General Admission Requirements
Matriculated Applicants—On Transfer from a Postsecondary Institution
14.2 Matriculated Applicants—On Transfer from a Postsecondary Institution
Students seeking admission to a degree or diploma program at the University of Alberta must have successfully completed the matriculation requirements for that program, as specified by the Faculty that offers the program. While Alberta Education is the only agency that certifies successful completion of these matriculation requirements, the University recognizes other ways in which students may meet them—for example, through suitable programs of study in postsecondary institutions in the province.
The University of Alberta, while supporting the traditional role of the high schools to prepare students for university entrance, recognizes that other postsecondary institutions in Alberta offer suitable preparation for university studies.
Because all programs have limits on the number of students the University of Alberta will accept each year, admission is competitive.
14.2.1 Admission from Colleges and Universities
Note: Notwithstanding the following information, certain programs may require a higher minimum admission average than that specified below. Applicants must be in satisfactory standing at the institution from which they are transferring. Applicants should consult the specific Faculty requirements in §15 or with admission officers in the Faculty of choice for more information.
Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA) Calculation: The AGPA is calculated on all university transferable coursework completed in the most recent two terms of study if they contain a minimum of 24. If those two terms contain less than 24, all work in the next most recent term(s) is included in the calculation until the minimum total of 24 is reached. Fall/Winter courses are considered Winter courses in these calculations. For applicants who have attempted less than 24 of transferable postsecondary work, the AGPA is based on all university or university transfer credits attempted.
Note: Where the applicant has more than one passing grade for the same course at any institution, only the first passing grade is used in calculating the grade point average(s) for admission purposes.
Applicants who have met the appropriate minimum matriculation requirements on first admission to another postsecondary institution will be considered for admission to the University of Alberta, if they
Students seeking admission who had not taken all five required Grade 12 subjects on first admission to another postsecondary program will be considered for admission to the University if they
Students seeking admission who have not met the appropriate minimum application average on first admission to another postsecondary program will be considered for admission to the University of Alberta if they
To be considered for readmission, an applicant who has been required to withdraw from the University of Alberta must
To be considered for admission or readmission, an applicant who has been required to withdraw from another postsecondary institution must
14.2.2 Transfer of Credit
Transfer credit may be granted to applicants for admission who have completed one or more University level course(s) at another recognized university or college. Transfer credit reduces the length of the University of Alberta program the student is required to take to qualify for a degree. Generally, the amount of transfer credit granted depends on how applicable the previous coursework is to the particular degree program applied for.
A maximum of two years of transfer credit will be granted toward a University of Alberta undergraduate degree program. This normally consists of 60 or its equivalent (e.g., 10 full courses or 20 half courses). The amount of transfer credit is determined by the same regulations applicable to those students who are transferring from one University Faculty to another.
Also, some Faculties have placed a limit on the number of 100- and 200-level courses for which transfer credit may be granted. Prospective students should consult the Faculty sections for further details.
Some provincial postsecondary institutions have approved university transfer programs that provide for transfer of credit. The University will accept for transfer credit the courses listed in the appropriate transfer guide to the extent that the courses fit the degree program that the student wishes to enter.
Transfer credit will be granted for 100-level language courses (or equivalent) that have been successfully completed, except where a 30-level (matriculation) course in the same language has also been successfully completed.
Transfer credit will be granted for each course transferable to the University of Alberta if the grade achieved is at least a C- (or its equivalent) and the course is applicable to the specific program to which the student has applied.
Among degree-granting institutions, transfer credit is assessed on an individual course-by-course basis by the receiving institution. Consequently, these course equivalents are not listed in the Alberta Transfer Guide.
The Alberta Transfer Guide explains the nature and the detail of transfer credit arrangements among various postsecondary institutions in Alberta, Northwest Territories, and Nunavut. It is available online at www.transferalberta.ca or by contacting:
Alberta Council on Admissions and Transfer (ACAT)
11 Floor, Commerce Place
10155 - 102 Street
Edmonton, Alberta T5K 2J5
Phone: (780) 422-9021 or toll free 310-0000
14.2.3 Advanced Placement
Advanced placement may be granted to applicants who have taken the equivalent of university courses in some other manner. This excuses them from taking the corresponding university courses, but other courses must be taken instead. Thus, students who have been granted advanced placement will not have the length of their program reduced.
If applicants feel they may be eligible for either transfer credit or advanced placement, they should ensure that the application is submitted well in advance of the deadlines given in §12. The University reserves the right to require applicants for transfer credit or advanced placement to write examinations at any level including that of matriculation.
14.2.4 Credit by Special Assessment
Some Faculties allow students to seek credit in certain specified courses without actually registering in and taking courses, if they can demonstrate an acceptable level of mastery of the course content. The procedure whereby a student seeks credit in a course by this nontraditional route is known as Credit by Special Assessment.
Faculties, in consultation with departments, will determine which, if any, of their courses may be attempted by special assessment and the conditions that a student must satisfy to have an application approved. In particular, students in any Faculty who wish to apply for credit by special assessment in a language course offered within the Faculty of Arts should consult §42.5.
The privilege of seeking credit in a course by special assessment is limited to students admitted to the University. Students wishing to receive credit in courses this way should report to their Faculty Office to be apprised of Faculty regulations and deadlines for submission of applications.
All grades obtained in attempts by special assessment, including failing grades, will be recorded on students' transcripts and computed into their student record in accordance with the policies of the students' Faculties.
Please refer to §22.2 for fee information.