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At Smith School of Business, we’re looking for a combination of strong academic performance and a well-rounded approach to life including demonstration of leadership and teamwork skills.

Admission is a two-stage process consisting of academic records being reviewed first, followed by an assessment of the Supplementary Essay (SE). Once the minimum academic requirements are met, the admission decision is based on the assessment of the SE.


Who Should Apply

We want to know who you are beyond your marks. Once you qualify academically, it is up to you to show us who you really are and why you want to study business at Smith. We receive over 7,000 applications per year for 500 first-year positions and we make offers to those applicants who are able to effectively convey the qualities we are seeking.

We are looking for students who demonstrate clear thinking, an interest in international studies, enthusiasm, ambition, team skills, and a keen interest or some experience in business.

We are seeking students who are:

  • Well-rounded academically with diverse interests
  • Bright, enthusiastic, and inclusive
  • People who make a difference, in class, in their school, or in their community

We are seeking students who have:

  • Strong leadership skills, combined with the ability to thrive in a team environment
  • An aptitude for both quantitative and qualitative subjects
  • A passion to effect positive change 

How to Apply

All applications are made online through the Ontario University Application Centre (OUAC).

After you submit your application to OUAC, you are required to complete the Supplementary Essay (SE); this document will consist of two short essay questions which give you the opportunity to tell us more about who you are and what you are passionate about. 

The SE will act as your personal portfolio that will be reviewed by two members of the Commerce admission team. It is very important that you take the time and effort to plan and write this document as complete, well-written essays that tell your story.

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