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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.

Admission Requirements

Download the Admission Requirement Chart for program specific prerequisites:

    2020-21 Admissions Requirements

  2021-22 Admission Requirements 

The HOAE requirement has been temporarily waived for applicants who applying to Veterinary Technology for the Fall 2021 semester. 

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 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 Techniques1004 Culinary Skills; 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 a Student Recruitment Officer at or 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. Click here for a list of English proficiency assessments recognized for admission to our programs, including requirements specific to Laurentian University Collaborative programs: Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

When to Apply

Apply to college at as soon as the application is available in October. Applications received on or before the Equal Consideration Date (see below) will be given equal consideration. This is particularly important if you are applying to a program that is highly competitive, 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, email us at or call us at 613-544-5400, ext. 5514.

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.

Highly Competitive Programs and Ranking Information

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to highly competitive programs and applicants may be ranked. Seats will be offered in order of ranking and some applicants will be placed on a waitlist or denied entrance to the program.

Click here to see more information about highly competitive programs. 

Applicants who apply to highly competitive programs by February 1 are considered equally providing their applications are complete (for example, all transcripts have been received). Ranking is based on an applicant’s previous academic experience, including any prerequisite courses required for the program choice, as well as overall achievement. In some instances additional admission testing may be used. If the program prerequisites include specific course requirements, grades from a minimum of two completed courses are required. Remember that you still must complete all requirements and any minimum grade requirements by July 29, 2021 for the Fall 2021 semester. Please visit the individual program pages for specific prerequisite information.

Applicants from outside Ontario should review the residency priority guidelines below.

2021-22 Programs Equal Consideration Date is February 1st

Although each year is different, the following programs are highly competitive and may be subject to our ranking procedures:
• Bachelor of Science in Nursing • Communicative Disorders Assistant • General Arts and Science -- Behavioural Psychology Stream • Honours Bachelor of Behavioural Psychology • Medical Laboratory Science • Paramedic • Practical Nursing • Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Advanced Diplomas & Degrees • Social Service Worker • Veterinary Assistant • Veterinary Technology. 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.

Residency Priority

As per ministry guidelines, applicants are to be offered admission into highly competitive 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 highly competitive programs at any time based on applicant demand.

Applying is Easy!

Find the online application at

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 highly competitive programs starting in the Fall must be complete by February 1st. Please check out our Program Availability information. Click here.


For answers to all your admission questions, contact a Student Recruitment Officer at 1-800-463-0752 or