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ENTRY YEAR BIRTH YEAR* 2016 INTAKE
Year 1 2004 0-2 students
Year 2 2002-2003 10-15 students
Foundation Year 2000-2001 8-10 students
IB1 1999-2000 8-10 students
* Every applicant is individually assessed to determine the appropriate entry year. Given the rigour of completing both the OSSD and the International Baccalaureate, many students require an additional year of study. No students are admitted directly into IB2. For further information contact Tricia Rankin at trankin@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125 ext. 2221.

Step 1 – Online Application & Required Documents

Boarding applications are accepted from September to May and reviewed on a rolling basis with the first round of offers in December. While boarding applications have a flexible timeline, spaces do fill up quickly and we encourage families to apply as early as possible. The application fee is $200.

To apply, register through the Online Application portal and create a Bluenet account. Once you’ve registered, you can start filling out the application form, save your work and return to complete and submit it at any time.

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Submit the online form along with PDF copies of the following documents:

All applicants will also need to send a current school report as soon as it becomes available.

Please note that in some cases we may request additional material in order to supplement a candidate’s file. These may include teacher recommendations, copies of graded schoolwork or a video pre-interview. Please do not submit any additional documents unless requested.

Step 2 – Financial Assistance

UCC has committed over $5 million in financial assistance for the 2016-2017 year to ensure the college remains affordable for our families. Ninety-eight per cent of financial assistance is awarded on the basis of family need to boys with Canadian citizenship. Financial assistance decisions are separate from admission decisions. Awards range from $5,000 to full tuition.

The deadline to apply for financial assistance is December 31, 2016. Visit Affording UCC to learn more and apply.

Step 3 – Entrance Test: SSAT

The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) is a standardized entrance test used by many independent schools. It measures the basic verbal, quantitative, and reading skills students develop over time — skills that are needed for successful performance at UCC. There is no minimum test score required. Test results are used in conjunction with other information gained during the admission process to round out our understanding of the applicant’s abilities. While we don’t endorse any test preparation courses, we do suggest applicants use the resources available through the SSAT Practice Portal to practice before writing the test.

All applicants are required to register for and write the SSAT as early as possible beginning in September. To begin, you must create a student account with SSAT. Once you’ve created an account, you can register to write the test at a nearby location. Please include UCC as a score recipient (test centre code 7858) when you register for any test. We will only accept test results directly from the SSAT organization. Use the SSAT’s Test Center Search to find a location near you.

If the SSAT is not available in your area, please contact admission@ucc.on.ca or 416-488-1125 ext. 2221 to make alternate arrangements.

Step 4 – Interview

Upon receipt of all required documents, selected candidates will be contacted to arrange an interview. Please note that in some cases interviews will not be scheduled until test results have been received. If you’re interested in booking an overnight stay, you can discuss this during the interview scheduling.

We encourage applicants to come in person to UCC for their interview. When necessary, interviews can be conducted long-distance via Skype. The interview is about 45 minutes in total. Before spending time with the applicant, one of our Admission Counselors will meet briefly with parents. While this is happening, the applicant will be asked to complete a short writing sample. The writing exercise has two purposes: it is intended to give the applicant an opportunity to express himself creatively, and to give us a snapshot of his ability to express himself thoughtfully and creatively. The writing sample is not graded.

After the Admission Counselor has met with the parents, he/she will interview the applicant. During the applicant interview, the student will be asked to read a short piece while the remainder of the time is a relaxed conversation where he is encouraged to share information about himself and get to know us. The interview is meant to give insight into the applicant and family’s personalities, interests and values. It is also an opportunity for parents to gain a deeper insight into who we are and what we do at UCC.

We request that at least one parent participate in the interview process.

Step 5 – Decisions

Boarding applications are reviewed on a rolling basis with the first round of offers being made in December.