Applying to college can be confusing. Below, we’ve provided information on admission to Bow Valley College career certificates, diplomas and post-diploma certificate programs.

Please note that admission information for some students is located on different pages. If the following apply to you, please click the link to be redirected to the correct page:

  • If you are applying for an Upgrading program or course, visit the How to Apply - Upgrading page
  • If you are applying for an English Language Learning program, visit the How to Apply - ELL page
  • If you are in international student (planning to attend the college on a student visa), visit the International page
  • If you are a former Bow Valley College student who is re-applying to the same program of study, visit the Re-admission to the College page.

 


Admission to a career program

Admission to Bow Valley College career programs is non-competitive and students are admitted on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis. So what does this mean for you?

  • It is important to apply for your program of interest as early as possible. Check the How to Apply page to find out the application open dates.
  • We cannot process your application if you do not submit all required documents. When you apply to a program, you need to show proof that you meet the admission requirements. See the Required Documents section below for more information.
  • You must meet the minimum admission requirements. For example, if a program requires a minimum grade of 65% in English 30-2 for admission, you will not be admitted if your English 30-2 grade is 64%. Check your program page for up-to-date admission requirements before you apply.
  • If you are qualified for admission, but the program is full, you may be put on the waitlist. Sometimes we have more qualified applicants than we have seats in a program. In that case, you may be put on the waitlist. If you are put on the waitlist, we will contact you if a seat becomes available.

For more information, please read the admission steps below.

1. Apply for a program.

Once you have decided which program to apply to, you are ready to take the next step! Your first step to gaining admission to a Bow Valley College career program is to apply. If you need help, follow the steps on the How to Apply - Career Programs pages.

If you are a former Bow Valley College student who is re-applying to the same program of study, please follow the steps outlined in the Re-admission to the College section.

 

2. Submit your Required Documents

For the College to process your application for admission, you must show proof that you will meet a program’s admission requirements.

This proof may come in many forms:

  • Official high school transcripts for all high schools you have attended
  • Official post-secondary transcripts for all colleges and universities you have attended
  • Proof of enrolment in courses required for admission, if applicable
  • Proof of English language proficiency, if applicable
  • Proof of registration in an approved English language proficiency test, if applicable
Important notes about required documents:
  • All documents must be in English or French, or must be translated into English by a certified translator.
  • You must submit copies of all translated and untranslated documents.
  • Documents submitted to the Office of the Registrar become the property of the College and cannot be released to you or copied for you.
    If you were educated in Canada:

  • If you attended school in Alberta, your transcripts may be sent to us electronically when you apply to the College through ApplyAlberta.
  • If you attended school in another Canadian province, you must have your official transcripts sent directly to Bow Valley College. You cannot be granted final acceptance based on unsealed or unofficial Canadian transcripts. Visit the Alberta Education website to find out how to request Canadian high school transcripts. 
   If you were educated outside of Canada:
  • Official copies of out-of-country transcripts can be photocopied and verified by the Prospective Student Centre.
  • You must submit attested (authenticated) post-secondary transcripts and/or confirmation of results from your home country
  • For country-specific document requirements, please check the International Academic Documents by Country list.
Determining eligibility

Your eligibility for admission will be determined after you submit your application and required documents. Transcripts will not be assessed prior to application.

Once applicants pay the application fee, there is no additional cost for assessment of your documents. However, assessment are only valid for admission to Bow Valley College career programs.

High school equivalents

If you were educated outside of Alberta and want to know if your courses are equivalent to the courses listed in the Academic Admission Requirements section, you can do the following. This is not required for admission to the College.

  • If you attended high school in a province outside of Alberta, you can check the Provincial High School Equivalency chart 
  • If you attended high school outside of Canada, you can submit your documents for IQAS Educational assessment (charges may apply).

Prior post-secondary academic standing

To be admitted to Bow Valley College, you must be in good academic standing. If you were required to withdraw from a Canadian college or university within the last 12 months, you will not be eligible to start a Bow Valley College career program until the 12 months has elapsed.

  • This policy also applies to students who were Required to Withdraw from Bow Valley College. For information about how to re-apply to a career program, check the Re-admission to a Career Program section for more information.
  • Students may be eligible to take classes through Open Studies, Upgrading, or English Language Learning before 12 months have elapsed.
  • Check the Admissions Policy and Procedures for more information about your eligibility for Bow Valley College programs.

3. Check your email

The Admissions Team will communicate with you via email if they require more information and to advise you of any admissions decisions. Check your email regularly. 

  • To ensure that you receive emails from Bow Valley College, please add the @bowvalleycollege.ca domain to your "Safe Senders" or contacts list.
  • You should also check your Spam or Junk Mail folders if you have not received an expected email from the College.


Re-admission to a career program

If you are a former Bow Valley College student who is re-applying to the same career program of study, you may be need to follow College re-admission processes. The re-admission process has different rules and deadlines than the standard admission process, so please read carefully!

If all of the following apply to you, please follow the re-admission processes outlined in this section:

  • If you want to re-apply to the same career program you were last active in.
  • If you were last active in that program within the previous 3 years.
  • If you accumulated at least 15 credits in that program before leaving. |

1. Determine your eligibility to reapply

Students in good standing

If you were in good standing when you left your program and stepped out for less than 9 months, you probably don’t need to re-apply. If you are not sure if you should re-apply, please contact the Prospective Student Centre to check.

Students who have been out of their program for more than 9 months, but left their program in good standing can simply skip to Step 2 – Check the Career Program Re-application Open and Closed Dates and proceed with the reapplication process.

 

Students not in good standing

If you were Required to Withdrawn from the Bow Valley College, please follow these additional following steps:

Students are normally required to step out of their program for 12 months after being required to withdraw, but your Withdrawal letter should outline your specific requirements in more detail. If you have any questions about your eligibility to re-apply, please contact the Academic Advising team.

  • Review the re-application restrictions outlined in the Withdrawal Letter that was issued to you by the College.
  • Review the Admissions Policy and Procedures – particularly the “Readmission to a College Programs” section.

3. Check the re-application open and closed dates

Start Term Re-application
Open Date
Re-application
Close Date*
Fall
2018
8 a.m. on
May 15, 2018
4 p.m. on August 30, 2018*
Winter
2019
8 a.m. on
Sept 12, 2018

4 p.m. on January 7, 2019*

Spring
2019

8 a.m. on
Jan 18, 2018

4 p.m. on May 2, 2019*

NOTE: Practical Nurse Diploma (Calgary campus)

  • Practical Nurse Diploma (Calgary) applications will close on May 4, 2018.
  • Applicants must submit all required documents by June 1, 2018.

*Applications to some programs may be closed before the Application Close Date if the program is full to capacity.

 

NOTES:
  • If the first day of the month falls on a weekend or holiday, applications will open at 8 a.m. on the first business day of the month.
  • Programs may fill to capacity long before the application close date. Applicants are encouraged to apply as early as possible.
  • International applicants should visit the International Application page for international application deadlines.
  • Visit the Regionalcampus pages for application information for Regional programs.
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4. Fill out a Career Program Re-application Form

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5. Resubmit transcripts / required documents?

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6. Check your email

The Admissions Team will communicate with you via email if they require more information and to advise you of any admissions decisions. Check your email regularly. 
  • To ensure that you receive emails from Bow Valley College, please add the @bowvalleycollege.ca domain to your "Safe Senders" or contacts list.
  • You should also check your Spam or Junk Mail folders if you have not received an expected email from the College.


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345 - 6 Avenue SE | Calgary AB | T2G 4V1
Phone:  403-410-1402 or 866-428-2669
Email: info@bowvalleycollege.ca
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