Broad-Based Admissions Program

Broad-Based Admissions Program

Make an impact in the selection of the Class of 2T2

The Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering is looking for exceptional communicators with some hiring experience to assess our pool of undergraduate applicants for this coming year. For the 2018 admissions cycle, students will be asked to submit answers to three questions in both written and short video format as part of a “broad-based admission” program.

This volunteer opportunity requires a commitment of around nine to 11 hours per month from November 1, 2017 until the end of the academic year May 2018. Peak reviewing periods will take place between December and March of 2018. A selection of training session dates will be available in the fall. Training is mandatory for all assessors selected.

Interested alumni must:

  • Have an interest in engineering education
  • Embrace diversity
  • Possess impeccable communication skills
  • Have some experience with interviewing and hiring

Want to get involved?

Please complete the online Volunteer Application Form.

Key dates 

  • CV and statement deadline is August 7, 2017
  • Notification email sent to all applicants, whom applied, regarding selection to participate late August 2017
  • Training sessions will take place on campus and remotely in fall 2017
  • Undergraduate assessments will begin early November 2017

Broad-Based Admissions Program overview

For many years, U of T Engineering applicants have completed an online student profile (OSP) as an integral component of the admissions process. The OSP enables the admissions committee to consider non-academic involvement (e.g., extracurricular activities) in their decision-making process.

In 2015, we added a new video submission requirement. Using their own computer and webcam, each applicant must respond to three questions in both written and video format. They are given a randomly selected question and a fixed amount of time to think about their response before having to write or record their response. The entire process takes 15 to 20 minutes to complete.

The questions target specific cognitive and non-cognitive characteristics that are important traits for success within our programs. These include critical thinking and the ability to clearly articulate thoughts and ideas.

Hear what previous assessors have to say:

“I always wanted to give back to the Faculty. When this opportunity came, I was thrilled to become part of the community that helps shape classes of the future.”


“The engineering profession is an ever evolving one, and my participation in the admissions process is my small contribution to that evolution. It’s also an opportunity for me to meet new people and learn about assessment criteria.”


“What I enjoy most about being an assessor is the desire and passion that the applicants express. Seeing how much they want to become a part of U of T Engineering ‎reminds me of all the great friends and times I had during my time at Skule.”