Universities and Colleges in Canada

Admissions Information for Homeschoolers

Below is a list of Canadian universities and colleges that have admitted or are willing to consider admitting homeschooled students. This is not a complete list. OFTP recommends that homeschooled students approach one or more universities that they are interested in attending to determine: a) if they accept homeschooled students and b) what are the criteria/policies for acceptance. It is a good idea to do this well in advance so that the homeschooled student has adequate time to ensure that they will meet the admission policy requirements for that university.

Please note that even if a college or university does not have a specific admissions policy for homeschoolers, many have considered and admitted homeschooled students to their institutions.

(See also the listings in the Resource Directory).

Acadia University

15 University Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, B4P 2R6
Canada
agi@acadiau.ca
902-542-2201 (Switchboard)
Office of Admissions
admissions@acadiau.ca
902-585-1016
Website: www.acadiau.ca

This University will consider accepting homeschooled students but do not have a homeschooling admissions policy in place. They prefer to assess students on a case by case basis. They recommend that students take some kind of standardized test such as the SATs.

Algonquin College

http://www.algonquincollege.com/ro/applicants/admissions-requirements/college-requirements/

Woodroffe Campus
1385 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, ON K2G 1V8
Local: 613-727-0002
Toll-free: 1-800-565-GRAD (4723)
TTY: 1-866-620-3845
24 hour fax machine: 613-727-7754

Perth Campus
7 Craig Street
Perth, ON  K7H 1X7
Phone: 613-267-2859
Fax:  613-267-3950

Pembroke Campus
1 College Way
Pembroke, ON  K8A 0C8
Phone:  613-735-4700
Fax:  613-735-4739

Inquiries can also be made through: AskUs@algonquincollege.com
For Financial Aid Services inquiries send your email to: financialaid@algonquincollege.com
Please note: The Registrar’s Office may forward your email to another party inside the College who is better able to respond to your inquiry.

College Admissions Requirements

To apply to Algonquin College, you need an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or an equivalent.
If you do not have a High School Diploma:

  • Algonquin College accepts General Educational Development (GED) certificates, and Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Ontario College certificates.
  • If you are over the age of 19, or will be by your program start date, you may also apply as a mature student without the equivalent to a High School Diploma.

In both instances, your application will be considered on an individual basis and you may be invited to complete an assessment at the Test Centre for English and/or Math if subject specific grades are required for your program of choice.

You will also need to meet the specific program requirements in order to be accepted. For more information about admissions requirements specific to your program of choice, go to the program page by searching at the top right, or find your program here.

Algonquin College offers Academic Upgrading courses in English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer skills and success strategies. These courses improve your skills before starting in a program and can be used to meet admission requirements.

Athabasca University

1 University Drive, Athabasca, Alberta T9S 3A3
Telephone: 1-800-788-9041 (Toll free Canada & U.S.) or (780) 675-6100
Email: auinfo2@ (add athabascau.ca to complete the email address)
Website: www.athabascau.ca

Athabasca University offers entire degrees by correspondence and on-line learning. They offer over 500 courses and 60 programs at the masters, degree, diploma and certificate level. Students must be 16 years or older to attend but it is possible for homeschoolers who are not yet 16 to gain admission. Please contact the University for further information. You are not required to have a Grade 12 Diploma to attend this University.

Augustana University College

4901-46th Avenue, Camrose, Alberta T4V 2R3
Telephone: 1-800-661-8714 or (780) 679-1132
Fax: (780) 679-1129
Website: www.augustana.ab.ca

They encourage homeschooled students to write diploma exams in a variety of subjects and the University would then use the exam marks to determine admission. There are some non-Alberta curricula which they would recognize for acceptance.

University of Alberta

114 Street - 89 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2M7
Telephone: (780) 492-3111, Fax: (780) 492-7172
Email: registrar@ (add ualberta.ca to complete the email address)
Website: www.ualberta.ca

Homeschooled students must complete Alberta Diploma exams in a minimum of 5 subject areas or they can complete the SATII in 5 subject areas. Their admission to the University will be determined based on the exam results.

Brandon University

270-18th Street, Brandon, Manitoba R7A 6A9
Telephone: (204) 727-9784, Fax: (204) 728-3221
Email: klassen@ (add brandonu.ca to complete the email address)
Website: www.brandonu.ca

Homeschooled students have three options available for applying to this university: 1) complete the G.E.D. and submit proof of completion; 2) apply as a mature student if you are 21 years of age or older; 3) submit a transcript showing homeschooled grades along with a letter explaining that you have been homeschooled and your reasons for wanting to attend Brandon University.

Home School Applicants

Students who have been home schooled in Canada or the United States may be eligible for admission provided their application is accompanied by written confirmation from a duly authorized representative of the provincial or state department of education stating that they have completed Grade 12 under the Home Schooling provisions in the province or state.

Home schooled students not registered with the province or state will be considered for admission to Brandon University on an individual basis. Students must submit a letter and supporting documents including academic record to the Admissions Office.

https://www.brandonu.ca/future-students/apply/home-school/

Brock University

1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada
L2S 3A1
Phone: 905-688-5550

Hamilton campus:

1842 King Street East
Hamilton, Ontario
L8K 1V7
Phone: 905-547-3555

Over the last 10 years or so, Brock U. has welcomed homeschooled applicants and admitted on average 3 to 6 homeschoolers a year. The admissions director works one on one with them to facilitate entry to Brock. She says that, "Without an exception they have done extremely well once here."

https://brocku.ca/admissions/undergraduate/other/#homeschooled
(For the most recent policy, you can always visit http://www.brocku.ca/webcal/ and choose the most recent edition of the web calendar. Then within that, look for “Admissions” and scroll down to “VIII. Other Categories for Admission to Undergraduate Degree Studies”)

Introduction

Brock University welcomes applications from home schooled students who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents. We understand the nature of homeschooling, and the fact that no two applicants will present the same academic preparation. For this reason creating a single admission policy and admissions criteria guidelines can be challenging. However, the link below provides guidelines that you should find helpful:

Prerequisite subject requirements/average guidelines

Preference will be given to those applicants who complete their grade 12 studies over a period of one academic year (rather than part-time over a period of several terms or years). Applicants are strongly encouraged to include Canadian content in their studies. Chemistry, mathematics, physics and biology courses should be completed during the final year of study leading up to entry to university (not during the eleventh year of study).

