The standards outlined in this section are the minimum requirements for admission to the University. Individual programs may have set higher standards for entry than the minimum stated here; students should consult the individual faculty and department descriptions or Undergraduate Admissions for their regulations.
1. British Columbia/Yukon and other Canadian Provinces
The table on this page shows the requirements for admission to Year 1 for each faculty. These are the minimum requirements for graduates of secondary schools in British Columbia. Graduates of secondary schools in other provinces require equivalent qualifications to those specified in the table.
BC students must have written provincial examinations in any subject where it is mandatory in order to meet BC Graduation Program requirements. In years where students could elect to write an optional grade 12 provincial exam, the higher of the school mark or the blended grade (school mark and provincial exam result combined) will be used in the admission average calculation.
Approved Grade 11 and 12 Courses
For a complete, up-to-date list of approved courses visit <registrar.uvic.ca/undergrad/admissions/requirements/bc.html>.
Academic performance is the main criterion for admission and is used exclusively in the majority of cases.
However, the University recognizes that some candidates have other attributes that demonstrate an ability to succeed at university.
To be considered for admission under this policy, applicants must complete the personal information profile for the faculty to which they are applying.
This admission category is currently available in the Faculties of Humanities, Social Sciences, Human and Social Development (Child and Youth Care only), and Engineering.
Faculties may select a limited number of new first-year students who are in their graduation year at Canadian secondary schools, taking into account these expanded qualifications in order to recognize other indicators of likely academic success. The decisions of the faculties are final.
This policy applies only to candidates who meet the published minimum academic admission requirements.
More information concerning selection criteria, application procedure and documentation is available at <registrar.uvic.ca>.
Applicants from secondary schools in Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories and Nunavut must meet the same admission requirements, present the same number of subjects and present equivalent secondary courses at the appropriate level as those prescribed by each UVic Faculty for graduates of BC secondary schools.
Applicants from Ontario must have completed the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), including a minimum of six 4U/4M courses with an overall average of at least 67%, calculated on English 4U and five additional 4U/4M courses.
Applicants from Ontario who entered Grade 11 prior to September 2001 must have completed the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), including a minimum of six Ontario Academic Courses (or grade 13 courses) with an overall average of at least 67% calculated on OAC English and five additional OACs. Transfer credit will not be awarded for OAC or Grade 13 courses.
All applicants from Ontario require qualifications equivalent to those subjects shown in the table for students from British Columbia secondary schools.
Applicants must have completed at least one full year of an approved program at a CEGEP with an overall grade average of at least B. No transfer credit will be granted for courses used to qualify for admission to Year 1. Completion of grade 11 (Secondaire V) is not sufficient for admission. Applicants require qualifications equivalent to those shown in the table for students from British Columbia secondary schools.
Applicants who have completed more than one year of a CEGEP program should refer to the CEGEP entry.
Applicants with a GED are considered for admission on an individual basis. Applicants must have a minimum standard score of 58.5 on the GED to be considered for admission.
Applicants may be considered for admission on the basis of a completed International Baccalaureate Diploma with a minimum of 24 points (excluding bonus points.) For transfer credit, see "International Baccalaureate Credits".
Distinguished senior secondary school students may apply for special admission to the University before they graduate if they meet the following criteria:
Students who meet the above criteria are admitted to the University as special students and may register in no more than 6 units of courses in any given academic session.
The University will grant credit towards a degree for courses successfully completed when the student is authorized to register in a degree program.
Applicants with a BC Adult Graduation Diploma (the Adult Dogwood) may apply for admission if the following minimum requirements are met:
All applicants must have the appropriate prerequisites for the program to which they have applied. Admission requirements for the Faculty of Engineering, the Faculty of Science and the Health Information Science program parallel those for BC secondary school graduates.
All prospective UVic students who have completed or are registered in a secondary school calculus course are eligible to write a Calculus Challenge Examination. Students who pass this examination will be able to obtain credit for MATH 100 at UVic.
Application must be made to the Mathematics department hosting the Calculus Challenge Examination. (Each year one of BC's four universities hosts the examination.) Only one attempt is permitted. After completing the Calculus Challenge Exam and registering at UVic, a student may contact Undergraduate Records to receive credit for MATH 100. The student's transcript will then show challenge credit for MATH 100 and the grade obtained.
Enquiries regarding application deadlines, fees, course syllabus, sample examinations with solutions and related matters should be directed to:Math Challenge 151
Department of Mathematics
Simon Fraser University
Burnaby BC V5A 1S6
Telephone: (778) 782-3332
Fax: (778) 782-4947
Students already eligible for transfer credit because of high AP or IB scores will keep this eligibility regardless of their examination score, and can waive the examination score and/or credit.
Applicants who have passed the Advanced Placement examination in 1989 or later in selected subjects, with a grade of 4 or 5, will receive transfer credit. Refer to the BC Transfer Guide at <www.bctransferguide.ca> for further information.
Applicants who pass the AP examination with a grade of 3 will be granted advanced standing for the purpose of meeting a prerequisite but no transfer credit. Applicants should consult with the department concerned for course advice.
12. Home-Schooled Applicants
UVic welcomes applications from individuals with varying academic backgrounds. Home-schooled applicants should be aware of the following:
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