How to Apply
Start here! Please read the steps and instructions below to familiarize yourself with our admission steps and application process.
Start Your Application
Ready to Apply? Click on the 'Start Your Application' button to launch our online application form in a new window. For students applying for admission from high school, applications for Fall 2015 are now open!
For more detailed information about the undergraduate admission and application process for programs that offer direct entry from high school, see the Admissions 101 section below.
Still have questions?
If you have questions or need assistance with your application form, please visit Ask Student Connect.
Choose Your Programs
Check the Requirements
Use our Programs and Requirements search tool to check the admission requirements for your program(s) of interest.
If you're a high school student in Canada, you can use the Am I Eligible function to input your grades to assess your eligibility for the program. Start by searching for the program you are interested in, then use the Am I Eligible button on the right-hand side to determine your eligibility for that program.
Submit Your Application
Start Your Application
Begin your online application by clicking on the 'Start Your Application' button above.
Note: We recommend using Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari as your web browser when filling out your application as all versions of Internet Explorer are not supported for use with the online application.
If you are unable to submit your application online, you may download a PDF application form. Applicants to Campus Saint-Jean may submit the Campus Saint-Jean PDF application form.
- Opening date: October 1 is the opening date for high school students to apply for admission. The opening date for all other applicants is the next business day after July 1 of each year.
- Closing date: May 1 is the deadline to apply for all programs that offer direct entry from high school. Be sure to check the Programs and Requirements search tool for program-specific deadlines. See Notices and Deadlines for a list of deadline extensions.
- $125 for undergraduate students new to the university
- $75 for current or former UAlberta undergraduate students (including those from Augustana)
- The application fee is nonrefundable
- For online applications, the fee is payable by Visa or Mastercard
- For paper applications, the fee is payable by Visa, Mastercard, cheque, or money order
Check Your Email
After you submit your application you will receive an email with your new seven-digit student ID number. Within two business days, you will also receive a separate email containing your Campus Computing ID (CCID) and password. Use this to log into your UAlberta email account.
It is important for you to check your UAlberta email account on a regular basis as this is how the university will communicate with information about your application. Learn More »
Sign in to Bear Tracks
You will also need your CCID to access Bear Tracks, our secure online student service system. Once you’ve logged in to Bear Tracks, you’ll be able to:
- Check your Application and Admissions Status
- Check your To-Do List
After we receive all of your outstanding items, we will update your application status to "Complete." If and when you receive Admission, you’ll also be able to register in courses on Bear Tracks (see step 10).
Apply for Scholarships
Apply for Residence
Submit Your Documents
Make sure to submit your final documents, transcripts, and any other outstanding items required as part of your application. Log in to Bear Tracks and click on your "To-Do List" for more information, including deadlines and requirements.
- Alberta high school students: The University will obtain your provincial high school transcripts automatically as part of the application process.
- High school students outside of Alberta: You must ensure that a copy of your transcript is sent directly to the university from your province’s issuing authority.
Learn more about submitting transcripts and other required documents »
Accept Your Admission Offer
Admission decisions will be posted in Bear Tracks. You will receive an email from the University of Alberta notifying you when a decision is available.
Once you receive an offer of admission, you must go online to accept it - and pay a $500 deposit by the date specified in the offer letter - in order to confirm your admission.
For more information on how to pay your deposit and fees, see Student Tuition Payment Options.
Register in Courses
Once you have accepted your admission offer and paid the $500 deposit, you will be notified of your enrolment date and will be eligible to register in courses on Bear Tracks, beginning in April. Visit Registration 101 for more information about registration for first year students or to sign up for a Registration 101 Workshop.
International Students - Study Permits
International students attending high school in Canada must also obtain a study permit as part of their application process. For more information please visit our International Students page.
Please see below for important information about the undergraduate admission and application process. Note that this applies only to programs that offer direct entry from high school.
Admission is Competitive
Admission is not guaranteed based on a specified admission average. Your grades will be weighed competitively against those of other applicants. When determining your competitiveness for a particular program, last year’s final competitive averages can provide a good guide. (Please note, however, that this year’s final competitive average may end up being different than last year’s, and may change throughout the course of the year.).
Last year’s final competitive ranges for admission to each faculty, as well as the projected competitive ranges for this upcoming year are available on the Admission Averages page.
See also: Programs & Requirements
You can apply using final Grade 11 grades
The earlier you apply, the earlier your application can be processed, which increases your chances of receiving an offer at the earliest possible date. It also means you’ll hear about scholarship and residence offers sooner.
Your application for admission will be considered based on the earliest indicators of your success. If you are currently in Grade 12, you can apply now using your final Grade 11 grades.
If you are a highly competitive student, you may be admitted based on your final Grade 11 grades alone, although most students will need to present some Grade 12 grades in order to be considered. Your admission offer will generally be based upon five required courses using a combination of final Grade 11 and final Grade 12 grades available after the end of your first semester. (For linear schools, interim Grade 12 grades issued directly by your high school will be accepted.)
If you receive an offer of admission based on Grade 11 grades or a combination of Grade 11 and Grade 12 grades, be sure to read your offer letter carefully to note any conditions stated (see below).
Note: Transcripts are required as part of your application process (see steps above). If you receive an offer of admission prior to completing Grade 12, another transcript that reflects all of your final Grade 12 grades will need to be provided. University of Alberta will proactively pull transcripts for all Alberta students.
Single, Firm Offers
Our admission process is simple: we will send you a single, firm offer, with only a few basic conditions attached (see below). This will help you make your decision earlier, and with more certainty.
Please note that "Early Admission" is no longer offered by the University of Alberta.
In order to retain your offer of admission, you must meet the conditions stated in your offer. An offer of admission is only valid for the term(s) and program specified in the offer.
Note: Students applying to the Faculty of Engineering are required to present a competitive average with their final Grade 12 grades.
Admission Offer Timing
If you are currently in high school, and you apply in the fall or early new year, you will most likely receive an admission decision in March. If you have already completed Grade 12, or have highly competitive Grade 11 grades, you may receive an offer as early as December.
Offer Acceptance and Tuition Deposit
If you receive an offer of admission, you will need to accept it – and pay the tuition deposit – by the deadline indicated in the offer, in order to secure your place at the U of A. Instructions on how to accept your offer and how to pay the deposit will be included in the admission offer.
See also: Admission Steps 9-10 (above)
Important Dates and Deadlines
- October 1: Opening date for applications for admission, scholarships, and residence
- December 15: Deadline to apply for scholarships
- April 30: Deadline to apply for guaranteed housing
- May 1: Deadline to apply to faculties/programs that offer direct entry from high school
- June 1: Deadline to accept your admission offer and pay the $500 tuition deposit.
(NOTE: Students who are offered admission after May 1 will have a later deadline, which will be stated in the offer.)
- June 15: Deadline for post-secondary transfer applicants to submit outstanding documents.
- August 1: Deadline for high school applicants to submit outstanding documents.
For a complete list of dates and deadlines, please see the Admission and Readmission Deadlines in the University Calendar.