In order for us to determine eligibility you must first decide whether you are a Category A or Category B home schooled applicant. If you have trouble deciding, or you need clarification regarding any of the information below, contact the Admissions Director at 905 688 5550 x4445 or mlea@brocku.ca. We encourage you to contact us well before the Grade 12 year for guidance.

Home Schooled Category A:

This category is reserved for those that complete the equivalent of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), complete the final year of secondary studies through an Ontario Ministry of Education inspected school, and present six 4U or 4M Ontario Grade 12 credits, including prerequisites. The 4U/4M credits may be completed in any combination of correspondence, on-line learning, night school, or day school. Admissions decisions can be made once a minimum of three final grades and evidence of registration in three additional Grade 12 4U/4M credits are submitted to the Admissions Office.

Canadian out-of-province applicants with equivalent preparation in the home province will be given equal consideration.

YOU MUST PROVIDE EVIDENCE OF:

Four years of secondary schooling equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma;
Six Ontario Grade 12 4U or 4M- level credits completed through an Ontario Ministry of Education inspected school authorized to grant credits toward the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD);
Meeting the minimum admission average;
>Meeting prerequisite subject requirements;
40 hours community service (or in the process of completing).
Home Schooled Category B

This category is reserved for those that complete the equivalent of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and the equivalent of six 4U or 4M Ontario Grade 12 credits. These equivalent credits may be completed in any combination of correspondence, on-line learning, night school, or day school.

Admissions decisions can be made once a minimum of three final grades and evidence of registration in three additional grade 12 4U/4M equivalent credits are submitted to the Admissions Office.

Canadian out-of-province applicants with equivalent preparation in the home province will be given equal consideration.

YOU MUST PROVIDE EVIDENCE OF:

Four years of secondary schooling equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma;
The equivalent of six Ontario Ggrade 12 4U or 4M- level credits;
Meeting the minimum admission average;
Meeting prerequisite subject requirements;
40 hours community service (or in the process of completing).
OPTIONAL:

Satisfactory Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT 1) or ACT test result.
SCHOLARSHIPS

The Director of Admissions will consult with Student Awards to determine eligibility for a Brock Scholars (Entrance) Award.

GRADING SCALES

Applicants who complete studies will have grades translated into equivalencies for admissibility and scholarship eligibility. A pass is 50%. The grading scale is as follows:

A = 87%
B = 75%
C = 65%
D = 55%
F = Fail
INFORMATION ON ONTARIO CURRICULUM

Learn more about the Grade 12 Ontario curriculum.
Learn more about Ontario school accreditation.
Be sure the school you are considering clearly states the following: “Offers credits towards the Ontario Secondary School Diploma.”

Examples of on-line learning accredited by the Ministry of Education:

Independent Learning Centres Virtual High School
Canada E School
Virtual Learning Centre
No one program/virtual school is endorsed by Brock University. These are examples only.

To contact the Admissions Director, call 905 688 5550, ext. 4445 or email mlea@brocku.ca.

University of Calgary

2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
CANADA

Homeschooled admissions:
http://www.ucalgary.ca/pubs/calendar/current/a-7.html

Admissions requirements are on a program-by-program basis:
http://www.ucalgary.ca/future-students/undergraduate/explore-programs

For more information:
Email: future.students@ucalgary.ca
Phone: 403.210.7625
Fax: 403.220.0762
Mailing Address:
University of Calgary
Admissions Office, MB117
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
Canada
NOTE: closed on weekends and Canadian statutory holidays.

Canadian Mennonite University

500 Shaftesbury Blvd.,
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3P 2N2
Phone (204) 487-3300
Fax (204) 487-3858
Toll Free (877) 231-4570
Admissions information: cu@ (add cmu.ca to compete the email address)
General enquiries: info@ (add cmu.ca to compete the email address)
Website: www.cmu.ca

CMU is a Christian university that offers degrees in the arts, music, music therapy, theology and church ministries. "We actively pursue homeschooled students at CMU and attend homeschooling conferences and support homeschool groups." Specifics about homeschooler admissions are here: http://www.cmu.ca/become.php?s=undergrad&p=admission_home

University College of the Cariboo

Now renamed Thompson Rivers University since its amalgamation with BC Open University in 2005.

Thompson Rivers University
805 TRU Way
Kamloops, BC, Canada
V2C 0C8

General Inquiries

Phone: 250-828-5000
Fax: 250-828-5086

Future Students

Program inquiries, campus tours and student recruitment outreach
Email: recruitment@tru.ca
Phone: 250-828-5006

Admissions, Registrar's Office

Email: admissions@tru.ca
Phone: 250-828-5036
Fax: 250-371-5960
Admissions Website

Website: www.tru.ca

Home educated students have been accepted at this institution. Visit the website for information regarding admission criteria for those students requesting admission who are: a) not mature students and b) do not possess certification from a provincially-accredited program.

