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Undergraduate Program Admissions

We have a range of programs for undergraduates to choose from that can lead you into the career you want. Our small classes make sure you get the individual support that you need from our outstanding faculty members, and all of our courses focus on the practical skills you'll be using in the workplace. 

General Entry Requirements

Applicants for our undergraduate programs must:

Have, at minimum, the equivalent of a Canadian high school (Grade 12) diploma, with an overall average of C or better (2.00 on a 4.33 scale). This average is calculated based on the grade for British Columbia English 12 (or equivalent)* and the best three additional academic Grade 12 courses.

If you have graduated from high school but do not meet the minimum grade levels, you may still be considered for admission if you have successfully completed at least 30 academic post-secondary credits at a recognized institution.

Special Considerations

In certain circumstances, applicants who have not completed the equivalent of a Canadian High School (Grade 12) diploma, or who do not meet the minimum admissions requirements, maybe accepted into an undergraduate program. Such applicants must:

  • Be over twenty-one (21) years of age on or before the first day of classes
  • Have been out of high school for at least two years
  • Be approved by the Admissions Committee

In lieu of a high school diploma, the Admissions Committee will consider if the applicant has the work experience, or a combination of education and experience, that indicates their ability to be successful in their program of study.

Additional Entry Requirements for International Students

Applicants who completed high school or any post-secondary studies outside Canada must also submit:

  • Documentation confirming their high school completion was awarded, if not already indicated on official transcripts
  • Proof of English language proficiency as specified in the “English Language Proficiency” section

Documents Checklist

Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application form
  • An official high school transcript
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended (if any)
  • Official proof of English proficiency (if applicable)
  • A detailed chronological résumé to demonstrate educational achievements, work experience and progression, community involvement, volunteer experience, and other related experience
  • A Letter of Intent (LOI) that clearly explains why the applicant is applying and outlines the student’s academic intentions
  • A credential evaluation from a recognized service confirming equivalency if the applicant submits a credential from an unrecognized institution or if additional analysis is required by the Admissions Committee; and
  • Where transcripts are in a language other than English, the applicant must provide a certified English translation from a certified translator on official letterhead.

Official Transcripts

Applicants must arrange for official transcripts to be sent from any previous high school and post-secondary institution along with their University Canada West application. An official transcript is one that:

  • Is on official institution transcript paper or letterhead;
  • Has an original signature and/or seal from the institution; and
  • Has been sent directly from the issuing institution to the Registrar’s Office at University Canada West.

The envelope must be sealed and tamper-free. Students must submit official transcripts from every institution at which they were registered, even those from which they withdrew from classes.

Failure to send official transcripts along with the application or in a timely manner may result in a delay or suspension of the admissions process.