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College & Program Eligibility

Now that you have chosen the programs you are interested in, it is time to find out if you are eligible to apply and if there are any program requirements you need.


Find Out if You are Eligible to Apply

Before applying, check that you are eligible for admission into Algonquin College and your chosen program. You may have additional admission requirements.


What you Need to Apply to Algonquin College

To apply to an Ontario Community College such as Algonquin, you need one of the following:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent or
  • Academic and Career Entrance (ACE) Ontario College Certificate.  Algonquin College offers Academic Upgrading courses in English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, computer skills and success strategies. These courses can be used to meet program admission requirements or to improve your skills before starting in a program. or
  • General Educational Development (GED) certificate or
  • Mature Student Status -  (19+ and without a Secondary School Diploma)

Other Program Admission Requirements

Most programs have other admission criteria or requirements as well. These may include:

  • specific academic prerequisites
  • completion of an essay, test or questionnaire
  • submission of a portfolio
  • attendance at an information session

It is your responsibility to find out about and complete any mandatory program requirements. The specific admission requirements for each program are listed in detail in Programs & Courses.


International Students – English Language Requirements

If your first language is not English, you will need to complete a language assessment. These assessments are accepted with the minimums indicated in the chart.

English Language Assessment (for evaluation of English Language skills for people whose first language is not English)

TEST Program Type
  Post-secondary Diploma and Certificate Programs Baccalaureate in Applied Studies Programs Ontario Graduate Certificate Programs *
TOEFL Internet-Based – 80+ minimums of 20 Internet-Based – 88+ minimums of 22 Internet-Based – 88+ minimums of 22
IELTS Overall band of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum 6.0 in each band
CAEL Overall score of 60 Overall score of 70 and a Writing Performance score of 60 Overall score of 70 and a Writing Performance score of 60

* Some exceptions apply

Test results are valid for two years from the test date. The test result must be current and valid by the start date of the program.

TOEFL = Test of English as a Foreign Language.
IELTS = International English Language Testing Service
CAEL = Canadian Academic English Language Assessment


Secondary School Graduates

If you have earned an OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma), with senior English and/or math courses at the Basic Level or with Workplace Preparation or Open courses, you may be considered for admission. For most programs, you will be tested to determine your eligibility.


Students with Disabilities

If you need services to accommodate a disability, you are urged to contact the College’s Centre for Students with Disabilities as soon as you apply, so the appropriate services can be arranged. If you need accommodation during the admission process for testing or interviews you may also request assistance from the Centre for Students with Disabitities.  The College will make all reasonable efforts and adjustments to provide access to its programs for all persons who meet the admission requirements, regardless of the nature and severity of any disability.


Mature Students

If you do not have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent by the start of the program, and you will be 19 or older by the program start date, you may be considered for admission as a Mature Student.

If you are requesting a Mature Student status you will be considered on an individual basis and will be referred to the Test Centre for an evaluation of your academic potential.   You must also meet the specific program eligibility requirements in order to be accepted.