Application procedures vary between provinces/territories and institutions, and will also vary depending
on whether you are applying straight out of high school or have been out of school for a period of
time (i.e., a mature student/non-traditional student).
Many colleges and universities now encourage you to apply online. Their websites will include all the
information about the documentation you require (e.g., transcripts, letters of reference) and detailed
instructions on how to submit your application. You will require a credit card to apply online.
College and university Admissions Offices can also provide you with admissions information, applications
and course calendars if you prefer to apply by mail.
If you are taking continuing education courses, you may also have the option of registering
by fax or telephone.
Coming back to school after years away
Not every one takes the same educational path. You may be coming back to school after several years
away due to illness or family commitments. Or you may be returning to school to upgrade your skills
in order to make a job or career change.
Many colleges and universities have procedures in place to encourage mature, or non-traditional,
students to re-enter school. You are considered a mature/non-traditional student if you have been
out of high school for more than two to three years and are over a certain age. You may or may
not have a high school diploma.
As a mature student you may be:
- Exempt from some admission requirements.
- Encouraged or required to take non-credit preparation courses to help upgrade your
skills (e.g., writing skills).
- Required to write tests as part of the admission process, particularly if you did not
complete a high school diploma or your marks were low.
- Required to write placement tests once you are admitted to determine what courses you must
take in your first year.
Contact the college or university's Admissions Office, or visit their website, to find out about the
specific admission requirements for mature/non-traditional students
If you need academic accommodations to write admission or placement
tests, you can arrange them with the college or university's Disability Services Office or the
organization administering the test.
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