Admissions COVID-19 FAQs

We recognize that this has been a stressful time with unknown and unprecedented challenges due to COVID-19. University of Calgary is committed to supporting students during this time; we will continue to communicate with students and schools to understand impacts and determine the best way forward. We want to ensure students are not disadvantaged and are supported as they start their post-secondary journey.

With many schools across the world closed for extended periods of time and or moving to an online format, we recognize that you are facing uncertainty that is beyond your control and that you have many questions. To support you in this time, please read our frequently asked questions.


Frequently Asked Questions

UCalgary is continuing to make offers of admission to applicants in Canada and internationally.

I have applied, but was unable to submit my transcripts or English Language Proficiency tests due to school or test centre closures?

We are extending the fall 2020 initial transcript and English Language Proficiency deadline:

  1. Transcripts: If you were unable to send transcripts, upload unofficial copies to your student centre between March 30 and April 13.
  2. English Language Test results: If you were unable to submit an English Language Proficiency test, we are accepting the Duolingo English Test (except for Nursing and Education). A score of 115 is needed to meet our English Language Proficiency requirement. Upload test results to your student centre between March 30 and May 1.

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I Submitted a Diverse Qualifications application, but my referees were unable to submit their reference in time.

Diverse Qualifications applications will be reviewed as long as your Diverse Qualifications personal statement was submitted by the March 15 deadline; references are optional at this time. Students who apply through Diverse Qualifications are normally notified between May 1 and June 30.

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I am still waiting for an admission decision, with all the changes to the school year I’m wondering how will my application be evaluated?

  1. High School applicants: We will use the grade as reported by your school, with or without a final examination.
  2. Transfer applicants: We will use the grade and course information provided by your post-secondary institution as follows: 
    • Admission average: All graded courses, up to 30 units, will be used in the Admission GPA calculation. Courses awarded credit on an alternative grading system (e.g., Credit Received, CR, pass, complete) will not be used as part of the 30 units.
    • Required course: Courses that are graded or were awarded credit on an alternative grading system (e.g., Credit Received, CR, pass, complete) will be used to meet required courses for admission.

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I didn’t apply to UCalgary, but with the current COVID-19, would like to. Is it possible to submit a late application to an undergraduate program?

For Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents, our open studies application for fall 2020 will open April 3, so that you can apply. As part of the application, you will be asked what two programs you would like to be considered for. These applications will be reviewed beginning in June as time and resources allow. You will be considered for the programs that you have indicated, or for open studies depending on program availability.

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I didn’t apply to UCalgary, but with the current COVID-19, would like to. Is it possible to submit a late application to an undergraduate program?

For Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents, our open studies application for fall 2020 will open April 3 and remain open until July 31, so that you can apply. As part of the application, you will be asked what two programs you would like to be considered for. These applications will be reviewed beginning in June as time and resources allow. You will be considered for the programs that you have indicated, or for open studies depending on program availability.

I’ve received an offer of admission. With all the changes to exams and course delivery, how do I maintain my offer of admission?

We have made the decision to finalize admission offers based on your current admission average.  Complete your current courses; however, your final grades will not impact your admission decision.

A number of our first-year courses require a high school course as a pre-requisite. To ensure you are successful in first year, we encourage you to complete your required courses and provide us with a transcript as soon as it’s available, but no later than December 23, 2020. We will use the grades reported by your school, with or without a final exam. You will still be able to take fall term courses during this time.

The conditions of admission in your student centre will reflect this information by April 3, your offer of admission letter will not change.

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What if I can’t complete the required courses I need?

Many courses are offered through school boards and UCalgary’s Continuing Education division (online, in-person, distance). These can be completed during the summer or fall, as long as the grade is available by December 23, 2020.

If you are unable to complete your required courses by December 23, 2020, we will work with you and your faculty to determine a pathway that will enable you to continue your studies at UCalgary.

