Post-Secondary Institutions

Admissions 101

Here is a pamphlet with information on the application process.

Please be aware that your GRADE 11 marks are important to post secondary admission.  Often Post Secondary institutions will give you conditional admission based on your Grade 11 course marks.

Are you going to a school in British Columbia?  Alberta students should provide information on courses taken in Grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 when applying in BC.  

2021-2022 Post Secondary COVID-Related Information and Updates

Acadia University

Acadia University has announced that Acadia is planning to welcome students to an in person on-campus learning environment in the 2021-2022 academic year.  They anticipate that the Fall Term 2021 will start in a virtual or hybrid format and will pivot to fully in-person classes as the term progresses and as the Province of Nova Scotia eases restrictions. 

Students should plan to be on location in the fall, either in residence or nearby off-campus accommodations. While some online learning will be incorporated, the majority of learning will be in person.

Bow Valley College

Starting October 23, 2021 the BVC will require proof of Health Canada approved COVID-19 double vaccinations for all employees, students, contractors, future visitors, and on-campus partners (Vaccine exemptions will be assessed for medical reasons or other protected grounds under the Alberta Human Rights Act).

Diploma Exams: Bow Valley College’s longstanding practice has been to accept the “official mark” indicated on the Alberta high school transcript, whether the learner wrote the diploma exam or was formally exempted from it. Conventionally, if a diploma exam is not written for a reason approved by Alberta Education, the “official mark” is the same as the mark assigned by the school.  The absence of a diploma grade for an approved exception (such as the Government's recent public health measures) will not affect applicants to Bow Valley College.   For more information, please reach out to your dedicated Bow Valley College recruiter, call 403-410-1402.

Burman University

Students are back on campus!  Burman looks forward to an exciting year with
students on campus, as well as being able to welcome prospective students
to visit campus in person.

All Alberta Health Services protocols will be followed as we keep the safety of our students, faculty and staff a priority.  Delivery of services on campus may be adjusted to comply with AHS health guidelines.

Concordia University of Edmonton

  • We are planning for a full return to campus this fall and are currently exploring how to safely offer the highest possible number of in-person learning experiences
  • We may also continue to offer some virtual programming and services this fall, and will be introducing a number of flexible delivery courses
  • We are committed to reopening our residences this fall. We would encourage any student seeking housing to apply as our residences operate on a first-come, first-served basis
  • While we are unable to make definitive decisions at this time on facilities such as study spaces, cafeteria, etc., we are hoping to be fully operational as part of our return to campus
  • For more information, please visit our website at

Dalhousie University

While the plan is to deliver the majority of our courses in-person for fall and winter, there are a few other course delivery formats to watch for on the timetable:

Asynchronous (recorded) online courses do not require students to be online at any specific time/day.
Synchronous (live) courses are held online on a specific day/time every week. Courses that are delivered synchronously are scheduled in Atlantic Time.
In-Person (details TBA): This course will be offered in-person, but we are still working on the details for the classroom. Keep checking back for the room update.
Online (details TBA): This course will be offered online but we are still in the process of determining the delivery type (synchronous or asynchronous).
Some courses have both in-person and online components (e.g. asynchronous lecture, in-person lab/tutorial). The format is noted on the timetable for each component.

HURON at Western

Huron at Western has just announced that they are planning for a return to campus in the Fall of 2021, with in-person classes and all residences open.  

KING'S University

In lieu of in-person events, King's is offering King's Now On Demand events.  Students can check out King's at any time from home.  Details at:

Mount Royal University

Diploma exams: Mount Royal University will accept the Final Grade delivered on the official transcript by Alberta Education for each completed course regardless of how that grade was calculated.

English Language Proficiency Testing

Mount Royal is aware that some testing centres for English language testing have been closed. The IELTS website has details, listed by country, on where testing is suspended and where it has resumed. IELTS will also be offering an IELTS Indicator test that will assess English Language skills of prospective students. This test can be done from home with results available within seven days. This test will be accepted if applicants are unable to take the Academic IELTS test due to testing centre closures. TOEFL is offering a Special Home Edition test available everywhere TOEFL iBT testing is normally available. CAEL CE testing is offered online and can be completed from home in Canada and the USA. It will be available to international test-takers beginning Fall 2020. The online test features the same test format, content, and rating scale as CAEL CE. Test results will be available within eight business days to test takers.

Testing sessions should be booked as soon as they become available. If you are unable to book a testing session, email to let us know you are having difficulty arranging this.


Diploma exams: Until any further communication is made, NAIT will receive whatever final grade is sent to us by Alberta Education. Whether that includes the diploma exam or just the in-class mark would be up to your school and decisions made by Alberta Education.

