Post-Secondary Institutions

Admissions 101

 

Information for applicants and accepted students affected by COVID-19

Bow Valley College: 

As Bow Valley College looks to our 2020/21 academic year, we have been working hard to deliver top-quality education while responding to grant reductions, budget challenges, and new performance targets. As such, the College has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020/21 intakes of the following programs:
 

  • Dental Business Assistant Certificate
  • Events Management Certificate
  • Addiction Studies Certificate
  • Early Childhood Education and Development Certificate - Except for regional offering
  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Education Certificate
  • Data Management and Analytics Post-Baccalaureate Certificate
  • Nutrition Manager Certificate
  • Open Studies

Our recruitment team is booking virtual presentations and appointments for summer and fall right now. If you'd like to learn more, reply to this email or call us at 403-410-1402.

 

Burman University: https://www.burmanu.ca/futurefaq

Even though we have transitioned all non-essential employees to working remotely, we can still serve you. The best way to contact us is through email. We are here to support you and answer any questions you may have in a timely manner.

- General Information: info@burmanu.ca 
- Enrolment Advisors: melody@burmanu.ca or tiniel@burmanu.ca
- Admissions: admissions@burmanu.ca 

Burman University will evaluate you for admission based on the class grades listed on your transcripts.

Burman is preparing for a fall face-to-face September semester. We are continually monitoring the situation and if COVID-19 is still a significant problem we will make the decision in early August as to how we are moving forward for this upcoming fall. Please be confident that Burman’s course delivery will proceed. The faculty are dedicating a significant portion of their summer to training that will ensure effective course delivery through online options if needed.

What if I can’t take the TOEFL /IELTS test because neither is being offered?
TOEFL offers a home edition test. More information can be found here: https://www.ets.org/s/cv/toefl/at-home/. The minimum required TOEFL score is 83.
We are also accepting the Duolingo English test. More information can be found here: https://englishtest.duolingo.com/home. The minimum required score is 110.

 

College Board SAT Plans for the remainder of 2020: https://pages.collegeboard.org/sat-covid-19-updates?SFMC_cid=EM299996-&rid=52697627

2020-21 SAT Administrations
Students can now register for 2020-21 international SAT® administrations. In 2020, the SAT will be offered internationally in August, September, October, and December. And the SAT Subject Tests™, including Subject Tests with Listening, will be offered internationally in November. Students can view dates and reserve their place today.

 

Concordia University of Edmonton: Applications for Fall Admission
We are still accepting applications for the Fall 2020 term. Deadline to apply is June 30th. Please know we are working to ensure students are not at a disadvantage due to the cancellation of diploma exams. 

Students may be unsure as to how the current situation will affect admissions; please visit our FAQ page where we have tried to answer these questions.  We will update this page as new information is available.

Students can also contact admissions with specific questions admits@concordia.ab.ca.

We will be hosting a Virtual Open House on Thursday May 7!

 

Lethbridge College: https://lethbridgecollege.ca/future-students

Q&A: Registrar's Office

  • Will there be classes on campus in September? If so, can I still apply? 
    We are accepting applications for programs for Fall 2020 and Winter 2021, and we encourage students to apply.  We are planning to hold classes on campus in September as long as it is safe to do so as the health and safety of our community is our top priority. 
  • What high school grades count for admission now that provincial exams are not being written? 
    We will not require students graduating in June 2020 to write diploma exams; we will accept the final grade awarded on the student’s transcript.
  • I’m feeling unprepared for college after missing the last months of Grade 12. Are there ways that I can prepare over the summer?
    We will have extra support services in place to help new students transition to college. If you are feeling unprepared for college, you may find it helpful to take one of our Academic Upgrading courses online this summer. If you would like more information about registering in these courses, you can contact advisor@lethbridgecollege.ca.

 

Quest University Canada: We have decided to extend our Enrollment confirmation deadline to June 1, 2020.  Please have students contact their Admissions Counsellor if they require any clarification regarding this deadline.

 Virtual Engagement Platform: With all on-campus visits cancelled for the foreseeable future, the Admissions Team has created an alternative Virtual Campus Experience Platform as an opportunity for students to participate in a virtual campus visit.

