Dec. 22, 2022

We have answers to your most common questions! – December 2022

Check out the most common questions the Recruitment and Admission Teams team received this month from prospective students, parents, and counsellors.
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Can I change my program choice and if I already have an offer? Will I lose my offer if I change my choices? 

Applicants can change their program choices up until the application deadline of March 1. If you receive an offer of admission and then resubmit your application with new program choices, if you change the program choice with the offer, your offer of admission will be cancelled in this process, and you will need to wait to be evaluated again.

I haven't received an offer of admission yet. How do I know the status of my application?

Most of our offers of admission are granted after fall term grades are available (February/March). Review your Student Centre to understand what you need to do to ensure we receive your fall grades. If you're not offered admission by the end of February, connect with admissions to see if you can make a strategic change to your application that would improve your chances of gaining admission. Do this before the end of February so you have time to make the change on your application, which closes March 1. 

When do I submit my fall grades?

If you're a high school student currently completing classes send us a transcript as soon as you apply! How to send transcripts depends on where you’re studying, so review your Student Centre for details. After that, we'll need a new transcript once your fall grades are available. If you're attending a linear school or completing IB, you can upload your interim or predicted grades in January. 

If you’re a transfer student, currently completing classes, you can begin uploading fall grades in January. How to send transcripts depends on where you’re studying, so review your Student Centre for details.

If you are not currently in classes, please submit your transcript right away!

To ensure a consistent and equitable process across the different semester structures being used this year, the University of Calgary will accept transcripts for admission evaluation following traditional semester timelines:

  • Grade 11 as soon as you apply
  • February for any courses completed between September and January
  • July for courses completed between February and June

Students in a non-semester or linear school will be able to submit interim/predicted grades as per our regular processes.

My school won’t release my transcript to me to upload. What can I do?

Login to your Student Centre to view details on required documents and deadlines to your application.

If your school will not release your transcript to you, please have your Guidance Counsellor send the transcript directly to your dedicated Student Recruitment Advisor to be added to your application.

For documents to be used for admission evaluation they need to include your full name, the full name of the school attended, dates of attendance, all courses and credit hours taken (including transfer credit (if applicable)) and the date of issue.

I've been admitted as I high school student, when do I register for courses?

Course registration for newly admitted high school students begins in the spring.  There are several important things you'll need to do before you can begin taking classes and living the student life. That’s why we created Your Next Steps Guide to help you navigate your journey successfully. We encourage you to look through this guide so you'll know what to expect in the months ahead.  To ensure you don’t miss important steps, make sure to watch your email.  Once you have accepted your offer of admission and paid your admission deposit (non-refundable), we will keep you up to date with a monthly next steps newsletter to help keep you on track as you prepare for course registration and beyond.

I've received an offer of admission, when should I apply for my study permit?

We recommend that you submit your application at least four months prior to the start of your program. Applications that are submitted to the IRCC after 01 May for Fall 2023 entry may not be processed in time for the start of classes. Click here to review the International Student Services website for more information on study permits.

I accepted my offer of admission and applied for my study permit, what next?

We can’t wait to welcome you to UCalgary! To get started, review the UCalgary International Student Services (ISS) website to support you with next steps in making the transition to UCalgary.

You can also access the Pre-arrival Program for International Students course on D2L. The course will provide you with all essential information you need to know for your arrival and settlement in Calgary. 

Lastly, sign up as a mentee for the International Student Mentorship Program to connect with an upper year UCalgary student and start getting peer advice even before you arrive in Calgary.

I missed the December 1, 2022, deadline to apply for Prestige Awards, can an exception be made?

Unfortunately, if you missed the deadline for Prestige Awards, no exceptions will be made. You are still eligible to apply for High School Awards if you submit your application before the March 1, 2023, deadline. Th application is available in your student center as soon as you apply – and will only take about 30 minutes to complete and allow you to be eligible for XX in awards.

I want to apply for the Schulich School of Engineering Dean's Entrance Scholarship, how can I apply for this scholarship?

The Schulich School of Engineering Dean's Entrance Scholarship is a scholarship that is part of the High School Awards application. By submitting the one application we can review your eligibility for multiple awards which gives you the best opportunity to receive an award, scholarship, or bursary. Learn how to apply here.

I’m still undecided on my major. What advice do you have?

We are here to help! We have many prospective student events and tours offered both online and in-person that can help with your decision. One specific event we are offering is a Choose Your Major: Tools for Exploration Webinar on January 11, 2023. Click here to pre-register for the event.

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