Admission Requirements


Admission to all undergraduate programs at the University of Alberta is competitive and subject to availability of space.

In order to be considered for admission, you must meet the general requirements, as well as the requirements specific to your program(s) of choice. 


Course Requirements

All undergraduate programs that offer direct entry from high school require the completion of five specific Grade 12 subjects; these will vary by program, but will always include English 30-1 (or the equivalent in your province). To see the specific course requirements for each program, see the program listing»

Provincial course equivalents

The easiest way to see the required courses for your province or territory is to check the program listing. You can also consult our provincial equivalency charts.

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Competitive Averages

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.

Meeting the minimum or competitive average does not guarantee admission, and space in each program is limited.
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English Language Proficiency

All undergraduate applicants must possess an adequate level of English Language Proficiency (ELP) in order to be admissible. In some cases, Spoken English Proficiency (SEP) is also required. (French-language programs require French Language Proficiency.)

Most Canadian applicants will meet the ELP requirement automatically by having completed at least three years of full-time education in English, in Canada. Otherwise, there are several ways to demonstrate ELP, including TOEFL and IELTS exam scores. 

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Other requirements

Please note that some programs have additional requirements, such as a portfolio, audition, or written statement. For more information, check your To-Do List in Bear Tracks»