FAQ: Admission Requirements

Admission requirements vary from college to college and program to program, so you'll want to contact the colleges directly about your specific program choice.

No. If you don't have a diploma (or GED), but you will be 19 years or older by the program start date, you may be considered for admission as a mature student.

The Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) is awarded to students who have successfully completed their high school education.

For information on what it takes to earn your OSSD, contact your local high school.

General Educational Development (GED) is an international testing program designed to measure the educational standing of individuals who have not completed high school, but who have gained knowledge, skills and experience out of the classroom.

After completing the GED, individuals will have earned a High School Equivalency Certificate, which is viewed as equal to an OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma) by colleges and employers.

Mature students apply in the same way as any other applicant. Based on the information provided in the application, the college will decide whether an applicant is to be considered a mature student. Mature student status may be granted to applicants who are over 19 years old and do not have a high school diploma or GED. For more information about applying to a particular program as a mature student, contact the colleges directly.

Advanced standing may be awarded based on a variety of factors, including previous education, work experience, life experience and more. Colleges will determine whether an applicant qualifies for advanced standing. For more information about qualifying for advanced standing in a particular program, contact the colleges directly.

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