How to apply to Georgian College

Find your program and apply to Georgian today!

Your application process will vary depending on the program you’re 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.

International applicants: Please review the international admissions webpage.

Admissions roadmap

You’re here in your journey to becoming a Georgian student:

Find your Georgian program

With 130+ full-time programs to choose from at Georgian, your future starts here!

Once you’ve found your program, make sure you meet admission requirements and check for program availability and start dates.

Discover our 130+ programs at Georgian College

Search our full-time programs

Browse through the 130+ full-time programs—a mix of certificates, diplomas, graduate certificates and degrees—offered at Georgian.

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Take the Career Match quiz

Find the career that’s right for you, and the Georgian program that will take you! Get started with our Career Match quiz.

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Access career success services

If you’re not sure yet which program is the best choice, contact Co-operative Education and Career Success and get in touch with a career consultant.

Review admission requirements

Make sure you know the admission requirements for your program

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Individual program requirements

You’ll find requirements on your program’s webpage. There’s a dedicated section all about admission requirements and the selection process.

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Highly competitive programs

Some programs are considered highly competitive, meaning applicants will be assessed and ranked based on academic grades.

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Lakehead-Georgian degree-diploma programs

If you’re interested in Lakehead-Georgian (LUGC) combined degree-diploma programs, please review Lakehead University admissions information.

Additional requirements by student type

You may need to meet additional requirements if you’re applying to Georgian as a student in one of the following categories:

College and university transfers (advanced standing students)Georgian College Chevron

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 application, then contact 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.

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Learn more about applying to Georgian College as an international student as well as academic and language proficiency requirements on the international admissions webpage.

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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.

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Mature applications to postsecondary certificate and diploma programs

Applicants who are age 19 or older by the program start date 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 applicants must meet all of the following all of the following criteria:

  • Must be 19 years of age by the program start date
  • Must have not attended an accredited postsecondary institution within the last two years
  • Must meet all course-specific admission requirements or equivalents for the degree
  • Must have demonstrated potential for success in degree studies through academic accomplishments
  • Honours Bachelor of Science – Nursing (HBSN) applicants must have:
    • met the four course requirements listed on the program outline and have earned a minimum grade of 70% in each of the four courses. An overall minimum GPA of 75% is recommended for all applicants.
    • met the science and math requirements within the last five years.
    • no unfavourable academic performance (achievements less than 60%) in the last two years.
  • The following documents are required from mature applicants applying to degree programs:
    • Official secondary school transcript(s)
    • Supplemental Education Form or the HBSN Admissions Form (Note: Withholding information can result in offers being rescinded or students withdrawn from their programs).

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.

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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:

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 to discuss further.

Submit your application

Follow the application steps depending on what type of applicant you are

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Domestic postsecondary student

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International visa student

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Lakehead-Georgian degree student

What’s next?

You’ve applied to Georgian! Now what?

After applying to Georgian, you’ll be introduced to the applicant portal.

This is your one-stop shop to track your application and review your next steps as you go through the admissions process – including documents you’ll need to submit to support your application.

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Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

How do I know if I meet all admission requirements?Georgian College Chevron

Full-time studies: Once you’ve applied, you’ll receive a Welcome Email from Georgian. Here, you’ll find instructions on how to access the applicant portal where you can check to see if anything is outstanding.

Part-time studies: You’ll be advised when you apply/register.

What if I don’t meet the admissions requirements for my program?Georgian College Chevron

Most subjects required for admission into postsecondary programs can be upgraded through your high school or at Georgian, or by mature student testing at Georgian.

Mature student test: If you’re over 19 or were home schooled, you may write our admissions test in communications and mathematics. Visit the Testing Services webpage to learn more and book a test appointment.

Upgrade your courses at Georgian: Learn about Academic and Career Preparation (ACP) programming to help you meet requirements for entry into a Georgian program.

What is the Communications Placement Assessment?Georgian College Chevron

The success of our students is important to us. You may choose to complete the Communications Placement Assessment (CPA) process to determine the college-level communications course appropriate to your language level – either Communication Essentials (COMM 1016) or an upper-level communications course. If you choose not to complete the placement assessment, you must start with Communication Essentials. Learn more about communication courses at Georgian.

Further information is available in your acceptance package, or the Communications Placement Assessment (CPA) section of our website.

Even if you’re not required to complete Communication Essentials, you’ll still be required to complete the mandatory number of communications courses to graduate from your program. The CPA test cannot grant you an exemption for graduation purposes.