Carleton University

From their webpage (as of 2017-05-09)

https://admissions.carleton.ca/applicant-type/home-schooled-applicants/

Home-Schooled Applicants

Home-schooled students applying to Carleton are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education in one of the following ways:

  • Through final grades in 6 Grade 12 U/M, including prerequisites for the program, obtained through correspondence, at night school, or through the Independent Learning Centre.
  • Students may also present credentials from other jurisdictions, for example, results in Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced Level courses in the General Certificate Education (GCE) examinations.
  • You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the 6 Grade 12 U/M or equivalent courses.

In the absence of final grades in courses as defined above:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests (quote codes below) such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 in each SAT component or a composite ACT score of 24.
    SAT CODE: 0854
    ACT CODE: 5376
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.
  • If you are planning on satisfying the prerequisite course requirement using SATs you must write subject specific SATs for each of the math/science courses required for your program. The level 2 math SAT is needed to satisfy the math prerequisite. Scores should be a minimum of 600.

All students are required to meet general admission requirements:

Centennial College

Admissions requirements are on a program-by-program basis.
https://www.centennialcollege.ca/admissions/applying/admission-requirements/

In June 2001, Centennial College wrote the following in response to a request for information:

"Centennial is ready to provide full consideration for admission to all candidates. A homeschooling candidate will be required to provide documentation demonstrating completion of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) and/or will need to demonstrate academic achievement and desired academic skills by way of an assessment administered by the College."

Concordia University College of Alberta

Concordia University College of Alberta
7128 Ada Boulevard
Edmonton, AB T5B 4E4
Phone: 780-479-9220
Toll-free: 1-866-479-5200
E-mail: admits@ (add concordia.ab.ca to complete the email address)

www.concordia.ab.ca

"Concordia University College of Alberta is an accredited degree-granting institution under the provision of the Post-Secondary Learning Act (Alberta), and is a member of both the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada (AUCC) and the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU). We are a small, liberal arts university college offering bachelor degrees in Arts, Science, Management, Education and Environmental Health. We also offer diploma and certificate programs in Career Development and church work, as well as a Masters in Information Systems Security Management (MISSM) program and a new Masters of Arts in Biblical and Christian Studies. Recently we've developed an admission policy for home-schooled students." [communication received July 2009]

Concordia University of Edmonton considers applications from home-schooled and home-educated applicants. All applicants are assessed on an individual basis and are treated on their own merits.

Please visit the current academic calendar, section 3.2.2 to learn more about home schooled admission.

For reference, here is section 3.2.2 for the 2017-2018 academic year:

3.2.2 Home-Schooled Student Admission

Concordia University of Edmonton considers applications from home-schooled and home-educated applicants. All applicants are assessed on an individual basis and are treated on their own merits. We appreciate the uniqueness of the home school environment and provide the following admission routes as a guideline for your benefit. We also understand that your situation may be different, so please do not hesitate to contact us regarding your admission circumstance.

Home-schooled and home-educated applicants are offered the following admission routes:

  1. Admission to an Arts, Management*, Management & Science in Chemistry Dual Degrees* [Approved by General Faculties Council on June 9, 2017], or Science* degree program by representing a Home-School Portfolio with the application for admission, which should contain but is not limited to the following elements:
    1. Evidence of prior learning from Grades 10 through 12;
    2. Statements of results from Grades 10 through 12;
    3. At minimum three writing samples from your grade 12 work (from literature works studied)

    The portfolio should also contain one of the following: A brief essay (1000-2500 words) describing the value of your home-schooling experience or an entrance video production with supporting written storyboard.
    An interview may also be requested.
    To strengthen your application we encourage you to provide a confidential letter of recommendation from an impartial source, such as a home education coordinator, indicating your academic readiness for a university-level program of studies and method of home schooling followed.

  2. Demonstrating the required admission average in the five 30 level courses for required subjects in your program of choice.* Specific university-level equivalents (refer to Table 3.2.1.B) may be used to substitute for high school course deficiencies.
  3. Admission to an Arts, Management*, Management & Science in Chemistry Dual Degrees* [Approved by General Faculties Council on June 9, 2017], or Science* degree program by completing a minimum of one year of full-time study in a diploma program at a recognized college, technical institute, or bible college in addition to their home-schooling program. Applicants must achieve a satisfactory academic standing in that course work.

*Note to Management, Management & Science in Chemistry Dual Degrees, and Science Applicants: [Approved by General Faculties Council on June 9, 2017]
Documentation is required to determine grade 12 course prerequisites needed for admission into Management or Science degree programs. For each subject area, course syllabi, textbook list, and three to five academic work samples such as science laboratory reports or results from standardized aptitude tests such as SAT or ACT are required.
For students seeking admission into the Management degree program, the prerequisite needing to be satisfied is Mathematics. For students seeking admission into any Science degree program, or the Management & Science in Chemistry Dual Degrees program[Approved by General Faculties Council on June 9, 2017], the prerequisites needing to be satisfied are Mathematics and two subjects form either Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

For complete information on the Entrance Scholarships for Home-Schooled Applicants, refer to section 7.1.1.B, Undergraduate Awards.

 

Conestoga College

In June 2001, in response to a request for information, Conestoga College wrote that they did not have a policy for homeschooled applicants.

If an applicant does not have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, they write that they "would test the applicant in the relevant subjects to ascertain an academic strength in order to show equivalency. For Ministry audit purposes, however, if the applicant did not have an OSSD and was under 19 years of age, we would ask for documentation showing his/her progression through some type of equivalent secondary school curriculum."

