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Admission Policy

The Admission Policy of St. Lawrence College requires:
(a) the acceptance of all who are qualified within established program seat limits;
(b) the use of a ranking procedure where the number of qualified applicants exceeds that limit;
(c) a clear statement to all unsuccessful applicants as to why they were not admitted.

Please see the Academic Policy for more detailed information

Who Can Apply? 

You must have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the College or University preparation levels (C/U/M) including Grade 12 English at the C/U/M level and a Grade 11 Math, before your college program begins. You must also have all admission requirements listed for your program of choice.

High School Diploma Equivalencies

The Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE), the Basic Training and Skills Development - Level 5 (BTSD) or the Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED) are all considered equivalent to the Ontario high school diploma for entrance to college certificate, diploma and advanced diploma programs. They do not prepare applicants for entrance to degree programs.

Mature Applicants

If you are over 19 years of age by the first day of college and you do not have an Ontario high school diploma or equivalent, you may be admitted as a mature applicant. You must provide proof that you have credits for Grade 12 English at the College or University preparation levels (C/U/M) and a Grade 11 Math. You must also have all admission requirements listed for your program of choice.

Educated at the Workplace or Basic Level?

The following one-year certificate programs will accept applicants whose Ontario Secondary School Diploma was or will be earned with workplace preparation level credits: 0141 Carpentry Techniques;  1004 Culinary Skills-Chef Training; 0503 Hairstyling.

Home-Schooled Applicants

 

St. Lawrence College evaluates applications from home-schooled students on an individual basis. Applicants should supply detailed information including curriculum, course outlines, examination results and certification by school board. The College may require further pre-admission testing. Applicants will need to demonstrate equivalent to OSSD, or be at least 19 years of age and provide proof of credits for Grade 12 English at the College or University preparation levels (C/U/M) and a Grade 11 Math. Please contact the Recruiting Office at 1-800-463-0752 for further information.

Educated in Canada but outside of Ontario?

St. Lawrence College recognizes diplomas and GEDs from other provinces and territories as equivalent to the Ontario Secondary School Diploma. Grade 12 English at the College or University preparation levels(C/U/M) and a Grade 11 Math are required. You must also have all admission requirements listed for your program of choice.

Educated outside of Canada?

St. Lawrence College welcomes all applicants educated in other countries. You must have the equivalent to the Ontario curriculum prerequisites for your program of choice, as well as documented proficiency in English.

English is not your first language?

All applicants must be fluent enough in English to understand instructors and the technical language used in their subject area. Following is a list of English proficiency assessments recognized for admission to our programs.

  • St. Lawrence College English as a Second Language Advanced Level Certificate. The required score is 60% except for degree and post-graduate programs which require at least 70%.

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): A minimum score of 78 on the internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based test is required except for degree and post-graduate programs. TOEFL for degree and post-graduate programs: 83 internet; 220 computer.

  • IELTS (International English Language Test Service): The required score for this British-based test is 6.0 overall, with a minimum score of 5.5 in each section except for degree and post-graduate programs. IELTS for degree and post-graduate programs: 6.5 overall with a minimum 6.0 in each section.

  • CAEL (Canadian Adult English Language Assessment): An overall score of 60 is required for admission to our programs. This Canadian test assesses English use for academic purposes and can be taken on fixed testing dates at several locations across Canada and internationally. Visit www.cael.ca for more information.

  • STEP/EIKEN (Test in Practical English Proficiency): A minimum score of Pre-1 is needed for this Japanese-based test.

  • MELAB: A minimum score of 80 is required except for degree and post-graduate programs. MELAB for degree and post-graduate programs: 82.

St. Lawrence College has partnerships with a number of English as a Second Language Schools in Canada and recognizes completion of specific programs as demonstration of proficiency for admission to our programs.

Current Partner Institutions:

  • Queen’s University School of English – Advanced Level Certificate or higher.

