Admission Requirements

Admission Averages

Competitive Admission

We encourage you to apply early, as admission is competitive, and space in each program is limited. 

The University of Alberta provides a wide range of programs, from highly accessible to highly competitive.

In order to be considered for admission, you need to present a competitive average for your faculty/program of choice, based on the required courses for that program.

The competitive average for each faculty/program may change throughout the year, based on the competitiveness of the applicant pool.

In addition to presenting a competitive average when you apply, you must also meet the university’s minimum admission requirements after receiving an admission offer in order to remain eligible.

Minimum Requirements

Admission is competitive; meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

You must meet the minimum requirements in all subjects, even after receiving an admission offer, in order to remain admissible. (See your admission offer letter for more details.)

 

Minimum requirements
 Grade 11 final marks  Grade 12 first semester / interim marks  Grade 12 final marks
Minimum grade for each of the five required courses
 60%+  50%+
 50%+
Minimum overall average across all five required courses
 70%+  70%+   70%+

The University of Alberta proactively manages enrolment as there are a finite number of spaces that can be offered to applicants. Competitive averages depend on a variety of factors such as, but not limited to: the number of qualified applicants to a particular program, the averages presented by applicants, and capacity in individual programs. The following information is intended to provide some insight about the students accepted for admission to each faculty in Fall 2018.

  • This information is based on admitted grades for the 2018-19 academic year and does not reflect anticipated competitive averages for the 2019-20 admission cycle.
  • The data below refers to profiles of admitted students within the overall faculty. Averages for students admitted into specialized programs vary. Admitted student profiles for specialized programs are not available.
  • Competitive grades may fluctuate throughout the application cycle - grades equal to or better than those posted do not guarantee admission.
  • Admission to the University of Alberta is competitive and subject to availability of space in the program or faculty at the time of the application.
  • We value diversity, inclusivity, and equity across and among our people, campuses and disciplines. We build this diverse community through our recruitment and retention strategies (For the Public Good).
  • Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES)
    At least 80% of students admitted into the Faculty of ALES for Fall 2018 had admission averages in the mid-70s or higher.
  • Arts
    At least 75% of students admitted into the Faculty of Arts for Fall 2018 had admission averages in the 80s or higher.
  • Augustana
    At least 60% of students admitted into the Augustana Faculty for Fall 2018 had admission averages in the 80s or higher.
     
  • Education
    At least 77% of students admitted into the Faculty of Education for Fall 2018 had admission averages in the 80s or higher.
  • Engineering
    At least 70% of students admitted into the Faculty of Engineering for Fall 2018 had admission averages in the mid-80s or higher.
  • Faculté Saint-Jean
    At least 60% of students admitted into Faculté Saint-Jean for Fall 2018 had admission averages in the 80s or higher.

    Students interested in the Bilingual Bachelor of Nursing, Bilingual Bachelor of Commerce, or the Qualifying First-Year Engineering programs should refer to the information posted for those faculties.
  • Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation
    At least 79% of students admitted into the Faculty of Kinesiology, Sport, and Recreation for Fall 2018 had admission averages in the mid-80s or higher.
  • Native Studies
    At least 70% of students admitted into the Faculty of Native Studies for Fall 2018 had admission averages in the mid-70s or higher.
  • Nursing
    At least 73% of students admitted into the Faculty of Nursing for Fall 2018 had admission averages in the 90s.
  • Science
    At least 70% of students admitted into the Faculty of Science for Fall 2018 had admission averages in the mid-80s or higher.

How do the averages convert? Are my grades competitive?

The following are only guidelines of what GPA/grades/marks are considered competitive.

Not all international grading scales are equal and the final determination on the average will be made by the Office of the Registrar and Student Awards upon submission of an application for admission. These guidelines are for informational purposes only. In the case of discrepancy between this website and the University of Alberta International Admissions Unit, the decision of the International Admissions Unit is final.

British Curriculum (GCE)

International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • Approximately 30–35 IB predicted points on the full diploma, including bonus points.
  • Full IB Diploma students may be eligible to receive admission based on predicted scores. Competitive predicted IB scores for admission vary by Faculty. 
  • Final IB grades in the range of 4 to 7 are considered competitive.

IB Grade

Percent Equivalent

7 98%
6 90%
5 82%
4 73%
3 55%
2 not accepted
1 not accepted

Advanced Placement (AP)

  • A combination of grades of 4 and 5.

AP Result

Percent Equivalent

5 96%
4 86%
3 76%
2 65%

Chinese

  • A combination of A’s and B’s on the Joint Graduation Exam (Hui Kao) or a competitive score on the University Entrance Exam (Gao Kao) that would normally be required for admission to a key university in China. Results must be issued by the governing authority, not by the school.

USA

  • A minimum average of B+/A- or a GPA of approximately 3.3 on Advanced/Honor-level subjects.
  • SAT Score of 1200 with a minimum 600 in each section. See International Course Equivalencies for more details.

Other high school curricula using % scales

If your school has a passing grade of:

You need to present a minimum average of:

 33%  63%
 35%  67%
 40%  71%
 60%  80%
 70%  82%

* Not all international grading scales are equal and the final determination on the average will be made by the Office of the Registrar and Student Awards upon submission of an application for admission. These guidelines are for informational purposes only. In the case of discrepancy between this website and the University of Alberta International Admissions Unit, the decision of the International Admissions Unit is final.