Olds College

Diploma exams: Changes to high school curriculum delivery and the cancellation of Grade 12 Diploma exams will not impact admissions to Olds College. Olds College will continue to use final high school grades as recorded on official transcripts to make admission decisions. According to Alberta Education, students in Grade 12 will be assessed and receive a final mark (percentage).

In 2021-2022 Olds College is fully returning to campus.  Some courses that proved to work better virtually will remain virtual.  For example, Business Management Certificate will be offered completely on-campus, online or a blend of the two.

Queen's University

With the Alberta  Diploma exams being optional, if a student chooses not to write the exam, we will use the final class grade. If a student chooses to write the exam and their blended grade is higher than their class grade, we will use the blended grade. Lastly, if a student chooses to write the exam and the blended grade is lower than the class grade, we will use the class grade.

Saint Mary's University Halifax

We are striving to offer students a complete on-campus experience for 2021-2022. We have courses available on-campus and online, and we can assist first-year students in creating their desired schedules. If any assistance is required, please reach out!

We are still accepting applications to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Diploma of Engineering, and Bachelor of Commerce. 


SAIT will accept whatever mark is listed on the Alberta Education transcript so a diploma exam will not be required.  Students just need to ensure they’ll meet admission requirements for their program with or without the exam.


Planning is underway for a safe return to campus in the Fall term. SFU will prioritize teaching, learning and research while continuing to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff. Updates for the SFU community will be posted on our Return to Campus website and SFU students will be kept informed via email communication.

University of Alberta

Diploma Exams: The University of Alberta will accept final Alberta marks as presented on the Alberta Education transcript, regardless of whether or not students have written their diploma exams. This means that not taking the diploma exams will not negatively affect a student's application.

In order to ensure clarity around our admissions process, the University will continue to follow this practice for any future instances where diploma exams are deemed optional or cancelled by the Alberta Ministry of Education in response to COVID-19.

Applicants who are required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) and had intended to fulfill that requirement using English Language Arts 30-1 will only be able to do so if they write the diploma exam. If students don't write the diploma exam, they will be required to demonstrate ELP another way. Additional details related to language requirements are available online.

Self Reporting Courses: If you cannot find one or more of their courses in the drop-down menus of the UAlberta application (excluding Apply Alberta), they are asked to please contact Student Connect at following the submission of their application and ask that the missing course(s) be added to their application. The same applies to students who have reached the maximum number of self-reported courses in the UAlberta application.

We are carefully planning for a return to campus where the majority of courses, approximately 80%, will be offered in-person. Additional information can be found here.

University of Calgary

Diploma Exams: All grades, as reported by the reporting authority in the country, province or territory will be used, with or without a final examination.

Quarterly system: As a result of COVID 19, we recognize that school boards/education systems have taken a variety of approaches to the high school semester structure (quad-semester, octo-semester, regular semester). To ensure a consistent and equitable process across the different semester structures being used this year, the University of Calgary will accept transcripts for admission evaluation following traditional semester timelines:

Grade 11 as soon as you apply
February for any courses completed between September and January
July for courses completed between February and June.
Students in a non-semestered or linear school will be able to submit interim/predicted grades as per our regular processes.

English Language Proficiency: The following online test options are accepted: TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition, IELTS Indicator, Duolingo (temporary until Winter 2022) and CAEL online to meet the UCalgary ELP requirements.

University of Regina

University of Regina is optimistic that the Fall 2021 term will allow for a carefully staged reopening of our campuses, with increased options for in-person classes, activities, and services. While it is difficult at this time to predict the exact level of in-person teaching and learning, our goal for the Fall term is to welcome as many people back to campus as we can safely accommodate.  We are viewing the Fall term as a transitional one, characterized by a significant increase in on-campus activity that will transition us towards resuming near-normal operations in the following term, Winter 2022.

General Admission Information

The following admissions information is generalized.  Steps 1, 2 and 3 are applicable to all post secondary institutions, and many institutions offer registration and loans workshops. Check the website of your institution for information.  This information will help walk you through the process of applying for your program and the following steps. 

Step 1:  Requirements

Students must meet minimum academic requirements for all programs at all institutions.  In addition, some institutions have competitive grade-average requirements for some or all programs.  The competitive average varies each year, depending on the applicant pool.  You should be able to view the final average range from the previous year on your institution's website.   Report the subjects you are taking and your mark or anticipated mark for both Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses in Apply Alberta; but once your application is submitted, updates must be made at your institutions site- they will no longer look at Apply Alberta information.  If applying to BC, report all courses taken in Grades 9 - 12.  

Requirements vary widely from institution to institution and from program to program, so you need to start your research early to know what will be required for your field of interest.  For most universities, direct-entry programs require five core academic courses, varying by program.

