Admissions requirements

For most courses, students must be of 19 years of age or have a grade 12 diploma. The below requirements may not apply for some general interest courses, specifically those offered to children and youth.

Admissions requirements for postsecondary programs

Applicants who are 19 years of age or older by the first day of classes and who lack the academic entrance qualifications may be considered for admission to an appropriate postsecondary program as mature applicants. Mature applicants will be considered on an individual basis. The admission requirement for postsecondary programs is a high school diploma (OSSD) with 30 credits at the general or college level or equivalent. Some programs have specific course prerequisites.

Part-time applicants may be admitted to college courses providing space is available and the applicant has met the admission requirements. Applicants to postsecondary diploma or certificate programs which require only the prerequisite courses of English and/or math may be admitted on a probationary basis and will be required to achieve a GPA of 60 per cent or higher after completing six credit courses.

NOTE: Acceptance for studying part-time does not guarantee the applicant full-time entry to a program in subsequent semesters.

Admission requirements for degree programs

Mature applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be 21 years of age or older by the first day of classes
  • Must have no recent unfavourable academic performance
  • Must have demonstrated potential for success in degree studies through academic accomplishments

The admission requirement for degree programs is a high school diploma (OSSD) with 30 credits or equivalent, plus six courses at the 4U or 4M level. Some programs have specific course prerequisites.

Admission requirements for graduate certificate programs

The admission requirement for graduate certificate programs is a college diploma or university degree. Some programs identify the specific area of study to be eligible.

Admission process, part-time to full-time studies

Part-time students at Georgian College interested in applying to the first year of full-time studies, must apply through and follow the normal admission process. Part-time student status does not provide preferred access to a full-time program. Part-time registration for credit courses in full-time programs is encouraged provided space is available and admission requirements are met.


A prerequisite is a course (or other qualification) required as preparation for entry to another course. It is your responsibility to ensure that all prerequisite requirements are met before registering for a course. Course prerequisite and/or co-requisite requirements shown are those that are in place at the time of publication and are subject to change. Applicants will be advised of any requisite requirements during the registration process, or can contact the academic area for further details.

Advanced standing

Applicants can be granted advanced standing of up to 75 per cent of a certificate or diploma program based on the number of equivalent credit courses completed at a postsecondary level. Contact Credit for Prior Learning for more information at A fee for this service is applicable where courses were completed outside Georgian College.


You may apply for an exemption from a credit course based on previous credit courses taken. This involves an examination of previous educational credentials presented by the student in the form of an official transcript and course outline(s). The assessment is based on equivalency to Georgian’s course learning outcomes. A fee for this service is applicable where courses are completed outside of Georgian College. Contact Credit for Prior Learning for more information and forms at

Credit for prior learning

Applicants can be granted credit for courses in a certificate or diploma program based on Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) which involves the assessment and evaluation of acquired equivalent skills and knowledge through life and work experience. The focus of assessment is on evaluation of learning using a variety of techniques, including challenge testing. Contact Credit for Prior Learning for more information and forms at A fee is applicable to all PLAR assessments.

Academic records

The Office of the Registrar processes all requests from students for exemptions, advanced standing, Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR), grade reports, transcripts, program/course eligibility checks, certificates, diplomas and degrees.


Registration procedures and options are outlined on the inside front cover. Early registration is recommended. Attend the first session of the registered course unless notified by the college.

Changes to personal status

To maintain accurate student records, notification of any changes to name, address or telephone number is required. Please let the Office of the Registrar know of any changes by emailing or completing a Change of Information form at Validating documentation may be required.

Protection of personal privacy

All records are confidential. Information contained in any student’s records will not be released without the student’s written authorization.

Personal information collected under the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act