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Will having required courses outstanding when I start my Fall 2020 program impact my ability to register in first year courses?

No. Pre-requisites for courses taken in the fall 2020 term will be waived to ensure that you are able to register for required courses for your program.

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I am at a high school/homeschool student that requires SAT’s to finalize my admission.

SAT requirements will be waived for admitted students; courses completed will be used to finalize admission.

The conditions of admission in your student centre will reflect this information by April 3, your offer of admission letter will not change.

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Will I get transfer credit for IB, GCE or AP courses where a final exam is not completed?

Advanced credit will be given for all course received on an official IB/GCE/AP organization transcript as detailed here:  https://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/current/a-12-1.html

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I have been admitted, but I cannot pay the admission deposit by the deposit deadline? Can I be granted an extension?

We know that there have been challenges with admission deposit payments for students living abroad where there are exceptional circumstances and banks were/are closed in some countries. To support students in these situations the University has implemented a credit card payment options through Global Pay for Students (https://student.globalpay.wu.com/geo-buyer/uofcalgary).

To pay your deposit, go to Global Pay for Students, select your country and select include WU Admission deposit to get a quote. To see all payment options including credit cards, debit cards and bank transfer, select ‘show more options’.

With the implementation of these changes to support deposit payments, deposit extensions are no longer available.

 

I have received an offer of admission. With changes to course delivery and grading systems (credit received, pass, complete), what do I need to do to maintain my offer of admission?

Your offer of admission will be finalized as soon as in-progress required courses have been completed. Required courses given a ‘Credit’ grade, will be considered as meeting required courses for both admission and pre-requisite purposes.

We have made the decision to finalize admission offers based on your current admission average.  Complete your current courses; however, your final grades will not impact your admission decision.

The conditions of admission in your student centre will reflect this information by April 3, your offer of admission letter will not change.

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I have been admitted, but I cannot pay the admission deposit by the deposit deadline? Can I be granted an extension?

We know that there have been challenges with admission deposit payments for students living abroad where there are exceptional circumstances and banks were/are closed in some countries. To support students in these situations the University has implemented a credit card payment options through Global Pay for Students (https://student.globalpay.wu.com/geo-buyer/uofcalgary).

To pay your deposit, go to Global Pay for Students, select your country and select include WU Admission deposit to get a quote. To see all payment options including credit cards, debit cards and bank transfer, select ‘show more options’.

With the implementation of these changes to support deposit payments, deposit extensions are no longer available.

 

I am concerned about Study Permit timelines. Do I have to worry that I won’t be able to attend?

As soon as you have been admitted, apply for your study permit.

If you have specific questions or need more information about applying, please click here.

If your study permit is delayed, UCalgary will work with you to defer your admission to winter 2021 or fall 2021. Information will be available on this website August 15 to support any students in this scenario.

I would like to apply to UCalgary for a future term and would like to know how the grades received in the winter 2020 term will impact my application evaluation?

1. High School applicants: All winter 2020 grades, as reported by the reporting authority in the country, province or territory will be used, with or without a final examination.

2. Transfer applicants: We will use the grade and course information provided by your post-secondary institution as follows:

  • Admission average: All graded courses, up to 30 units, will be used in the Admission GPA calculation. Courses taken in winter 2020 and awarded credit on an alternative grading system (e.g., Credit Received, Completed Requirements, pass, complete) will not be used as part of the 30 units to calculate the admission average.
  • Required courses: Courses taken in winter 2020 that are graded or were awarded credit on an alternative grading system (e.g., Credit Received, Completed Requirements, pass, complete) will be used to meet required courses for admission. These courses will not be used in the admission average calculation.

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Fall 2020 FAQ

For more information on fall 2020, visit the Fall 2020 FAQ page.

International Students FAQ

For more information specific to international students, see the COVID-19 FAQ for international students.

Residence FAQ

For more information specific to Residence, see the Residence Fall 2020 FAQ.