Admission or Readmission Requirements

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    • English Language Requirements

      All students must have a level of English sufficient to write assignments, understand class lectures, and take part in class discussions.

      If English is not your first language, or you have received your education in another language, you will be required to provide proof of English Language Proficiency in one of the following ways:

      English Language Assessment Tests

      • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): 83 (internet-based score), 220 (computer-based score), 560 (paper-based score). Contact www.ets.org/toefl.
      • ELA (English Language Assessment Test): 145. Contact: Vancouver Community College, King Edward Campus, 1155 East Broadway.
      • Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System): 6.5 overall and no one score less than 6. Contact www.ielts.org or ielts@stu.ca.
      • CAEL (Canadian Academic English Language Assessment Test): 70. Contact www.cael.ca.
      • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): 56. Contact www.pearsonpte.com.

      Other Ways to Meet the English Language Requirement

      • 6 credits of post-secondary English that transfers to Capilano University; or 
      • English 12 or English 12 First Peoples with a final mark (including provincial exam) of C+ grade or higher and two years of high school in Canada; or
      • Advanced Placement English Language/Composition or English Literature/Composition with a minimum mark of 4; or
      • International Baccalaureate English Language A Higher Level with a minimum mark of 5; or
      • Language Proficiency Index Level 4 with an essay score of 26; or
      • Capilano University EAP 100 and 101 with a minimum mark of B+ (76%) in each course; or
      • Four or more consecutive years of full time education in English in Canada, or in a country other than Canada where English is the principal language; or
      • Four or more years at an eligible international high school that uses English as the language of instruction but operates in a country where the primary language is not English, or
      • Graduate from a recognized degree program at an accredited university at which English is the primary language of instruction in a country where English is the principal language.

      Students who do not qualify under one of the above measures may submit a Request for a Waiver of the English Language Requirement form (.pdf) to the attention of Admissions in the Registrar's Office.

      If the University then decides you need additional instruction in English, you will be asked to take an English examination suitable to the program area in which you wish to enrol.

      English as a Second Language (ESL) Program

      For students applying only for EAP: EAP Placement Test. Contact the EAP Department at 604.986.1911 ext. 4971 to book a testing appointment.

      Adult Basic Education

      Applicants to the Adult Basic Education program should be at least 18 years old and have been out of the public school system for at least one year. Exceptions will be made only with departmental approval.

      While there is no educational prerequisite for entering the ABE program, placement in courses is based upon an assessment of writing and mathematical skills.

      Advanced Placement (AP) Program

      Admission from the Advanced Placement (AP) Program

      In order to meet admission requirements, applicants must successfully achieve high school completion (or the equivalent). Capilano University English Language Requirements and program specific requirements must also be met.

      AP courses are eligible for admission consideration and AP course grades may be combined with an approved high school curriculum to meet Capilano’s admission requirements.

      AP courses will also be considered for transfer credit or advanced standing. Please see the Transfer Credit section of the University Calendar for a table of credit awarded for AP course work. Applicants may also consult the BC Transfer Guide.

      AP Grade Conversion

      We will convert your AP scores into percentages for the purpose of admission and transfer credit. If you are completing an AP course and the related high school course, we will use the higher of the two grades for admission.

      AP Grade% Equivalent
      596
      486
      380
      270

       

      Arts and Sciences: BC Students

      British Columbia Secondary School Graduation (Grade 12) or equivalent with a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 (60%) calculated on English 12 or English 12 First Peoples and three (3) academic Grade 12 courses selected from the list below: 

      Courses used to calculate admission GPA for BC high school students

      English 12 or English 12 First Peoples plus top three (3) subjects from the following list:

      All Advanced Placement courses

      History 12

      All International Baccalaureate courses

      Information Technology 12 or one of the following: ICTC 12, ICTM 12, ICTP 12, ICTS 12, ICTX 12

      Accounting 12 or Financial Accounting 12

      Japanese 12

      Applications of Mathematics 12

      Korean 12

      Applications of Physics 12

      Law 12

      BC First Nations Language 12

      Mandarin 12

      BC First Nations Studies 12

      Marketing 12

      Biology 12

      Philosophy 12

      Calculus 12

      Physics 12

      Chemistry 12

      Pre-calculus 12

      Comparative Civilization 12

      Principles of Mathematics 12 or Pre-calculus 12

      Economics 12

      Principles of Physics 12

      English Literature 12

      Psychology 12

      Foundations of Mathematics 12

      Punjabi 12

      French 12 or Français-Langue Seconde 12

      Social Justice 12

      Geography 12

      Spanish 12

      Geology 12

      Sustainable Resources 12

      German 12

      Writing 12

       

      Arts and Sciences: Students from Other Provinces

      Admission average is calculated on the required senior English course or courses (group requirement 1) and on the three best academic courses (group requirement 2) as shown below.

      Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut
      Saskatchewan
      Manitoba
      Ontario
      Quebec
      New Brunswick
      Prince Edward Island
      Nova Scotia
      Newfoundland and Labrador

      Alberta, Northwest Territories and Nunavut

      Applicants must supply evidence of academic grade 12 completion leading to graduation and include at least four five-credit courses, selected as follows:

      1. English Language Arts 30-1; and
      2. At least three additional courses selected from: Aboriginal Studies 30, Biology 30, Blackfoot 30, Chemistry 30, Computer Science, Advanced Level CTS (5 credits), Cree 30, English 35, Français 30, French 30, French 31A/B/C, French Language Arts 30, German 30/30S, German 31, Gonawo K'e 35, Inuktitut 35, Inuktitut Studies 35, Italian 30/30S, Japanese 30, Latin 30, Mathematics 31, Physics 30, Pure Math 30, Science 30, Social Studies 30, South Slavey 35, Spanish 30/30S, Tilcho Yati 25, Ukranian 30/30S, Ukranian Language Arts 30.

      Admission average will be based on English Language Arts 30-1 and the three best courses in group two.

      Saskatchewan

      Applicants must supply evidence of completion of academic level three (grade 12) leading to graduation, including at least five academic subjects selected as follows:

      1. English A30 and B30; and
      2. At least three additional 30 numbered courses selected from: Biology 30, Calculus 30, Chemistry 30, Computer Science 30, Economics 30, Français fransaskois A30, Français fransaskois B30, Français immersion 30, French 30, Geography 30, Geology 30, German 30, History 30, Latin 30, Law 30, Mandarin 30, Mathematics A30, B30, or C30, Native Studies 30, Physics 30, Psychology 30, Social Studies 30, Spanish 30, Ukranian 30, Ukranian Language Arts 30.

      Admission average will be based on English A30, B30 and the three best courses in group two.

      Note: English is a double course so this average is over five courses but only four subject areas.

      Manitoba

      Applicants must supply evidence of completion of an academic program which will lead to graduation and includes at least four courses selected as follows:

      1. English Language Arts 40S; and
      2. At least three additional courses selected from Biology 40S, Chemistry 40S, Chinese 40S, Computer Science 40S, Deutsch 40S, Economics 40S, Filipino 40S, Français 40S, French 40S, Geography 40S, German 40S, Hebrew 40S, History: Western Civilzation 40S, Icelandic 40S, Italian 40S, Japanese 40S, Latin 40S, Physics 40S, Polish 40S, Portuguese 40S, Pre-Calculus 40S, Social Studies: World Issues 40S, Spanish 40S, Ukranian 40S.

      Admission average will be based on English Language Arts 40S and the three best courses in group two.

      Ontario

      Applicants must supply evidence of completion of the new Ontario Grade 12 graduation, including the following:

      1. ENG4U; and
      2. At least 3 additional 4U/M courses selected from: Advanced Functions (MHF4U), Biology (SBI4U), Chemistry (SCH4U), Canadian and International Law (CLN4U), Canadian and World Politics (CPW4U), Canadian Geography (CGW4U), Earth and Space Science (SES4U), Current Economic Issues (CIA4U), Geomatics (CG*4M), World Geography (CGW4U), World History (CHY4U), Ancient Greek (LVLGCU), Classical Civilization (LVV4U), Latin (LVLCU), Other Languages (L**DU), Physics (SPH4U), Studies in Literature (ETS4U), The Writer's Craft (EWC4U), Core French (FSF4U), Extended French (FIF4U), French Immersion (FSF4U), Exercise Science (PSE4U), Interdisciplinary (IDC4U & IDP4U), Mathematics and Data Management (MDM4U) Calculus and Vectors (MCV4U), Aboriginal Governance: Emerging Directions (NDG4M), Indigenous Peoples (NDW4M), Science (SNC4M), Religious Education (HRE4M), Technological Design (TDJ4M).

      Admission average will be based on English 4U and three acceptable courses from group two. 

