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Aboriginal Students

The University of Calgary acknowledges and respects the rich diversity of our learners, their communities, cultures and traditions, and their aspirations and abilities.

Who can apply for Aboriginal Admission?

The University of Calgary acknowledges and respects the rich diversity of our learners, their communities, cultures and traditions, and their aspirations and abilities. In order to ensure equitable access and successful participation of Aboriginal learners, the University of Calgary has instituted an Aboriginal Admissions Policy for qualified Aboriginal applicants seeking admissions to undergraduate programs. The policy will be in effect once a student self-identifies as an Aboriginal applicant on the undergraduate application form. Prior to registering for the first time, students admitted under this policy will be required to submit proof of Aboriginal identity.

The purpose of this policy is to ensure the provision of a University learning environment that encourages full access, participation and success for Aboriginal students, and enriches all aspects of the intellectual and cultural life of the University of Calgary through full participation of Aboriginal students. 

Who is eligible?

On the Application for Undergraduate Admission, all Canadian applicants are asked to indicate the following:

  • Status Indian/First Nations
  • Non-Status Indian/First Nations
  • Métis
  • Inuit

How are applicants considered?

Applicants will first be considered for admission under regular competitive criteria. If required, a second consideration as an Aboriginal applicant will occur automatically.

If granted admission under the Policy, applicants must provide proof of their Aboriginal status by:

  • Supplying a photocopy of a Native, Inuit or Métis status card; or,
  • Contacting Native Centre to work out an alternative way of proving Aboriginal status.

How do I apply?

Regular Competitive Admission for students residing in Canada is granted upon receipt of official supporting documentation and satisfying all admission requirements by March 15 (Education - After Degree program), June 1 (all other Transfer Applicants) or August 1st (High School Applicants). This includes official transcripts of final grades, English Language Proficiency results and if applicable other outstanding documents.

  1. Complete the Application for Admission by March 1, 2016.
  2. Arrange to have official transcripts of final grades sent to the Admissions Office from each institution attended. Official transcripts are ones that are sent directly from your high schools or post-secondary institutions attended to the Admissions Office. Please note:
    • If you have attended an Alberta high school or an Alberta post-secondary institution which participates with ApplyAlberta, the University of Calgary will request your transcripts on your behalf.
    • Degree holders applying to the Bachelor of Education After Degree program are not required to provide high school transcripts.
    • Applicants who have attended post-secondary institutions outside Canada may be requested to provide course outlines for assessment.
    • Documents issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by certified English translations.
  3. Check your online Student Centre to see if there are any other requirements for your requested program of study to ensure that they will be satisfied by the specified deadline dates.
    • To access your online Student Centre, log into your myUofC portal. Click on both the "Status" link and the "To Do List."

What do I do afterwards?

If you are admissible, an admission package will be sent to you. You will need to accept or decline your offer of admission through your online Student Centre; registration appointment times are assigned once the offer of admission has been accepted. You may wish to seek advice from your faculty to ensure you are registering for appropriate courses. You are advised to register at your earliest eligibility after you have been admitted.

Due to large volumes of applications received every year, a delay is not unusual. We appreciate your patience. If you have questions about the status of your application, please check the myUofC portal or call our office at (403) 210-7625.