Fanshawe College

In June 2001, the admissions officer at Fanshawe College wrote the following:

"At Fanshawe College we . . .allow homeschooled applicants to apply without an OSSD. For persons who are under 19 years of age, a homeschooled applicant can still be considered provided that he or she can supply the college with proof of graduation from the school centre which provides the curriculum. This is a step forward for homeschooled applicants. The only additional requirement is that all homeschooled applicants write the challenge exams (at a cost of $70 per exam) for any prerequisites (i.e., grade 12 English and grade 12 Math for our business programs). The only exception to this rule is where the homeschool courses taken are ministry approved.

The college recognizes that homeschooling is fast becoming an option for many families. Homeschooled applicants are encouraged to apply."

Grande Prairie Regional College

In October 2001, the policy at this Alberta College was that:

"...home-educated students must present the same admission requirements as all our applicants. We ask all applicants to present an official Ministry of Education transcript. Naturally we are assuming that Grade 12 students are writing standardized provincial diploma exams."

"The only leeway we would have would be for certain certificate/diploma programs for which we award the credential."

Most of these alternative admissions requirements are limited to applicants who are over 21 years of age. Admission to the Early Childhood Education, Music, Visual Arts, Human Services and Community Rehabilitation programmes may be made based on placement on an English Placement Test administered by the college.

"In the case of all our University Transfer programs, we make no exceptions. Students must have written provincial diploma exams."

This information is taken from the Grande Prairie Regional College and Home Learning Canada websites.

University of Guelph

Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1
(519) 824-4120
Website: www.uoguelph.ca
Admission Services
Level 3, University Centre, University of Guelph
Phone: 519-821-2130, Fax: 519-766-9481
E-mail: info@
(add registrar.uoguelph.ca to complete the email address)

The University of Guelph website states the following about Home
Schooled Students
:

Home-schooled applicants should apply through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) using the 105 form.

An official transcript (externally evaluated by an accredited educational institution) should be submitted for evaluation to University of Guelph Admission Services. (Applicants to University of Guelph-Humber should submit their transcripts to University of Guelph-Humber.) Home-schooled applicants who cannot present an official transcript of secondary school work must submit the SAT1 and a minimum of three SAT2 test scores in applicable subjects for admission consideration.

The SATs are offered through the College Board. For additional information, visit http://www.collegeboard.com.

In discussions with Hugh Clark, Admissions Coordinator/Admission Services for the University of Guelph, Susan Rothenbush of the BC Home Learners' Association (BCHLA) was told the following:

"Homeschooled students wishing to apply to the University of Guelph may pursue an independent curriculum to the grade 11 level, however we strongly encourage students complete six 4U/4M courses, including any prerequisites prior to their application to the University. These 4U/4M courses may be completed via correspondence, night-school, day-school, or any combination thereof. All courses must be completed by the end of June, prior to the September to which they wish to apply. Providing that documentation is submitted to us indicating that the student has been homeschooled to the grade 11 level, we would waive the OSSD requirement."

LaSalle College International

In June 2001, the registrar at LaSalle College International wrote that:

"Our school is geared towards adult education which means that all our students must be over the age of 19. We give our students an assessment test before they get to see me. This assessment indicates to me if they qualify for the course which they are interested in. This assessment covers comprehension, grammar, math and vocabulary. A passing mark of 65 indicates to me that they will have no problem in the program."

McGill University

Home Schooled Applicants

McGill will consider applications from home-schooled applicants. Each case will be treated on its own merits. Home schooled candidates are required to submit, along with their application: a description of the home-schooling curriculum followed and measures of the applicant's academic acquisition in the program; including a comprehensive list of all texts (and editions) studied; a personal statement from the applicant and a separate statement from the home-educator explaining the basis of the University application and estimation of readiness to handle university level subject matter; an additional confidential letter of recommendation from an impartial source indicating the applicant's readiness for University level study. In some cases, further information and/or interview(s) with an Admissions Officer, Associate Dean, or Program Director may be required. http://www.mcgill.ca/applying/undergrad2008-09/homeschooled/

McMaster University

1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 4L8
Telephone: (905) 525-9140
Website: www.mcmaster.ca

McMaster has established a policy for admission of homeschooled students. This policy is effective for a two year trial period after which time it will be subject review in 2004. The policy is as follows:

1. Admission for homeschooled students will be in the Faculties of Social Sciences and Humanities only for the duration of the two year trial period.

2. Homeschooled applicants who, in addition to their homeschooling, have completed 6 OACs (or Grade 12U and/or M courses) or equivalent from another recognized academic jurisdiction may be considered for their programme of choice provided they present the appropriate prerequisite courses on official transcripts from accredited schools and meet the stated admission average. Note: if homeschoolers were to complete 6 OACs and provide official transcripts they could apply to any faculty program such as science or engineering provided they had the minimum average required.

3. All other homeschooled applicants will need to present the following for consideration for Humanities 1 or Social Sciences 1 only: a) list of homeschooled credentials including but not limited to structured curriculum completed through ACE (Accelerated Christian Education Programmes), A Beka, etc.; b) portfolio of written work; c) where possible results of standardized tests such as SAT, ACT. For SAT 1, we normally recommend a minimum requirement of 1200 combined score. For ACT, we normally recommend a requirement of a minimum composite score of 27.

4. Homeschooled applicants who have completed further education beyond high school may be eligible (under current practice) for admission. Normally, applicants who have completed the following will be considered: a) a minimum of 18 units (3 full courses) at an accredited university; b) a minimum of one full year of study in a diploma programme at an accredited College of Applied Arts and Technology or Bible College.