      Quebec

      CEGEP: Applicants from a CEGEP must present either a completed DEC or at least one year of an approved academic program.

      Grade 12: Applicants from Quebec Grade 12 must present the following:

      1. English 12; and
      2. At least three additional courses selected from Biology, Chemistry, Geography, History, Languages, Literature, Mathematics, Physics, Social Sciences. 

      Admission average will be based on English 12 and the three best courses in group two.

      If your first language is French, and you have four years or more of full time study in a Canadian school system and English 12 (or equivalent) is among the courses you have successfully completed, you will satisfy the language requirement for admission to Capilano University.

      New Brunswick

      Applicants must supply evidence of completion of an academic (i.e. college preparatory) program which will lead to graduation and includes at least four courses as follows:

      1. English 121 or 122; and
      2. At least additional grade 12 academic (college preparatory) courses selected from: Advanced Mathematics 120, Biology 120, Calculus 120, Canadian Geography 120, Canadian History 121, Canadian History 122 , Canadian Literature 120, Chemistry 121, Chemistry 122, Economics 120, Environmental Science 122, French 121, French 122, Mathematics 121, Mathematics 122, Physics 121, Physics 122, Political Science 120, Science 122, World Issues 120.

      Admission average will be based on English 121 or 122 and the three best courses in group two. 

      Prince Edward Island

      Applicants must supply evidence of completion of an academic or advanced academic program which will lead to graduation and includes at least four academic and/or advanced academic subjects selected as follows:

      1. English 611 or 621; and
      2. At least three additional courses numbered 611 or 621 from: Animal Science 621A, Biology 621A, Chemistry 611A, Chemistry 621A, Computer Science 621A, Economics 621A, Exploring Civilizations 621F, Francais 621M, Francais 621F, French 621A, French 621F, Global Studies 621A, History 621A, History 621B, Math 611B, Math 621A, Math 621B, Political Science 621A, Oceans 621A , Physics 621A, Sociology 621F.

      Admission average will be based on English 611 or 621 and the three best courses in group two.

      Nova Scotia

      Applicants must supply evidence of completion of an academic (i.e. university preparatory) program which will lead to graduation, including at least four subjects selected as follows:

      1. English 12; and
      2. At least three additional Grade 12 courses selected from: Advanced Biology 12, Advanced Chemistry 12, Advanced Math 12, Advanced Physics 12, African Heritage Literature 12, Biology 12, Canadian Lit 12, Chemistry 12, Computer Related Studies 12, Economics 12, Geography 12 or Global Geography 12, Geology 12, History 12 or Global History 12, Language 12, Math 12 or Precalculus Math 12, Physics 12, Political Science, Francais Immersion 12, French Core 12, Gaelic 12, Latin 12, Spanish 12, Sociology 12, LD Academic.

      Admission average will be based on English 12 and the three best courses in group two.  

      Newfoundland and Labrador

      Applicants must supply evidence of completion of an academic program which will lead to graduation and includes at least 13 credits as follows:

      1. English 3201; and
      2. At least three additional Grade 12 courses selected from: Biology 3201, Biology 4221, Chemistry 3202, Chemistry 4222, Computer Technology 3200, Computer Science 4220, Earth Systems 3209, Environmental Science 4225, Environmental Science 3205, European History 3205, Folk Literature 3203, Francais 3202, French 3200, French 3201, French 3202, French 4220, Global Issues 3205, Government and Politics 4227, Histoire Mondaile 3231, Inuktitut 3225, Mathematics 3204, Mathematics 3205, Mathematics 3207, Physics 3204, Physics 4224, World Geography 3202, World History 3201, World History 4224, World Literature 3216.

      Admission average will be based on English and the three best courses in group two.

      Arts and Sciences: Students from Other Countries

      International students are eligible for admission to Capilano if they have completed the equivalent of secondary school graduation (Grade 12) in British Columbia. Please refer to the University Calendar for complete admission requirements to each program. Note: some programs require a portfolio, supplemental documents, audition, particular academic subjects, a minimum GPA or have a selective or competitive admission process. For example, Arts and Sciences programs require the equivalent of BC High School graduation as well as a minimum of 3 academic subjects at the grade 12 level with a minimum 2.0 Grade Point Average (60%).

      Official, original or school certified transcripts are required for all programs. Transcripts show a list of subjects and grades in each. If graduation is not shown on the official transcript, please provide official proof of graduation as well. These documents must be in the original language of issue and translated into English by a recognized translator, if required.

