How to apply to Georgian College
Your application process will vary depending on the program you are applying to and your particular pathway into Georgian.
Before you apply for any full-time program, get familiar with the steps you need to take and the admission requirements you need to meet.
Step 1: Find your Georgian program
Search our full-time programs
Browse through the 130+ full-time programs offered at Georgian. Make sure to check ontariocolleges.ca for program availability and start dates.
If you know the Georgian program that is right for you, please move forward with step 2.
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If you’re not sure yet which program is the best choice, contact Co-operative Education and Career Success for help or call them at 705.728.1968, ext. 1340.
Step 2: Meet admission requirements
Make sure you know the admission requirements for your program. You’ll find requirements on your program’s webpage, in the Program Outline tab, under Admission Requirements and Admission Details.
Lakehead-Georgian combined degree-diplomas
A minimum of 70 per cent overall final average based on the top 6 Grade 12 U or M courses is required. In addition to the minimum average, applicants must also satisfy the respective program’s prerequisite requirements. Please be aware that some Georgian programs are limited enrolment programs and the cut-off average may increase depending on the number of applications received for that particular program. Get complete information at Lakehead Admissions.
Applicants who are currently registered in subjects required for admissions may receive a conditional acceptance to Georgian. If your acceptance is conditional, you’ll have to ensure all outstanding requirements are met before classes start. Possible requirements include: passing your courses, maintaining your grades, maintaining your GPA, completing your high school diploma (if you’re under 19) and if you’re applying for a graduate certificate – graduating from your current college or university. Please check Web for Admissions to see your outstanding conditions.
You may need to meet additional requirements if you’re applying to Georgian as a student in one of the following categories:
Advanced standing uses a number of relevant postsecondary credits from recognized and accredited institutions and/or relevant life/learning experience toward course exemptions in a student’s Georgian College program that places the student in a semester beyond their first.
If you’re applying to Georgian from another institution to a level greater than Level 1, you must complete your ontariocolleges.ca application, then contact ontariocolleges.ca at 1.888.892.2228 and indicate the requested level.
What is Level 1?
Starting levels indicate the year and semester in which you want to start a program. For example, Level 1 is the first semester of the first year, Level 2 is the second semester of the first year, Level 3 is the first semester of the second year, and so on.
Learn more about applying to Georgian College as an international student as well as academic and language proficiency requirements on the International Centre webpage.
Unlike international students, internationally trained students are Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have studied abroad.
If you’re an internationally trained student, you may need to have your official documents evaluated by World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Services of Canada (ICAS). For WES evaluations, we recommend a course-by-course analysis report.
You may also need to meet Georgian English language proficiency requirements.
Mature applications to postsecondary certificate and diploma programs
Applicants who are age 19 or older as of the first day of classes and do not possess a high school diploma (OSSD) or the equivalent, you may be considered for admission to Georgian College as a mature student to most programs. Mature applicants must meet all program-specific prerequisites including all courses listed for each program, and all selection criteria.
Applicants must possess one of the following requirements to be eligible for admission to most certificate and diploma programs:
- Credit courses taken at Georgian
- Equivalent courses taken through high school or Independent Learning Centres (at the general, advanced, college or university level)
- Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE program)
- Mature student testing that meets the minimum standards for admission (available through testing services)* Available for applicants lacking grade 12 English and/or math requirements
- Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
- Credit courses taken through accredited colleges or universities
Mature applicants to degree programs
Mature applications must meet all of the following all of the following criteria:
- Must be 19 years of age or older by Dec. 31 of the year of admission (BScN applicants must be 21 years of age or older by Dec. 31 of the year of admission)
- Must not have been enrolled in a formal education program for at least one year prior to the beginning of degree studies (BScN applicants must have been away from formal education for a minimum of two years)
- Must have no recent unfavourable academic performance (BScN applications must have no postsecondary grades below 60 per cent within the last five years)
- Must have demonstrated potential for success in degree studies through academic accomplishments
Mature applicants must possess the published subject requirements or equivalents, and submit official copies of transcripts from high school and any postsecondary institutions attended. Applicants must also provide a resume outlining work and volunteer experience since full-time attendance at school.
Applicants educated in a home school system at the grade 12 level are welcome to apply to Georgian College for postsecondary programs. All specific course requirements for the desired program must be met.
