Admissions and Applications

Frequently Asked Questions

Helping you prepare to apply to Niagara College... We've designed this section to help you understand all there is to know about coming to Niagara College.

The following page contains much of what you need to know. If you still have questions our admissions staff will be happy to assist you. Just give us a call at 905-735-2211, Extension 7619, or send an email to

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What programs does the College offer and when are they available?

Niagara College has more than 100 full-time post-secondary certificate, diploma, graduate certificate, bachelor degree and apprenticeship programs. Occasionally, courses listed in the Program Outline and the timing of these courses may change. Detailed information about these programs, including admission requirements, can be found online at Full-time programs begin in September of each year. Some programs are also available in January or May. Please refer to our program availability list for the current status of each of our programs at

What are the minimum admission requirements?
Post-secondary Programs:
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent. English–any Grade 12 (C) or (U), or equivalent
Apprenticeship Programs:
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent AND
  • Employment in the trade

For further information, please contact the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Apprenticeships and Client Services.

Applied Bachelor Degree Programs:
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent.
  • English–any Grade 12 (U), or equivalent, minimum grade 60%.
  • 5 additional Grade 12 (U) or (M) level courses (some courses may be required).
  • An overall average of 65% in the six Grade 12 (U) or (M) courses

Note: Secondary School grades from co-op courses and half credit courses are not considered.

Graduate Certificate Programs:
  • College diploma or Bachelor's degree, OR an acceptable combination of related work experience and post-secondary education (as determined by the College)
  • Proof of English proficiency
Additional Requirements:

The basic academic requirements listed above pertain to most programs, however exceptions may apply. Some programs may also require: specific secondary school courses, pre-admission testing, attendance at an information session, submission of a portfolio, completion of an essay or questionnaire or additional assessment of equivalency to required subjects. It is important to note that meeting admission requirements does not guarantee admission to Niagara College programs.

You can find specific up-to-date admission requirements as well as selection and ranking information posted on individual program pages at

How do I apply and is there an application fee?

Applications are available online at charges a non-refundable application fee of $95.00. You can apply to a total of five programs, with no more than three choices at any one Ontario college.

For more information, please visit

What if I am an International (VISA) student?

Niagara College welcomes students from over 50 different countries. To apply as an international student, you must complete the Application Form for International Students and forward it to Niagara College along with your transcripts from high school and/or university, proof of English Proficiency and a $100 Cdn non-refundable application fee. After receiving this information from you, we will process your application and if you are accepted, we will send you a letter of acceptance. You will need the letter of acceptance when applying for your student visa from the Canadian Embassy.

For more information contact:

Niagara College Canada, International Education Department, 300 Woodlawn Road, Welland,
Ontario, Canada, L3C 7L3
Phone: 905-735-2211, ext. 7804
Fax: 905-735-2413

How will I know if the College has received my application?

The Admissions Office will send an email and mail an Acknowledgement Letter via regular mail to you after your application has been received from The mailing will include information regarding specific admission requirements and/or pre-admission testing.

Are accommodations provided in the admissions process for students with disabilities?

If you wish to request accommodation for pre-admission testing, please contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSWD) prior to the test date at 905-735-2211, Extension 7602.

Do I need to provide my transcript(s)?

Please ensure that proof of all admission requirements is received by the Admissions Office within 3 weeks of submitting your application, or no later than February 27, 2015 for September Start competitive programs. Please see ‘Key Dates for Applying to Niagara College’ for further information. If you are currently enrolled as a full-time high school student in Ontario, your school will forward transcript information directly to If you are not currently enrolled in Ontario as a full time high school student, you must personally submit an official high school transcript directly to For information on how to request Ontario post-secondary transcripts, please visit

Does the College consider transcripts from outside of Ontario?

Applicants whose Canadian secondary school studies have been completed outside the province of Ontario must submit evidence of equivalent standing. Recognized equivalents to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) are: Alberta–Grade 12, British Columbia–Grade 12, Manitoba–Grade 12, New Brunswick–Grade 12, Newfoundland–Grade 12, Nova Scotia–Grade 12, Prince Edward Island–Grade 12, Quebec–High School Leaving Certificate (Secondary V), Saskatchewan–Grade 12, Yukon, the Northwest Territories and Nunavut–Grade 12.

Applicants whose have been educated outside of Canada are considered on an individual basis. An International Document Assessment service is available at or

Does the College consider alternatives to an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)?

Applicants who provide documentation for Ontario Secondary School equivalency from any of the following sources will be considered on an individual basis.

  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE)
  • General Education Diploma (GED)
  • Literacy and Basic Skills (LBS)
  • Home Schooling

For further information, please contact the Admissions Office at 905-735-2211 ext. 7619 or email

Can I apply as a mature student?

If you are age 19 or older as of the first day of classes, and do not have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, you may be considered for admission as a mature student. Applicants must meet all specific admission requirements (courses, portfolio, written statement, audition, pre-admission testing) for the program to which they are applying. Equivalency testing is available in Mathematics and English for applicants age 19 or older. Testing is not available for Biology, Chemistry or Physics. Test fees are payable at the time the test is written.

To review eligibility for admission please contact the Admissions Office at 905-735-2211, Extension 7619 or email

What are the English language proficiency requirements?

If you have earned the equivalent of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) from outside Canada, you will be required to provide proof of one or more of the following:

  • Niagara College Mature Student Test for English
  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level ( Ontario High School Curriculum)
  • ACE English ( Academic Upgrading)
  • International Credential Assessment for studies outside of Canada

Learn more about Language Proficiency Testing and Minimum Language Proficiency Scores.

