Frequently Asked Questions

Please click to expand the titles below for a categorized listing of frequently asked admissions questions from the 2017-18 admissions cycle.

 

General Admissions Information

 

How many students are admitted every year? 

The number of students admitted will vary annually based on the applicant pool. The Admissions Committee considers all required documents in its attempt to evaluate each applicants potential for enriching the Faculty.

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How likely am I to be accepted?

Admission decisions are based on a holistic reading of an applicant’s entire application package. Our programs are competitive and each year a large number of applicants apply for the relatively small number of places available in each of our programs. Although a mid B average is the minimum requirement for admission to the MArch, MLA, and MUD programs and a B+ average is the minimum requirement for admission to the MVS program at the University of Toronto, applicants that meet or even exceed this are not guaranteed admission.

 

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Why should I choose Daniels?

Daniels is located in the vibrant urban downtown city of Toronto with over four million people. Students not only have the city’s fabric to use as a laboratory, but also have access to Toronto’s professional design community, many of whom teach at the school. As members of a small community of less than 400 graduate students on a campus of 50,000, our graduate students get the best of both worlds—a supportive, intimate environment where they get close attention from the faculty and a bustling campus offering a rich menu of research and cultural opportunities. Daniels’ focus on interdisciplinary training and research will test your limits and challenge you to rethink design for the 21st century.

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Will the MArch program allow me to practice Architecture in Canada?

Receiving your Master of Architecture degree at Daniels fulfills your educational requirements to become an architect. However in order to become a licensed architect, you will need to complete your experience and examination requirements as outlined online at: http://www.raic.org/architecture_architects/becoming_an_architect/index_e.htm

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Will the MLA program allow me to practice Landscape Architecture in Canada?

Receiving your Master of Landscape Architecture degree at Daniels fulfills your educational requirements to become a landscape architect. However in order to become a licensed landscape architect, you will need to complete your experience and examination requirements as outlined online at: http://oala.ca/oala-handbook/

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Can I take part-time studies? 

No.

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Can I attend Daniels on exchange?

Yes. Apply through the Centre for International Experience at: http://www.studentlife.utoronto.ca/cie

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Do you offer any collaborative programs?

Yes. The Daniels faculty offers a collaborative program in Knowledge Media Design through the University of Toronto's Knowledge Media Design Institute to all masters’ students in the MArch, MLA, and MUD programs. Master of Visual Studies candidates are eligible for a collaborative graduate program in Sexual Diversity Studies.

http://www.uc.utoronto.ca/sexualdiversity for more information or email sexual.diversity@utoronto.ca.

. Please contact graduate@daniels.utoronto.ca for more information. Students may apply to the KMDI program at the initial time of application or any time during their graduate degree. Please visit http://www.kmdi.utoronto.ca/ for details on this program.

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Where can I get help with applying to the Knowledge Media Design Collaborative Program (KMDI)?

Address questions to the KMD Collaborative Program Administrative Assistant at admissions@kmdi.utoronto.ca or by phoning +1 416-978-KMDI (5634).

http://www.kmdi.utoronto.ca/

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Admission Requirements

 

What are the educational requirements for admission to the master programs? 

The School of Graduate Studies requires that all applicants possess an appropriate bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, with a final year average of at least mid-B for the MArch, MLA and MUD programs and B+ for the MVS program from a recognized university as a minimum standard of admission to any graduate program offered at the University of Toronto.

For international equivalencies, please visit:

http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/prospectivestudents/Pages/International-Degree-Equivalencies-Tool.aspx

Further details regarding admissions requirements specific to the Daniels Faculty graduate programs can be found on the Admissions Requirements page of this website at https://www.daniels.utoronto.ca/admissions/graduate-admissions/admissions-requirements

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What kind of academic background must I have?

Students are accepted from a variety of areas and subject backgrounds. Our MArch, MLA, and MVS programs are designed to educate students who come from a variety of academic backgrounds, not just those with an undergraduate background in architecture, design, or fine art.

