Diverse Qualifications

The Diverse Qualifications Admission Process is designed for students who have achieved excellence outside of academics, or who have overcome significant hardships.

What is the Diverse Qualifications Admission Process?

The university recognizes that excellence means more than academic achievement. If you’ve achieved excellence outside of academics or have overcome significant hardships, you may seek admission to the university under this process.

Learn more about applying under this process.

How do I apply under this process if I am a high school or transfer student?

Step One:

As a new applicant, you must apply for admission using the online application at how to apply. You must indicate that you’re applying under the Diverse Qualifications Admission Process in the “Additional Information” section at the end of the form.

When prompted, you’ll need to add contact information for two references you’d like to put forward to support your application. Your references will be contacted by email to provide information on your behalf.*

*Please note: If you change your reference choice(s) after submitting your initial application, it’s your responsibility to contact the new references to request that they email their letters of reference to apchange@ucalgary.ca by the March 15 deadline. Please also ensure they include your name and UCID in the email.

Your references should be respected community members who are both familiar with your situation and able to support the information contained in your personal profile. Examples include (but are not limited to) teachers, coaches, physicians, counselors, religious leaders and community organization representatives. Friends and family are not acceptable references.

The deadline to apply for admission is March 1.

Step Two:

You must complete a personal profile that outlines your special circumstances, personal achievements, and educational goals. You can download the personal profile form by clicking here.

You can submit your personal profile via email to apchange@ucalgary.ca.

The deadline to submit your personal profile and letters of reference is March 15.

Important notes about this process

Admission under the Diverse Qualifications Process is not available in the following programs:

  • The psychology program offered by the Faculty of Arts
  • The bachelor of health sciences (BHSc) program offered by the Faculty of Medicine
  • The biological sciences and honours programs offered by the Faculty of Science (these majors include biochemistry; botany; cellular, molecular and microbial biology; ecology; neurosciences; and zoology)
  • Refer to the requirements of your specific faculty if you’re applying to either the juris doctor program offered by the Faculty of Law, or the doctor of medicine program offered by the Faculty of Medicine

You’re not eligible for this process if you’ve previously been required to withdraw from any institution, including the University of Calgary.

Submitting the required information and documents doesn’t guarantee admission to the university. Admission decisions made under the Diverse Qualifications Process are final and cannot be appealed.

The university may admit up to 1% of our undergraduate students under this process on an annual basis.