The Ontario Federation of Teaching Parents

Ontario Universities Admissions Information for Homeschoolers

Below is a list of Ontario universities and colleges that have admitted or are willing to consider admitting homeschooled students. This is not a complete list. OFTP recommends that homeschooled students approach one or more universities that they are interested in attending to determine: a) if they accept homeschooled students and b) what are the criteria/policies for acceptance. It is a good idea to do this well in advance so that the homeschooled student has adequate time to ensure that they will meet the admission policy requirements for that university.

Please note that even if a college or university does not have a specific admissions policy for homeschoolers, many have considered and admitted homeschooled students to their institutions.

OFTP feels that this information should be available to everyone, so we have presented it here, outside of our Members Only area.  All of the information presented here is compiled by volunteers, from information shared with us by colleges, universities, and members that have navigated their children’s placement in these institutions.  

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Algonquin College

Woodroffe Campus
1385 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Local: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-GRAD (4723)
TTY: 1-866-620-3845
24 hour fax machine: 613-727-7754

Perth Campus
7 Craig Street
Perth, ON  K7H 1X7
Phone: 613-267-2859
Fax:  613-267-3950

Pembroke Campus
1 College Way
Pembroke, ON  K8A 0C8
Phone:  613-735-4700
Fax:  613-735-4739

Inquiries can also be made through:
For Financial Aid Services inquiries send your email to:
Please note: The Registrar’s Office may forward your email to another party inside the College who is better able to respond to your inquiry.

College Admissions Requirements

To apply to Algonquin College, you need an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or an equivalent.
If you do not have a High School Diploma:

  • Algonquin College accepts General Educational Development (GED) certificates, and Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Ontario College certificates.
  • If you are over the age of 19, or will be by your program start date, you may also apply as a mature student without the equivalent to a High School Diploma.

In both instances, your application will be considered on an individual basis and you may be invited to complete an assessment at the Test Centre for English and/or Math if subject specific grades are required for your program of choice.

You will also need to meet the specific program requirements in order to be accepted. For more information about admissions requirements specific to your program of choice, go to the program page by searching at the top right, or find your program here.

Algonquin College offers Academic Upgrading courses in English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer skills and success strategies. These courses improve your skills before starting in a program and can be used to meet admission requirements.