      If you are currently in your final year of secondary school, a mid-term report of grades is acceptable until final graduation grades are submitted.

      Vocational streams of secondary school completion will be considered for certain programs.

      Please see International Equivalence Curricula list (.pdf).

      Career/Limited Enrolment Programs

      Career/Limited Enrolment Programs

      Please see the specific program descriptions in the University Calendar for admission requirements.

      Concurrent Admission

      Secondary students with superior academic records may apply for limited admission, which will allow enrolment in one or two Arts and Sciences courses while still attending secondary school.

      The Concurrent Studies Consent Form must be co-signed by the applicant's parent or legal guardian and must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the school principal or designate and an official copy of the secondary school academic record. Inquiries should be directed to the Registrar's Office.

      Home Schooled Students

      Home schooled applicants must provide proof that they have met secondary school graduation requirements from a recognized educational jurisdiction and also program specific minimum subject and academic admission requirements.

      In addition, all applicants are required to take provincial exams, or equivalent, for all courses in which they are mandatory.

      In cases where applicants do not meet the above-mentioned requirements, they must submit a Letter of Intent outlining the reasons for not being able to meet these requirements and provide SAT scores and/or any other relevant documentation for admission consideration.

      International Baccalaureate (IB) Program

      IB Diploma Applicants

      International Baccalaureate students are eligible for admission on the basis of successful completion of the IB Diploma. Capilano University English Language Requirements and program specific requirements must also be met.

      For those students who are completing both the IB Diploma and another high school curriculum, Capilano will use the credential which offers the applicant the best advantage.

      Transfer credit or advanced standing will be awarded for IB courses. Please see the Transfer Credit section of the University Calendar for a table of credit awarded for IB course work. Applicants may also consult the BC Transfer Guide.

      IB Certificate Applicants

      In order to meet admission requirements applicants must successfully achieve high school completion (or the equivalent). Capilano University English Language Requirements and program specific requirements must also be met.

      For IB students not completing the IB Diploma it should be noted that IB certificate courses at both the standard and higher level can be used for admission in conjunction with another high school curriculum.

      IB certificate courses will also be considered for transfer credit or advanced standing Please see the Transfer Credit section of the University Calendar for a table of credit awarded for IB course work. Applicants may also consult the BC Transfer Guide.

      IB Grade Conversion

      We will convert your IB exam scores into percentages for purposes of admission and transfer credit. If you are completing an IB course and the related high school course, we will use the higher of the two grades for admission.

      IB Exam Grade% Equivalent
      796
      690
      586
      476
      370

      Mature Student and Discretionary Admission Status

      Applicants who are twenty (20) years of age or older, who lack the minimum program admission requirement, may apply as mature students. Written requests for admission as a mature student will be considered by the Admissions Office in consultation with either the program coordinator, or for Arts and Sciences programs, with an Academic Advisor. Applicants should provide, in writing, details of other qualifications or experiences and an academic transcript of education completed. An interview may be required with an academic advisor or a program coordinator. Capilano University English Language Requirements must still be met.

      Provincial Exams: BC High School Students

      BC Secondary students applying to Capilano University will not require optional provincial exam results for admission to the University. However, students must have written provincial exams in any subject where it is mandatory to meet the BC Graduation Program requirements.

      For those students who choose to write an optional examination, Capilano University will consider the higher of the school mark or the blended school and exam mark for admission purposes.

      Transfer Students

      Students who have successfully completed 12 or more credits in an academic program at a recognized college or university will be granted admission to the Arts and Sciences program based on the work completed. Transfer students will be assigned their registration priority (Registration Time Ticket) based on their most recent term GPA from the transfer institution.

      Visiting Students

      A student wishing to take a course at Capilano University to transfer back to their home post secondary institution may do so by applying to the University as a visiting student and submitting a Letter of Permission from their home institution to Capilano University. The Letter of Permission must indicate the course the student is permitted to take at the University and how it will transfer back to the home institution. The Letter of Permission must also specify the term in which the course may be taken. Official transcripts will be requested of Visiting Students depending on the course taken at the University. Permission to register as a Visiting Student must be approved on a term-by-term basis.

      Other Qualifications for Meeting Admission Requirements

      • British Columbia Adult Dogwood Graduation Diploma, or
      • General Education Diploma (GED), or
      • Mature or Discretionary Student Status
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