After High School

Planning is about finding the route that supports you, your goals and interests.

Post-Secondary Admissions

Why apply early?

  • You receive a student number allowing you to apply for residence. 
  • You have an increased focus on your post-secondary plans. 
  • You remove the pressure of meeting later deadlines.

When can you start applying?

  • This can be different at every post-secondary.
    • University of Lethbridge is Sep. 1
    • University of Calgary is Oct. 1
    • SAIT is Oct. 3
  • Always check the post-secondary website for current information. 
  • When the admission cycle ends will be different for each post- secondary.

General Application Process

  • For post-secondaries within Alberta: 
  • For post-secondaries within Ontario:
  • You will need your Alberta Education Number which is found on all your report cards. It is not your CBE ID number. 
  • For other institutions, you may apply through their website.
  • Other Great Resources:
  • Self-reporting grade 12 courses and grades can be the norm for some post-secondaries ….except the U of C for 2019- 2020 school year. 
  • All post-secondaries will request a final official transcript to be sent from Alberta Education to them before the deadline, which is usually Aug. 1 
  • Indicate faculty and program you wish to pursue. Many are competitive. 
  • Many institutions will allow you to select a first and second choice. 
  • You can submit applications to several institutions. 
  • Application fees can range between $75.00 and $300.00 per institution.
  • You should receive some acknowledgement of receipt of your application. Read it carefully as it will tell you what to do next. 
  • Some post-secondaries require separate application for Entrance Scholarships. Some do not, as it is automatic. 
  • Don’t forget to submit an application for residence. Some post- secondaries guarantee residence for first year students, some do not. 
  • After receipt of conditional/early admission, you will register for classes in the spring. You may be required to pay a fee to hold your spot.

What Courses Do Post-Secondaries Accept?

  • Again, each Post-Secondary and faculty can be different. Always check websites 
  • For universities, they require English 30-1 and four other courses. 
  • Nursing at U of C: English 30-1, Math 30-1 or Math 30-2, Biology 30, Chemistry 30, and one other approved course or option. 
  • Nursing at MRU: English 30-1, Math 30-1 or Math 30-2, Biology 30, one of Chemistry 30 or Physics 30 or Science 30, and one other approved course or option. 
  • Some faculties are more restrictive: Engineering: English 30-1, Math 30-1, Math 31, Chemistry 30, and Physics 30. 
  • For a Polytechnic (S.A.I.T.) or college, they may require English 30-1 or 30-2 depending on the program. Again, many programs are competitive. 
  • U of C does accept science 30 as an approved course 
  • On Sep. 26 at the lunch hour meeting, U of A stated they do not take WK EXP 35 

Aboriginal Student Admission

  • Special consideration for Aboriginal Students is given by most/all Canadian post
    • secondaries and most or all of their programs.
  • To qualify for this category the applicant must:
    • self-identify as an Aboriginal applicant
    • meet the definition of an Aboriginal applicant (generally defined as Canadian who is a Status Indian/First Nations, Non-Status Indian/First Nations, Metis, or Inuit)
    • meet the minimum admission requirements as indicated in the general admission requirement for each post-secondary as well as program level admission requirements

International/ELL Students

If you are in English Language Learner (ELL) it means English is not your first language

We will support you to:

  • determine your English language abilities based on a language assessment 
  • build a personalized course plan 
  • take English as a Second Language (ESL) courses to help you be successful and earn high school credits 
  • You may/will need to write a TOEFL or IELTS test for Post – Secondary. The scores needed will vary depending on the institution. Calgary Test Centre locations and practice tests are on the web.

Students on an IPP (Individual Program Plan)

  • While in high school, use your accommodations. If not, the post-secondary may not allow you to use them 
  • Register with the Post- Secondary’s Accessibility Services department as soon as you receive your early/conditional acceptance 
  • Provide documentation of required accommodations 
  • Meet with an Access Advisor 
  • Remember…self-advocacy is the best

Upcoming Post Secondary Visits

Post-SecondaryDate / TimeLocation
U of TTues. Oct. 15, 8:00 – 9:00 AMSGA
MacEwanTues. Oct. 16, 12:00 – 12:30Learning Commons
U of CWed. Oct. 17, 12:00 – 12:30Learning Commons
**OPPPWed. Oct. 24, 6:00 – 8:00 PMTelus Con. Centre
UBCMon. Oct. 29, 12:00 – 12:30Learning Commons
Queen’s Uni.Tues. Oct. 30, 8:00 – 9:00 AMSGA
U SASKMon. Nov. 5, 8:00 – 9:00 AMSGA
UVICWed. Nov.21, 8:30 – 9:00 AMSGA

*ELAA (Educational Liaison Association of Alberta) Post Secondary’s within Alberta
**OPPP (Out of Province Post-Secondary Fair) Post Secondary’s from all over Canada
***Due to Post Secondary travel, this schedule may be subject to change without advance notice.

Upcoming Post-Secondary Open House Dates

Oct. 12, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PMOlds College Open House
Held on the Olds College Campus
Oct. 19/20, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PMSAIT Open House on SAIT campus
Apply for free both day when you attend this event
Oct. 20, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PMBow Valley College Open House
Bow Valley Campus  345 – 6 Ave S.E. Calgary
Oct. 20, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PMUniversity of Alberta Open House 
The Universiade Pavilion (Butterdome) Free Bus from Calgary
Oct. 20, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PMUniversity of Lethbridge
Open House
Oct. 24, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PMOut of Province Post Secondary Fair
Telus Convention Centre Hall C
Oct. 27, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PMMount Royal University Open House
Held at the MRU Campus
Nov. 2-3, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PMSt. Ambrose University Open House
150 Ambrose Circle S.W.
Nov. 3, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PMSt. Mary’s University College Open House
14500 Bannister Road S.E. Drop in format
Nov. 3, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PMRed Deer College Open House
Red Deer College Main Campus
Nov. 17, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PMUniversity of British Columbia – “Your Degree at UBC”
Sheraton Eau Claire
Nov. 24, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PMAlberta College of Art & Design Main Campus

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