Brock University

1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada L2S 3A1 Phone: 905-688-5550 Hamilton campus: 1842 King Street East Hamilton, Ontario L8K 1V7 Phone: 905-547-3555 Over the last 10 years or so, Brock U. has welcomed homeschooled applicants and admitted on average 3 to 6 homeschoolers a year. The admissions director works one on one with them to facilitate entry to Brock. She says that, “Without an exception they have done extremely well once here.” (For the most recent policy, you can always visit and choose the most recent edition of the web calendar. Then within that, look for “Admissions” and scroll down to “VIII. Other Categories for Admission to Undergraduate Degree Studies”)
Brock University welcomes applications from home schooled students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. We understand the nature of homeschooling, and the fact that no two applicants will present the same academic preparation. For this reason creating a single admission policy and admissions criteria guidelines can be challenging. However, the link below provides guidelines that you should find helpful: Prerequisite subject requirements/average guidelines Preference will be given to those applicants who complete their grade 12 studies over a period of one academic year (rather than part-time over a period of several terms or years). Applicants are strongly encouraged to include Canadian content in their studies. Chemistry, mathematics, physics and biology courses should be completed during the final year of study leading up to entry to university (not during the eleventh year of study). In order for us to determine eligibility you must first decide whether you are a Category A or Category B home schooled applicant. If you have trouble deciding, or you need clarification regarding any of the information below, contact 905 688 5550 x4293 or We encourage you to contact us well before the Grade 12 year for guidance. Home Schooled Category A:
This category is reserved for those that complete the equivalent of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), complete the final year of secondary studies through an Ontario Ministry of Education inspected school, and present six 4U or 4M Ontario Grade 12 credits, including prerequisites. The 4U/4M credits may be completed in any combination of correspondence, on-line learning, night school, or day school. Admissions decisions can be made once a minimum of three final grades and evidence of registration in three additional Grade 12 4U/4M credits are submitted to the Admissions Office. Canadian out-of-province applicants with equivalent preparation in the home province will be given equal consideration. You must provide evidence of:
  • Four years of secondary schooling equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma;
  • Six Ontario Grade 12 4U or 4M- level credits completed through an Ontario Ministry of Education inspected school authorized to grant credits toward the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD);
  • Meeting the minimum admission average;
  • Meeting prerequisite subject requirements;
  • 40 hours community service (or in the process of completing).
Home Schooled Category B
This category is reserved for those that complete the equivalent of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and the equivalent of six 4U or 4M Ontario Grade 12 credits. These equivalent credits may be completed in any combination of correspondence, on-line learning, night school, or day school. Admissions decisions can be made once a minimum of three final grades and evidence of registration in three additional grade 12 4U/4M equivalent credits are submitted to the Admissions Office. Canadian out-of-province applicants with equivalent preparation in the home province will be given equal consideration. You must provide evidence of:
  • Four years of secondary schooling equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma;
  • The equivalent of six Ontario Grade 12 4U or 4M- level credits;
  • Meeting the minimum admission average;
  • Meeting prerequisite subject requirements;
  • 40 hours community service (or in the process of completing).
  • Satisfactory Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT 1) or ACT test result.
Scholarships The Director of Admissions will consult with Student Awards to determine eligibility for a Brock Scholars (Entrance) Award. GRADING SCALES Applicants who complete studies will have grades translated into equivalencies for admissibility and scholarship eligibility. A pass is 50%. The grading scale is as follows: A = 87% B = 75% C = 65% D = 55% F = Fail INFORMATION ON ONTARIO CURRICULUM Learn more about the Grade 12 Ontario curriculum. Learn more about Ontario school accreditation. Be sure the school you are considering clearly states the following: “Offers credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.” Examples of on-line learning accredited by the Ministry of Education: Independent Learning Centres Virtual High School Canada E School Virtual Learning Centre No one program/virtual school is endorsed by Brock University. These are examples only.

Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine Established in 1994, the Canadian College of Homeopathic Medicine (CCHM) is Canada’s longest-running homeopathic College. CCHM is fully accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Homeopathic Education in North America (ACHENA) and the National United Professional Association of Trained Homeopaths (NUPATH). The College offers a comprehensive part-time 3-year diploma program in Homeopathy, Medical Sciences and Nutrition, with in-class and Distance Education options. Admissions: applicants must have completed their OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma) or equivalent, plus a minimum of two years of study at the college/university level. Applicants who have not achieved these requirements may enrol under “Special Student” status.
“If you are enrolling as a special student, please submit an essay describing your intention to apply yourself to consistent study and hard work to the level of a university degree, as well as any personal qualities and contributions that would support your application. Indicate if there are reasons why your academic record does not reflect your true academic ability. Your essay should be typed, double-spaced and a maximum of four pages. “Applicants must have an open and tolerant mind and be interested in people and the world we live in. There is no upper age limit and we accept many mature students.”
  • 1881 Yonge Street, Suite 500 Toronto ON M4S 3C4
  • Phone: 416-966-2350
  • Toll Free: 1-800-572-6001
  • Email:

Carleton University

From their webpage (as of 2020-09-19)

Home-schooled students applying to Carleton are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education in one of the following ways:

  • Through final grades in six Grade 12 U/M, including prerequisites for the program, obtained through correspondence, night school, or the Independent Learning Centre. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six Grade 12 U/M or equivalent courses.
  • Through credentials from other jurisdictions, such as results in Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced Level courses in the General Certificate Education (GCE) examinations.

In the absence of final grades in courses as defined above:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests (quote codes below) such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 in each SAT component or a composite ACT score of 24.
    SAT CODE: 0854
    ACT CODE: 5376
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.
  • If you are planning on satisfying the prerequisite course requirement using SATs, you must write subject specific SATs for each of the math/science courses required for your program. The level 2 math SAT is needed to satisfy the math prerequisite. Scores should be a minimum of 600.

