Counsellors and Teachers

We know you're busy, so we've summarized all the important information and updates you need to know about the University of Alberta at a glance.

Counsellor Update Workshops

Each fall the University of Alberta hosts Counsellor Update Workshops in Edmonton, Calgary, and Vancouver. During these workshops we provide updated information on admissions, student life, and programs, and you’ll have the opportunity to ask questions and to network with fellow counsellors.

Learn more and RSVP to attend »

Admission Information

Application Opening Date

For high school students planning on applying to the 2017-18 term, the opening date for applications is October 1, 2016.

Learn more about Admission Steps »

Admission Requirements

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. 

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 Admission Steps »

Accepting the offer

Most applicants receive their admission offer in the Spring, but if their marks are highly competitive they could receive an admission offer as early as October! 

Students who receive an admission offer will be notified via their UAlberta email account or by logging into their Bear Tracks account. Encourage students to read their offer letter and note any basic conditions. 

Students will need to accept their offer, and pay a $500 tuition deposit, by the deadline stated in their Bear Tracks account. If a student does not accept their offer, they will not be able to register in courses or attend.

For the most comprehensive and up-to-date overview on admissions and requirements, visit Admission Steps.

Key Dates & Deadlines

Please familiarize yourself with these important dates and deadlines:

What's New at the U of A?

Peter Lougheed Leadership College 

PLLC is a competitive option for students who wish to make a positive change in the world by developing their leadership skills. Third year students will receive a $5,000 award and mentorship from the most progressive thinkers on leadership in Canada. Learn more »

Certificate in Real Estate

This certificate will prepare BCom students for a range of careers in the real estate industry with a broad-based education in real estate economics, finance, and law and development. Learn more »

Interdisciplinary Science Threshold Experience (InSciTE)

An immersive experience available to all first-year Faculty of Science students. Students will integrate all major science disciplines and engage in applied, project-focused science investigations and global themed activities like 3D printing and fossil investigations.

Science Research Certificates

Certificate in Biomedical Research

Students will engage in world-class biomedical research programs and acquire technical skills through laboratory courses and independent research project experiences in the areas of biochemistry, cell biology, pharmacology and physiology, or other life and sciences programs. Learn more »

Research certificate in Science (Psychology)

As an embedded certificate, students will fulfil specific course requirements including statistics and higher level research and psychological methods courses, and present their findings at a meeting or conference. Learn more »

Augustana Campus

New Semester Structure

Beginning Fall 2017, Augustana will be implementing a new academic schedule. The rhythm of course offerings will be modified to provide easier access to experiential learning opportunities. This new structure will have more flexibility in degree completion times, and allows students to “sample” courses in a shorter time commitment.

Wahkohtowin Lodge

The redesigned space on Augustana campus is a gathering place for Aboriginal students. Learn more »

School Visits

Our Recruitment Team visits hundreds of schools across North America. Check to see when we will be visiting your school »

Let us come to you! Email the Recruitment Office at to book a visit for your school or we can also arrange a virtual presentation complete with dedicated UAlberta advisors.

In the meantime, you and your students can visit us — right now, no matter where you are in the country —by taking a virtual tour of our campuses.

Aboriginal Liaisons

The University of Alberta is home to a diverse and welcoming community of over 1,000 Aboriginal students from across the country. Please visit our Aboriginal Students page for detailed information about admissions and applying, programming (including the Transition Year Program), student services and support, events (including Aboriginal Student Discovery Day), Aboriginal student housing, declaring Aboriginal ancestry, etc.

Aboriginal Liaison E-Newsletter

The Office of the Registrar sends a monthly e-newsletter specifically for Aboriginal liaisons that provides highlights and updates on specific programs, events, services, and community information for Aboriginal students at the University of Alberta.

Subscribe to the Aboriginal Liaison E-Newsletter »

Aboriginal Recruitment Coordinator

The University of Alberta also has an Aboriginal Recruitment Coordinator who is available to assist First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students who are considering applying for post-secondary. The Aboriginal Recruitment Coordinator can provide support through one-on-one advising and assistance with a variety of topics, including admissions and applying, Aboriginal student housing, awards and funding, student life, etc. You can contact the Aboriginal Recruitment Coordinator at or 780.492.6540.


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