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Non-approved students

Common reasons for denial or cancellation

We know that receiving bad news can be hard. However, there are many ways to bounce back and continue your educational journey. Below are some common reasons for being denied admission to our programs at Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU), along with suggestions for what to do next.

Remember to read your letters posted under "My Communications" in your ChooseTMU Applicant Portal.

  • Unfortunately, we don't have space to admit all interested and qualified applicants. All TMU programs are limited enrolment programs. This means that we can only admit a specific number of students.
  • Meeting the minimum academic requirements doesn’t guarantee admission. Admission is based on competitive grades and non-academic requirements like portfolios, auditions, and essays (where applicable).
  • The number of applications and the number of spaces available varies from year to year.
  • All TMU programs have subject requirements. The grades required in these subjects vary by program and are determined on the basis of competition.
  • You must have already completed or be enrolled in the required subjects when you apply.
  • If you’re required to write an English proficiency test and we do not receive an acceptable test score, we can't proceed with your application.
  • If you don't submit all the required documentation, TMU will cancel your application.
  • Visit the after applying page to review the requirements for a complete application.
  • You’re encouraged to submit your application as early as possible. Applications and required documents received after published deadlines are reviewed subject to space availability.
  • Visit the application dates page for more information.

Suggestions for applicants who have been denied admission

We value your interest in TMU. The following suggestions may help you gain admission into a university program now or in the future.

1. Amend your application to a different program

Even though you haven’t been offered admission to your program of choice at TMU, you may still be qualified for admission consideration to another program.

2. Upgrade to become more competitive

Consider upgrading one or more courses to boost your marks in required subjects or your overall average. The best option for you will depend on your academic background.

  • Summer school: Contact your guidance office or school board for information about summer school courses. Review TMU's summer school policies on the summer school extensions page.
  • Continuing Education: Completing post-secondary courses at TMU's Chang School of Continuing Education (opens in new window)  or another institution may help you present a more competitive application. Strong averages and grades in subject requirements at both secondary and post-secondary schools are required for admission.
  • Foundation programs: English Language Pathway programs are available for academically qualified students who present English proficiency test scores below our requirements. Visit the English Language Institute for more information about pathway programs, requirements and how to apply. 
  • Advanced Standing or Direct Entry admission: Several TMU programs have Advanced Standing or Direct Entry admission options for applicants who complete a recognized degree/diploma with a strong grade point average. Successful applicants are granted admission into a level higher than the first semester/year of their program. See the transfer student requirements page for more information.