Centennial College

Admissions requirements are on a program-by-program basis.  Click here to view. In June 2001, Centennial College wrote the following in response to a request for information: “Centennial is ready to provide full consideration for admission to all candidates. A homeschooling candidate will be required to provide documentation demonstrating completion of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and/or will need to demonstrate academic achievement and desired academic skills by way of an assessment administered by the College.”

Conestoga College

In June 2001, in response to a request for information, Conestoga College wrote that they did not have a policy for homeschooled applicants.

If an applicant does not have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, they write that they “would test the applicant in the relevant subjects to ascertain an academic strength in order to show equivalency. For Ministry audit purposes, however, if the applicant did not have an OSSD and was under 19 years of age, we would ask for documentation showing his/her progression through some type of equivalent secondary school curriculum.”

Fanshawe College

In June 2001, the admissions officer at Fanshawe College wrote the following:

“At Fanshawe College we . . .allow homeschooled applicants to apply without an OSSD. For persons who are under 19 years of age, a homeschooled applicant can still be considered provided that he or she can supply the college with proof of graduation from the school centre which provides the curriculum. This is a step forward for homeschooled applicants. The only additional requirement is that all homeschooled applicants write the challenge exams (at a cost of $70 per exam) for any prerequisites (i.e., grade 12 English and grade 12 Math for our business programs). The only exception to this rule is where the homeschool courses taken are ministry approved.

The college recognizes that homeschooling is fast becoming an option for many families. Homeschooled applicants are encouraged to apply.”

University of Guelph

Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1
(519) 824-4120
Admission Services
Level 3, University Centre, University of Guelph
Phone: 519-821-2130, Fax: 519-766-9481
E-mail: info@
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The University of Guelph website states the following about Home
Schooled Students

Home-schooled applicants should apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) using the 105 form.

An official transcript (externally evaluated by an accredited educational institution) should be submitted for evaluation to University of Guelph Admission Services. (Applicants to University of Guelph-Humber should submit their transcripts to University of Guelph-Humber.) Home-schooled applicants who cannot present an official transcript of secondary school work must submit the SAT1 and a minimum of three SAT2 test scores in applicable subjects for admission consideration.

The SATs are offered through the College Board. For additional information, visit

In discussions with Hugh Clark, Admissions Coordinator/Admission Services for the University of Guelph, Susan Rothenbush of the BC Home Learners’ Association (BCHLA) was told the following:

“Homeschooled students wishing to apply to the University of Guelph may pursue an independent curriculum to the grade 11 level, however we strongly encourage students complete six 4U/4M courses, including any prerequisites prior to their application to the University. These 4U/4M courses may be completed via correspondence, night-school, day-school, or any combination thereof. All courses must be completed by the end of June, prior to the September to which they wish to apply. Providing that documentation is submitted to us indicating that the student has been homeschooled to the grade 11 level, we would waive the OSSD requirement.”


LaSalle College International

In June 2001, the registrar at LaSalle College International wrote that:

“Our school is geared towards adult education which means that all our students must be over the age of 19. We give our students an assessment test before they get to see me. This assessment indicates to me if they qualify for the course which they are interested in. This assessment covers comprehension, grammar, math and vocabulary. A passing mark of 65 indicates to me that they will have no problem in the program.”

McMaster University

1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L8
Telephone: (905) 525-9140

McMaster has established a policy for the admission of homeschooled students. This policy is effective As of Dec 2020:

Home-schooled applicants who, in addition to their homeschooling experience, have completed six Grade 12 U/M courses at approved Ministry Inspected Schools or equivalent courses from another recognized academic jurisdiction may be considered for their program of choice providing they present the appropriate prerequisite courses on official transcripts from accredited schools and meet the required admission average. All other home-schooled applicants may apply for admission to Humanities I or Social Sciences I only and must present the following for consideration:

  • List of home school credentials including but not limited to structured curriculum completed through ACE (Accelerated Christian Education Programme) or other such programs
  • Portfolio of written work in which we will expect to see evidence of appropriate intellectual maturity
  • Results of standardized tests. Applicants are required to submit a combined SAT 1 score of at least 1200 in the two components of Critical Reading and Math (minimum score of 580 for Critical Reading and 520 for Math) OR a Redesigned SAT result of at least 1200 as a combined score (with a minimum of 600 in each section) OR an ACT composite score of at least 27
  • The SAT institution code is 0936 and the ACT institution code is 5326

Interested applicants should contact the Office of the Registrar for further information regarding admission criteria.

