The Art of Admission to Post Secondary Programs 

There are a wide variety of choices available when considering post secondary education including both college and universities.

There are two ways a student can gain admission into a College or University

1) Competitive -
In the case of competitive admission a school will pick the students with the highest academic average.  For example if a University has 30 available seats for a program they will choose the students with the highest academic average. These 30 students are then offered Conditional Acceptance which is usually conditional on the student maintaining the high academic standing for the rest of the high school year.  Students can apply for post secondary and gain conditional acceptance in their grade 12 year.  They do not have to wait for their final marks to apply.  Ask the career practitioner for more information.

2) Non-Competitive -  This means that entrance to the institution is on a first come-first qualified-first admitted basis.  If the student has met the minimum requirements for the program and they apply while there is still space in the program then they will likely be admitted.  In this case it is important to apply before the program has assigned all of the available seats. 

Once a student is admitted under conditional acceptance an institution may request a Tuition Deposit, the dollar amount will vary for each school. Usually this deposit is used to confirm the attendance of the student at the post secondary school and could range from $100.00 to $250.00.

The number of institutions that a student can pick from can be overwhelming. An excellent source of information with regards to which programs are offered in Alberta can be found at www.alis.gov.ab.ca, click Educational Programs (EDinfo)

Student for a Day Programs:  Most colleges and universities welcome high school students and encourage them to spend a day as one of their students.  A high school student will attend lectures, labs and lunch at the college or university.  Often they have access to an admission counsellor who will help them understand the entrance requirements at the institution.  It is a great idea for a student to bring a copy of their marks to show the admissions officer.

Contact your career counsellor to arrange a student for a day program at any of our local institutions.  Possible examples include Lethbridge College, Medicine Hat College and the University of Lethbridge.

Student for a Day Information Sites
Lethbridge College - http://www.lethbridgecollege.ca/student-experience

University of Lethbridge - https://discover.ulethbridge.ca/highschool/studentforaday.ezc

Medicine Hat College - http://www.mhc.ab.ca/future-students/default.html

University of Alberta - http://www.registrar.ualberta.ca/ro.cfm?id=1050

Red Deer College - http://www.rdc.ab.ca/future_students/high_school_students/student_services/Pages/prospective_student_office.aspx

Mount Royal College - not really student for a day but - http://www.mtroyal.ca/Admission/Parents/VisitCampus/index.htm 

College of the Rockies - http://www.cotr.bc.ca/parents/cotr_web.asp?IDNumber=170

Olds College - http://www.oldscollege.ca/recruitment/program-preview-day-registration.htm

Other Great Sites

Essay Writing: This site has great information on writing essays and applying to schools, the focus is on US schools but the essay components fit well with Canadian post-secondary as well. http://www.supercollege.com/index.cfm

What Do I Do with A Degree In ...Use this link from the university of Toronto to relate career ideas to degree majors. http://www.careers.utoronto.ca/libResource/careerByDegree.aspx


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