Admission Scholarships ~ Any homeschooled applicant admitted under #2 above will be eligible for a McMaster admission scholarship; those admitted under #3 above would not be eligible. However, upon completion of Level 1 they may qualify for in-course awards. Transfer students are not eligible for entrance awards (routinely), therefore, applicants noted in #4 above are not eligible for entrance scholarships.

OFTP representative Shelley Welchner asked the following question for clarification: Your homeschool admission policy states that students under #2 my be considered for their programme of choice. Does this mean that these students (who have completed 6 OACs with official transcripts) may apply for undergraduate admission to other faculties such as the faculty of science or the faculty of engineering?

Response from Paula at McMaster: Yes that is correct. If students have completed 6 OACs or equivalent, they may apply for any level I programme at McMaster, provided they have the required courses and admission average.

Nipissing University

The following is Nipissing University's homeschool policy and it can be found at
http://www.nipissingu.ca/calendar/UG-studies/admissions-requirements/Pages/Home-schooling-Applicants.aspx

Applications for admission to undergraduate studies will be considered for those who have completed their high school education through a program of home-schooling. The type of program, measurable results (i.e. SAT/AP/ACT scores etc.) and other factors (including letters of reference, personal interview) may be taken into consideration in the admission decision of such applicants. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office for more information.

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

2000 Simcoe Street North
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada L1H 7K4
905.721.8668
Website: www.uoit.ca

From the Homeschool admissions page of their website:

You have completed the Ontario secondary school curriculum (or equivalent) through a recognized home-schooling program.

Admissions requirements:

  • You are required to complete or show knowledge in the prerequisite courses for the program you want to gain admission to.
  • You are evaluated using standardized tests (through distance learning or alternative education centres) or on a combination of SAT II tests and a portfolio.
  • Parent-generated transcripts are accepted as a reflection of courses completed and marks attained, but these transcripts must be submitted in conjunction with standardized test scores.
  • If you have completed courses through distance learning or alternative education centres, include marks from these courses when you apply. If official transcripts show completion of specific prerequisite subjects, you don't need to submit SAT II test scores or a portfolio.

Note: Applications from individuals who do not possess a Canadian secondary school diploma will be considered.

Admission is competitive. The specific average or standing required for admission varies from year to year. Students are selected by taking into consideration a wide range of criteria including school marks, distribution of subjects taken and performance in subjects relevant to the academic program. Possession of the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance. Preference will be given to applicants with the best qualifications.

There are also tabs for How to apply, Important dates, English language proficiency, Transfer credit, and Links (to Programs, Special considerations, Scholarships, etc.)

From a past version of their website (i.e. may no longer be valid)

Home-schooled applicants are students who have completed the Ontario secondary school curriculum through an authorized home schooling program.

How to apply

Home-schooled applicants will be evaluated on the basis of standardized tests (through distance learning or alternative education centres) or on a combination of SAT II tests and a portfolio. Parent generated transcripts will be accepted as a reflection of courses completed and marks attained but these transcripts must be submitted in conjunction with standardized test scores.

Applicants who have completed courses through distance learning or alternative education centres should include marks from these courses at the time of application. If official transcripts like these indicate completion of specific prerequisite subjects then there is no need to submit SAT II test scores or a portfolio.

Alternatively, applicants may write four subject-specific SAT II tests. A minimum score of 600 is required to demonstrate sufficient background in the subject. Below are the required SAT IIs for each program.

  • Faculty of Business and Information Technology - Writing, Mathematics (Level II C), 2 other SAT IIs
  • Faculty of Education - Writing, Mathematics (Level II C), Biology (Ecological or Molecular) and Physics or Chemistry
  • Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science - Writing, Mathematics (Level II C), Physics and Chemistry
  • School of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science - Writing, Mathematics (Level II C), Physics and Chemistry
  • Faculty of Health Sciences - Writing, Mathematics (Level II C), Biology (Ecological or Molecular) and Physics or Chemistry
  • Faculty of Social Science - Writing, Mathematics (Level II C), 2 other SAT IIs
  • Faculty of Science - Writing, Mathematics (Level II C), Biology (Ecological or Molecular) and Physics or Chemistry

Applicants presenting SAT II test scores must also submit a personal/career portfolio. This should detail personal and community participation and achievements including academic, volunteering and mentorship. In addition, the portfolio should include an essay detailing future goals and reasoning for application to their program of choice. A letter of reference to support the application should also be submitted.

University of Ottawa

The University of Ottawa has an admissions officer dedicated to consulting and working with homeschooling families in order to facilitate admission to their institution. Contact Gordon MacDonald at (613)562-5800 ext. 2737 or gmcdonal@ (add uottawa.ca to complete the email address).

Website: www.uottawa.ca (see their page on homeschool admissions)

Applications from homeschooled students are evaluated on an individual basis. Applicants should supply detailed information about the curriculum and methodology used in in acquiring the knowledge they have. Any standardized tests that have been taken should also be provided. Scholarships can be awarded to homeschooled applicants if the University can calculate an average that is comparable to applicants in a regular school program. For example, if a student has followed a recognized curricula with independent assessment.