The following is legacy information which may still apply.  It’s presented here for further context.

Homeschooled applicants who have completed further education beyond high school may be eligible (under current practice) for admission. Normally, applicants who have completed the following will be considered: a) a minimum of 18 units (3 full courses) at an accredited university; b) a minimum of one full year of study in a diploma programme at an accredited College of Applied Arts and Technology or Bible College.

Admission Scholarships ~ Any homeschooled applicant admitted under the first case, above, will be eligible for a McMaster admission scholarship; those admitted under the “All Other” case, above, would not be eligible. However, upon completion of Level 1 they may qualify for in-course awards. 

OFTP representative Shelley Welchner asked the following question for clarification: Your homeschool admission policy states that students under #1 may be considered for their programme of choice. Does this mean that these students (who have completed 6 OACs with official transcripts) may apply for undergraduate admission to other faculties such as the faculty of science or the faculty of engineering?

Response from Paula at McMaster: Yes that is correct. If students have completed 6 OACs or equivalent, they may apply for any level I programme at McMaster, provided they have the required courses and admission average.


Nipissing University

The following is Nipissing University’s homeschool policy and it can be found at

(Scroll down to the heading “Home-schooling Applicants” right above “Other Applicants”).

Applications for admission to undergraduate studies will be considered for those who have completed their high school education through a program of home-schooling. The type of program, measurable results (i.e. SAT/AP/ACT scores etc.) and other factors (including letters of reference, personal interview) may be taken into consideration in the admission decision of such applicants. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office for more information.


Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine

Address : 1245 Danforth Avenue, Suite 209, Toronto ON M4J 5B5
Phone : 416.535.5995
Email :

Classical Homeopathy and Medical Science courses provide students with the knowledge and clinical experience to become a licensed Homeopath in Ontario and able to practice anywhere in Canada or the USA. Students graduate with a Diploma in Homeopathic Medicine and Health Sciences.

Their Admissions page doesn’t address homeschoolers, but here’s the information from the FAQ about prerequisites for the OCHM diploma program:

“Successful completion of grade 12 chemistry and biology courses from an accredited Ontario high school or equivalent. Two or three years of university or college from Ontario accredited schools or equivalent or a Bachelor degree is strongly recommended.  Special circumstances and mature students are always considered.”

University of Ontario Institute of Technology (Ontario Tech University)

2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada L1H 7K4

From the Homeschool admissions page of their website:

You have completed the Ontario secondary school curriculum (or equivalent) through a recognized home-schooling program.

Admissions requirements:

  • You are required to complete or show knowledge in the prerequisite courses for the program you want to gain admission to.
  • You are evaluated using standardized tests (through distance learning or alternative education centres) or on a combination of SAT II tests and a portfolio.
  • Parent-generated transcripts are accepted as a reflection of courses completed and marks attained, but these transcripts must be submitted in conjunction with standardized test scores.
  • If you have completed courses through distance learning or alternative education centres, include marks from these courses when you apply. If official transcripts show completion of specific prerequisite subjects, you don’t need to submit SAT II test scores or a portfolio.

Note: Applications from individuals who do not possess a Canadian secondary school diploma will be considered.

Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.

There are also tabs for How to apply, Important dates, English language proficiency, Transfer credit, and Links (to Programs, Special considerations, Scholarships, etc.)

From a past version of their website (i.e. may no longer be valid)

Home-schooled applicants are students who have completed the Ontario secondary school curriculum through an authorized home schooling program.

How to apply

Home-schooled applicants will be evaluated on the basis of standardized tests (through distance learning or alternative education centres) or on a combination of SAT II tests and a portfolio. Parent generated transcripts will be accepted as a reflection of courses completed and marks attained but these transcripts must be submitted in conjunction with standardized test scores.

