Information for New and Prospective Indigenous Students

Declaring Aboriginal Status

The University of Alberta is committed to the recruitment, retention and graduation of Aboriginal students and honours the Indigenous world view of education by respecting and supporting the voices and spirit of First Nations, Métis and Inuit students. To increase the representation of Aboriginal students our policy is aimed at increasing accessibility and providing assistance to students in achieving their academic and personal goals.

For this purpose, and in order to improve the assessment of the educational achievement of Aboriginal learners, we ask you to self-identify if you are of Aboriginal ancestry within the meaning of the Canadian Constitutional Act of 1982.

Prospective Students

The best way to experience what we have to offer is to visit one of our campuses. Through our Campus Visit program, UAlberta Ambassadors (current U of A students) can provide you with a campus tour and the inside scoop on what it's like to be a student here. You can also check out our first-year residence and connect with an Academic Advisor, including our Aboriginal Student Recruitment Coordinator.

To arrange a visit including a tour of campus, introduction to the services for Aboriginal students and/or an advising appointment, contact Student Connect by phone at 780-492-3113 or email us at

For more information on admissions and applying to the University, visit Admission Steps on the Office of the Registrar website. Also, check out the Aboriginal Handbook.

New Students

Once you have been accepted, complete the following steps:

Apply for Housing
If you are thinking about living on campus, the U of A has a variety of housing options available. Residence is a popular option - spaces can fill quickly! We also have designated housing for our Aboriginal students currently enrolled full-time.
Register for Bridges Orientation
Orientation is your free introduction to campus and your respective Faculty based on a student perspective. Meet new friends, have fun and learn your way around campus.
Applicants who receive Early Admission will be assigned an enrollment appointment date and time in April. Enrollment appointments can be viewed in Bear Tracks. At this point, you are able to register in courses.
Tuition and Confirmation Deposit
New undergraduate students are required to pay a $500 deposit (i.e. a Tuition Deposit) after they've been offered admission, in order to be eligible to register in classes.
University Email/Bear Tracks
Once you have applied to the U of A, you will be assigned a CCID and password which will give you access to your new U of A email account and the online student service portal Bear Tracks. Applicants and students are responsible for checking these accounts at least once a week for important University communications. Applicants should also check their "To Do List" in Bear Tracks to ensure that all important documents required in the application process are received at the U of A.