Information & Service Centre, Tabaret Hall, 1st Floor:
75 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa Ontario K1N 6N5
Telephone: (613) 562-5700 or 1-877-868-8292; Fax: (613) 562-5323
Office of the Registrar: 550 Cumberland, Ottawa Ontario K1N 6N5

After application email: admission@ (add uottawa.ca to complete the email address)

Quest University Canada

3200 University Blvd
Squamish, B.C. V8B 0N8
Direct: 604.898.8013
Cell: 604.389.8085
Toll Free: 1.888.QUEST.08
Fax: 604.815.0829
Websites: www.questu.ca and www.lifeatquest.ca
Application: applynow.questu.ca
Admissions: Melissa-Anne Stentiford, Senior Admission Counsellor, Canadian Admissions
Email: ma.stentiford@ add questu.ca to complete the email address

Quest is a small, independent and not-for-profit university that supports the passions and desires of students, and encourages them to pioneer co-curricular programs and events on campus. An innovative liberal arts and sciences university designed for the 21st century student, Quest University Canada welcomed its inaugural class in September 2007. We are excited to assist new students in developing their leadership skills so that they may positively impact the global community. With its focus on undergraduate learning, students benefit from a unique form of education that is not found elsewhere, including the following:

  • An intimate learning environment with classes of no more than 20 students.
  • The integration of knowledge. Our interdisciplinary curriculum ensures students study the arts, humanities, social sciences, mathematics and sciences...and examine the connections between each.
  • All of our students graduate with a combined degree: a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences.
  • Students take only one class at a time for a 3.5 week period with our "Block Plan".
  • Our students self-define their major. An individualized "Question" guides their 3rd and 4th years of study.
  • A focus on experiential learning inside and outside of the classroom. Students must complete one block of experiential learning with an outside organization in relation to their "Question" in order to graduate. This could include work experience, internships and study abroad opportunities.
  • A holistic approach to admissions that takes into consideration not only academic achievements but also personal accomplishments, leadership qualities and community service.
  • World-renowned faculty hired specifically because of their ability to teach. Faculty at Quest are referred to as Tutors because they guide and mentor students instead of simply professing knowledge. All classes are taught in a seminar format rather than lectures.
  • A generous and well-funded scholarship and financial aid program

Quest has found that homeschoolers are a great fit for our program. Quest has several students in our program who were homeschooled, one student asserts:

After twelve years of home-schooling I wanted to find a university that would offer me the same integrated learning approach that I appreciated in home-schooling. Having visited universities across the country, I quickly recognized that Quest was different. In my first three months at Quest I studied the collapse of the Mayan civilization, swam with a flaming torch across a glacier fed river, learned the mathematics of astronomical navigation, and created my own table for trigonometric values from nothing more than pencil and paper. Quest's multidisciplinary approach, combined with their intense block program, encourages me to continue the curiosity driven style of learning that made home-schooling what it was for me, and as I work intimately with students and faculty, I invariably end up living, breathing and dreaming about every subject that I explore.

~Dustin Eno, Qualicum Beach, British Columbia

Quest is well-suited to students and families who do not want the stereotypical university education. Quest practices rolling admissions and our "Block Plan" offers the flexibility for students to begin just about any month of the year.

Redeemer University College

Redeemer College welcomes homelearners. They host special information days for homeschoolers and their families. Their official policy in 2001 is as follows:

"Applicants who have an academic background from an Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) program, or any affiliated therof, must submit Amercian College Test (ACT) scores as well as up-to-date grade reports to be considered for admission. Scholarship eligibility is based solely upon composite ACT scores."

University of Regina

3737 Wascana Parkway, Regina, Saskatchewan, S4S 0A2
Admissions Information - Telephone: (306) 585-4591, Fax: (306) 585-5203
Email: admissions.office@
(add uregina.ca to complete the email address)
Website: www.uregina.ca (see their page on homeschool admissions)

The University of Regina has prepared a homeschooling admissions policy. This policy contains 5 steps.

1. The University has created a form for students to fill out. This form contains a statement that the student has been homeschooling and is registered with their local school board (if applicable). They recognise that some provinces do have this requirement.
2. Supply/create a transcript of Grades 11 and 12 of their homeschooling program.
3. Write a letter outlining why you want to attend university.
4. Have a SAT result of 1100 or more.
5. Complete one of the following: a grade 12 course; a departmental exam; another university course; an Advance Placement course; or a SAT II test in one subject.

The successful applicant will be accepted into the entrance program from which it is possible to transfer into a faculty after 30 credit hours have been completed. There is a $60.00 fee for all students (homeschooled or not) who apply to the university and it is the only fee required. There is no age requirement for this entrance program so a student who is under the age of 18 could apply to the University of Regina with this new policy.

This process allows students to be accepted into the Entrance Program which is basically a probationary year that was previously designed for mature students. In this Entrance Program students are limited to 4 courses per semester (instead of the 5 courses which comprises a full course load). Students get to choose any courses they wish to take depending on their major course of study with one exception... University 100 (a 1/2 course) which is basically a university survival course. After completing 5 courses in the Entrance Program with a minimum of 60% average, students can transfer into their faculty of interest.

Royal Roads University

This information was taken from the Royal Roads website in March 2002:

Students apply to Royal Roads after other post-secondary studies or significant life and work experience. "High school transcripts are required only from learners entering the Diploma in Aviation General Studies program."

"Royal Roads University is committed to the recognition of lifelong learning by providing formal recognition for what learners know and can do. Through the use of Prior Learning Assessment (PLA), Royal Roads University enhances accessibility for learners with non-traditional backgrounds, providing them with the opportunity to be evaluated and receive recognition for their existing demonstrable skills and knowledge. This learner-centred approach opens doors to higher learning for qualified candidates who otherwise would not meet traditional admission requirements in terms of formal academic training and serves the needs of a diverse group of learners.

Prior Learning Assessment involves several methods, including, but not limited to:

  • presentation of portfolios containing evidence of learning already achieved
  • demonstrations of competency before an objective observer
  • examinations and questionnaires interviews
  • references and letters of validation from persons familiar with the learner's skills

Through the PLA process, we expect to be able to assure both the learner and the University of a high probability of successful program completion. In some cases, exemptions from specific parts of a program may be possible."

