Admission Decisions

Admission Decisions for Open Programs

Applications are evaluated based on published admission requirements. When the applicant provides proof of meeting the requirements, an offer of admission can be issued, provided space is available in the program. Where a required course is in progress at the time of evaluation, a decision will be rendered upon receipt of a mid-term grade. Offers of admission granted where one or more admission requirements are in progress will be conditional upon successful completion of the requirement. A conditional offer of acceptance will be revoked if proof of completion of all requirements is not received by the Admissions Office before the start of classes.

Admission Decisions for Competitive Programs

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 in this guide under Application Deadlines.

The Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Policy Framework dictates applicants are to be accepted into oversubscribed programs according to the following order of preference:

  1. Residents of Ontario
  2. Residents of provinces and territories of Ontario
  3. Other applicants

A resident of Ontario is one that can provide proof of residency in Ontario as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident for a period of 12 consecutive months prior to registration in the year for which the application is being made.

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 Chemistry mark can be used in selections.

Offers of Acceptance

An applicant may confirm to only one offer of acceptance at one time. 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 decisions.

Confirm your Offer of Acceptance
Domestic Students
  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Click on “View Offers” to see your Offers of Acceptance
  3. Select the Offer of Acceptance that you wish to accept.
  4. Click “Confirm”.

For more information, see: Ontario Colleges – Offers of Admission

International Students:

If you are an international student you must email page three “Confirmation of Acceptance” of your offer package to

Confirmation not working? Need help?
  • Issues logging in to or using If you are having difficulties logging into or using the Ontario Colleges website, please call the Customer Contact Centre toll-free at 1-888-892-2228. Other contact options and hours of operation are available on their website.
  • Unable to select Offer of Acceptance: If you are unable to select your Offer of Acceptance online, please contact the Niagara College Admissions Office directly at 905-735-2211, extension 7619. Please have your application number or your Niagara College Student ID number available.

Waiting Lists

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


Candidates may be denied admission when the program and/or wait list is filled, or when proof of all admission requirements has 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, ext. 7619 or


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 Registration and Records Office for consideration at 905-735-2211 ext. 7500.