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Adult admission is limited to applicants with Canadian education who are 21 years of age or older by the first day of classes in the semester of intended admission and who do not meet current admission requirements*.

*Adults who have both the required high school courses and a competitive average (e.g., 65% or higher) are admissible according to the regular High School admission route, regardless of their age or the length of time they have been out of school.

Please select the category that best describes you:

Qualified Adult High School Admission
If you have the Grade 12 courses required for admission and your average is at least 60%, we can consider you for admission to any non-quota program. Visit the High School admission section of this website to find the specific courses required.

You will not be eligible to be admitted to first-year quota programs (e.g., Pre-Engineering, Nursing, Environmental Science, New Media). To be eligible for these programs, you would need to upgrade your admission average by retaking some or all of your Grade 12 courses at a high school or college. You would also need to ensure you have the required science or math courses for your intended program. 

Non-Matriculated Adult Admission
You do not meet the minimum uLethbridge admission standards. For example:

  • You have the required Grade 12 courses but your average is below 60%
  • You have a high school diploma, but not the required Grade 12 courses
  • You do not have a high school diploma

What is required for admission via Non-Matriculated Adult Admission ?

  1. Application form, application fee, official high school and all post-secondary transcripts (if any); and,
  2. Letter of Intent which provides information about the applicant's life goals and the manner in which the intended university program is consistent with these goals. The Letter should also include relevant life achievement.

Life achievement will be considered for Non-Matriculated Adult admission if it demonstrates skill development relevant to university success. Achievements could include leisure time activities; volunteer or work experience; academic upgrading; test scores indicating university-level reading, writing and math skills; transferable and non-transferable post-secondary work; and, courses taken at uLethbridge as an Open Studies (formerly Unclassified).

The focus should be on the academic/organizational skills developed and maturity gained in the course of these experiences (e.g., ability to organize and complete significant projects, sophisticated reading or writing, etc.). Individuals who have an employment history (e.g., successfully managing a business, community leadership, professional certification) that they wish to be considered are advised to submit a résumé with their Letter of Intent.

An Adult Admission Committee will evaluate whether or not this experience compensates for high school credentials that are below the minimum for high school admission. The specific skills demanded by the intended academic program will also be considered (e.g., math skills will be considered for programs requiring quantitative course work).

Note: Students with unsatisfactory post-secondary records will not be eligible for Adult Admission.

For more information about adult admission visit the Registrar's Office website or contact regoffice@uleth.ca or 403-320-5700 to speak with an admissions officer.

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