Admission Requirements

Admission Averages

  • Each undergraduate degree program has its own competitive admission average. This average varies from year to year.
  • Your average will be calculated based on the five subject requirements that you present for your program of choice. This calculation will happen after you apply to UAlberta and submit your transcripts and documentation.

If you are applying to enter after your 12th year (or equivalent): You must have a minimum application average of 70% or higher (on a 50% pass scale) in the five subjects required for your program of choice. Many UAlberta programs, however, will require a higher competitive average. Meeting the minimum does not guarantee admission.

If you are applying to enter after completing some post-secondary work: You will need to present an Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA) of at least 2.0 on the UAlberta 4-point grading scale ("C" or above) on university transferable work. Meeting the minimum does not guarantee admission.


Admission Averages by Faculty

Competitive average ranges are provided to give an idea of what a student needs to be considered competitive. Here are the competitive admission average ranges for Fall 2018 for faculties that offer direct entry from high school. Being within the competitive range does not guarantee admission.

Faculty Program Average Range Recommendation
Agriculture, Life and Environmental Sciences (ALES) Mid 70s to high 80s
Bachelor of Science in Nutrition and Food Science High 70s to low 80s
Bachelor of Science in Animal Health High 80s
All other programs Mid 70s to low 80s
Arts Low 70s to high 80s
Bachelor of Arts - all majors except Planning Low 70s to low 80s
Bachelor of Arts - Planning major; Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies Low to high 80s
Bachelor of Arts (Drama) / Bachelor of Education Combined (Secondary) High 70s to low 80s
All other programs (Bachelor of Design, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music / Bachelor of Education Combined programs) Low to high 70s
Augustana Low 70s to low 80s
Bachelor of Science/Bachelor of Education Combined (Secondary) Mid to high 70s
Biology, Computing Science, Physical Education, and Psychology Majors (in Bachelor of Arts or Science) Mid 70s to low 80s
All other programs Low to mid 70s
Campus Saint-Jean Low to mid 70s
Education Mid 70s to low 90s
Elementary Low 80s
Secondary - Physical Education, General Science, Biological Sciences Mid 80s to low 90s
Secondary - CTS Majors, English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Second Languages Low to mid 80s
Secondary - All other majors Mid 70s to low 80s
Engineering Mid 80s to low 90s
Native Studies Low to mid 70s
Nursing Mid 80s to low 90s
Physical Education & Recreation Mid 70s to high 80s
Bachelor of Arts in Recreation, Sport & Tourism Mid 70s to low 80s
All other programs Mid to high 80s
Science Mid to high 80s

*Faculty of Engineering averages vary based on the the province in which you attended high school. Refer to the Faculty of Engineering website for more details.

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.