St. Clair College

The admissions procedure for homeschooled applicants was as follows in March 2001

"St. Clair College is currently reviewing the admission of "home school" students to post secondary programs. Until the review is completed, the following guidelines will be used to determine their admission to College.

Admission Procedure

Students must submit the following with an OCAS application form.

1) Complete transcripts (report cards) for courses taken at the high school level (eg., grade 9,10,11,12,and OAC if applicable)
2) Course outlines for senior level (grade 11,12 and OAC) sciences (Biology, physics and chemistry)
3) Sample of tests and assignments in sciences
4) SAT or ACT test score if available.

Student must complete the Admissions Test at St Clair College in English and Mathematics."

St Stephen's University

the fusion of academics and discipleship
8 Main Street
St. Stephen NB E3L 3E2
(US mail: P.O. Box 987, Calais ME USA 04619)
phone 506-466-1781
toll free 1-888-CALL SSU (225-5778)
fax (506) 466-1783
email ssu@
(add ssu.ca to complete the email address)
website: www.ssu.ca

"The fusion of academics and discipleship"

"study the classics | travel the world | worship the One"

"SSU offers two streams of education—Arts & Ministry—both providing strong academic grounding and travel experience in a Christian setting."

Click on "prospective students" then, from the drop-down menu, click on "applying." This will take you to the page that includes information on "special admissions," including Homeschoolers: "SSU Welcomes applications from students who have been schooled at home."

The application process for homeschoolers includes the following: "Please provide a one to two page description of your program of studies with some details about specifc objectives and some description of the content of courses in grades eleven and twelve."

University of Saskatchewan

From their webpage on admissions policy for Home Based Learners

The University of Saskatchewan offers applicants who have elected to complete a home schooling program the following options:

  • Admission to all direct-entry colleges by successfully writing the Saskatchewan Learning provincial examinations (or equivalent) and obtaining Adult 12 standing in the required subjects and meeting the required admission average
  • Applying for Special (Mature) admission at the age of 21
  • Applicants will be considered for admissions into the Colleges of Arts & Science and Agriculture & Bioresources based on the provision of one or more of the following assessment tools:
    • A Home Based School Transcript with details of all Grade 11 and Grade 12 courses taken
    • Independent third party examinations including nationally normed standardized achievement tests such as a minimum score of 1100 in the SAT I or a minimum average of 24 in the ACT
    • An educational portfolio

Notes

  • An interview may be requested
  • The University of Saskatchewan reserves the right to request additional information at the institution's discretion.

Sault College

In June 2001, officials at Sault College wrote that they do not have a formal policy. They review each application individually to determine eligibility.

Sheridan College

In June 2001, they wrote that they consider each homeschooled application individually.

University of Toronto

In February 2002, the following guidelines were received by a representative of OFTP:

  • they consider each application individually.
  • they accept a handful of homeschoolers each year, usually into their arts and humanities programmes.
  • they rely heavily on test results and independent assessments.
  • they ask for SAT I scores (preferably in the 1350 to 1400 range, but not below 1200).
  • they also want to see 3 SAT II scores (scores at or above 600), or Advanced Placement scores, or a combination of AP/SATII.
  • they suggest that applicants take OACs.

This is their official policy from the U of T website as viewed on 2017-06-13:

Home-Schooled Students

U of T considers home-schooled applicants. Your application should include the following:

  • a letter stating that you have been home schooled
  • course outlines
  • textbooks used
  • method of evaluation used
  • samples of your written work
  • relevant details of any independent evaluations, including transcripts, if applicable
  • official results of any standardized tests taken such as SAT Reasoning Tests, SAT Subject Tests or Advanced Placement Exams
  • If you are applying to a science or commerce/management program, completion of Ontario Grade 12U/M level courses/Advanced Placement exams/SAT Subject Tests in prerequisite subjects is strongly recommended

If you have any questions, get in touch:

Enrolment Services
University of Toronto
172 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario
M5R 0A3

Location:  we are located on the west side of St. George Street, just north of the intersection of St. George Street and Bloor Street West. The closest subway stop is St. George Station..

Drop-in hours (no appointment necessary):  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday: 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Telephone inquiries:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Tuesday: 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Telephone:  416-978-2190

Fax: 416-978-7022

Find answers to frequently asked questions, or ask an admissions question online at: utoronto.askadmissions.net/ask.aspx

Trinity Western University

This information was taken from Trinity Western's website in March 2002: Trinity Western welcomes homeschooled students. There is an "Educational Background Chart" available on their website, to be used by homeschooled students who can't supply a transcript. They expect applicants to have the equivalent of at least four academic grade 12 subjects, including English. Homeschooled applicants must also submit SAT or ACT scores. They will also grant admission based on GED scores

Tyndale University College & Seminary

Tyndale University College & Seminary
25 Ballyconnor Court
Toronto ON M2M 4B3
Phone: 1-877-896-3253 or 1-416-218-6757
Fax: 1-416-226-6746
E-mail: info@
(add tyndale.ca to complete the email address)
or the admissions department: admissions@
(add tyndale.ca to complete the email address)
Website: www.tyndale.ca

Tyndale is a transdenominational evangelical university college and seminary offering a variety of fully accredited degree programs in a wide range of disciplines at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

Admissions policy for home-based learners:

(www.tyndale.ca/universitycollege/admissions4.php)

"Tyndale welcomes applications from graduates of home-based schools and from other unaccredited and/or non-traditional secondary education programs. Candidates who are unable to present province/state-examined matriculation subjects are evaluated personally in order to gauge their readiness for university-level studies.

