Planning is about finding the route that supports you, your goals and interests.
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: www.applyalberta.ca
- For post-secondaries within Ontario: www.ouac.om.ca
- 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
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-Secondary||Date / Time||Location|
|U of T||Tues. Oct. 15, 8:00 – 9:00 AM||SGA|
|MacEwan||Tues. Oct. 16, 12:00 – 12:30||Learning Commons|
|U of C||Wed. Oct. 17, 12:00 – 12:30||Learning Commons|
|**OPPP||Wed. Oct. 24, 6:00 – 8:00 PM||Telus Con. Centre|
|UBC||Mon. Oct. 29, 12:00 – 12:30||Learning Commons|
|Queen’s Uni.||Tues. Oct. 30, 8:00 – 9:00 AM||SGA|
|U SASK||Mon. Nov. 5, 8:00 – 9:00 AM||SGA|
|UVIC||Wed. Nov.21, 8:30 – 9:00 AM||SGA|
*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 PM||Olds College Open House|
Held on the Olds College Campus
|Oct. 19/20, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM||SAIT Open House on SAIT campus
Apply for free both day when you attend this event
|Oct. 20, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM||Bow Valley College Open House
Bow Valley Campus 345 – 6 Ave S.E. Calgary
|Oct. 20, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM||University of Alberta Open House |
The Universiade Pavilion (Butterdome) Free Bus from Calgary
|Oct. 20, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM||University of Lethbridge|
|Oct. 24, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM||Out of Province Post Secondary Fair |
Telus Convention Centre Hall C
|Oct. 27, 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM||Mount Royal University Open House |
Held at the MRU Campus
|Nov. 2-3, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM||St. Ambrose University Open House |
150 Ambrose Circle S.W.
|Nov. 3, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM||St. Mary’s University College Open House |
14500 Bannister Road S.E. Drop in format
|Nov. 3, 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM||Red Deer College Open House
Red Deer College Main Campus www.rdc.ab.ca/openhouse
|Nov. 17, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM||University of British Columbia – “Your Degree at UBC”|
Sheraton Eau Claire
|Nov. 24, 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM||Alberta College of Art & Design Main Campus|