Daniels is looking for students with the ability to create, conceptualize, and communicate. In order to maintain and develop this diverse student body, we encourage applications from students of every possible background. To name a few, our graduate programs have included students with degrees in English, fine art history, Asian studies, computer science, philosophy, engineering, botany and cultural studies.

The MUD program prepares architects and landscape architects for design-based research and professional practice at the urban and regional scales. MArch, MLA, and MUD student’s final thesis work, and final exhibitions for the MVS program, are designed to build on students’ individual backgrounds.

All students must meet specific admissions requirements. See the Admissions Requirements section of this website for more details.

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I received my degree abroad. How do I know if my degree qualifies?

Graduates of recognized academic institutions outside Canada should hold an appropriate bachelor’s degree or its equivalent as assessed by the University of Toronto. Use the International Degree Equivalencies tool to see which international credentials are required for masters and doctoral admissions at U of T.

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How do credit/no credit courses factor in my average?

They do not factor into your average but will be considered by the Admissions Committee.

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How do you identify the final year of study?

Students’ progress through their programs in a variety of ways. Many students complete a bachelor’s program in four consecutive years, usually taking 5 full-course equivalents (FCE) during the fall and winter sessions each year. In these cases, the average is calculated with the 5 FCEs taken in the last year of the program.

Other students may be considered by the School of Graduate Studies to have completed their bachelor’s program part-time. The final-year average is then calculated by considering the students' grades in academic courses in the last five FCEs completed at the senior level (300+).

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I do not meet the minimum entrance requirement. What are my options?

Admissions is based on a holistic and individual look at a students' entire application. We recommend that all students apply. Please be aware that you may need to complete a qualifying or upgrading year to meet minimum academic admission standards. Successful completion of a qualifying or upgrading year does not guarantee admission but rather, makes an applicant admissible based on the School of Graduate Studies minimum academic requirements.

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What if I started one degree but didn't finish, do I need to submit a transcript?

Yes, you must submit transcripts of ALL post-secondary education.

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Are there any high school prerequisite courses for the masters programs?

No, however, for the Master of Architecture program only secondary school calculus and physics as well as a university level architectural or art history course are recommended preparation.

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What are the English language requirements?

English language proficiency requirements are listed on the School of Graduate Studies website at: http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/prospectivestudents/Pages/English-Language-Proficiency-Testing.aspx

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What if my English language scores do not qualify?

Submit your application anyways, retest as soon as possible and send in your new scores. There are a number of means to satisfy this requirement. Please check the School of Graduate Studies website for all acceptable tests and the minimum scores for each.

http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/prospectivestudents/Pages/English-Language-Proficiency-Testing.aspx

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My writing are samples are not in English, do I need to get them translated?

If your academic essays and papers were not written in English, please submit a sample of writing in essay format that is 1500-3000 words in length on a topic of your choice. The essay should show your ability to think critically about a particular subject.

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What makes a good application?

A solid academic record, strong letters of reference supporting your academic ability, evidence of independent intellectual work, and a portfolio demonstrating creative ability are the three most important aspects of your application.

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Deadlines

 

What is the deadline to apply for September 2016 admission? 

The deadline for applications is January 6, 2017 for September 2017. All documents must be received by January 11, 2017.

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What is the deadline to submit hard copy documents?

Your hard copy submissions are to be received no later than 4:30pm January 11, 2017. Electronic submissions to the Online Admissions Application are due same day at 23:59 Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5).

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I’m sending documents using a courier and they do not post mark packages. What should I do?

Be sure to have the packages received by the application deadline.

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Can I start in the winter term?

No. The structured curriculum requires an annual entry starting Full time in the fall term.

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Application

 

I would like to apply to the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. Where should I get the application form?

To apply to any graduate program at the John H. Daniels Faculty, you must complete the online admissions application available at https://apply.sgs.utoronto.ca/. Please carefully read the instructions, requirements and deadlines provided by our website as the application fee and portfolio review fee are non-refundable.

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Will you accept my application and supporting documents prepared and submitted by an agent/consultant?

