How to Apply - BES

Document Checklist

  • Online Application Form
  • Official sealed transcripts from every secondary school attended (If applicable)
  • Official sealed transcripts from every post-secondary institution attended (If applicable)
  • Acceptable language test score (If applicable)
  • CV/Resume (If applicable)
  • Description of activities while not a full time student (If applicable)
  • Personal letter (If applicable)
  • Explanation of marginal academic record (If applicable)
  • Course Descriptions (If applicable)

Please be advised that all materials submitted become the property of the University and will not be returned.

Application Process

1. Review the admissions requirements

Admission requirements vary based on your educational background and your province or country. Please review the minimum admission requirements to determine if you are eligible. If you do not find your system of education, please review York University’s Admissions Requirements.

2. Complete an Online Application Form and pay the application fee

Ontario high school students must complete an online application through the OUAC website using the 101 application.  The application fee for the 101 application is $150 for three program choices at any Ontario university.

Please keep in mind that you must create an account, complete your application, and pay the OUAC application fee before we can receive your application.

All other students may complete an application either using the OUAC 105 application or the York University website application.

The application fee for the 105 application is $156 for three program choices at any Ontario university plus supplementary university and document fees.  Please keep in mind that you must create an account, complete your application, and pay the OUAC application fee before we can receive your application.

The application fee for the York University website is $120 for two program choices at York University.  Your application cannot be processed until payment is received.  No documents will be reviewed prior to the submission of this form.

3. Access your MyFile Account

Within 4 business days after you have applied, you will receive a confirmation email from York University with your 9 digit student reference number which you will need to access our online system, MyFile.

Your MyFile will indicate the status of your application and any documents that you are required to submit.  It is important to check your MyFile regularly for any updates to your file.

4. Submit your secondary school transcripts (If applicable)

If you have completed secondary school studies in the past five years, you may be asked to submit your secondary school transcripts.

If you are currently studying in an Ontario high school, your day school will automatically submit your transcripts on your behalf. However, if you are taking any course outside your day school, you may need to make arrangements for these documents to be sent to York University.

For assessment purposes, you may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts to your MyFile under the link for “Supporting Documents".

Transcripts written in a language other than English or French will require official translations and must accompany the initial transcripts.

If your studies are still in progress, you must submit your in-progress transcripts.  If you receive an offer of admission, you must submit your final, official transcripts showing all grades received and diplomas conferred to finalize this offer.

To be considered official, transcripts must be received by York University in sealed envelopes or sent to us directly via the OUAC. Transcripts may be sent directly from the issuing institution or from you, as long as issuing institution’s seal remains unbroken.  Photocopied, faxed, or verified true copies are not considered official documents.

5. Submit transcripts from any post-secondary institution that you have attended (If applicable)

If you have ever attempted post-secondary studies, we will require transcript from the institution(s) you studied at.  Please note this includes any exchange programs or programs for which you did not receive a degree, diploma, or certificate.  It also includes studies in Canada or in another country.

For assessment purposes, you may upload unofficial copies of your transcripts to your MyFile under the link for “Supporting Documents". Your transcript must include the following:

  • Your full name
  • The name of the institution
  • The name of each course
  • The grade you received

Transcripts written in a language other than English or French will require official translations and must accompany the initial transcripts.

You do not need to submit transcripts for studies at York University.

If your studies are still in progress, you must submit your in-progress transcripts.  If you receive an offer of admission, you must submit your final, official transcripts showing all grades received and degrees conferred to finalize this offer.

To be considered official, transcripts must be received by York University in sealed envelopes. Transcripts may be sent directly from the issuing institution or from you, as long as the issuing institution’s seal remains unbroken.  Photocopied, faxed, or verified true copies are not considered official documents.

In countries where degree certificates are issued separately, official copies must be submitted.

6. Submit an English language test score (If applicable)

If your first language is not English, you may be required to submit evidence of an acceptable level of English language proficiency to be considered for admission.

Minimum required scores:

  • TOEFL: iBT: 83
  • IELTS: Overall band score: 6.5; or
  • York English Language Test (YELT): Band 1-5

For more details, please see York University’s English language proficiency information.

York University reserves the right to request a successful English language proficiency test result.

7. Submit your Curriculum Vitae or Resume (If applicable)

If you have been out of full time studies for more than 4 months, you may be asked to submit a CV/resume.

Upload this document in your MyFile under the link for “Supporting Documents”.

8. Submit a description of activities while not a full time student (If applicable)

If you have been out of full time studies for more than 4 months, you may be asked to submit a 1 to 2 page letter of your activities while not a full time student.

Upload this document in your MyFile under the link for “Supporting Documents”.

9. Submit a personal letter (If applicable)

If you have been out of full time studies for more than 4 months, you may be asked to submit this letter.

Upload this document in your MyFile under the link for “Supporting Documents”.

This 1-2 page letter should be written by you and outline your reasons for wanting to pursue university studies, future career goals, and skills and activities that have prepared you for success at university including work or volunteer experience, professional development activities, personal study and interests.

10. Submit a letter of marginal academic record (If applicable)

If you are below our minimum academic requirements or have past poor academic history, you may be asked to submit this letter.

Upload this document in your MyFile under the link for “Supporting Documents”.

This 1-2 page letter/documentation should provide an explanation of any past poor academic performance.

11. Submit course descriptions (If applicable)

Upload this document if you have complete post-secondary studies outside of Canada or the U.S.

Please visit the Future Students website for more information.