Step 2: Admission

Apply early.  Some institutions/programs are first applied, first qualified, first accepted.  Students can apply in their Grade 12 year, using final Grade 11 marks as well as any completed Grade 12 marks.  Updated marks can be submitted as they become available - directly to your university or college.  Often, students who do not yet meet eligibility requirements will be reassessed once they submit new final marks.  Many applications for post secondary study open on October 1 each year.

Admission decisions are based on the information available at the time that the application is reviewed. Conditional Offers of Admission may be issued in anticipation of fulfillment of the admission requirements by the appropriate deadline.  The Conditions are that you will complete the required courses.  Once all conditions have been met, the registrar's office will issue confirmation that you now meet requirements.

Step 3: Accepting the Offer

Most students receive their admission offer, conditional or otherwise, in the spring.  Students with highly competitive marks could receive an admission offer as early as October.  You must be vigilant about checking your email and your post secondary account/portal.  Students will need to accept their offer of admission and, in many cases, pay a tuition deposit by the given deadline.  

Step 4: Attend a Workshop

Most universities and colleges will offer workshops to assist students with registration, and many have student loan workshops as well.  Once again, keep yourself informed and take advantage of these opportunities to ease your transition to post secondary. 

Application Dates

Please make sure that you check the application opening dates for your post secondary school.  Many applications open October 1, and some even before then.  Post secondary advisors tell us that students need to apply early to have the best chance of entry.  While competitive programs admit students on the basis of competitive admission average (the overall average of the courses required for admission), we are told that wait lists are organized by date of application.


Reporting Your Marks

When you are completing your ApplyAlberta form online, please ensure that you list all of the high school courses that are prerequisites for your program, whether they are courses that you have taken, are taking, or are planning to take.  Your institution will not start processing your applicarion for a program unless they know that you are planning to meet prerequisites, so this step is critical.  Please note that Grade 11 marks are also critical - some universities, such as the University of Calgary, will grant you admission based on your Grade 11 marks, as reported on your Detailed Academic Report, which they can access once you apply to them.

When you go to update your marks, you must update the marks on the website of your institution.  Post secondary schools upload your application from Apply Alberta only once, so if you update your marks only in ApplyAlberta, your college or university will not get that updated information, which may cost you admission to your program.  

  • Check your institution's website and our calendar for application acceptance dates and application deadline dates. For non competitive programs, early application is advised, to secure a seat in the program.  See note above re: competitive programs.
  •  Most university applications are now completed online.  You will be applying for public Alberta Post Secondary Institutions through ApplyAlberta.
  • Once you have applied, it is VERY important to stay on top of your application.  Your institution will contact you periodically to request information.  If you fail to send the information by the deadline given in the request, your application WILL be cancelled.  Institutions may contact you by mail, email, or by posting requests on their student portal.  Read all documentation sent to you carefully and be sure that you sign up for a student portal if requested to do so.  
  • If you plan to apply for residence, do so as soon as you have confirmation that your application for admission haas been received.  Check with your institution to find out if the residence application fee is refundable.  

Alberta Post-Secondary Institution Links




Alberta University of the Arts Calgary 800-251-8290

Academy of Learning

Red Deer 403-347-6676
Ambrose University College Calgary 800-461-1222

Athabasca University

Athabasca 800-788-9041

Banff Centre

Banff 403-762-6100

Bow Valley College

Calgary 866-428-2669

Burman University

Lacombe 403-782-3381

Concordia University of Edmonton

Edmonton 866-479-5200
Grande Prairie Regional College Grand Prarie 888-539-4772

Keyano College

Fort McMurray 800-251-1408

Lakeland College

Vermillion 800-661-6490

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge 800-572-0103

MacEwan University

Edmonton 780-497-5140

Medicine Hat College

Medicine Hat 866-282-8394

Mount Royal University

Calgary 877-440-5001

NorQuest College

Edmonton 866-543-7218

Northern Alberta Institute of Technology

Edmonton 877-627-3377

Northern Lakes College

Slave Lake 866-652-3456

Olds College

Olds 800-661-6537

Portage College

Lac La Biche, Cold Lake & St. Paul 866-623-5551
Prairie College Three Hills 800-661-2425

Red Deer College

Red Deer 403-342-3400
Rocky Mountain College Calgary 877-968-6762

Southern Alberta Institute of Technology

Calgary 877-284-7248

St. Mary's University

Calgary 403-531-9130
Taylor University College and Seminary Edmonton 800-567-4988

The King's University

Edmonton 800-661-8582

University of Alberta

Edmonton/Camrose 855-492-3113

University of Calgary

Calgary 403-210-7625

University of Lethbridge




Are you planning to live in residence? Do not wait for acceptance into a Post Secondary Institution. Once you apply to a Post Secondary Institution, you should also apply for residence.