Admission Requirements

Competitive Requirements

Competitive admission

We encourage you to apply early, as meeting the minimum or competitive average does not guarantee admission, 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 an academic average within the competitive range for your faculty/program of choice, based on the required courses for that program.

The competitive range varies for each faculty/program each year, depending 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%+
Minimum overall average across all five required courses
 70%+  70%+   70%+

Competitive averages for direct-entry faculties

Competitive admission averages for fall 2018 for faculties that offer direct entry from high school will be posted here in fall 2017.

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

Dental Hygiene

Minimum Overall GPA to apply: 2.7

Competitive Overall GPA: 3.43

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