  • English School of Canada (ESC): Successfully complete ESC Level 8 and all modules of the ESC College Transfer Program (CTP) to meet the English Language Proficiency requirements for entry to post-secondary diploma and certificate programs.

  • St. George International College: Successfully complete the University/College Preparation Program (UCPP) for entry to post-secondary degree, diploma and certificate programs.

  • International Language Academy of Canada (ILAC): Successfully complete the Pre-Degree Program for entry to post-secondary degree, diploma and certificate programs.

  • Omnicom School of Languages: Successful completion of “Academic/College Preparation Course”; minimum grade 75%

  • Canadian Language Centre (CLC): Successful completion of “English for Academic Purposes”; minimum grade 70%

  • ILSC Education Group: Successful completion of ILSC’s “Academic Preparation Level Advanced 2” (University Pathway Program); minimum grade 70%

  • Study English in Canada (SEC): Successful completion of English for Academic Preparation Course; minimum band score of 70-80 on final exam

Not sure where you fit in? Contact Recruiting at St. Lawrence College for more information, answers to all your admission questions, and advice regarding your specific circumstances: 1-800-463-0752 or dreamit@sl.on.ca

When to Apply

Program List

Apply to college as soon as the application is available in October. Applications received on or before the Equal Consideration Date will be given equal consideration. This is particularly important if you are applying to a program that is in high demand or oversubscribed; that is, a program for which the number of qualified applicants exceeds the number of seats available. After the Equal Consideration Date, applications are considered on a first-come, first served basis.

International Students are invited to apply year-round, depending on what is most suitable for them. For more details, visit us online at www.stlawrencecollege.ca/international, email us at international@sl.on.ca, or call us at 613-544-5400, ext. 1474 or 1408.

Note: If you are a resident of Canada without Canadian citizenship, you must provide proof of your status in Canada. If you do not reside in Canada and are not a Canadian citizen, you must obtain a student visa valid for the academic year you plan to attend.

High Demand/Oversubscribed Programs and Ranking Information

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to high demand programs and applicants may be ranked based on grades. Seats will be offered in order of ranking and some applicants will be placed on a waitlist or denied entrance to the program. Also, applicants from outside Ontario should review the residency priority guidelines below.

Fall Programs Equal Consideration Date is February 1st

Although each year is different, the following programs are in high demand and may be subject to our ranking procedures: • Bachelor of Applied Arts - Behavioural Psychology • Bachelor of Science in Nursing • Behavioural Science Technology • Child and Youth Care (including Fast-Track) • Communicative Disorders Assistant • Community Integration through Co-Operative Education • General Arts and Science -- Behavioural Psychology Stream • Medical Laboratory Science • Paramedic • Practical Nursing • Pre-Health Science • Social Service Worker (including Fast-Track) Veterinary Assistant • Veterinary Technology • Wind Turbine Technician Diploma/Industrial Electrician Co-op Apprenticeship. Please visit our Program Availability page for full details. Click here.

In order to be considered for admission into these programs, you MUST apply for these programs before the Equal Consideration Date.

Winter Programs Equal Consideration Date is October 1st

Ranking of applicants is not normally required for winter intake programs with the exception of the Practical Nursing and Veterinary Assistant programs.

Residency Priority

As per ministry guidelines, applicants are to be offered admission into oversubscribed programs according to the following order of preference:

  1. Permanent residents of Ontario
  2. Permanent residents of other provinces and territories in Canada
  3. Applicants from other countries.

The Office of the Registrar reserves the right to update the list of high demand/oversubscribed programs at any time based on applicant demand

Applying is Easy!

Find the online application at ontariocolleges.ca.

You’ll be required to submit transcripts and an application fee to complete your online application. Applications are considered complete once all application fees and related documents are received. This is important for programs that are ranked. Applications for ranked programs starting in the Fall must be complete by February 1st. Please check out our Program Availability information. Click here.

Questions?

For answers to all your admission questions, contact Recruiting at 1-800-463-0752 or dreamit@sl.on.ca.