Applicants who have completed courses through distance learning or alternative education centres should include marks from these courses at the time of application. If official transcripts like these indicate completion of specific prerequisite subjects then there is no need to submit SAT II test scores or a portfolio.

Alternatively, applicants may write four subject-specific SAT II tests. A minimum score of 600 is required to demonstrate sufficient background in the subject. Below are the required SAT IIs for each program.

  • Faculty of Business and Information Technology – Writing, Mathematics (Level II C), 2 other SAT IIs
  • Faculty of Education – Writing, Mathematics (Level II C), Biology (Ecological or Molecular) and Physics or Chemistry
  • Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science – Writing, Mathematics (Level II C), Physics and Chemistry
  • School of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science – Writing, Mathematics (Level II C), Physics and Chemistry
  • Faculty of Health Sciences – Writing, Mathematics (Level II C), Biology (Ecological or Molecular) and Physics or Chemistry
  • Faculty of Social Science – Writing, Mathematics (Level II C), 2 other SAT IIs
  • Faculty of Science – Writing, Mathematics (Level II C), Biology (Ecological or Molecular) and Physics or Chemistry

Applicants presenting SAT II test scores must also submit a personal/career portfolio. This should detail personal and community participation and achievements including academic, volunteering and mentorship. In addition, the portfolio should include an essay detailing future goals and reasoning for application to their program of choice. A letter of reference to support the application should also be submitted.

University of Ottawa

Website: (see their page on homeschool admissions)

1 – Make sure you’re ready to apply

We evaluate home-schooled applicants on an individual basis. Home-schoolers applying without a high school diploma will have to present alternative credentials for admission.

Home-school applicants do not require the usual six 4U- or 4M-level courses that are associated with the Ontario high school diploma or equivalent.

However, for programs requiring specific grade 12 mathematics or science admission prerequisites, you must have completed the equivalent course through standardized tests such as SAT, ACT, AP exams or 4U-level courses from an accredited Ontario high school, or their equivalent from another province.

2. Apply online […]

3. Log into uoZone to track your status […]

4. Submit necessary documents

Submit your transcripts and other documents through uoDoc (in uoZone), including:

  • A personal statement in which you describe the educational plan you followed to prepare for university studies over the last two years. For example, you may have studied a provincial or other home-school curriculum. Please also describe your extra-curricular activities.
    • Your personal statement could include a transcript of grades indicating all subjects taken and grades earned from grades 11 and 12. These may be graded either by an independent home-school agency or by the applicant’s parent(s).
  • Standardized Testing Results (such as SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, AP Exams, etc.), if taken. These are optional depending on your choice of program.
  • Transcripts submitted through uoDoc are not considered official. If you are admitted, you must submit your official transcript with final grades.
  • An official transcript must be printed and stamped with an official seal and sent by the institution in question, or a copy certified by a notary, lawyer or commissioner of oaths.
  • The University of Ottawa may request any other document necessary to evaluate your file. All documents become property of the University and will not be returned to applicants. You are responsible for ensuring that we receive all requested documents by the deadline.

Submit your documents on time. Learn more about deadlines and available programs.

Redeemer University College

Redeemer College welcomes homelearners. They host special information days for homeschoolers and their families. Their official policy in 2001 is as follows:

“Applicants who have an academic background from an Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) program, or any affiliated therof, must submit Amercian College Test (ACT) scores as well as up-to-date grade reports to be considered for admission. Scholarship eligibility is based solely upon composite ACT scores.”


Royal Roads University

This information was taken from the Royal Roads website in March 2002:

Students apply to Royal Roads after other post-secondary studies or significant life and work experience. “High school transcripts are required only from learners entering the Diploma in Aviation General Studies program.”

“Royal Roads University is committed to the recognition of lifelong learning by providing formal recognition for what learners know and can do. Through the use of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), Royal Roads University enhances accessibility for learners with non-traditional backgrounds, providing them with the opportunity to be evaluated and receive recognition for their existing demonstrable skills and knowledge. This learner-centred approach opens doors to higher learning for qualified candidates who otherwise would not meet traditional admission requirements in terms of formal academic training and serves the needs of a diverse group of learners.