The College provides both short and long-term intensive English as a Second Language programs for international and domestic students who plan to attend Niagara College, or a university, and need to improve their English language proficiency before starting their academic studies.

Does the College offer a way for me to obtain required courses for admission?

Yes. The Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Program, offered through academic upgrading, can help you prepare for admission to post-secondary programs at Niagara College, as well as other Ontario Colleges. If you do not have a high school diploma, or you have completed high school some time ago and need to refresh your skills, or you are missing specific courses required for admission, the ACE Program can help you. Academic upgrading courses include communications, mathematics, physics, biology, chemistry, computers, and self-development. You can enjoy free tuition, access to textbooks, and the possibility of some financial support. The program is based on continuous intake so you can enrol at any time.

To learn more about this program, please visit or

You may also obtain information and apply to the program by calling 905-641-2252, Extension 4418.

When will I know if I have been admitted?

For programs starting September, January or May please refer to key dates. For programs that are considered competitive, all eligible applicants who apply by the deadline will be evaluated and ranked according to program admission requirements. Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a first come, first served basis until programs are filled, or until the fifth day of classes. Admission decisions are sent via regular mail and offers of acceptance can be viewed at

Offers of acceptance are conditional for applicants who are in the process of completing one or more admission requirements. An offer of acceptance will be revoked if the Admissions Office does not receive proof of successful completion of all requirements at least one week before the start of classes.

My program is competitive. What does that mean?

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.

How do I confirm my offer of acceptance?

An applicant may accept only one offer of admission at one time. Confirmation of Acceptance is completed online at In order to secure your place in the program, you must confirm by the deadline specified in your offer of acceptance letter. All colleges to which you applied will be informed of your decision.

What happens when an applicant has been placed on a wait list?

A wait list is established when there are more eligible candidates than available space in a program. Your position on the waiting list is determined by your evaluation score compared to other applicants, or by your application date if you have applied after the equal consideration deadline.

Your wait list status is valid until the fifth day of classes and does not carry over to future terms. Should space become available in the program, wait listed candidates will be contacted by the Admissions Office.

It is the responsibility of the applicant to provide accurate contact information; including mailing address, email address and phone numbers.

What if I have been denied admission?

Candidates may be denied admission when the program and/or waiting list is filled, or when proof of all admission requirements have not been submitted by the required due date. Applicants may request an admission review. A written request must be received by the Admissions Office within 15 days of the admission decision. You may contact the Admissions Office at 905-735-2211, Extension 7619 or

Can I be readmitted to a program?

Students who wish to be readmitted to the first semester of any program must apply to Standard application rules and deadlines, as well as admission requirements for the current application cycle, will apply. Students wishing to return to a term other than the first term of a program must contact the Records and Registration Office for consideration at 905-735-2211, Extension 7500 or email

How much are tuition and fees?

The cost of tuition varies between programs.

Tuition and Ancillary Fees are listed by individual program at

How and when can I pay my tuition and fees?

Tuition Fee statements for September start programs are mailed in early June. Tuition fee statements for January start programs are mailed in early November and in mid March for May start programs. If your address has changed, it is your responsibility to ensure that your current address is provided to Enrollment and Registration Services. Payment is usually due within 2 weeks of receiving a fee statement.

Your reserved space in the program expires as of the due date on the tuition and fees invoice. If payment is not received by the due date, you may lose your space in the program. You may be considered for re-admission if space is available upon receipt of the late payment.

What must I do if my tuition and fees will be paid by a sponsor?

If your tuition and fees will be covered by a sponsoring agency, please request a letter of approval from the agency for each term of study that will be sponsored.

The letter must:

  1. Identify the number of months required for on campus parking
  2. be received by the tuition due date. Space may not be available in the program after the due date.

Approval letters can be submitted by mail or fax to the attention of Student Accounts at:

Attention: Student Accounts
Niagara College

300 Woodlawn Road,
Welland, ON
L3C 7L3

Fax: 905-736-6001

How do I apply for OSAP?

Online application procedures and deadlines for applications are available on the OSAP website at

For more information about OSAP and Financial Aid, see the Niagara College website’s section for Financial Aid and Scholarships at

When is the OSAP application available?

There is a new full-time application required for each OSAP year. The online applications will be available in the month of May on the OSAP website.

Does my program have a health requirement?

Some programs require students to have certain medical and health criteria such as a completed Communicable Disease Surveillance (CDS) Form. Information will be mailed with your registration package. Students must submit completed forms by the deadline indicated and meet all medical criteria. These are necessary for clinical/field placement. Failure to meet criteria could affect the ability to proceed in the program.

Please check the "Admission Requirements" and/or "Additional Requirements" section(s) of your program's webpage on the Niagara College website for program health requirements.

How do I find out about Credit Transfer (Exemptions) opportunities?

Applicants with previous post-secondary background will be assessed for transfer credit upon receipt of an official transcript from the previous institution. Niagara College does not charge a fee for this service. Credits are considered on a course-by-course basis and will be granted where deemed equivalent in content and learning objectives to corresponding Niagara College courses. In some instances, detailed course outlines may be requested for evaluation. For more information, please email

Current and previous Niagara College students who wish to transfer from one Niagara College program to another (beyond semester one) should contact the Registration and Records Office at 905-735-2211 ext. 7500

What is Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)?

Niagara College believes that many people acquire college-level learning and skills through various situations such as prior work experience, community work, non-credit courses, self-directed study, travel and military service. Candidates who can show that they have achieved the learning outcomes of a specific course may be granted Niagara College credits based on an assessment of their prior learning.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition
905-735-2211, Extension 7491

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