Parents & Supporters

U of A Family
Allyson and Darryl are UAlberta alumni and parents to three children at various stages of their academics at the U of A - Abigail ‘25, Riley ‘21, Madison ‘20.

Supporting Your Student

Key Dates and Deadlines 

Help your student prepare for university by ensuring they stay on top of important dates and deadlines. 

Our Programs

Finding their purpose starts with finding a program, which is why we have 200+ programs for your student to choose from.

Competitive Averages

We encourage students to apply early, as admission is competitive, works on a rolling basis and space in each program is limited. We have listed historical admission averages online to better serve your students in planning for post-secondary.

Please note: these historical admission averages do not serve as guarantee for future admission.

Admission Requirements

Discover all there is to know about submitting an application to the U of A, such as general and program-specific academic requirements.

On the application, students are required to self-report all available final Grade 11 and 12 courses. This includes final grades of courses that have been completed, a list of courses they are currently taking and a list of courses they are planning to take next semester. This will allow our Admissions Team to fully understand your student’s academic journey.


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Connect with an Advisor

Get in touch with our faculty and program advisors to have your questions answered!

Book Advising

Family Orientation

Attend an early orientation session to learn how the transition to university can affect your student, how you can support them and what services are available on campus. This is available to parents, guardians, supporters and any newly admitted student.

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Campus Life

From getting ready to apply to helping your student through their degree, we are committed to supporting you and your student at every stage of their journey. 

Student Resources

Students have access to a network of services ranging from tutoring and academic advising, to health care and mental wellness, to student-led organizations and support groups. 

Living in Residence

Living in residence is a great way for students to build a support network on campus. Our first year residences are designed especially for students experiencing the U of A for the first time. Residence offers a multitude of opportunities and resources for students to successfully transition to university life and create a home away from home.

Residence Services also employs a wide variety of security measures in conjunction with University of Alberta Protective Services (UAPS), including ID checkpoints, door buzzers and proximity access cards, security cameras, single-button emergency contact through any campus payphone and 24-hour on-call Residence Services staff.

See Campus for Yourself

Get an insider’s look at our vibrant campus community! Our tours begin with a presentation and Q&A session with an advisor, followed by a 60-minute walking tour of campus led by our UAlberta Ambassadors. See our most popular facilities and student spaces on North Campus.


FAQ

Admissions

When do applications open? Is there “early admission”?
Students can apply as early as October 1 of their Grade 12 year, using their final Grade 11 marks, as well as any available final Grade 12 marks. We have an ongoing evaluation process which means students do not have to apply for early admission or standard admission. Apply once, and their application will continually be evaluated.
When does the U of A start making admissions decisions?

Most Canadian high school applications will be assessed within 1-2 weeks, assuming they have submitted enough relevant information. Other types of applications can take longer to process.

After their initial application has been assessed, they may receive an admission offer, or they may receive advisor comments indicating that further coursework or documents are required. They can check their application status through their UAlberta Launchpad account. (Please note our Privacy Policy below).
What average does my student need to receive an offer for their program?

Admission averages are calculated using the final grades in the five courses required by the program you have applied for. Where grade 12 final marks are not available, we will use the final mark achieved in the grade 11 equivalent course.

Historical admission averages can be viewed at uab.ca/averages. Please be advised that these historical admission averages do not serve as guarantee for future admission.
If an admission offer has been given to my student for their 2nd choice program, is their 1st choice program evaluation still ongoing?

Students will first be evaluated for their first-choice program. If they are eligible for their first-choice program, they will receive an offer for that program. They will not be evaluated for their second-choice program, regardless of whether they choose to accept their first offer or not.

The student will be evaluated for their second-choice program only if they are not immediately eligible for their first-choice program.

How long do students have to accept their offer?
Unless otherwise stated on their offer letter or UAlberta Launchpad account, students who receive an offer before March 1, 2023 have until May 1, 2023 to accept their offer. Read more on how your student can accept their offer here.

General

What is a GPA?
Grade Point Average. This is the academic average that a student attains in their University classes.
What is parking like on campus?
Parking is available for students. Find parking all across campus with daily, monthly and annual payment options online here.
What type of residences are there on campus? What is the living situation like?
Visit the Residence Services website at uab.ca/residence to learn more about living on campus.
Is it safe on campus?

University of Alberta Protective Services (UAPS) patrol our campuses 24 hours a day, and first responders such as fire, police, and ambulance service our community. Emergencies at the University of Alberta are rare, and all university staff work hard to foster a safe and supportive learning environment year-round.

Safewalk provides students with a free and safe alternative to walking alone at night.  Chaperones will escort students anywhere around the university community and within five blocks of any LRT station.

Our Emergency Notification System is a robust and comprehensive service that can quickly alert students and staff of emergencies no matter where they are, via several media, including email, text, and phone.
What if my student doesn’t know which program they’d like to take when applications open?
Programs with a general first year of study give your student time to discover their aptitudes and interests. It’s also quite normal for students to change majors and programs during their degree. Encourage them to explore their options and keep an open mind. Your student can also visit uab.ca/programs to visit our Program Tool and take our quiz to help narrow things down!
What is the workload like in university?
A 40- to 60-hour "workweek" is typical, as students can expect at least one to two hours of reading and assignments for every hour spent in lectures or labs. Encourage your student to build study time and breaks into their schedule, maintain a manageable workload, stay on top of their assignments, and access the many services and supports that are available to them.
I have more questions, where do I go to have them answered?
Parents and supporters can email our recruitment team at parents@ualberta.ca or visit uab.ca/ask to connect with our Student Service Centre.

Communications Policy

Official correspondence regarding admissions and awards will occur online through our student portals, with key notifications sent via email. Few, if any, correspondence will be sent via regular mail. The university holds students responsible for ensuring messages sent to their student email accounts are reviewed and acted on promptly.

Privacy Policy

Official correspondence between the university and students is privileged. The university is unable, by law, to disclose students’ personal or academic information to anyone else, including their parents and family members, without the students’ prior written consent. 

The applicant needs to complete, sign, and submit this Informed Consent for Disclosure of Personal Information form to authorize the Office of the Registrar to disclose their personal information to another person, designated agent or agency, legal counsel, or others. The form must be submitted to Student Service Centre directly from the student. 

Learn more about the University of Alberta Information and Privacy Office guidelines pursuant to Alberta's FOIP Act.