Update on Changes to Faculty of Education Undergraduate Admissions for the Fall 2021 Term

We are pleased that you are considering the University of Alberta and thank you for applying to the Faculty of Education. As we look forward to Fall 2021, we recognize the current uncertainty you are facing as a result of COVID-19 and the disruption to post-secondary operations across the globe.

We would like to update you on adjustments to admission processes related to your application for admission to the University of Alberta, Faculty of Education. We also invite you to visit and monitor the University of Alberta's webpage for updates on changes to admissions for the Fall 2021 term where additional updates will be posted when they become available.

Admission GPA

For ALL post-secondary students applying to an undergraduate or graduate program at the University of Alberta, grades for courses taken in Winter 2020 will not be included in the calculation of admission GPAs.

Passing grades from Winter 2020 will contribute to the credit requirements for individual admissions, provided the grades meet the threshold required for transfer credit as outlined in the University Calendar, and will be accepted as satisfying program prerequisites.

Non-passing grades from Winter 2020 will not contribute to the credit requirements for individual admissions and will not be accepted as satisfying program prerequisites.

These admissions practice changes aim to ensure that the academic changes and disruptions in global education systems that have accompanied the COVID-19 pandemic do not disadvantage applicants to University of Alberta programs. The goal is to ensure all applicants are treated in a fair and equitable manner.

Grades and relative performance for the Winter 2020 term will not be used by the University of Alberta for any admissions decisions.

CR/NC and Fall 2020 Admission FAQs for Students

I applied to the Faculty of Education, how will my AGPA be calculated if I have CR/NC grades for Winter term?

For transfer students applying to undergraduate programs, grades of CR or NC issued for courses taken in Winter 2020 will not be included in the calculation of admission GPAs. Applicants are ranked according to their AGPA, which is calculated on all university transferable coursework completed in the most recent two terms of study if they contain a minimum of 24 credits, of which a minimum of 12 credits must be graded. If those two terms contain less than 24 credits, with at least 12 credits graded, all work in the next most recent term(s) is included in the calculation until the minimum total of 24 credits is reached. A grade of NC will not contribute to credit requirements for admission and will not satisfy program prerequisites. 

I did not do very well in Fall 2019 term, but was on track to increase my GPA significantly in Winter 2020 term. My hard work will not show on my transcript because of the move to CR/NC in Winter term. Can I submit anything else (letters, mid term marks) to prove I was achieving higher grades?

The University of Alberta announcement and procedures for the impact of CR/NC versus Graded Coursework for Winter 2020 on admissions has been communicated on the Undergraduate Admissions & Programs Notices webpage. Please note that no supplementary documentation will be accepted or used for admission evaluation purposes.

Other Canadian institutions are giving students an option of receiving a grade. Will the applicants with letter or percentage grades for Winter 2020 have an advantage over me if I only have CR/NC grades for this term?

As outlined on the Covid-19 webpage, Update on Changes to Admissions for the Fall 2020 term: For external post-secondary students applying to an undergraduate or graduate program at the University of Alberta, grades for courses taken in Winter 2020 will not be included in the calculation of admission GPAs.

Passing grades from Winter 2020 will contribute to the credit requirements for individual admissions, provided the grades meet the threshold required for transfer credit as outlined in the University Calendar, and will be accepted as satisfying program prerequisites.

Non-passing grades from Winter 2020 will not contribute to the credit requirements for individual admissions and will not be accepted as satisfying program prerequisites.

I was RTW, will Winter 2020 count toward my 24 credits for admission?

Yes, CR courses will count towards the *24 credits since last RTW for admission evaluation purposes and CR courses can also be used towards meeting program requirements.

I have heard that other faculties are accepting letters from professors as supplemental documentation for admission? Can I submit a letter from a professor for a class I was excelling in?

Grades and relative performance for the Winter 2020 term will not be used by the University of Alberta for any admissions decisions. As such, please note that no supplementary documentation will be accepted or used for admission evaluation purposes.