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