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Students on the Wait List

We recognize that being placed on a waiting list is very difficult and frustrating. We also realize that this may present a challenge for you in terms of making some choices in the next few weeks and months.

Your application is important to us. We hope to issue additional Offers of Admission over the spring and summer months. Confirming your Wait List offer means that you will be considered for your program(s) of choice and may be selected if/when space(s) becomes available.

Due to limited space availability and competition, we are/were unable to offer admission to all applicants to the program(s) you selected. Only those who presented the most competitive applications were selected for admission (based on academic credentials and/or non-academic requirements as applicable). At the time that your application(s) was reviewed, it appeared that you were either qualified for admission or in the process of becoming qualified for admission. It is vitally important that applicants on our waiting lists maintain complete applications. If you are currently enrolled in courses and/or you are planning to take courses prior to September, it is important that final results be submitted as soon as they are available.

Unfortunately, there is no way to predict what will happen. Each year the applicant/competition pool is different and the demand for various programs can vary as well. Previous years are no indication of what might happen this year. A Wait List that was depleted last year may not move at all this year, and vice versa. 

Our waiting lists change frequently throughout the admission cycle for many reasons. For example, applicants are free to cancel their waiting list status, admitted applicants may not confirm their Offers, and new/updated grades are regularly being received. This means that we are unable to "rank" applicants on our waiting lists. When space(s) becomes available, we review complete applications and issue Offers of Admission based on information on file at that time. Applicants are selected for admission from our waiting lists based on numerous factors which may include competitive academic credentials and/or non-academic requirements (e.g. performance in auditions, interviews, essays, portfolios, etc.).

Absolutely. We suggest you plan your budget so that you are prepared for fees and other costs. If you have been offered admission to another program you may wish to apply for government assistance, which should be done before July. 

Accepting a position on a wait list will not affect your admission consideration for another program at Ryerson University or at any other University. You may hold a confirmed offer of admission for one program and a confirmed Wait List position for another program simultaneously without one impacting the other. 

By phone or email, depending on the time frame. We will contact you if a space becomes available after which an Offer of Admission will be issued and placed in your Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal.

Although we hope to offer you a space in your program of choice, we encourage you to make alternate plans for your further education. You may only hold one accepted Offer of Admission at a time. Before you can accept a subsequent offer, you must first cancel the previously accepted offer. Accepting an Offer of Admission to Ryerson, or any other Ontario University via the OUAC's online process, does not have an impact on any admission decisions pending for applications still under review

While we hope to accommodate many, we won't be able to accommodate all applicants on our waiting lists. We conclude the selection process at the beginning of the school year (end of the first week of classes). Our waiting lists are valid only for the current application cycle and are not transferrable to another term. Interested applicants are required to apply for admission once again the following year. The number of applications received and the level of competition changes from year to year and therefore a place on a waiting list this year may not be reflective of a decision in a future year.

Indicate your continued interest in the program by confirming your waiting list position via your external,Choose>Ryerson Applicant Portal. Make sure we have up-to-date contact information on file (including telephone and email) and that you check your messages frequently.

Please ensure that Ryerson receives all final grades for all courses completed as soon as they are available. It is important to ensure that your application is complete and up-to-date.

If you have access to a telephone and/or email while you are away, it is expected that you will be reviewing your messages and responding in a timely fashion. All of our communications are time sensitive and require an immediate response.  

In accordance with Section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) personal information about prospective students, applicants and current students is collected under the authority of the Ryerson University Act, 1977. This means that we can only communicate with you, the applicant, unless we receive written permission from you to discuss your application with an identified third party. Contact the ServiceHub for more information.

Please visit our Non-Approved Students page, which includes information regarding competition and upgrading.

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