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 policies 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

Wolfville, Nova Scotia
Telephone: (902) 585-1222, Fax: (902) 585-1081
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

This is quoted from a reply to a parent's request for information in October 2001:

"Since your son comes from an unusual educational background, he will need to write tests. At Algonquin College, we have our own testing centre where he will write a test determined by the program he chooses.

He must apply for the program first, and he will then be contacted by letter from the Registrar's Office to write the test."

Algonquin has received a copy of the OFTP's brief, "Developing Homeschool Admission Policies", and are now reviewing their policy.

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 curriculum 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.

Brock University

500 Glenridge Avenue
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."

Please see the details of their homeschool admissions process on their website:

www.brocku.ca/registrar/admissions/admission-criteria/home-schooled

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

University of Calgary

Admission Requirements for Homeschooled Applicants

Applicants who are homeschooled in Canada may satisfy admission requirements by presenting appropriate grade 12 provincial subjects. A student homeschooled in Alberta, therefore, may present the appropriate Alberta Learning 30-level courses required for admission. Information on required courses for Alberta applicants may be found online at: http://www.ucalgary.ca/admissions/alberta_nwt_nunavut.html.

Alternately, home schooled applicants may qualify for admission by satisfying the requirements given under the College Entrance Examinations. Applicants must possess a high school diploma and acceptable scores and average on the five appropriate SAT tests. Information on required SAT I and SAT II tests may be found online at: http://www.ucalgary.ca/admissions/ceebs.html.

If you require additional information, please contact the University of Calgary Admissions Office.

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: www.cmu.ca/become_05_admreqs.html#home

University College of the Cariboo

Box 3010, Kamloops, B.C. V2C 5N3
Email: admissions@ (add cariboo.bc.ca to complete the email address)
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

This information is gleaned from correspondence with Carleton's admissions department in September and October of 2001.

Carleton needs an "independently evaluated score/transcript on which to base a decision." They prefer that an applicant takes the required 6 OACs through the Independent Learning Centre. They require SAT scores if there are no OACs. They'll consider AP exams, but point out that the final results for these are not available until late July or August.

"Special Students" are able to enroll in degree credit courses which can usually be counted towards the degree once admitted. The number of courses required depends on the grades obtained (an A- average on two full credits would qualify for admission, a B- average on 3 full credits etc.)

To study any program with a Math or Science prerequisite, they require the specific OAC course (or equivalents). Special students are sometimes able to enroll in Math courses. Carleton offers OAC level Calculus, Algebra/Geometry and Chemistry as Qualifying year level courses, although they no longer admit students to Qualifying year.

They did not provide a minimum age for registering as a special student.

Centennial College

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 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 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

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 Uof T website:

Home Schooled Applicants

The University of Toronto welcomes home-schooled applicants. If you are completing your education through private tutoring or home study, we recommend that you consult us well in advance of making an application, since an individual assessment of your qualifications will be necessary. In reviewing your academic preparation, we will require a portfolio that includes course outlines, textbooks used, method of evaluation, samples of your written work and relevant details of any independent evaluations or assessments completed. In addition, results of standardized tests such as SAT I and II or Advanced Placement Examinations will assist us in determining your eligibility. If you are seeking admission to a science or business program, you may wish to consider completing Ontario 4U level courses in prerequisite subjects through the Independent Learning Centre of the Ministry of Education.

It is important to note that admission to the University of Toronto is highly competitive and we are unable to admit all qualified applicants.

For further information please contact Wendy Loat, Senior Policy Advisor at 416-978-8343 or wloat@ (add adm.utoronto.ca to complete the email address).

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:

Completion of an academic background equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with prerequisite courses. Visit the program information & requirements section for specific requirements.

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 OSSD has been completed and indicating an estimated overall standing/average based on a typical final year of high school studies.

You are strongly encouraged to present test scores in related high school prerequisite subjects such as the Euclid Mathematics Contest, the Sir Isaac Newton Physics Contest, the Chem 13 News Contest, etc.

Test scores such as the SATs, ACTs, and provincial or state college entrance examinations will better enable the Admission Committees to assess your background.

An Admission Information Form (AIF) sent with the acknowledgment of your application is required.

It is preferable that you complete your final year of studies at a traditional and accredited high school.

Applications from home-schooled students will be considered individually by the appropriate Admission Committees.

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: wlubrantford@ (add wlu.ca to complete the email address)
Dr. Leo Groarke (Dean) Email: lgroarke@ (add wlu.ca to complete the email address)
Website: www.wlu.ca/~wwwbrant/

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 of homeschooled applicants:

Home-schooled students

    1. You are required to provide official evidence of academic achievement in secondary education:
      • through final grades in 6 Grade 12 U/M or OAC courses, including prerequisites for the program, obtained through correspondence, at night school, or through TVO. You may, as an alternative, present credentials from other jurisdictions, for example, results in Advanced Placement (AP) or Advanced Level courses in the General Certificate Education (GCE) examinations. (Note: students may register to sit for the AP and GCE examinations as private candidates).
      • 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 6 Grade 12 U/M or equivalent courses.

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 (Verbal) and 550 (Math) or a composite ACT score of 24.
    • You may be required to provide proof of language proficiency.
    • 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.
  1. You must also meet Faculty-specific requirements since some programs have higher averages or have supplementary procedures for admission.
  2. Make sure you know what the deadlines are for applying.
  3. Submit your application for admission.
  4. Make sure you submit all required supporting documentation.
  5. If you have a diagnosed physical, learning or psychiatric disability, you may want to request modified admission consideration.

Transfer Credit for Advanced Placement Courses: Up to 12 credits (2 full courses) may be granted for final scores of 4 or 5 on the College Entrance Examination Board Advanced Placement (AP) Exams, depending on program.

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.