Access Applicants

The University of Ottawa welcomes students who have experienced inequality of a systemic, ongoing nature or who are from groups that have experienced identifiable social or economic barriers to education. These students may apply in either the General or Access category.

The factors that would support your candidacy in this category are based on the Ontario Human Rights Code, which states:

“Every person has a right to equal treatment with respect to services, goods and facilities, without discrimination because of race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, sexual orientation, age, marital status, same sex partnership status, family status or disability” (R.S.O. 1990, c. H.19, s.1; 1999, c.6, s.28 [1]; 2001, c.32, s.27 [1]).

In addition, the Admissions Committee considers severe economic hardship to be a barrier, with appropriate documentation.

For the Access category, you must provide all information required of General category applicants, namely a completed application form, official transcripts of all postsecondary studies and 2 letters of reference. At least 1 of the letters must come from an academic source, but it is preferable to have 2 academic letters of reference.

If you wish to be considered in the Access category, you are required to explain the reasons for applying in this category. This explanation should be provided in the online application screen identified for this purpose. You may also wish to refer to the reasons for applying in this category in your personal statement, as appropriate.

The entire application will be reviewed in light of the information provided. If, in the Access category, you wish to have your academic profile or LSAT performance assessed in relation to the reasons for applying in this category, you are encouraged to provide supporting documentation.

If you apply in the Access category on account of inequality or barriers related to disability, please provide more specific information from a health care professional about capacities and potential accommodation. You may also be contacted after your application is received to provide more specific information.


See Important dates for application deadlines.

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