Application Opening Date
For high school students planning on applying to the 2016-17 term, the opening date for applications is October 1, 2015.
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Admission to the U of A is competitive; students are not guaranteed admission based on achieving specific grades.
The best way to determine what grades will be required for a particular faculty or program is to look at last year’s final competitive averages for that faculty. These ranges are published in the enclosed charts, with the most up-to-date figures available online.
As a general rule, for direct-entry programs, students must present a competitive average across the five high school subjects required for their program of choice. For details on the particular requirements of each program, see the charts in the Viewbook, or visit Programs & Requirements.
Mature Students (nonmatriculated applicants) may be granted special consideration in the admissions process for certain programs. Please visit Other Routes to see further details.
Application & Offer Timing
Students are encouraged to apply early, as they will be considered for admission based on the earliest indicators of their success.
Students can apply beginning October 1 of their Grade 12 year, using their final Grade 11 marks. In some cases, high-achieving students may receive an offer based on these Grade 11 marks alone. Most students will need to present some combination of final Grade 11 and final first-semester Grade 12 marks in order to be considered.
For linear schools, we will accept interim Grade 12 grades, provided that they reflect at least half of the course content. If students are not eligible the first time they are assessed, they will be re-assessed once they submit new final marks.
For more details on evaluation criteria, visit Admissions 101 »
Qualified applicants will receive a single, firm admission offer in the spring. Offers may have some basic conditions attached, but students will only receive one offer. (Please note that we no longer offer “Early” or “Final” admission – just “Admission.”)
Offer Acceptance & Retention
Students who receive an admission offer need to accept their offer by the deadline in order to secure their place at the U of A.
As part of the offer acceptance process, students must pay a $500 tuition deposit. This amount is credited towards their final tuition fees. Students can accept their offer by logging in to Bear Tracks and clicking “Accept Offer” next to the program of their choice. In order to retain their admission offer, students must meet any conditions stated in the offer letter.
Students applying to the Faculty of Engineering will be required to maintain a competitive average in their required Grade 12 courses. For the most comprehensive and up-to-date overview on admissions and requirements, visit Admissions 101.