ontario College requires you meet all graduation requirements and individual program requirements.  Ontario Colleges do not require 6 U/M grade 12 courses.  Included in your 30 high school credits, Ontario Colleges will require a minimum of a grade 12 college English and some programs may require specific grade 11 or 12 courses.  If you have a question about program requirements you should contact the Ontario College directing by calling or e-mailing their Admission Office.  This information is on each College website. 


3.     Cost of applications on OCAS is $95.00 for 5 choices (no more than 3 programs at the same college). 


4.     Keep track of  important dates (See Important Dates)


5.     Regularly look at bulletin boards outside Guidance for current information, upcoming events and scholarship information. 


6.     Follow us @BSSGuidance1 for important updates about OSAP, Open Houses, PIN's, deadlines and more.


7.     Book an appointment with your Guidance counsellor when you need assistance.


Types of Programs offered at Ontario Colleges

Colleges have changed drastically over the last decade and now most offer a diverse range of programs, including the following:

a.     Certificate Programs


Certificate programs require the completion of two semesters (or one year) of study, as approved by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.


See Certificate programs at Ontario colleges

b.    Diploma Programs

Regular diploma programs require the completion of at least four semesters (or two years) of study, as approved by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. An advanced diploma is granted after six semesters (three years) of study.


See all Diploma Programs at Ontario Colleges  
See all Advanced Diploma Programs at Ontario Colleges

c.     Degree Programs

Four-year college degree programs offer the best of both worlds: a solid foundation of theoretical knowledge and the practical skills to apply this knowledge in the real world.


See all Degree Programs at Ontario Colleges

d.    Graduate Certificate Programs

Graduate certificates require a university degree or a college certificate or diploma for admission, building on knowledge and experience gained through previous postsecondary study.


See all Graduate Certificate Programs at Ontario Colleges

e.     Collaborative & Joint Degree Programs

Collaborative programs are offered jointly by a college and a partnering university. Students may earn either one or two credentials-one from the college and/or one from the university.


See all Collaborative Programs at Ontario Colleges

f.     Co-op Programs

Co-op programs include scheduled periods of employment in related industries within the academic year. These placements are typically paid positions and may be a requirement for graduation.


See all Co-op programs with required co-op components
See all Co-op programs with optional co-op components

g.    Apprenticeship Programs

An apprenticeship enables you to learn a skilled trade on the job, under the supervision of an experienced tradesperson. The classroom component of apprenticeship training may be taken through an Ontario college apprenticeship program.


See all Apprenticeship Programs at Ontario Colleges



Applying to College


Students apply to an Ontario College through


Step 1: Create Your Account:

  • Click:  "APPLY"…..."Sign Up" under "CREATE NEW ACCOUNT"
  • Click: "Sign Up" …..complete the form to set up your online account
  • Click: "I Agree to the Terms and Conditions" to create your account


Step 2:  Activate Your Account:

  • Retrieve the account activation email from the email address you provided.
  • Click on the link within the email to activate your account.


Step 3:  Log On and Complete "My Profile":

  • Enter your username and password to enter your account.
  • Click "Get started with your College Application" – all sections of "My Profile" must be completed the first time.
  • Click "SAVE" to continue to the next step.


Step 4:  Apply to Programs

  • Click on the date you would like to start college (ie. September 2017)
  • Click on "Find a Program" to select and add a program to your application
  • Click "Select" to add the program to your application – make sure to choose the correct start date for your program
  • You may choose FIVE programs (no more than THREE at any one college)
  • We have already submitted a transcript for you electronically.

Step 5:  Payment

  • you will need to arrange to pay the application processing fee online with a credit or debit card
  • print the Payment Summary for your records


Useful Websites



Provides program information and is used to apply to college programs



Learn the most direct routes to your goals through Ontario's colleges and universities. A simple tutorial shows how to find your best pathways and save them for future reference. You'll also find clearly explained facts about these institutions, including their different credentials, to help make sense of the system.


3.     Ontario College Information Fair

Provides potential college bound students with the opportunity to meet college reps, faculty and staff to learn more college programs, costs, housing, about why college is the right choice for you.




** For other internet sites, please see Important Post-Secondary Research Sites under the Post-Secondary Tab



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