When official transcripts from college-approved institutions are not available to meet admission requirements, course specific equivalency testing for certificate or diploma programs may be an option. Testing may include:
- Communications Placement Assessment (CPA) tests for both mathematics and English,
- Challenge exams for some science subjects (check with your Admissions Officer or email@example.com for more information
Applicants to degree-level programs are required to provide official transcripts from accredited institutions to support their application. Note that there are Georgian pathway programs available for some degree level programs as an alternative. Please contact your admissions officer or email firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss further.
Step 3: Submit your application
What type of applicant are you?
A domestic postsecondary student
- Apply to Georgian online at ontariocolleges.ca or call 1.888.892.2228.
- Watch a tutorial video to learn how to apply with the online application.
An international visa student
- Interested in studying at Georgian as an international student?
- Learn more about application instructions for international students.
A Lakehead-Georgian degree student
- Looking to apply to a Lakehead-Georgian degree program?
- Learn more about application instructions for Lakehead-Georgian students.
Step 4: Send your documents
Contact Georgian’s Credit for Prior Learning team to have your documents evaluated.
For Ontario college/university transfer students, you can request your transcripts through the online application process at ontariocolleges.ca. For transfer students outside of Ontario, you will need to contact your previous college/university to have your official transcripts sent to Georgian directly.
If you’re currently enrolled in an Ontario high school, ask your guidance counsellor to transmit your grades directly to ontariocolleges.ca. Out-of-province students will need to obtain and send an official transcript to ontariocolleges.ca themselves.
Home-schooled applicants must meet the admission requirements including pre-requisite courses and completion of high school diploma. Home-schooled applicants must provide the appropriate pre-requisite courses on an official transcript from an accredited institution. Home-schooled applicants may be asked to write an admissions test to gain entry into Georgian programs.
Check your online application after final first semester marks, second semester mid-terms, and final marks are issued to ensure your grades have been sent and are accurate.
Work with International Centre representatives to ensure you have all the right documentation to apply to Georgian College.
If you’re planning to use your international transcripts to meet admission requirements for a program at Georgian College, you may need to have your documents evaluated for equivalency at an approved provider of credential evaluation services before applying. You may also need to meet Georgian English language proficiency requirements. Providers are:
These organizations provide various services related to translating and/or determining Canadian equivalents to academic credentials received internationally.
When applying through ontariocolleges.ca, you may be able to order your Ontario high school transcript online. If your high school isn’t listed, call the high school and ask them to mail your transcript to ontariocolleges.ca. Please include your ontariocolleges.ca application number on your documents.
If you’ve completed courses or programs at another postsecondary institutions – college or university – you can order those transcripts through ontariocolleges.ca.
Step 5: Track your application
- Log into MyGCLife.ca, your Georgian College MyGCLife portal.
- After submitting your application to a Georgian College program(s) you will have received a Welcome Letter. Your username and password to log in to MyGCLife.ca are disclosed in this letter.
- This is different from your student email account.
- You will be required to change your password when you log in for the first time.
- Once you have changed your password, you must Register for password reset.
- Once logged in, click Academics found at the top left of the page, and then click Applicant Dashboard.
Step 6: Know your application cycle dates
Applications for all full-time programs will be accepted on an ongoing basis after the Feb. 1 deadline for all three intakes. Continue to check ontariocolleges.ca for program availability.
Be sure to check other important college dates.
- This is the earliest date that colleges may begin to send offers of admission to programs for the upcoming academic year. Offers will continue to be issued until programs are filled or waitlists are established.
- Apply on or before this date in order to receive equal consideration for admission to programs starting the following fall and winter.
- After this date, we will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until programs are full.
- Please note that applications to highly competitive programs must be received by this date in order to be considered.
- As these programs receive a high volume of applicants, all seats may be filled by Feb. 1.
- Applicants are encouraged to complete their applications well before the equal consideration date, as website volumes on the online application at ontariocolleges.ca are at their highest at this time.
- For most of our programs, we will continue to accept applicants after Feb. 1 – check ontariocolleges.ca for availability.
- You must confirm your acceptance of an offer of admission by this date.
- Log in to your ontariocolleges.ca account or call 1-888-892-2228 to confirm your offer.
We require you to confirm your seat with a deposit or full fees.
- Paying your fees by the due date confirms your seat (even if your offer is conditional) in the program – this means your spot won’t be given to another student.
- If you are going to be an OSAP or Better Jobs Ontario recipient, you are still required to make a deposit to secure your seat.
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