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Grade 12 Planning Guide:

Below you'll find a helpful guide for keeping track of deadlines for your graduating year. 

Grade 12 Planning 2020-21.pdf


Be sure to check the Grade 12 Important Information page for updates on Virtual Visits, Open Houses, etc.


Don't forget about the https://ontariocollegefair.ca/ being held on Wednesday, November 4th and Thursday, November 5th.  See the poster below for more information!

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Applying to College:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tSYP0tQUq1o&feature=emb_logo


Important Dates​

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 2021. The application process at ontariocolleges.ca follows an annual cycle, based on the academic year (August to July). For programs beginning at other times of the year, please contact the individual colleges for more information about application processing dates.

Early October 2020: 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 your application.

February 1, 2021: 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.

Note that 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 1. Use our Find a Program tool at any time to find programs that are still open.

February 1, 2021: 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, 2021: 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 offer.

June 2021: Tuition Deposit Due at the Colleges

The colleges require payment of a tuition deposit in 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.

 


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Here is a link to all careers in Ontario that have an apprenticeship attached and are careers attainable directly from high school.  Students in skilled trades co-op placements can even get a start while still in high school.

The listings of skilled trades in Ontario, divided by sector, are found at the link below:

https://www.collegeoftrades.ca/trades-in-ontario




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Calendar of Virtual College and University Liaison Visits for Orillia Secondary School

2020-2021

In this time of Covid-19, colleges and universities are offering virtual visits, presentations, open houses and tours.  Check this page for more information.

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There are also find some special virtual events.  Stay tuned for information regarding the College Information Program and Ontario Universities' Regional Fair (OURF) .

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Remember to check your college or university's website to find out about Fall Preview Days, Open Houses and booking campus tours.  The best way to decide if a college or university is right for you is to visit the campus - virtually!!  A list of these dates may be provided to you via email or on the Guidance page of the school website at some point.


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Updated information regarding the Virtual Version of The Ontario College Information Fair, a one-stop shop for all your college information needs, will be added soon!

 


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This year colleges are offering virtual open houses.  Potential students and their families can virtually attend Open Houses in order to tour campus facilities, visit program and service booths, and ask questions about the college and programs available. Open House.jpg

2020/21 Virtual Open Houses and Fall Preview Days will be added below:




Georgian College Virtual Resources.pdf


Humber Virtual Resources.pdf








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New YouTube Video on Applying for OSAP:

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Applying to College?

Research programs, colleges, scholarships, fees, etc. at ontariocolleges.ca

 

Some useful information at links to the Ontario Colleges site:

February 1 in order to receive equal consideration for admission

Contact the individual colleges

Begin your application​​​

Highly Competitive Programs

Find a Program

Confirm your offer

Application Fees

There is a non-refundable fee of $95.00 CDN to apply to college through ontariocolleges.ca.  Up to 5 program choices (no more than 3 at any one college) are included in this fee, as long as they start within the same academic year (August to July).  To apply to programs starting in the next academic year, you will need to create a new application and pay a new application processing fee.

Your application will not be forwarded to your college choices until the application processing fee has been received.  Please note that there are no exemptions from the application processing fee.

Payment Methods

You can pay for your application four ways:

* Online. With Visa (including Visa Debit), MasterCard, American Express or Interac Online. We do not recommend using prepaid credit cards.

* Online banking. For online banking, you'll need your 9-digit application number.

* By phone. You can contact us to pay over the phone using a credit card. We accept Visa (including Visa Debit), MasterCard and American Express.

* Mailing a Certified Cheque / Money Order. Make the certified cheque or money order payable to 'ontariocolleges.ca' and be sure to include your 9-digit application number as well. For our mailing address, see our Contact Us page. Do not send cash in the mail.

All fees are non-refundable. There will be an additional $25 fee for returned items. This fee applies to all payment items returned to us for any reason including NSF, a closed account, stopped payment or post-dated cheque, etc.



Check the updated planning checklist of upcoming important events below or print the PDF from your school email account.



To help with your research for your post-secondary plans, you can use the Transition Resource Guide that you will find at this website.

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Introducing A New Way to Explore Highly Competitive Programs


We're excited to announce a new feature in our Find a Program search tool that makes it easier than ever to identify highly competitive programs at Ontario's colleges.

What is a Highly Competitive Program?

For those who aren't already aware, highly competitive programs are those that historically receive more applications than there are spaces available. To be considered for these programs, applicants applying for the fall start date must complete their applications by February 1st – the date commonly known as the Equal Consideration Date. After this date, applications to these programs may be closed. Those applying to programs beginning at other times of the year will need to contact the colleges for information about application processing dates.

The Highly Competitive Program Filter

Building on existing filters in Find a Program – such as College, Program Category, Credential and more – we've now added a Highly Competitive filter with two selection options:

  • No – displaying only programs that are not highly competitive
  • Yes – displaying only programs that are highly competitive
New Highly Competitive Program Filter



How to Search

There are two different ways to search for programs with the highly competitive filter. College explorers can start their search by keyword, college or category to identify the programs they're interested in, and then select the new Highly Competitive filter to see which programs in their search results are highly competitive.

Alternatively, the filter can also be used as a starting point to identify all highly competitive programs, and then layered with additional filters to target a search more deeply.

Once a search is complete and users have found the programs they're interested in, deeper program details – such as admission requirements, tuition costs and course requirements – can be found by clicking the Visit link next to each program listing leading directly to the college's own program pages.