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University of Calgary Calendar 2023-2024 Admissions A.5 Undergraduate Degree Admission Requirements A.5.6 Indigenous Admissions A.5.6.3 Indigenous Student Access Program
A.5.6.3 Indigenous Student Access Program

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 Indigenous learners, the University of Calgary offers an Indigenous Students Access Program for eligible students of Indigenous identity, i.e., First Nations (status and non-status), M├ętis, and Inuit.

The Indigenous Students Access Program (ISAP) is a one-year program that provides an alternate access route for Indigenous students applying from high school or adult learners looking to complete a post-secondary degree program. This admission pathway is available to Indigenous students who may not meet the admission requirements of their desired faculty program or are seeking additional support during a transition year.

The program offers enhanced academic and cultural support and is designed to give students the academic foundations they need, as well as assist in the selection of relevant courses to prepare them to apply to a specific degree program.

Admissions Requirements

Applicants must:

1. Meet the general admission requirements for Open Studies (see section A.15.2 Admission Requirements);

2. Meet or talk by phone with the ISAP advisor.

Students who do not meet the admission average or who are unable to present English Language Arts 30-1, or a post-secondary English course or equivalent; may and present information that outlines their educational goals and how their past education, cultural knowledge, life and work experiences will enable them to succeed in the ISAP program through a supplementary application. This will be reviewed by the ISAP admission committee.

3. Indigenous identity must be verified before students will be considered for the Indigenous Student Access Program.

Students will be admitted to ISAP only in the Fall Term due to the cohort nature of the program.

For more information about the program, the support it provides and its requirements, see section C.1.1 Indigenous Students Access Program. Interested applicants may also contact 403.220.6034 or email