Prior Learning Assessment involves several methods, including, but not limited to:

  • presentation of portfolios containing evidence of learning already achieved
  • demonstrations of competency before an objective observer
  • examinations and questionnaires interviews
  • references and letters of validation from persons familiar with the learner’s skills

Through the PLA process, we expect to be able to assure both the learner and the University of a high probability of successful program completion. In some cases, exemptions from specific parts of a program may be possible.”


St. Clair College

The admissions procedure for homeschooled applicants was as follows in March 2001

“St. Clair College is currently reviewing the admission of “home school” students to post secondary programs. Until the review is completed, the following guidelines will be used to determine their admission to College.

Admission Procedure

Students must submit the following with an OCAS application form.

1) Complete transcripts (report cards) for courses taken at the high school level (eg., grade 9,10,11,12,and OAC if applicable)
2) Course outlines for senior level (grade 11,12 and OAC) sciences (Biology, physics and chemistry)
3) Sample of tests and assignments in sciences
4) SAT or ACT test score if available.

Student must complete the Admissions Test at St Clair College in English and Mathematics.”

Sault College

In June 2001, officials at Sault College wrote that they do not have a formal policy. They review each application individually to determine eligibility.


Sheridan College

In June 2001, they wrote that they consider each homeschooled application individually.


University of Toronto

In February 2002, the following guidelines were received by a representative of OFTP:

  • they consider each application individually.
  • they accept a handful of homeschoolers each year, usually into their arts and humanities programmes.
  • they rely heavily on test results and independent assessments.
  • they ask for SAT I scores (preferably in the 1350 to 1400 range, but not below 1200).
  • they also want to see 3 SAT II scores (scores at or above 600), or Advanced Placement scores, or a combination of AP/SATII.
  • they suggest that applicants take OACs.

This is their official policy from the U of T website as viewed on 2017-06-13:

Home-Schooled Students

U of T considers home-schooled applicants. Your application should include the following:

  • a letter stating that you have been home schooled
  • course outlines
  • textbooks used
  • method of evaluation used
  • samples of your written work
  • relevant details of any independent evaluations, including transcripts, if applicable
  • official results of any standardized tests taken such as SAT Reasoning Tests, SAT Subject Tests or Advanced Placement Exams
  • If you are applying to a science or commerce/management program, completion of Ontario Grade 12U/M level courses/Advanced Placement exams/SAT Subject Tests in prerequisite subjects is strongly recommended

If you have any questions, get in touch:

Enrolment Services
University of Toronto
172 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5R 0A3

Location:  we are located on the west side of St. George Street, just north of the intersection of St. George Street and Bloor Street West. The closest subway stop is St. George Station..

Drop-in hours (no appointment necessary):  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Telephone inquiries:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Telephone:  416-978-2190

Fax: 416-978-7022


Trent University

Information retrieved 2019-12-02 from

Admission and Application Procedures for Home-Schooled Applicants

Trent University is committed to alternative forms of education and the contributions these experiences bring to our university.

Students who have been home schooled or have attended a secondary school not accredited by the Provincial or State Ministry of Education should apply using the same application process as other students.

Applicants will be considered on the basis of independent evidence of academic achievement which may include high school grades, correspondence courses, college courses, and other pertinent accomplishments.

Applicants must provide a portfolio that includes:
  • An official transcript with grades received (if available)
  • Course outlines, a list of course texts, method of evaluation
  • Sample(s) of written work, which includes the instructor’s comments and grade. This work should be at the senior secondary school level (grade 12 equivalent).
  • Results of standardized tests (if available) such as:
    SAT Reasoning Test, SAT Subject Tests or ACT’s
  • AP Examinations (if available)
  • Advanced Level course examinations in the General Certificate Education (if available)
  • Students applying to specialized programs such as Forensic Science, Education, Nursing and some Science programs must complete the Ontario 4U level courses (or approved equivalents) in the prerequisite courses through ILC, or another province/state Ministry of Education approved institution.
  • Must provide proof of English Proficiency where required

Note: Home Schooled applicants may be asked to attend an interview with a member of the admission staff

Admission Requirements

Before submitting your application to OUAC, check Trent’s Admission Requirements to ensure you meet the degree prerequisites.

