Entrance Requirements

General Requirements for Admission

Applicants from Alberta

Applicants from Alberta must have achieved a valid high school diploma with completion of a Grade 12 English (English 30 preferred). Those students not meeting this requirement but having Mature Student Status will also be considered.

Applicants from other Provinces or Territories

The following are the standings acceptable as equivalent to Alberta High School Diploma:

  • Grade 12 from British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Yukon.
  • Students from Ontario, who have studied under the diploma requirements, are required to have their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
  • One year CEGEP from Quebec. Quebec students entering without CEGEP will be accepted into a certificate program until successful completion of the freshman year, at which time they may register for a degree.

Applicants from the United States of America

Applicants from the United States must give evidence of possessing a valid Grade 12 diploma with a minimum final average of 60%. They should submit scores on the American College Test (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) if available.

International Applicants

Applicants are required to possess the equivalent of a valid Canadian Grade 12 High School Diploma. An official transcript, indicating subjects studied and grades received, must accompany the application. Documents in a language other than English must be accompanied by a notarized English translation. Applicants for whom English is not their mother tongue may be required to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) to indicate their proficiency in written and spoken English. A police check will need to be completed before official acceptance.

Mature Student Status

Applicants 21 years of age or older on Registration Day, who have been away from formal education for a minimum of two years and who can demonstrate their ability to undertake college-level studies are eligible to complete the application process. Each applicant will be considered on an individual basis. 

All Mature Students Applicants are required to provide an Official Transcript showing completion of an ELA 30-1 or ELA 30-2 or their equivalencies (Grade 12 English) before they may be admitted to a Diploma or Degree Program of Study.

The best option is to present results of standardized testing, such as Provincial Departmental results, ACT or SAT.  

Students may also consider the option to apply as an open studies student, completing two courses with a minimum grade of C, as an alternative to providing a high school transcript. Please note that an introductory learning course must first be completed with a minimum grade of B-. These courses are designed to equip you for post-secondary studies. On-campus students are required to take Launch and online students are required to take Orientation to Online Learning. 

Home-Based Learners

Home schooled applicants are welcome to apply and will be assessed on an individual basis.  There are various options to choose from to meet the required entrance requirements.

See our Home-Based Learners Profile Requirements for Home Educated Applicants.  Or contact Enrolment Services for further information.

Community Standards

Part of the application process includes acknowledging that you have read and agree to adhere to the Community Standards of Vanguard College.  

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