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COVID-19 Updates for Undergraduate Applicants

In an effort to preserve the health and well-being of our community members, Ryerson University has closed in-person and telephone services. We are committed to doing our part in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Support for students and applicants with inquiries remains our top priority and our support services are being provided online. Every effort will continue to be made to ensure that our business processes support our applicants during this unprecedented time.

You may be concerned about the closure of your school or testing centre and we understand that flexibility is in order. Please know that contingency plans have been put in place and applications for admission continue to be assessed.

We ask all applicants to continue to monitor their Choose>Ryerson applicant portal and the Ryerson Admissions website for official communications and updates from Ryerson.

We’re creating a number of virtual opportunities and experiences, designed so you can learn from and engage with our community. Visit Ryerson at Home for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions for Undergraduate Applicants

General Admissions Questions

Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020 until further notice, Ryerson University has shifted to an essential services model on campus. Undergraduate Admissions and the ServiceHub have implemented remote working procedures to ensure the safety of our students, staff and community, and to ensure that processes are continuing. Support for students and applicants with inquiries remains our top priority and our support services will be provided online.

Your Choose>Ryerson applicant portal and RAMSS remain active for communications, document upload and English proficiency test information. If you need assistance please continue to use the help options outlined on the relevant web pages.

We are receiving regular updates from English proficiency testing organizations, school boards and ministries of education about closures, postponements and cancellations. Additional documentation is not required from applicants.

Yes, applications are still being accepted for most programs. Visit our Programs Accepting Applications page for further details.

We are actively reviewing applications and issuing admission decisions. This activity will continue as normal. Please monitor your Choose>Ryerson applicant portal, opens in new window for admission decisions and other communications.

All non-academic requirements will continue to be assessed. Programs with in-person non-academic requirements (e.g. interviews, auditions) are making alternate arrangements for applicants. Please check your email and voicemail for communications from the department(s) regarding your next steps, and continue to monitor the communications posted in your Choose>Ryerson applicant portal, opens in new window.

Current High School Applicants (OUAC 101 Applications)

We will continue to work with schools, boards, counsellors, the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC), external link, opens in new window and all other partners to ensure that we receive the necessary information to support and process applications.

View our Conditional Offers of Admission webpage for additional details for OUAC 101 applicants.

We have now received midterm grades for most applicants and will continue to release admission decisions throughout the month of May (and throughout the spring and summer months as required). We strongly encourage you to review your academic history under “Current High School Information and Grades” on your OUAC 101 application and ensure the information reported is complete and correct. If the information is not accurate, you should contact your guidance counsellor/school to ensure that all of your previously completed and current courses are added to your application for you.

If you are completing courses at more than one school, the school that created your OUAC Account will be designated as your “home” school. Make sure your “home” school has an up-to-date record of all courses you have completed or are currently completing through any other school or study medium (such as private school, night school, online school, correspondence or summer school). The OUAC normally expects that your “home” school will send all academic data to them on your behalf. If your “home” school will not provide the OUAC with your grades for courses taken at other schools, you must instruct the other school(s) to contact the OUAC.

Current High School Students Outside Ontario (OUAC 105 and Common Application)

We understand that you may not be able to meet our deadlines and we will strive to be as flexible as possible. You should submit the requested documents as soon as they are available and watch for further communication from our office. Keep in mind that official academic transcripts are not required for us to make an admission decision. Please upload unofficial documents. We will request official transcripts if we are able to offer you admission.

Current University and College Students (OUAC 105 Applications)

If you have a transcript in your possession you can upload it via your Choose>Ryerson applicant portal, opens in new window. Alternatively, you can upload an unofficial transcript from your institution’s student portal (you must ensure it includes all current and previous courses, grades and academic standing, as well as your full name and the name of your university or college). Transcripts for Ontario colleges and universities, and some out-of-province institutions, can also be requested electronically through the OUAC, external link, opens in new window. If you have received an Offer of Admission, visit our Conditional Offers of Admission webpage for further instructions.