Tyndale University College & Seminary

Tyndale University College & Seminary
25 Ballyconnor Court
Toronto ON M2M 4B3
Phone: 1-877-896-3253 or 1-416-218-6757
Fax: 1-416-226-6746
E-mail: info@
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or the admissions department: admissions@
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Tyndale is a transdenominational evangelical university college and seminary offering a variety of fully accredited degree programs in a wide range of disciplines at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Admissions policy for home-based learners:


“Tyndale welcomes applications from graduates of home-based schools and from other unaccredited and/or non-traditional secondary education programs. Candidates who are unable to present province/state-examined matriculation subjects are evaluated personally in order to gauge their readiness for university-level studies.

“Home-based learners must provide SAT scores, ACT scores, or GED marks. They are also asked to provide an educational background chart (includes a list of courses taken and textbooks required for each course) to serve as a transcript.”

Prospective students are welcome to visit Tyndale on any one of their Encounter Visit Days.

University of Waterloo

200 University Avenue West Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1 (519) 888-4567 The website states the following about homeschool admissions: Applications from home-schooled students will be considered individually by the appropriate admission committees. Evidence that studies have been completed at an academic level equivalent to the minimum standard required for your programs(s) of application. This evidence may include a letter from the principal of a traditional and accredited high school confirming that the equivalent of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) has been completed and indicating an estimated overall standing/ average based on a typical final year of high school studies.
  • It is preferable that you complete your final year of studies at a traditional and accredited high school.
  • If you’re taking Grade 12 U/M courses, they must be completed through a school that is inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education.
  • You’re strongly encouraged to present test scores in related high school prerequisite subjects such as the Euclid Mathematics Contest, the Sir Isaac Newton Physics Contest, and the Chem 13 News Contest.
  • Test scores such as the SATs, ACTs, and provincial or state college entrance examinations will better enable the admission committees to assess your background. If you are submitting test scores, the ACT code for Waterloo is 5377 and the SAT code for Waterloo is 0996.
  • An Admission Information Form is required.
If your first language is not English, see Waterloo’s English language requirements.  

University of Western Ontario

At Western University, homeschooled applicants are evaluated for admission on an individual basis. In order to make a knowledgeable assessment, Western requires the following documents and supplementary materials: The University of Western Ontario Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions Western Student Services Building London, Ontario CANADA N6A 3K7 Tel: 519-661-2100 Fax: 519-661-3710 Email: reg-admissions@ (add to complete the email address) Contacts: Ontario High School Hotline 519-661-3977

Wilfrid Laurier University ~ Laurier Brantford Campus

73 George Street, Brantford, Ontario N3T 2Y3 Telephone: (519) 756-8228, Fax: (519) 759-2127 General Email: Homeschool applications: Holly Cox, ext. 5709 – Website: Homeschooled students who can provide independent evidence of academic achievement can be admitted to any Laurier program if they meet the standard criteria. Homeschooled applicants who do not have formal institutional experience and independent evidence of their achievements will have to write the SAT 1 exam and will be considered if they have a score of 1,000 or higher, but would then have to apply for further testing. An application for testing would have to include: 1. A letter requesting admission to Laurier Brantford on the basis of home-based learning. 2. A statement, signed by the student and those responsible for their home-based learning, that the student has been studying at home for two of the last three years. 3. A homeschooling transcript of one to four pages outlining the applicant’s homeschooling program of study. 4. Payment of an application fee. 5. A statement of educational aims written by the student. Following a review, selected applicants would be invited to a campus interview by two faculty members and would be required to write an essay-type exam that would be marked by these faculty members. A decision to offer or not offer admission would be forwarded to the Admissions Office and to the applicant.

York University

Office of Admissions Student Services Centre York University 4700 Keele Street Toronto, Ontario CANADA M3J 1P3 Tel: 416-736-5000 Fax: 416-736-5536 Website: From their webpage on admission requirements (“I have never studied in a formal academic high-school environment”):
You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:
  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)
In the absence of final grades in courses:
  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.
You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.