 

Red Deer Collegehttps://rdc.ab.ca/programs/academic-calendar/admissions/official-transcripts

  • If a student is unable to complete a non-diploma exam course and we require it for admission, please have them contact admissions@rdc.ab.ca as each situation is a bit unique. 
  • If a student is unable to complete their volunteer hours for social work, they should contact the Social Work program directly at sarah.hunt@rdc.ab.ca
  • Our nursing programs are currently the only competitive programs at Red Deer College.  The GPA calculations to get into these programs have never included the second semester, as the calculations begin in March. Therefore, Covid-19 has not changed the process for nursing.
  • Last, if you go to our main page, www.rdc.ab.ca there is a large yellow heading at the top that will link you to the most recent Covid-19 information pertaining to Red Deer College.

Visit rdc.ab.ca/coronavirus for up-to-date information on RDC's college-wide response to COVID-19.

New student registration opens as of 7:00am on June 23, 2020. Students are encouraged to log in to their Loop account and navigate to the Registration page where they will find step-by-step registration and waitlist instructions as well as helpful tips and tricks.

 

The King's University: We want to invite you (and your students) to join us for our next Virtual King's View Friday on May 29, 2020 at 11:00AM (MST). This Virtual King's View Friday will include a presentation that outlines our programs and admission requirements, a virtual tour of campus, and the opportunity to hear from current students and professors. We will also answer any questions you have using a chat function in the webinar.

We will also be waiving the application fee for any students who register for the event and attend the webinar live. The free applications will only be honoured between the hours of 11:00am and midnight on May 29 (MST).

COVID-19 Response Information and Resources: https://www.kingsu.ca/covid-19

 

University of Alberta: U of A Update on Changes to admissions for fall 2020 can be found at: https://www.ualberta.ca/covid-19/updates/04/2020-04-06-changes-to-admissions-for-fall-2020.html

Final High School Transcripts: We anticipate that in most cases, final and official transcripts will be available, and we will use these final grades as presented. However, if a student is unable to provide final documentation due to closures resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Alberta will accept the grades and existing interim documents presented at the time of admission.

English Language Proficiency (ELP):  Students who will have three or more years of full-time education in English (excluding ESL) in Canada or another country or institution where English is recognized as the official/primary language of instruction by the time they complete high school WILL meet our ELP requirement.

Students who have completed less than 3 years of full-time education in English in Canada will be required to demonstrate English Language Proficiency.

There are a variety of ways students may demonstrate their English Language Proficiency including (but not limited to):

Demonstrating 3 or more years of full-time study in English in Canada
Scoring 5 or higher in IB English A1, A2, A Literature, A Language & Literature, or IB English B
Scoring 4 or higher in AP English
Completing an IELTS, TOEFL, or Duolingo exam and achieving the required score
Students from AB, NWT, or NU completing English 30-1 with a mark of 75% or higher (final blended grade includes the diploma exam mark).  Students must have completed the course and written the diploma exam in January 2020 or earlier, otherwise, it cannot be used to meet ELP for Fall 2020.
New this year, the Duolingo exam has been added as an additional option in response to the cancellation of IELTS and TOEFL exams around the world due to COVID-19. In addition to meeting English Language Proficiency requirements, the Duolingo exam can also be used for students whose programs require them to present Spoken Language Proficiency. Minimum Duolingo English Test score required by University of Alberta:

115 for English Language Proficiency
125 for Spoken Language Proficiency.

Tuition Deposit Deadline: We are extending the deadline for applicants to pay their tuition deposit to June 1, 2020.  

Offer Acceptance Deadline: Offer acceptance deadline extended to June 1, 2020

FAQ Website: https://www.ualberta.ca/registrar/student-connect/faq

Student Connect is not taking in-person inquiries or phone calls at this time. Students can use the Student Connect Contact Form if they have questions.

 

University of Calgaryhttps://www.ucalgary.ca/future-students/undergraduate/contacts-and-help/admission-covid-19-questions

Instruction in the fall term will be provided through a combination of face-to-face and online or remote learning. This decision is based on public health guidelines and consultation with public health experts.  Here is a link to the fall term FAQ Page: https://www.ucalgary.ca/current-students/fall-2020-term-faq.

UCalgary is continuing to make offers of admission to applicants in Canada and internationally.

We have made the decision to finalize admission offers based on your current admission average.  Complete your current courses; however, your final grades will not impact your admission decision.

A number of our first-year courses require a high school course as a pre-requisite. To ensure you are successful in first year, we encourage you to complete your required courses and provide us with a transcript as soon as it’s available, but no later than December 23, 2020. We will use the grades reported by your school, with or without a final exam. You will still be able to take fall term courses during this time.

