Applying for school

Applying for school can sometimes feel overwhelming and confusing! This page will help you out with pointers for filling out your application properly and meeting all the necessary requirements, bringing you one step closer to your school of choice.

Learn the admission requirements

It’s important to know the admission requirements for the program at the school you’re applying to. Since schools may have different requirements for your program of study, it’s a good idea to visit each school’s Web site to check that you’ll be able to meet them.

Admission requirements may also vary depending on whether or not you’re a regular, mature, international or part-time student, so be sure to read them carefully and plan ahead.

Keep track of deadlines

Application deadlines can vary depending on the school. You can make a checklist to help you keep track of important dates and the documents you need to submit, so that nothing falls off your radar.

It’s also a good idea to leave enough time between completing your application and the application deadline. You’ll feel less rushed and have a chance to carefully proofread your application before submitting it.

Ask for help or clarification

A high school guidance counsellor or career advisor can be a wonderful resource when applying to schools. You might want to get their help to make sure your application is filled out properly.

You can also contact the school you’re applying to if you have any questions or concerns about your application. They’ll be familiar with the process and should be able to answer any questions you have.

Submit your application

It might seem obvious, but it’s really important to read the instructions carefully before you submit your application. There could be small details that you missed, or unique requests (like a writing sample) that are required in addition to your application.

Once you’ve submitted your application, check the school’s Web site or contact the school to find out when a decision will be made regarding your application.

Accept your offer

When you open that envelope and read that you’ve been accepted into your program, remember to formally accept the offer by following the instructions indicated by the school. If you don’t confirm your spot in the program with the school, it may be given to someone else.

Next steps

Once you’ve confirmed your acceptance, you’ll want to take care of the next set of deadlines! If you’re planning on living in residence, make sure you respond to the school by the appropriate deadlines to secure your spot.