A program is considered competitive when the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number required to fill the program. Applications, as well as proof of all admission requirements must be received by the Admissions Office according to the deadlines listed (see Key Dates for Applying to Niagara College).
Applications received on or before the application deadline will be equally considered, based on published admission requirements and residency priority. Selection is based on the average of final grades in required courses and, where required, pre-admission test scores, audition or portfolio evaluations. The highest senior level final grade available at the time of evaluation is considered.Mid-term grades are not considered for competitive programs however, where the required grade 12 course is in progress, grade 11 final grades will be used for ranking.
Example 1: When an applicant is enrolled in a required grade 12 Math, and has no previous final grade for grade 12 Math at the time of evaluation, ranking is based on the final grade for grade 11 Math. Offers of admission granted in this circumstance will be conditional upon successful completion of the required grade 12 Math
Example 2: When an applicant is enrolled in a required grade 11 or 12 Chemistry, and has no previous final grade for grade 11 or 12 Chemistry at the time of evaluation, the applicant will not be considered for admission to a competitive program. Final grades must be available at the time of evaluation.
Applicants currently attending a semestered secondary school are strongly encouraged to complete the subject-specific requirements for the programs to which they are applying in the first semester of their final year or during their 3rd year of studies in order that final marks for these courses may be used in the selection. This is particularly important for programs requiring SCH4C where no grade 11 mark can be used in selections.