The University of Toronto does not have any financial arrangements or special relationship with any agents who assist in the preparation and submission of a graduate application for a fee. You are required to complete and submit your own application and must provide your own personal details. All of the information necessary to complete an application to any of the Daniels Faculty programs is available on the admission requirements section of this website.

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I don't have access to the Internet; can I get a paper application form?

If you do not have access to the Internet, please contact graduate@daniels.utoronto.ca or call +1 416 978-5038 for an alternative method of applying.

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I have applied in a previous admissions cycle. Can you re-use my portfolio for this cycle?

No. The John H. Daniels Faculty does not recycle admissions material. All required documents must be submitted for consideration in each admissions cycle.

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Do I have to list all the schools and institutions I have attended?

Yes. It is required that you list all post-secondary institutions you have attended as well as submit official transcripts from each of these institutions. You do not need to submit any information or documents related to high school.

Applicants with degrees from international institutions whose language of instruction and examination is not English should read carefully the information for proof of English language proficiency and official transcripts in the Admission Requirements section of this website.

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I am applying to multiple graduate units at the University of Toronto. Do I have to create multiple applications?

Yes. You will be assigned an applicant number and password when you start the School of Graduate Studies Online Application. If you plan to apply to more than one program, you can add a new application from the payment section of the Online Application.

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Where do I find the School of Graduate Studies (SGS) online application?

https://apply.sgs.utoronto.ca/

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What are you looking for in a portfolio?

Please see the appropriate Admissions Requirements page for either the MArch, MLA, and MUD programs or the MVS program for portfolio requirements.

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 My referee isn’t receiving the letter of reference email? What do I do?

University of Toronto emails will sometimes be blocked by email security filters. If a referee has not received the email, please ask them to check their Junk Mail folder. If they still have not received the request, applicants have the ability to re-send the request through the Online Admissions Application. Do not use this function as a reminder for your referee.

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What documents need to be sent as a hard copy?

We require your official sealed transcript(s) and your portfolio. Please read through the Admission Requirements section of this website for detailed information on official transcripts.

If you are required to submit English language proficiency test scores, you will need to have the testing agency send your results to the University of Toronto electronically.

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Where do I send my application supporting documents?

Applicants should make sure that all supporting documents are sent to:

 

c/o Graduate Admissions

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

University of Toronto

230 College Street

Toronto, ON  M5T 1R2

 

Where possible, please provide your applicant number and full legal name on all packaging.

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I am an international student. Is there anything special that I need to do when sending my portfolio? 

Yes. On the customs information sheet, state that your portfolio is of "No Resale Value."  If you do not indicate this, your portfolio will be returned to you. Please note, the Faculty will not pay for customs dues.

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Application and Portfolio Review Fees

 

Is there more than one application fee?

Yes.

$120 CDN (Application Fee) per University of Toronto graduate program

$60 CDN (Portfolio Review Fee) for all graduate degree programs offered by the Daniels Faculty.

Both the application fee and portfolio review fee will appear at the payment step of the Online Application.

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How should I pay the application fee?

Applications will not be processed unless the application fee is received by the School of Graduate Studies. Payment is made at the time of application online using a credit card.

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I don't have a credit card. How can I pay my application fee(s)?

Payment is made at the time of application online using a credit only a Visa or Mastercard credit card.​ Applications will not be processed unless the application fee is received.

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Can my application fee be waived? I changed my mind and do not want to go to graduate school anymore; can I get a refund of the application fee?

No. There is no refund, waivers or deferrals of the application fee.

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Can my portfolio fee be waived? I changed my mind and do not want to go to graduate school anymore; can I get a refund of the portfolio review fee?

No. There is no refund, waivers or deferrals of the portfolio review fee.

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I have applied to a combination of the Master of Architecture, Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Urban Design programs. Do I have to pay the portfolio review fee for each application?

Yes.

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Academic Records/Transcripts

 

How should my academic transcripts be submitted?

Applicants should ask each university attended to send their academic transcripts directly to the Daniels Faculty in a sealed and signed envelope. The envelope should be signed and stamped by the registrar or by an authorized official of your school / college / university.

Please see further details within the Admission Requirements section of this website in regards to transcript submission for applicants whose admitting institution’s official language of instruction and examination is not English.

