Personal Profile


The University of Toronto Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering has required that applicants submit a Student Profile Form (SPF) as part of the admissions process for many years.  The SPF allows applicants to tell us about their extra-curricular involvement, their program choices, their academic background and to write a brief essay.

In 2015, a new component has been added to the SPF, the Personal Profile.

Each applicant will be required to complete the Personal Profile as part of the application process. If they do not complete this portion of the application their file will not be evaluated for admission.   The Personal Profile will take about 30 minutes for applicants to complete. The applicants will be given a set of 3 randomly selected questions (one written and two video) and a fixed amount of time to think about their response and then write/ record their response.

Question 1: You will record a two-minute video response (two minutes preparation)
Question 2: You will have 10 minutes to prepare and type a 250-word written response
Question 3: You will record a three-minute video response (three minutes preparation)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How will the video profile factor into an admissions decision?

The Admissions Committee will use all the information available to make a decision this includes all aspects of their Student Profile Form (academic, extra-curricular and personal profile) and their complete academic record.

How can I prepare for the Personal Profile?

No specific preparation is required to answer the questions contained in the video profile.  You will need:

  • Laptop or desktop computer with a webcam and microphone
  • Browser with Adobe Flash
  • Stable Internet connection
  • Pen and paper for taking notes
  • Quiet location
  • 30 minutes of uninterrupted time

It is possible to have multiple attempts to complete the profile?

No. Once you begin the Personal Profile submission (by clicking “Start Interview”) you must complete your entire Personal Profileat one time.  There are no opportunities to redo your profile at a later time. You may complete the practice questions as many times as you like until you feel comfortable. Your official response will not begin until you click “Start Interview.”

Is U of T hosting the Personal Profile?

The video profile portion of the SPF is being hosted by a Canadian vendor, you will access the video profile through a link in the SPF, no separate login or password will be required.

Will my Personal Profile remain private?

Your personal profile will only be used in the evaluation of your application for admission and may be used to confirm your identify if you are admitted (i.e., to ensure it was really you who submitted the video).  The Personal Profile will not be made public or shared on social media.

I do not have access to a computer with a video camera, what should I do?

We recommend that you first speak to your high school or a local library to determine if they have technology that meet the requirements for the Personal Profile. If this is not successful, please contact the Admissions Office and explain your situation.  The Admissions Team will work with you to find a solution so that you can submit your video profile.

Who will be evaluating the videos?

The individuals who evaluate the videos are members of the University of Toronto community who have been specially selected and trained to ensure that all video profiles are fairly evaluated.

I am shy, what if I appear nervous on camera?

We understand that some students may be nervous on camera.  Just be yourself on the camera, you will be assessed on the content of your answers.

English is not my first language and I am concerned with how my video responses will be perceived by the Admissions Office?

The Faculty greatly values diversity within its student population and is committed to admitting the most highly-qualified applicants from around the world.  The staff that will be evaluating the video profiles have been specially trained to assess the content of the applicant’s answers and how clearly these thoughts and ideas have been articulated.  This assessment will not depend on cultural backgrounds or a person’s accent.

Does it matter where I shoot the Personal Profile?

The choice of location is up to you.  We would recommend that you complete the Profile in a location that well-lit, is quiet and where you are not likely to be interrupted.  Be aware of the background in the location you are shooting, it should be appropriate for the video profile.

What happens if my internet fails or the power goes out in the middle my submission?

If you experience technical challenges during the submission of your video, visit or contact the Engineering Admissions Office.  Note, that causing your computer to crash, or disconnecting your internet connection and requesting another chance to complete the video profile would be seen as unethical behaviour.


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