"Home-based learners must provide SAT scores, ACT scores, or GED marks. They are also asked to provide an educational background chart (includes a list of courses taken and textbooks required for each course) to serve as a transcript."

Prospective students are welcome to visit Tyndale on any one of their Encounter Visit Days. www.tyndale.ca/visit

University of Victoria

P.O. Box 1700, Stn. CSC, Victoria, B.C. V8W 2Y2
Telephone: (250) 472-4160, Fax: (250) 721-6225
Website: www.uvic.ca

New as of fall 2005: UVic will now consider homeschoolers who submit an extraordinary application through the university Senate. Contact the head Registrar to begin the process. They will consider the PSAT, SAT, AP tests and other forms of academic achievement outside the Canadian school system.

University of Waterloo

200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
(519) 888-4567
Website:www.uwaterloo.ca

The website states the following about homeschool admissions:

Applications from home-schooled students will be considered individually by the appropriate admission committees.

Evidence that studies have been completed at an academic level equivalent to the minimum standard required for your programs(s) of application.

This evidence may include a letter from the principal of a traditional and accredited high school confirming that the equivalent of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) has been completed and indicating an estimated overall standing/ average based on a typical final year of high school studies.

  • It is preferable that you complete your final year of studies at a traditional and accredited high school.
  • If you're taking Grade 12 U/M courses, they must be completed through a school that is inspected by the Ontario Ministry of Education.
  • You're strongly encouraged to present test scores in related high school prerequisite subjects such as the Euclid Mathematics Contest, the Sir Isaac Newton Physics Contest, and the Chem 13 News Contest.
  • Test scores such as the SATs, ACTs, and provincial or state college entrance examinations will better enable the admission committees to assess your background. If you are submitting test scores, the ACT code for Waterloo is 5377 and the SAT code for Waterloo is 0996.
  • An Admission Information Form is required.

If your first language is not English, see Waterloo's English language requirements.

University of Western Ontario

Now has a Home-Schooled Applicant Checklist. (PDF)

The University of Western Ontario
Undergraduate Recruitment and Admissions
Western Student Services Building
London, Ontario CANADA N6A 3K7
Tel: 519-661-2100
Fax: 519-661-3710
Email: reg-admissions@ (add uwo.ca to complete the email address)

Contacts: Ontario High School Hotline 519-661-3977

Wilfrid Laurier University ~ Laurier Brantford Campus

73 George Street, Brantford, Ontario N3T 2Y3
Telephone: (519) 756-8228, Fax: (519) 759-2127
General Email: servicelaurierbrantford@wlu.ca
Homeschool applications: Holly Cox, ext. 5709 - hcox@wlu.ca
Website: www.wlu.ca

Homeschooled students who can provide independent evidence of academic achievement can be admitted to any Laurier program if they meet the standard criteria. Homeschooled applicants who do not have formal institutional experience and independent evidence of their achievements will have to write the SAT 1 exam and will be considered if they have a score of 1,000 or higher, but would then have to apply for further testing.

An application for testing would have to include:

1. A letter requesting admission to Laurier Brantford on the basis of home-based learning.
2. A statement, signed by the student and those responsible for their home-based learning, that the student has been studying at home for two of the last three years.
3. A homeschooling transcript of one to four pages outlining the applicant's homeschooling program of study.
4. Payment of an application fee.
5. A statement of educational aims written by the student.

Following a review, selected applicants would be invited to a campus interview by two faculty members and would be required to write an essay-type exam that would be marked by these faculty members. A decision to offer or not offer admission would be forwarded to the Admissions Office and to the applicant.

University of Winnipeg

515 Portage Ave
Winnipeg, MB R3B 2E9
204.786.7811
Admissions Office: 204-786-9159

adm@ (add uwinnipeg.ca to complete the email address)

Homeschool applicants are mentioned on pages 3 and 4 of the Application Guide (a pdf file):

Home-schooled students will be considered for admission to the University of Winnipeg on an individual basis. Each applicant must provide proof of completion of Senior 4 or its equivalent including Mathematics and English.

Home School applicants should contact the Admissions Office to obtain a copy of the admission policy which lists required documentation.

York University

Office of Admissions
Student Services Centre
York University
4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario CANADA M3J 1P3
Tel: 416-736-5000
Fax: 416-736-5536
Website: www.yorku.ca

From their webpage on admission requirements ("I have never studied in a formal academic high-school environment"):

You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education. This can be demonstrated through:

  • Final grades under the Ontario curriculum (obtained through correspondence, night school or through TVO)
  • Credentials through other curricula, such as results from Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced-level courses in the General Certificate of Education (Gene). (Students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates.)

In the absence of final grades in courses:

  • You must submit the results of standardized tests such as the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) with a minimum of 550 (Reading) and 550 (Math) or a composite American College Testing (ACT) score of 24.
  • Your application will be reviewed by an admissions sub-committee. If admitted, you will not be eligible for entrance scholarships. You will be considered for continuing student scholarships at the end of your first year of study, if you satisfy those criteria.

You may also be required to provide proof of language proficiency. You will be considered for entrance scholarships on the basis of your overall averages in the six 4U/4M (Ontario curriculum) or equivalent courses.

 

The Canadian National Survey of Post-Secondary Institutions on Entrance Requirements for Home-Educated Students

Leo Gaumont of Education Unlimited in Saskatchewan, in cooperation with HSLDA, conducted a survey
between October 2000 and February 2001 to measure the collective attitudes of Canadian post-secondary institutions towards home-educated students.