United States of America

There are over 230 American students currently attending the University of Alberta. We welcome applications from all qualified students studying in the USA who are interested in joining our vibrant campus community. As a Top 5 Canadian University, UAlberta offers its students unique opportunities for research, work experience, and global learning across more than 200 undergraduate degree programs.

Notice: SAT/ACT Test Optional Assessment

For undergraduate applicants studying a US-patterned curriculum at an accredited institution applying for Fall  2023, SAT or ACT scores are not required. Students who attended unaccredited schools must continue to present SAT or ACT scores in order to be evaluated for admissions consideration. If you are unsure about your SAT or ACT score requirement, please contact maria.millan@ualberta.ca

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Entrance Requirements from High School

Students applying for admission from high school (higher secondary education) must show that they have successfully completed five academic subjects. The subjects you need to present will vary by program and Faculty. Find out which subjects you will need to present for your program of choice with the Program Finder.

Advanced Placement (AP)

AP courses will be considered for admission, but only if presented as final grades issued by the College Board. Any interim AP grades issued by a high school will be treated as American High School diploma subjects until the official College Board results are received. For a list of all accepted AP courses, see our International Course Equivalencies chart.

Our institution code to send official College Board results is 0963

For more information about Advanced Placement (AP) at UAlberta, visit this webpage.

American High School Diploma

Students who have studied the American high school diploma in the USA are eligible to apply to UAlberta based on subjects taken in their final three years (grade 10, grade 11, and grade 12). Note that 9th grade subjects will not be used to meet admission requirements.

To obtain a conditional offer, you would need your Grade 10 and 11 school results including the course registrations of your final Grade 12 year. Your offer would become unconditional upon receipt of your final results and meeting the University of Alberta's requirements.

American high school diploma students must also present an SAT or ACT score that meets our minimum requirement:

  • SAT: Overall score of 1200 or higher, with no section below 600
  • ACT: Composite score of 26 or higher

Our institution code for official College Board results is 0963, and for ACT results is 5324.

Note that in order to use high school course marks towards admission, your high school and its curricula must be validated by a recognised US Body.

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP)

IB courses completed at either the higher level (HL) or standard level (SL) will be considered for admission. We cannot consider Ab Initio language courses or Business Management towards admission. For all accepted IB courses, see our International Course Equivalencies chart.

To obtain a conditional offer, you would need your IBDP Year 1 results including the course registrations of your final IBDP Year 2. We will begin accepting IBDP Year 2 predicted grades starting on March 1st. Your offer would become unconditional upon receipt of your final results directly from IBO and meeting the University of Alberta's requirements.

Students studying partial IB (certificates only) are eligible to apply to UAlberta. You must present a high school diploma (or equivalent) from your home country with the five admission subjects required by your program of interest, using a combination of IB and local curriculum.

For more information about the International Baccalaureate Diploma at UAlberta, visit this webpage.

SAT Subject Tests

ect Tests can be used to supplement admission requirements in most cases. If you present both a school mark and SAT Subject Test mark for any subject, we will use the highest grade presented towards admission. For a list of all accepted SAT Subject Tests and their minimum required scores, see our International Course Equivalencies chart.

Our institution code to send official College Board results is 0963.

All students will be required to meet our English Language Proficiency requirement for admission. There are many ways to meet this requirement including proof of previous education in English, an acceptable English subject grade, or an English language test that meets our minimum score (ie: IELTS, TOEFL, etc). For more information on how to meet the English Proficiency requirement for admission, visitEnglish Proficiency Requirements

Entrance Requirements for Post-Secondary Transfer Students

We recommend applying to UAlberta programs directly from high school instead of starting the program at another postsecondary institution, as transfer admission is very competitive.

A transfer applicant is any student who has finished high school and completed one or more courses at the postsecondary level. However, US students in a dual curriculum program who receive a high school diploma and postsecondary credits all in the senior year are still considered a high school applicant.

Transfer applicants need to submit official transcripts for both high school and postsecondary coursework, as well as course descriptions for all postsecondary courses. Document submission deadlines are earlier for transfer applicants, so see this webpage for more information.

Unfortunately, due to the large number of applications we cannot advise on transfer credit before you apply. After your application and official documentation are received, we will assess your previous postsecondary coursework for transfer credit based on if the courses taken are equivalent to UAlberta courses and if they fit into the program you are applying for.

Transfer students have more limited scholarship opportunities. To find more information about our transfer scholarships, visit this webpage.

For more general information about Transfer Students at UAlberta visit this webpage.

Government Loans for United States Citizens

The University of Alberta is a participating institution within the US Direct Loans program. US citizens or permanent residents who are registered full-time in a degree-granting program are eligible to apply (excluding students registered in medicine, dentistry, and nursing programs).

The University of Alberta's federal code for FAFSA is: 00836200

You will find more information about the US Loans process by visiting this webpage.

Scholarships and Awards

Admission-based scholarships - automatic evaluation!

You are automatically evaluated for these scholarships when you apply for admission. Your eligibility will be based on your high school admission average at the time of your admission offer.

International Admission Scholarship
Top students could receive up to
$5,000 CAD, depending on admission
Regional Excellence Scholarship
Top students from certain regions
could receive up to $5,000 CAD, based
on admission average.
Gold Standard Scholarship
The top 5% of students in each faculty could receive up to $6,000, depending on admission average.

Application-based scholarships - apply early!

You must apply to an undergraduate degree program before you can apply for any entrance scholarships. The deadline for application-based scholarships is January 11, 2023. Check out some of our tips about how to apply or visit our scholarship application form to get started!

Offers will be made starting in early Winter 2023.

President's International Distinction
Students with a superior admission
average and demonstrated leadership
qualities entering their first year of an
undergraduate degree on a Student
Visa Permit could receive up to
$120,000 CAD (payable over 4 years).
International Leader Scholarship
Well-rounded leaders with superior
academics may receive up to $10,000


All Scholarships and Awards

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Phone: +1 780 4925104
Languages: English and Spanish

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