Competitive Admission

Admission is considered competitive in programs where the number of qualified applicants regularly exceeds the number of seats available. In these cases, you may need to achieve a higher admission average or complete additional admission criteria. 

Applying to competitive programs

  • Familiarize yourself with the admission requirements listed on your program web site or in the Academic Calendar.

  • Be sure to review both the academic requirements listed under categories of admission and any additional program-specific admission criteria.

  • Review information in the competitive programs chart.

  • Apply and submit your transcripts and documents as early as possible.

The following programs are considered competitive:

  • Arts and Cultural Management

  • Bachelor of Commerce

  • Bachelor of Communication Studies

  • Bachelor of Music in Jazz and Contemporary Popular Music

  • Bachelor of Physical Education Transfer

  • Bachelor of Science in Engineering Transfer

  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing

  • Bachelor of Social Work

  • Design Studies

  • Early Learning and Child Care

  • Emergency Communications and Response

  • Fine Art

  • Massage Therapy

  • Paralegal Studies

  • Police & Investigations – Investigative Studies Major

  • Police & Investigations – Police Studies Majors

  • Psychiatric Nursing

  • Social Work

  • Special Needs Educational Assistant

  • Theatre Arts

  • Therapist Assistant – Physical Therapist Assistant/Occupational Therapist Assistant Major

  • Therapist Assistant – Speech Language Pathologist Assistant Major

Higher-than-minimum grade requirements

As a result of the competitive admission process, the minimum grade cut-offs listed in the admission requirements for many competitive programs are rarely sufficient for a successful application. If you are interested in a competitive program, you will often require higher grades than the minimums listed in the admission requirements to be considered.

The competitive programs chart provides some general guidelines for competitive academic requirements and academic criteria for programs where higher-than-minimum grades are required.

The competitive admission average cannot be determined in advance as it depends on the grades achieved by your peers who are applying to start in the same term. The competitive range that is posted is a projected range and may change as applications are received.

In the Competitive Programs chart, percentage (%) grades refer to marks in high school subjects; AGPA refers to post-secondary course work. 

competitive programs chart