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My institution will release transcripts to me but not the institution on demand. Can I submit these transcripts to the University of Toronto?

If the institution will only release the verification to you, please request that they put it in a sealed and signed envelope so that you can forward that envelope directly to the Daniels Faculty. Do Not open the envelope as that will void the authenticity of the transcript. The documents must be received in their original sealed envelope to be considered official.

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My transcript does not include course title/grades. What should I do?

You should provide the Daniels Faculty with course descriptions and/or an official statement of academic standing from an appropriate academic officer of the institution concerned.

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What do I do if my educational institution has closed?

If the school(s) you attended is no longer in existence, or if it is impossible to obtain official documents from any school(s), you should ask the Ministry of Education in the country in which the credential was awarded to furnish an official statement testifying to the impossibility of obtaining records. The Ministry should also be requested to supply the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto with a list of courses taken and grades received by the applicant in that school or university.

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I have not completed my current degree yet, what should I do?

If you have not completed your bachelor’s degree (or master’s degree if applicable) at the time you apply to the University of Toronto, please request transcripts from your university showing the work you have completed to date. Please indicate the date when the final result will be available. If you are issued an admissions offer based upon your course work to date, all degree requirements must be completed prior to registration and a final transcript must be received by the Daniels Faculty indicating the date of conferral of your degree.

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My name on my official transcripts is different from my passport/other transcripts; shall I provide a document explaining this discrepancy?

Yes. You must provide original documentation of your name change, such as a marriage certificate or a notarized name change certificate to the School of Graduate Studies Student Services.

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My academic records are in a language other than English. Shall I also submit English translations of my documents?

If your transcripts/documents are in a language other than English, you must also submit notarized English translations. Translations do not replace original documentation. You must order two signed and sealed official copies of your transcripts and not open either one. One envelope should be sent directly to the Daniels Faculty. The other signed and sealed envelope should be given directly to an official translator/notary republic to be translated. The translator should be the one to open the envelope. Once the translation is made, both the document that was translated and the translation should be placed in a signed and sealed envelope by the translator. They should send the envelope to the Daniels Faculty. Both the original documents and translations with attached originals must be submitted. At no point should you view/open the sealed envelopes. If you have any questions about this process, please contact graduate@daniels.utoronto.ca.

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My transcripts are in French. Do I need to submit English translations?

French and English are both official languages of Canada. We therefore do not request English translations of transcripts written in French.

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Can I get my transcripts back?

No. Once supporting documents are submitted they become the property of the University of Toronto and cannot be returned.

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Recommendation Letters

 

What is the process for referees?

Applicants will need to enter referees’ names and (institutional) email addresses into their Online Application. The system will automatically email an electronic submission request to each referee after a payment method is selected. Although you will provide the referee information before payment, the system will not notify your referees until after you have selected to pay the application online or offline. It is highly recommended that applicants contact their referees ahead of time to check their availability.

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My referee did not receive the email from the School of Graduate Studies. Could you please resend it?

Referees are advised to check their 'junk mail folder' or that they do not have a 'pop up blocker installed'. If they still have not received the request, applicants have the ability to re-send the request through the Online Admissions Application. Do not use this function as a reminder for your referee.

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Is the recommendation deadline the same as the application deadline?

Applicants should submit their applications as soon as they feel ready, before the application deadline. Recommendation letters are submitted separately by the referees by the document deadline as indicated in the email they will receive from the School of Graduate Studies and on our website. It is importnat to confirm your referees availablility before submitting their contact information on the Online Admissions Application.

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The contact information of my referee has been changed. As I have already submitted the Online Application how can I edit the referee's contact information?

As you have already submitted your Online Application and paid the appropriate application fee, you cannot make any changes to your application, except your own contact information (address). Therefore, if you need to update the contact information of your referee, please email graduate@daniels.utoronto.ca and provide us with the required information.

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Testing Information

 

Do I need to take the GRE exam?

No. Other departments at the University of Toronto may encourage international applicants, in particular, to consider taking the GRE however the Daniels Faculty does not require it.