Georgian is committed to respecting privacy and protecting personal information. In accordance with Section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act R.S.O. 1990, c. F,31, this is to advise that personal information is collected under the legal authority of the Ontario Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Act, 2002. This information may be used and/or disclosed for administrative, statistical and/or research purposes of the college and/or ministries and agencies of the government of Ontario and the government of Canada, including, but not limited to, tabulating and reporting data on Key Performance Indicators (graduation rate, graduate employment, graduate satisfaction and employer satisfaction). You may also be contacted by ministry- or college-authorized third parties for your voluntary participation in surveys to evaluate student and graduate experiences and outcomes. Information will also be shared with third-party service providers who are retained by the college to provide services to students or act as agents of the college (working in accordance with privacy guidelines). Georgian College is required to disclose personal information such as Ontario education Numbers, student characteristics and educational outcomes to the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities under s. 15(6) of the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities Act R.S.O. 1990, Chapter M.19, as amended. The Ministry collects this data for purposes such as planning, allocating and administering public funding to colleges, universities and other postsecondary educational and training institutions and to conduct research and analysis, including longitudinal studies, and statistical activities conducted by or on behalf of the Ministry for purposes that relate to postsecondary education and training. Further information on how the Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities uses this personal information is available at: Further information on the collection and use of student-level enrolment-related data can be obtained from the Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities website at (English) or (French) or by writing to the Director, Postsecondary Finance Branch, Postsecondary education Division, 7th Floor, Mowat Block, 900 Bay St., Toronto, ON M7A 1L2. By consenting, you are authorizing Georgian to use your personal information for processing your application, acceptance or registration as well as taxation, student insurance or funding purposes.

Credit and audit status

Credit status applies when registered in a course for the purpose of receiving credit. Audit status applies when registered in a course but have chosen not to receive credit. Audit status must be specified at the time of registration; otherwise, it is assumed credit is being taken for the course. All prerequisite requirements are applicable to audited courses and permission to register for audit status must be obtained from the program manager. Tuition fees for audited courses and credit courses are the same, but students are not entitled to examination or other evaluation privileges when taking a course through audit status.

Course cancellations and transfers

Every course and seminar in this calendar must have a minimum enrolment. If cancellation is necessary due to insufficient enrolment, registrants will be notified using the phone number provided on the registration form. Make certain we have the correct day and evening phone numbers. Once a course is cancelled, and providing space is still available, registrants may transfer to another course or seminar in the same semester; otherwise, they will receive a full refund. The college reserves the right to withdraw, postpone or combine classes and/or courses, to limit registrations and to change instructors.

Class cancellations

If a campus is closed due to inclement weather or other such occurrence, it will be announced on the college website, local radio stations and the college’s phone-in system. If an instructor is unable to attend class, the college will attempt to notify students, using phone numbers recorded with the Office of the Registrar. Be sure your phone numbers are correct. If a student cannot be reached, we will attempt to leave a message at your home or work.

Program withdrawals

If a student decides to withdraw, he or she must notify the Office of the Registrar by submitting an official withdrawal form. Forms are available at all campus locations and online at Failure to attend a course does not constitute a withdrawal. If the Office of the Registrar does not receive a completed withdrawal form, a final grade based on the grade achieved at the point of leaving the course will be issued and any potential refund will be forfeited.

Course withdrawals

To withdraw from a course and avoid having a failed grade assigned, complete the part-time withdrawal form and submit to Forms can be obtained at the Office of the Registrar or online at The last day to withdraw from a course is approximately two-thirds of the way through the course. Approximate dates for credit course withdrawal in the fall, winter or summer semesters are Nov. 15, March 15 and July 15 respectively. Each course identifies the withdrawal deadline.

NOTE: This deadline is not to receive a fee refund. After the withdrawal date passes, students will be issued a final grade based on the grade achieved at the point of leaving the course. Current dates are listed on the website at


Students who have completed an entire program and feel they qualify for a college certificate, diploma or degree may complete a Request to Graduate form. Forms are available at the Office of the Registrar at any campus or online at Please note that graduation fees are payable at the time of submitting your Request to Graduate form and are non-refundable Please allow eight weeks for processing.

Graduation timelines

Students must complete all required courses to graduate within the allowed timeline for their program as follows:

Normal length of program Maximum time allowed (from start):

  • One-semester program (four to eight courses) – One year
  • One-year program (two semesters) – Two years
  • Two-year program (four or five semesters) – Four years
  • Three-year program (six semesters) – Six years
  • Four-year degree program – Eight years

The normal length of a program is based on the length of time it would take to complete the program as a full time student. Part-time students that maintain constant registration may be eligible to extend the timeline by a reasonable amount of time to allow them to complete the program according to the curriculum in place at the time they started.

Student identification card

The student identification card is not mandatory but it can be used to identify yourself as a student at the college. For library access at the Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound campuses and as identification in all service areas and computer labs.

NOTE: A student identification card can be purchased for $5.67 per semester from the Office of the Registrar in Barrie, Orillia and Owen Sound. To have a photograph taken, one piece of government-issued photo ID is required.