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Non-Approved Students

Common Reasons for Denial or Cancellation

Common reasons applicants are denied admission or have their application cancelled can be found below. For details regarding your admission decision(s), review the letter(s) posted under "My Documents" in your Choose>Ryerson applicant portal. Review the suggestions below about options that may be available to you.

  • Unfortunately, we do not have space to admit all qualified and interested applicants. All Ryerson programs are “limited enrolment” programs, which means we can only admit specific numbers of students
  • Meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission. Admission is based on competitive grades in program specific subject requirements, competitive overall admission averages and, where applicable, non-academic requirements (e.g. portfolio, audition, essay)
  • Review Admission Requirements for details
  • The number and strength of applications, and the number of spaces available varies from year-to-year at Ryerson (and at all universities)
  • All Ryerson programs stipulate specific subject prerequisite requirements. The Grade 12 U/M course(s) or equivalent(s) and minimum grades required for admission consideration vary by program and are determined on the basis of competition
  • Visit Academic Programs and select your program of interest to view program specific requirements
  • When you apply, you must have or be in the process of achieving the admission requirements for the program(s) of your choice
  • At the time your application is reviewed, if you are not enrolled in or have not achieved the minimum required grade(s) (midterm/interim, predicted or final) in the program specific subject prerequisite(s), Ryerson is unable to give further consideration to your application
  • Six (6) Grade 12 U or M courses (or equivalent) with a minimum overall average of 70% establishes eligibility for admission consideration. Due to competition, many Ryerson programs require higher academic averages. If you have not achieved the required and competitive overall average (midterm/interim, predicted or final) Ryerson is unable to give further consideration to your application
  • Review Admission Requirements for details
  • Applicants presenting studies from other curricula should refer to their official admission decision letter for further details
  • Applicants from a country where English is not the first language, or where English is an official language but not the first language, including applicants who have resided in Canada for four calendar years or less (i.e. your date of entry to Canada was on or after January 1, 2015 for Fall 2019), are required to present proof of English Language Proficiency at a satisfactory level. Ryerson does not accept English 12U (or equivalent) in lieu of a test of English language proficiency.
  • If you are required to submit proof of English Language Proficiency (according to the above) and do not meet the submission deadline and/or minimum scores, Ryerson is unable to give further consideration to your application.
  • Visit English Language Requirements for details about policies and procedures.
  • Ryerson does not send reminders requesting required documents. If you do not submit all of the documentation required to complete your application, Ryerson is unable to give further consideration to your application
  • Visit After I Have Applied to review the requirements for a complete application
  • You are encouraged to submit and complete your application as early as possible. Applications, amendments, academic transcripts, English proficiency test scores, supporting documents and/or non-academic material received after published deadlines or equal consideration dates are reviewed subject to space availability and full consideration is not guaranteed. Deadline dates stipulated in official communications from Ryerson (e.g. Offer of Admission) must also be adhered to
  • Visit Application Dates for details

Suggestions for Applicants Who Have Been Denied Admission

We value your interest in Ryerson University and look forward to assisting you with decisions about your post-secondary options. The following suggestions may help you gain admission into a university program now or in the future.

1. Amend Your Application to a Different Program

Though you have not been offered admission to your program of choice at Ryerson, you may still be qualified for admission consideration to another program at Ryerson (or at another Ontario university) for this fall.

  • Visit eInfo, external link to research programs of study at other Ontario Universities
  • Determine which universities and programs are still accepting applications using the OUAC’s Admission Information Service, external link
  • Update your OUAC application: Log in to your OUAC application, and in the Choices/Offers section, add your new choice

2. Upgrade to Become More Competitive

Consider upgrading one or more courses to boost your admission average, or to achieve required grade(s) in program specific subject requirement(s). The best option for you will depend on your personal academic background.

Taking secondary school courses allows you to upgrade/complete your program specific subject requirements and/or improve the overall average of your top six Grade 12 U/M courses.

  • Summer School: Contact your guidance office or school board for information on enrolling in summer school courses. Review Ryerson's summer school policies at Summer School and Other Extensions
  • Adult Learning Centre: Contact your local school board, external link for adult learning centres or schools offering night school courses
  • Independent Learning Centre (ILC): Complete Ontario secondary school courses online and at your own pace through the ILC, external link
  • Ryerson's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education: Academic Bridging Courses are designed for students who want to upgrade in order to obtain program specific subject requirements for Ryerson programs. Please note this method of upgrading cannot be used by applicants who need to upgrade their overall average from secondary school

Enrolling in post-secondary courses or programs at Ryerson's G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education, or another institution, may help you present a more competitive application in the future. Note that program specific subject requirements and strong overall averages, at both the secondary and post-secondary levels, are required for admission. Diploma and degree-level courses and programs taken at accredited post-secondary institutions may be eligible for advanced standing/direct entry admission (see below) or for transfer credit consideration.

Foundation Programs

  • The Ryerson ESL Foundation Program (RESLFP) is designed for applicants who are academically qualified for admission to an undergraduate program, but who do not meet the minimum English proficiency requirements

Advanced Standing or Direct Entry Admission

  • Several Ryerson programs have Advanced Standing or Direct Entry admission options for applicants who complete a recognized degree/diploma with a strong grade point average. Successful applicants are granted admission into a level higher than first semester/year of their program. See Information for Transfer Students and Programs for additional information

Degree-level Courses

  • Completing degree-level courses related to your program of interest may be an option for applicants who meet the program specific subject requirements and who have completed some post-secondary studies but wish to show improvement and present a more competitive application for admission
  • Note that program specific subject requirements and strong overall averages, including secondary school, are still required for admission

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