How to Apply

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1. Complete an Application

Complete this form and an application form will be emailed to you.  Deadlines for applications are August 15 for September start and December 15 for January start.  

If you are from outside of Canada or USA, please visit the International Student section of our Entrance Requirements page for information on how to apply.

2. Pay an Application Fee

An application fee of $75 CAD must be included at the time of application in order for your application to be considered. Payment can be made via Credit Card. If you decide to pay by cash or cheque, please let us know. This fee is non-refundable.

3. Character Reference

The Character Reference is to be completed by someone who can accurately describe an applicant's character, work ethic, and personality traits. This reference form may not be completed by a relative.

4. Pastor Reference


The Pastor's Reference is to be completed by a Pastor. at your current home church. This person is to comment especially on your character and spiritual abilities.  An email will be sent to your pastor when you complete your application form.  (References cannot be completed by a relative or current Vanguard student not currently in a permanent pastoral position)

5. Request Official Transcripts

Students must arrange to have official high school and any other official transcripts sent to the Registrar’s Office.  If you are still attending high school when applying, please forward interim grades from your Grade 12 year.  Alberta students use this link to order your high school transcripts.  You can submit a Detailed Academic Report as an interim transcript.  (PLEASE NOTE:  Vanguard is not a part of ApplyAlberta so you have to go to "Order Transcripts Using myPass")

Photocopies from the student are only considered interim and are not official transcripts.  If you send an interim transcript or order a transcript before you complete your High School Diploma, you will still need to order an official transcript once your diploma is completed.

An official transcript is one that has been received directly from the institution. Official transcripts are printed on official transcript paper and must bear an embossed or raised seal.  (See Sample)

Have Official Transcripts mailed to: Vanguard College, 12140 103 St, Edmonton, AB, T5G 2J9

Other Provinces

All other Canadian students can use this link to order your high school transcripts.

6. Complete Police Check

All students (both Online & On-Campus) must complete a Police Information Check with Vulnerable Sector Screening.  Information about how to complete a police check will be emailed to you by Vanguard College. 

On-Campus Students Please Note: DO NOT complete the check prior to these dates (May 1st or Sept 1st).  Completing prior to these dates may result in a request to complete a second check.  Police Checks completed for other organizations will not be accepted.

On-Campus Students applying for:

  •  September intake will receive an email after May 1st
  •  January intake students will receive an email after Sept 1st.

7. Apply for Scholarships & Bursaries

You can complete the scholarship & bursary form anytime.  You do not have to wait until your admissions application is submitted.  Scholarship applications are due on the last business day in June for September start and on the last business day in October for January start.

Missed our Deadline?  Don't worry, there are other Scholarships and Bursaries available.  Scroll to the bottom of our Scholarship and Bursary Page for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many students attend Vanguard?

We have approximately 250 students studying on campus and online.

How big are the classes?

Is Vanguard accredited?

We are fully accredited with ABHE (Association for Biblical Higher Education).  ABHE is a member of the Commission on Recognition of Post-secondary Accreditation (C.O.R.P.A.), the body that provides accreditation of all recognized American universities, colleges and professional preparation programs.  It is also responsible to CHEA (Council for Higher Education Accreditation).

Can I get transfer credit from courses taken at another college or university?

Vanguard considers transfer credit from a variety of accredited post-secondary institutions.  You would just need to have your transcripts sent from the institution where the credits were earned and our Registrar will then determine if a course is comparable to a Vanguard Course.

Will the courses that I take at Vanguard transfer to another college or university?

Because Vanguard is accredited, many of your courses will transfer to another Christian college or university.  Transfer credit to a secular institution would be less but some credits may qualify for transfer.  We encourage you to contact the institution you would like to transfer into to inquire about their policies on transferring credits from Christian colleges

Is Vanguard affiliated with a denomination?

Vanguard is affiliated with the Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada (PAOC).  However, our students come from a variety of denominational backgrounds.

Do you have dorms?

No, we do not have dorms.  Instead we have student housing.  These are houses within walking distance to our campus that are leased to first year students.

Are there scholarships or bursaries available from Vanguard?

Yes!  Scholarships and bursaries are available to new and returning students.  New students can get up to $4,000 in scholarships and bursaries guaranteed as long as they apply and get accepted by July 1.

Check out our Scholarships and Bursaries page for more information.

Can I get student loans to study at Vanguard?

Vanguard students are eligible to receive student loans in Canada (excluding Quebec).  You can apply online through your province of residence. Please visit our Student Loans page for detailed information.

Can I visit Vanguard?

COVID-19 has changed how we can have you visit so for the most up to date information check out the Book a Guest Experience page.

Three times a year we offer Preview Days where you can join us on campus for the day.  You can find more information on our Preview Days page.