I’m a mature student. Can I apply for a certificate or diploma program?Georgian College Chevron

If you’re age 19 or older by the program start date and don’t possess a high school diploma (OSSD) or the equivalent, you may be considered for admission to the college as a mature student to most programs.

Mature applicants must meet all program specific prerequisite courses, including English, math, biology, chemistry and physics (if applicable). In most instances, mature applicants may be allowed to write the admissions tests for English and math in lieu of having these Ontario secondary school credits or their equivalent.

Applicants are considered on an individual basis. Meeting the minimum admissions requirement does not guarantee entrance to a program.

Sample questions for the English and math admissions test can be found on our Testing Services webpage.

I’m a mature student. Can I apply for a degree program?Georgian College Chevron

Mature applicants to degree programs must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Must be 19 years of age or older by the program start date
  • Must not have been enrolled in a formal education program for at least one year prior to the beginning of degree studies (HBSN applicants must not have attended an accredited postsecondary institution within the last two years)
  • Must not have any recent unfavourable academic performance
  • Must have demonstrated potential for success in degree studies through academic accomplishments
  • Must possess the published subject requirements or equivalents and submit official copies of transcripts from high school and any postsecondary institutions attended
  • Must provide a resumé outlining work and volunteer experience since full-time attendance at school

Please note, mature student testing is not applicable to degree-level programs.

When will I hear whether I’ve been accepted?Georgian College Chevron

Nov. 1 is the earliest date that colleges may begin to send offers of admission to programs for the upcoming academic year (e.g., Nov. 1, 2022 for programs starting in fall 2023, winter 2024 or summer 2024). Offers will continue to be issued until programs are full or waitlists are established.

Offers of admission to highly competitive programs may be released starting Feb. 1, the equal consideration deadline (e.g., Feb. 1, 2023 for programs starting in fall 2023, winter 2024 or summer 2024). Applications received after Feb. 1 will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis until programs are full.

Contact us

Have questions about applying to Georgian?

The Office of the Registrar offers remote and in-person services Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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Start a live chat by clicking the Chat with us button at the bottom right-hand corner of your screen.

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Connect with the Office of the Registrar by completing our online contact form.

Give us a call

Domestic applicants: 705.722.1511
International applicants: 705.722.5158

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Why Georgian College?

130+programs across a wide variety of disciplines
100%of our programs emphasize practical, hands-on learning
88.1%of our graduates find work within six months
1stGeorgian is the first and only college in Canada designated as an Ashoka Changemaker College

Have questions about applying to Georgian? *HIDDEN SECTION*

Contact our admissions team

The Office of the Registrar offers remote and in-person services to students in all campuses Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Phone: 705.722.1511
Fax: 705.722.5118

Read our frequently asked questions

We’ve prepared some frequently asked questions about admissions to help you with applying to Georgian.

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Step 4: Send your documents *HIDDEN SECTION*

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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 For transfer students outside of Ontario, you’ll need to contact your previous college/university to have your official transcripts sent to Georgian directly.

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If you’re currently enrolled in an Ontario high school, ask your guidance counsellor to transmit your grades directly to Out-of-province students will need to obtain and send an official transcript to 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.

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Work with International Centre representatives to ensure you have all the right documentation to apply to Georgian College.

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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.

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When applying through, 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 Please include your 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

Step 5: Track your application *HIDDEN SECTION*

  1. Log into, your Georgian College MyGCLife portal.
  2. After submitting your application to a Georgian College program(s) you’ll have received a Welcome Email. Your username and password to log in to are disclosed in this letter.
    • This is different from your student email account.
  3. You’ll be required to change your password when you log in for the first time.
  4. 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 *HIDDEN SECTION*

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 for program availability.

Be sure to check other important college dates.

Nov. 1 – Earliest offer dateGeorgian College Chevron
  • 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.
Feb. 1 – Equal consideration dateGeorgian College Chevron
  • 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’ll 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 are at their highest at this time.
  • For most of our programs, we’ll continue to accept applicants after Feb. 1 – check for availability.
May 1 – Deadline to confirm offers of admissionGeorgian College Chevron
  • You must confirm your acceptance of an offer of admission by this date.
    • Log in to your account or call 1-888-892-2228 to confirm your offer.
June 15 – Tuition deposit due date for fall confirmed applicantsGeorgian College Chevron

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’re going to be an OSAP or Better Jobs Ontario recipient, you’re still required to make a deposit to secure your seat.