March 9, 2021

We have answers to your most common questions! - March 2021

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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I want to ask questions to current undergraduate students at UCalgary. How can I do this?

Once a month, we are offering a ‘Ask a UCalgary Student webinar’ where future students can ask their questions and chat with current undergraduate students here at the University of Calgary! This is a live webinar and a chat box will be available throughout the entire session for you to type your questions. If you’d like to watch a recording of a past session, please check out our Ask a UCalgary Student webinars on the Choose UCalgary YouTube channel!

Register for the upcoming Ask a UCalgary Student webinar here.

Can I submit my transcripts after March 15th?

March 15th is the deadline to submit all initial unofficial transcripts and other supporting documents such as English Language Proficiency results, if required. The deadline to submit finalized official transcripts is June 1st for transfer applicants and August 1st for high school applicants.

Can I upgrade my high school courses?

Any student can upgrade high school courses required for admission, as long as they are completed by June 30th. Please note that we will also need your finalized official transcripts by the deadline of August 1st. To explore high school upgrading options offered at UCalgary, please click here.

Do you have a winter intake?

The University of Calgary currently only offers regular intake for the fall semester for prospective high school applicants. There is a winter undergraduate admission intake for Bachelor of Nursing transfer/degree holder students, a spring intake for Bachelor of Science in energy engineering and a summer intake for community-based Bachelor of Education. For more information on dates and deadlines for admissions to specific programs, please click here.

My to-do list has been blank for quite some time, now what?

This means that you have submitted all required documents needed to begin your admission review! your Student Center status link will be updated in there is any further information required from you or to inform you that you application is now ready to be assessed. As a general guideline, the timeline from receipt of all documents to admission decision is:

  • Canada high school credentials 2-4 weeks
  • USA high school and USA/Canada transfer credentials 4-6 weeks
  • International credentials 6-8 weeks.

We recommend you continue to check your portal and view the ‘Status’ button on your portal as well as check your email for updates on your application. The status is We hope you receive an offer of admission soon!

I am currently in grade 11. Which courses should I take in grade 12 to get accepted?

To view the course requirements for our different programs, please visit our Explore Programs’ page and scroll to the admission requirements section to view specific requirements for your program(s) of interest! Lastly, we recommend that you connect with the Student Recruitment Advisor who is responsible for supporting students from your province or region who can meet with you and discuss your potential future program.

I do not believe I will meet UCalgary’s English Language Proficiency Requirements. What options are available to me?

The Academic Communication Certificate (ACC) is designed for English learners who want to improve their English skills to enter Canadian college or university programs. Through intensive instruction of English for Academic Purposes (EAP), students will learn essential skills for an academic setting and acquire critical knowledge for a successful transition to Canadian university culture.

Students completing the ACC with a grade of B+ or higher in all four core course components will meet the English language proficiency requirement for admission into applicable University of Calgary undergraduate programs and graduate programs.

If you apply for undergraduate admission and complete the ACC through UCalgary Continuing Education by the end of summer term in the year of application, you could be considered for conditional admission to a degree program.

To learn more about UCalgary’s English language proficiency requirements, click here.

I would like to listen to the Choose UCalgary podcast, how can I access it?

The Choose UCalgary podcast is a super helpful resource to learn more information about the University of Calgary undergraduate experience and get answers to your questions! You can listen on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts and our Choose UCalgary YouTube channel.


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