Adult Admission

Applicants who are Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents, at least 21 years of age by the first day of classes of the term of intended admission, and who do not fulfill requirements for any other admission route will be considered for general admission as follows:

Adult High School Admission

Applicants who are 21 years of age or older and have completed the requirements of the high school admission route with an admission average of at least 60 percent and no transferable post-secondary courses will be considered eligible for general admission.

Non-Matriculated Adult Admission

All other applicants who do not fulfill the minimum requirements of any other admission route will be considered for general admission on a case-by-case basis.

The intent of the Non-Matriculated Adult Admission route is to provide access to post-secondary study to applicants who demonstrate potential for success that is at least equal to that of applicants meeting the prevailing admission criteria for high school applicants. In making this determination, the Mature Admission Committee will consider whether the applicant has acquired, through a combination of academic and life experience, the reading, writing, organizational, and other skills necessary for success in the intended program of study, as indicated on:

Transcripts of all high school and post-secondary experience.
Standardized test scores, such as SAT or ACT, if available.
A Letter of Intent from the applicant to the Admissions Office, which shall include a statement on the applicant’s potential for success in university studies, how the applicant’s experiences since secondary school have contributed to this potential, the applicant’s goals for the future, and why studies at the University will help the applicant to realize these goals.
A résumé, providing a summary of all educational, employment and volunteer experience.

The applicant may be invited to an interview.

Applicants who have unsatisfactory post-secondary academic records (i.e., a GPA of less than 2.00) will not be considered for non-matriculated adult admission.

Strengthening Your Application as a Non-Matriculated Adult

Academic Upgrading

Upgrading may compensate for deficiencies in a high school record. Recent successful coursework is the most persuasive evidence of readiness to attend university.

The choice of courses to upgrade should be based on the intended academic program:

Applicants pursuing studies in the Fine Arts and Humanities are advised to master literary, critical thinking, and analytical skills (associated with English and Social Studies 30).
Applicants pursuing Social Science disciplines should, in addition to literary skills, achieve numeracy skills similar to those developed in Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2.
Applicants pursuing Science disciplines should note that the following courses are required/recommended preparation: Biology 30, Chemistry 30, Mathematics 30-1 or Mathematics 30-2, and/or Physics 30.
The development of skills in Chemistry and Mathematics is highly structured and depends upon having mastered earlier courses. Their development to the university-level usually requires formal course work rather than informal life learning.

Note: The General Equivalency Diploma (GED) is not considered the equivalent of Grade 12, university-entrance coursework.

Test Scores

Applicants who believe they have developed university-ready academic skills that are not reflected on transcripts should take an academic, secondary-level achievement test. For example, it is possible to challenge or retake the Alberta Education diploma exams. Review sessions for these exams are often offered as Continuing Education courses at colleges.

Other acceptable test scores are the SAT and the ACT.

Scores on exams for the General Equivalency Diploma (GED) and Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) are not considered adequate indicators of academic skills for admission to the University of Lethbridge.

Letter of Intent and Résumé

The Letter of Intent gives applicants an opportunity to highlight how their academic and non-academic achievements have provided them with the skills necessary to achieve success at the University of Lethbridge.

Applicants presenting life achievement will be considered for Non-Matriculated Adult Admission if it demonstrates skill development relevant to university success. Relevant experience could include:

Volunteer or work experience;
Academic upgrading;
Test scores indicating university-level reading, writing and math skills;
Transferable and non-transferable post-secondary work; and/or
Leisure activities.

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). Individuals who have professional history (e.g., successfully managing a business, community leadership, professional certification) should ensure that the skills obtained through these experiences are highlighted on their résumé.

The Mature Admission Committee will evaluate whether or not this experience, combined with academic achievements, have prepared the applicant for success in the chosen program at the University of Lethbridge.