You can upload an unofficial transcript via your Choose>Ryerson applicant portal, opens in new window. Transcripts for most Ontario high schools can be requested electronically via the OUAC, external link, opens in new window.

Current Ryerson Students (Undergraduate and the Chang School of Continuing Education)

Your academic transcript from Ryerson is not required. Undergraduate Admissions will obtain grades for courses completed at Ryerson from Enrolment Services and Student Records.

We will continue to review your application and will be as flexible as possible with deadlines related to course or program completion.

Document Submission

Your Choose>Ryerson applicant portal, opens in new window remains operational and you are encouraged to upload your documents there. If you applied to Ryerson on an Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) 101 Application Form your grades will be submitted by your guidance office to the OUAC. We recommend reviewing our document submission webpage for further details and instructions.

We strongly recommend uploading documents using your Choose>Ryerson applicant portal.  Uploading your documents will speed up the review of your application so that you can obtain an admission decision earlier. There may be a delay in reviewing mailed documents.

At this time, authentication services are not available at ServiceHub. You should upload your documents using your Choose>Ryerson applicant portal.

If you have received an Offer of Admission and you are required to submit official academic transcripts to satisfy your admission conditions, visit our Conditional Offers of Admission webpage for information.

Offers of Admission

If you have received an Offer of Admission with conditions, review our Conditional Offers of Admission webpage.

There are three steps to reserving a place in a program

  1. Confirm your Offer on time
  2. Pay your Tuition Deposit on time  
  3. Meet your Admission Conditions on time, as stipulated in your Offer (if applicable)

Entrance Awards

Yes, we are still reviewing applications for our Prestigious Entrance Scholarships. Students who have applied can expect to hear a decision by mid-May.

English Language Requirements

We recommend that you write one of the acceptable tests as soon as they become available again in your region. We will continue to be as flexible as possible with score submission dates.

Additionally, Ryerson is temporarily accepting the following tests from applicants: 

  1. TOEFL-at-home is now an accessible and acceptable option for students.  
  2. Duolingo English Test scores are also being considered for admission purposes. A score of 115 is required for admission consideration to undergraduate degree programs.

Please submit the Request for Reconsideration form so we can update your application with the new test information. We recommend writing as soon as tests become available again in your region. Ryerson will continue to be as flexible as possible with score submission. If interested, you can also apply directly for admission to the ESL Foundation Program.

You must arrange for official results to be forwarded directly to Undergraduate Admissions at Ryerson electronically by the applicable agency/testing centre as soon as possible. Once Ryerson has received and processed your test results, your Choose>Ryerson applicant portal, opens in new window will be updated accordingly.

Due to the high volume of requests, it may take multiple business days for you to receive a response. We ask that you submit only one request to ensure a faster response time.

It can take up to 30 days to receive your score from the testing organization and process it to your application. Your Choose>Ryerson applicant portal, opens in new window will be updated as soon as we receive the score. We cannot receive scores by email.

Summer School Extensions

We expect our summer school extension request process to be available in mid-May (as usual). We will be as flexible as possible to allow applicants to meet admission requirements.

Transfer Credits

Ryerson has implemented remote working procedures to ensure the safety of our students, staff and community, and to ensure that most processes are continuing. If you need assistance please continue to email us at tcredits@ryerson.ca

The Transfer Credit office utilizes an electronic document management system to coordinate the review process.  Some students may experience a delay in receiving transfer credit application decisions, however, we are able to continue to post transfer credit decisions to your transfer credit reports in RAMSS.

On-Campus Events and Canadian and International Visits

Campus tours are currently unavailable. In the interim, we encourage you to view our virtual tour to explore campus from the comfort of your own home.

All international travel is cancelled until August 31. The International Enrolment Office will be scheduling regional RU Lives for the weeks of March 30 and April 6, to assist applicants with next steps. Information will be shared with applicants via email.

Prospective students and applicants can email international@ryerson.ca with any inquiries.

Further Questions

If you have further questions not addressed here, please complete and submit the google formServiceHub Help Form, external link, opens in new window and a ServiceHub Ambassador will respond to your question via email or phone call.