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Admission Decisions

Admission Decisions for Open Programs

  • Applications are evaluated based on published admission requirements.
  • When the applicant provides proof of meeting the requirements, an offer of admission can be issued, provided space is available in the program.
  • Where a required course is in progress at the time of evaluation, a decision will be rendered upon receipt of course enrolment.
  • Offers of admission granted where one or more admission requirements are in progress will be conditional upon successful completion of the requirement.
  • A conditional offer of acceptance will be revoked if proof of completion of all requirements is not received by the Admissions Office before the start of classes.

For specific dates check the earliest admission offer date for competitive programs.

Admission Decisions and Selection and Ranking for Competitive Programs

A program is considered competitive when the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number required to fill the program. Eligible applicants will be ranked for offering or placement on a wait list based on ranking as determined by Program Selection Criteria grouped by:

  1. Permanent residents of Ontario
  2. Permanent residents of other provinces and territories in Canada
  3. Applicants from other countries

For more information, please see Policy: Admissions & Pathways – Postsecondary.

  • Applications, as well as proof of all admission requirements, must be received by the Admissions Office according to the deadlines listed under application deadlines to 鶹ֱ, available at niagaracollege.ca/dates.
  • Applications received on or before the application deadline will be equally considered, based on published admission requirements and residency priority.
  • Selection is based on the average of final grades in required courses and, where required, pre-admission test scores, audition or portfolio evaluations.
  • The highest senior level final grade available at the time of evaluation is considered.
  • Mid-term grades are not considered for competitive programs however, where the required grade 12 course is in progress, grade 11 final grades will be used for ranking.
Example 1:

When an applicant is enrolled in a required grade 12 Math, and has no previous final grade for grade 12 Math at the time of evaluation, ranking is based on the final grade for grade 11 Math at the appropriate level. Offers of admission granted in this circumstance will be conditional upon successful completion of the required grade 12 Math.

Example 2:

When an applicant is enrolled in a required grade 11 or 12 Chemistry, and has no previous final grade for grade 11 or 12 Chemistry at the time of evaluation, the applicant will not be considered for admission to a competitive program. Final grades must be available at the time of evaluation.

Applicants currently attending a semestered secondary school are strongly encouraged to complete the subject-specific requirements for the programs to which they are applying in the first semester of their final year or during their 3rd year of studies in order that final marks for these courses may be used in the selection. This is particularly important for programs requiring SCH4C where no grade 11 Chemistry mark can be used in selections.

Do you identify as a First Nation (Status or Non-Status), Métis, or Inuit student?

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Learn more about the Indigenous Admissions Pathway

Cut Off Scores

Cut Off Scores are the benchmarks for successful admission to competitive programs at 鶹ֱ. The overall score represents the average for final grades at face value in required courses or, where indicated, a combination of final grades in required courses along with the supplemental evaluation. Minimum grades may vary for each academic year. Click the below button to view a sample of competitive program cut off scores.

Please Note: These cut-off scores are from a previous application cycle; they may not reflect the current application cycle, and are for demonstration purposes only. Cut-off scores change from term to term as they are directly related to the education of the applicant pool and the number of applications received by the application deadline date.

View Competitive Program Cut Off Scores

Re-Admittance

  • Students who wish to be readmitted to the first semester of any program must apply to .
  • Standard application rules and deadlines, as well as admission requirements for the current application cycle will apply.
  • Students wishing to return to a term other than the first term of a program may contact Enrolment Services for further information by calling 905-735-2211 ext. 7500 or emailing [email protected].

Deferrals of Admission

  • A deferral of admission may be considered on an individual basis under extenuating circumstances.
  • Applicants must submit their request in writing to the Admissions Office.
  • Applicants must meet all program admission requirements for the start date they wish to defer to.
  • If a deferral is requested to the next application cycle, a new application and payment of the application fee at Ontario Colleges will be required.
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