Applying to UCC

Applying to Boarding

Year 8
0-2 students
Year 9
8-12 students
Year 10
8-12 students
Year 11
8-12 students

* Students are entering an accelerated program and various criteria are used to establish entry level placement. Please see the Guide to Upper School Grade Placement for more info and contact the office with any questions. No students are admitted directly into Year 12. Candidates who live within 30 km of the school are generally not eligible for the boarding program.

The deadline to apply is April 24, 2020 although spaces fill up quickly so we encourage applicants to apply as early as possible.

For more information contact or 416-488-1125 ext. 2221.

How to Apply

List of 9 items.

  • Step 1 – Explore UCC

    Before you start an application, we encourage you to learn more about our programs and plan a visit to get a feel for school life. Start your exploration now.
  • Step 2 – Login to or Create your UCC Application Account

    To start your application for 2020 entry, you must first login to or create your UCC application accountIf you did not apply last year or this is your first time applying, you will need to create an account. Please ensure that when you create the account, you use the candidate’s legal name as it appears on his birth certificate or passport.

    If the system recognizes your email address during account creation, your email address will be highlighted in red after you press "Submit". If this occurs, or you created an account previously and do not remember the account information, click on "Forgot Login?" You will then be prompted to enter your email address and request both your username and password. After submitting this request, please check your email inbox for two emails containing your username and instructions for logging in. Creation of more than one account per family may lead to a delay in the processing of applications and/or documents.

    Only the candidate's parents are legally authorized to create an account and submit an application. Agents wishing to submit an application on behalf of a parent should contact the Office of Admission at before creating an account.
  • Step 3 – Submit an Application Form and Pay the Application Fee

    Once you’ve logged in or created an account, click on the application form button to start filling out the form. You can save your work and return to complete and submit it at any time -- please allow 30 minutes to an hour in total to complete the form. Please ensure that all form fields are complete before submitting as the application information cannot be edited once submitted. Please allow two days for processing the application form and payment.

    The deadline to apply is April 24, 2020 although spaces fill up quickly so we encourage families to apply as early as possible. The application fee schedule is as follows:
    • $200 until Nov. 1, 2019
    • $250 Nov. 1, 2019 to Apr. 24, 2020
  • Step 4 – Submit Birth Verification and Final Report Cards

    Once your form has been processed, you can log back in to upload PDF copies of the following documents:
    • Final (June) 2017-2018 school reports
    • Final (June) 2018-2019 school reports
    • Passport open to the photo and name page
  • Step 5 – Complete your 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. To add UCC as a score recipient after you've registered, follow these SSAT instructions for sending scores. 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 or 416-488-1125 ext. 2221 to make alternate arrangements.

    Additional testing requirement for international students applying to Year 10 or 11

    International students applying for Year 10 or Year 11 for whom English is not their primary language of instruction must also submit results from one of the following tests: Duolingo, Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to provide the admission committee with a clear sense of the student’s English language proficiency. International students who have been studying in a primarily English-language school for three (3) years or more are exempt from this requirement.

    Please follow these instructions when registering for a language test in order to have the test results sent directly to Upper Canada College:
    Duolingo: choose Upper Canada College from a dropdown menu
    TOEFL: use school code 5295
  • Step 6 – Apply for Financial Assistance

    UCC committed more than $5 million in financial assistance for the 2019-2020 year to ensure the College remains affordable for our families. Assistance is available to Canadian citizens starting in Year 5, so we encourage all interested and eligible applicants to apply.

    Financial assistance is awarded on the basis of family need as established by a third-party organization, Apple Financial Services. Financial assistance decisions are separate from admission decisions. Awards range from $5,000 to full tuition.

    A small percentage of financial assistance (less than two per cent) is dedicated to one-time merit-based Entrance Scholarships, awarded to top candidates based on the strength of their admission applications. No additional application is required. 

    The deadline to apply for needs-based financial assistance is December 31, 2019. Visit Affording UCC to learn more and apply.
  • Step 7 – Submit a Current Report Card

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

    Please do not submit any additional documents unless requested.
  • Step 8 – Await your 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 Counsellors 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 Counsellor 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 9 – Receive your Decision

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