The best place to get your Admissions questions answered is the Admissions Office. Admission decisions at Ryerson are generally based on space, competition and academic consideration.
When do I apply?
All applicants are encouraged to get their applications in as early as possible.
The website lists deadline information for Undergraduate programs, Graduate programs and Chang School programs.
In addition, specific information is available for students applying to Grades-Plus programs (programs that select students on the basis of grades plus non-academic criteria such as auditions, portfolios, interviews, etc.), past Ryerson students seeking Readmission, ryerson students seeking Reinstatement to their same program (after receiving RTW status), and Mature Students.
Ryerson students seeking admission to a new program (after receiving RTW status) need to fill out a Ryerson Application and Supplementary Form - more information is available at the Admissions Office.
When do I find out if I've been admitted?
Admissions decisions are made starting in early March and continue well into the summer. More specific information about dates is available at the Admissions site.
Remember to advise Ryerson as soon as possible about any changes to your contact information so you'll be kept up-to-date. You can also check the ongoing status of your application by logging into your personal account at Choose>Ryerson portal.
What do I do if I have been accepted?
If you are accepted to an Undergraduate program at Ryerson, you will be notified by an official Offer of Admission. In order to reserve your space in your program, you must accept your Offer of Admission and complete the process by responding by the deadline, as set out in your Offer. You must also meet all of the conditions set out in your Offer of Admission. Visit the Approved Students section of the Admissions site for more information.
What if I have been told that I'm on a wait list?
The application process can be very competitive. Being on a waiting list means that you were not selected for admission to the program because other applications were selected for admission to the program for which you are being considered. As soon as places become available, Admissions staff routinely review the Wait Lists and offer a place to the next best-qualified student.
The Admissions site has details about the waiting list process. You can confirm your position on the Wait List by visiting your Choose>Ryerson portal page or by completing and submitting the tear off portion of your Wait List letter.
Why was I put on the wait list?
Depending on the program, selection is made on the basis of academic criteria, or a combination of academic and non-academic criteria. Unfortunately, there is not enough space to admit all qualified and interested applicants because all Ryerson programs are limited enrolment programs, which means Ryerson can only admit specific numbers of students.
What can I do if I have just been told that I have not been accepted?
STEP ONE: GET MORE INFORMATION
- Check the minimum admission requirements for the program you applied for.
Admission requirements and procedures vary from program to program. See the Admissions site for information. Please remember that the admissions requirements for various programs are the absolute minimum necessary to be considered for admission. Stronger grades may be required in order to receive an Offer of Admission, depending on the level of competition in the applicant pool.
- Keep in mind that some programs attract a huge number of applicants and have a relatively small number of spaces available.
Admission can be very competitive. For example, the Radio and Television Arts Program receives approximately 1500 applications for approximately 150 spaces.
- If you have re-read your non-approval letter from Ryerson and have checked the minimum requirements for the program and are still unsure of why you were not accepted, you can contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment at 416.979.5036.
Please ask to speak to an Information Officer about the details of your non-approval.
STEP TWO: ASSESS THE SITUATION
- If you find that your marks fall below the minimum requirements, it's probably best to work on improving your marks and acquiring additional relevant experience and applying again next year. If you want to speak with an Information Officer about your options for academic upgrading you can contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment at 416.979.5036.
- If you met or exceeded the admission requirements and after speaking with an Information Officer still believe that you should have been admitted to the program then you may wish to appeal the decision not to admit you.
STEP THREE: If APPROPRIATE, CONSIDER APPEALING
Admissions decisions are final. However if you feel an error was made in the assessment of your qualifications you may submit a formal written appeal to:
Admissions Appeal Committee:
Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON M5B 2K3
Your letter should include a detailed description of why you believe you should have been admitted to the program given your qualifications. The Admissions Appeal Committee will review your application. Depending on the nature and the stage of the admissions cycle, it may take at least 5 working days to receive a reply.