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Does it matter what you rank a program?

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At the end when you submit your choices on OUAC, does it really matter what you rank a program? Please help!
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@paramecium wrote
At the end when you submit your choices on OUAC, does it really matter what you rank a program? Please help!


No, it doesn't.
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@leviaidan wrote

@paramecium wrote
At the end when you submit your choices on OUAC, does it really matter what you rank a program? Please help!


No, it doesn't.



Then what is th epoint?
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To compel you to make a thread on the topic.
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For the most part, how your programs are ranked on OUAC doesn't have any impact on whether you'll get accepted into a program or not. There are a few exceptions to this rule (in the words, those programs have to be ranked first). However, the universities with these programs have to make this policy very clear in their viewbooks and on their websites.

If you've applied to more than one program at a certain university, ranking becomes more important. Some universities will only give you an offer of admission to one program. So they'll consider you for the program that you ranked highest on OUAC first. If you get into that program, they'll give you an offer for it and won't even consider your applications for the lower-ranked programs.

You have to rank your choices on OUAC for statistical reasons. Something about wanting to see how many people end up going their first-choice university (or whatever).
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