The conditions of admission in your student centre will reflect this information by April 3, your offer of admission letter will not change.

I have applied, but was unable to submit my transcripts or English Language Proficiency tests due to school or test centre closures?

We are extending the fall 2020 initial transcript and English Language Proficiency deadline:

  1. Transcripts: If you were unable to send transcripts, upload unofficial copies to your student centre between March 30 and April 13.
  2. English Language Test results: If you were unable to submit an English Language Proficiency test, we are accepting the Duolingo English Test (except for Nursing and Education). A score of 115 is needed to meet our English Language Proficiency requirement. Upload test results to your student centre between March 30 and May 1.

 

University of Regina: https://urconnected.uregina.ca/apply/apply-now.ezc

We want to ensure you that admission will continue to be based on your official high school transcript. The courses and grades that are on your transcript will be used in the admission calculation, and if you meet final admission requirements, then you will be fully admissible to the University of Regina.

However, while you may meet the admission requirements based on your transcript, you may not have completed a full semester of certain courses. This is why we strongly encourage you to participate in supplementary assignments prepared by your high school teachers. This will make your transition to post-secondary as easy as possible, and is especially important for courses in maths, sciences, and English. 

 

University of Saskatchewan: we will be offering full-time programming in all colleges. While final decisions are still being made, most students should plan for instruction that is entirely remote. Colleges/schools are communicating with students directly about plans for the fall term, and we can confirm that all first-year courses in direct-entry colleges (Agriculture and Bioresources, Arts and Science, Education, Edwards School of Business, Engineering and Kinesiology), as well as programming at the USask Language Centre, will be offered entirely remotely.

If students have any questions about applying to USask or about the status of their application, please encourage them to contact us by telephone during our regular business hours or by email anytime and we will reply as soon as possible.

Email: admissions@usask.ca
Phone: (+1) 306-966-5788
Hours of Operation: 9am-12pm and 1-4pm CST, Monday-Friday
Closed weekends and statutory holidays

English Language Tests: Due to the suspension of common English language tests offered at in-person testing centres, such as IELTS, USask will accept Duolingo English Test (DET) scores and TOEFL iBT Special Home Editionscores for undergraduate direct-entry programs only for admission to the 2020-21 academic year.

For more information about the University of Saskatchewan's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit updates.usask.ca.

USask is offering new transition support courses to help students build confidence in their academic skills in biology, chemistry, mathematics and physics.

  • BioPrep - For students entering Biology 120 and 121
  • ChemPrep - For students entering Chemistry 112
  • MathPrep - For students entering Mathematics 104
  • PhysicsPrep - For students entering Physics 115

These non-credit courses have been designed in consultation with USask instructors and cover key learning concepts to prepare students for university-level study in these subject areas.

Students may enroll in one or more of these courses, where, over three weeks, they will meet in daily small-group online tutorials hosted by a USask facilitator, and will complete online assignments and modules designed to provide a solid foundation for the start of their university studies.

Session 1: July 20 to Aug 7, 2020
Session 2: Aug 10 to 27, 2020
Fee per course: $75 + registration fee
For more information, contact the Science and Math Prep Program team at: scimath.prep@usask.ca.

Registration information is available at: https://students.usask.ca/academics/science-math-prep-program.php?utm_source=Counsellors&utm_campaign=00fc79d541-counsellorupdate_Sept2019_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_27a5b0eea0-00fc79d541-62163037

 

University of Victoriahttps://www.uvic.ca/future-students/undergraduate/covid-19-updates.php

 

 

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 institutions website. 

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.  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

Name

Location

Phone

Alberta College of Art and Design 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 College of Alberta

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

Grant MacEwan University

Edmonton 780-497-5140

Keyano College

Fort McMurray 800-251-1408

Lakeland College

Vermillion 800-661-6490

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge 800-572-0103

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 Bible 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

Lethbridge

403-329-2762

Residence

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.

U.S. Post-Secondary Institutions

  • Colleges and Universities in the U.S. - www.50states.com
  • Common Application for over 300 colleges and universities in the U.S. - www.commonapp.org
  • This site enables students to register and prepare for SATs - www.collegeboard.com
  • Mach 25: Listings of more than 500 000 American private sector awards. It uses residential, academic, personal and organizational affiliation to create matches - www.collegenet.com/mach25