Admission Requirements

Competitive Requirements

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%+

Competitive admission average ranges for Fall 2018 intake

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


Competitive GPAs for professional programs

These programs require pre-professional (university-level) study.

This information is current as of July 1, 2017.

 Program  Competitive Requirements (previous year)
Business (BCom)
GPA: 2.8
Law (JD)

Average GPA: 3.8

Average LSAT Score: 161

Medicine (MD)

Minimum competitive GPA to apply: 3.30

Competitive mean MCAT score: 128

Medical Laboratory Science

Minimum GPA in prerequisites to apply: 2.7

Competitive overall GPA: 3.49

Dentistry (DDS)

Minimum Overall GPA to apply: 3.0

Competitive Overall GPA: 3.85

Average DAT Score: 68 out of 90
(including Reading & Comprehension,
Perceptual Ability, and Manual
Dexterity)

Dental Hygiene

Minimum Overall GPA to apply: 2.7

Competitive Overall GPA: 3.43

Dietetics

Minimum GPA to apply: 2.7

Competitive GPA: 3.0

Radiation Therapy

Average GPA: 3.2

Per-MMI GPA: 3.4

Pharmacy (PharmD)
Average GPA: 3.5 for Alberta Applicants and 3.7 for Out-of-Province Applicants