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English is not my first language. Do I need to take the TOEFL/TWE exam?

If your primary language is not English and you graduated from a non-Canadian university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, then you must demonstrate your facility in English by successfully completing an acceptable English language proficiency test. This requirement should be met at the time you submit your application, and must be met by April 30, 2017 for the Daniels Faculty. The TOEFL is just one of the many tests that we accept.

For more information, including minimum required scores, please see the English Language Proficiency Testing page on the School of Graduate Studies website.​

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My English test results expire before the application deadline. Do I have to re-test?

You must complete the full application and submit all documents prior to your test results expiring. If the application is not entirely completed, you will be required to re-test.

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How do I know if I need to provide English language testing?

If your primary language is not English and you graduated from a non-Canadian university where the language of instruction and examination was not English, then you must demonstrate your facility in English by successfully completing an acceptable English language proficiency test. This requirement should be met at the time you submit your application, and must be met no later than April 30, 2017 for the Daniels Faculty.

For more information, including minimum required scores, please see the English Language Proficiency Testing page on the School of Graduate Studies website.​

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How do I submit my English test scores?

Students must arrange for their test score to be reported electronically to the University of Toronto (Enrolment Services) by the testing agency. We do not accept paper copies if electronic delivery is available. Please see the School of Graduate Studies for details.

http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/prospectivestudents/Pages/English-Language-Proficiency-Testing.aspx

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Financial Aid

 

Where can I get an application form for financial aid?

All applicants have the option of completing the Admissions Financial Assistance and Award Application Form to be considered for any of the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design need based admissions awards (including renewable awards). All applicants will be automatically considered for all other merit-based Daniels Faculty admissions awards. Filling out the form does not guarantee financial assistance and is only valid for one 8-month academic year (September to April) to those with continuous registration.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for external awards for which they may be eligible well in advance of applying for admission. For more information on funding available to you, please check the Financing Your Graduate Education page on the School of Graduate Studies website. http://www.sgs.utoronto.ca/currentstudents/Pages/Financing-Your-Graduate-Education.aspx

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How much is yearly tuition?

Tuition schedules are posted on the Office of the Vice-President & Provost website at http://www.provost.utoronto.ca/link/students.htm.

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After You Applied/Decisions 

 

Where can I get information on the status of my application?

You can log in to the Online Application for information on the status of your application. You will need to use your Applicant Number and password assigned to you by the School of Graduate Studies.

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When will I hear a decision on my application?

Offers of admission will be sent out in early March and in May (for waitlisted candidates).

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I sent my application but I have not heard back. How do I know if my application and supporting documents have been received?

The Daniels Faculty does not confirm the receipt of applications. You are responsible to ensure that you have read and understood the application requirements, and that you have gathered all the necessary components of your application package. You can check the receipt status of your documents by logging into the Online Application and viewing the details of your application. Please expect a delay between the time of receipt and when the status is updated online.

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The status of my online application is indicated as "Documents pending"; however, I am sure that all my supporting documents have been submitted.

Every document submitted by mail by an applicant has to be entered onto the system by a graduate administrator. There is necessarily a time lag between the receipt of documents and the uploading of that information onto the Online Application system. However, if the status has not change after three weeks, you need to contact the department where the documents were sent. (The School of Graduate Studies for application fees, legal status, citizenship and legal name changes; the Daniels Faculty for transcripts, portfolio, and English facility testing results)

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Will the School of Graduate Studies provide feedback for students who have been rejected?

The School of Graduate Studies oversees the graduate admissions process and sets minimum admission requirements for all graduate programs at the University of Toronto, however, admission decisions are made locally at the departmental level.

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Will the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design provide feedback for students who have been rejected?

Due to the large number of applications received each year, we unfortunately cannot accommodate requests for personalized feedback on your application. Admission to University of Toronto is very competitive and students, who meet, even exceed, our minimum requirements may not necessarily receive an offer.

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Can I have my transcripts and portfolio back?

No. Once supporting documents are submitted they become the property of the University of Toronto and cannot be returned.

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[updated: October 26, 2016]