Ask UCalgary


As a future undergraduate student, you probably have questions about UCalgary. We are here to help and have provided answers to our most frequently answered questions below.




University publications

UCalgary's Helpful Resource page is one of the best ways to learn more about UCalgary. Download UCalgary publications and access specific resources for parents or counsellors today.

School visit or fair requests

The University of Calgary Recruitment Team travels throughout the world to meet and connect with prospective students. Sign up today to receive messages about when your Student Recruitment Advisor will be visit a city or region near you.

Register for a campus tour

We have a variety of Campus Tour options for prospective and incoming students to experience the University of Calgary. To view current tours being offered, please visit our campus tour page. If you are having difficulty registering for a tour, please email tours@ucalgary.ca with the date you wish to attend the tour, the number of guests you are bringing, and your program of interest and a staff member will reach out to you shortly.

Register for a campus event

The University of Calgary offers several on and off-campus events for prospective students who wish to study at the University of Calgary. To view a complete list of events, please visit: https://www.ucalgary.ca/future-students/undergraduate/tours-events.

If you are having difficulty registering for an event, please e-mail events@ucalgary.ca with the event you are hoping to register for and the number of guests that will be attending.

Choose an option:

Calgary applicants

Questions about programs, admission, or to learn when the Calgary recruiter will be visiting your school? Contact your dedicated Student Recruitment Advisor who supports Calgary students by e-mailing calgary.recruiter@ucalgary.ca

Alberta applicants

Questions about programs, admission, or to learn when the Alberta Recruiter will be visiting your school or area? Contact your dedicated Student Recruitment Advisor who supports Alberta students by e-mailing alberta.recruiter@ucalgary.ca

BC applicants

Questions about programs, admission, or to learn when the British Columbia Recruiter will be visiting your school or area? Contact your dedicated Student Recruitment Advisor who supports BC students by e-mailing bc.recruiter@ucalgary.ca

Saskatchewan applicants

Questions about programs, admission, or to learn when the Saskatchewan Recruiter will be visiting your school or area? Contact your dedicated Student Recruitment Advisor who supports Saskatchewan students by e-mailing saskatchewan.recruiter@ucalgary.ca

Manitoba applicants

Questions about programs, admission, or to learn when the Manitoba Recruiter will be visiting your school or area? Contact your dedicated Student Recruitment Advisor who supports Manitoba students by e-mailing manitoba.recruiter@ucalgary.ca

Ontario applicants

Questions about programs, admission, or to learn when the Ontario Recruiter will be visiting your school or area? Contact your dedicated Student Recruitment Advisor who supports Ontario students by e-mailing ontario.recruiter@ucalgary.ca

Quebec applicant

Questions about programs, admission, or to learn when the Quebec Recruiter will be visiting your school or area? Contact your dedicated Student Recruitment Advisor who supports Quebec students by e-mailing quebec.recruiter@ucalgary.ca

East Coast applicants

Questions about programs, admission, or to learn when the East Coast Recruiter will be visiting your school or area? Contact your dedicated Student Recruitment Advisor who supports East Coast students by e-mailing eastcoast.recruiter@ucalgary.ca

Northern applicants

Questions about programs, admission, or to learn when the Northern Recruiter will be visiting your school or area? Contact your dedicated Student Recruitment Advisor who supports Northern students by e-mailing northern.recruiter@ucalgary.ca

Calgary Liaison Advisor

Questions about programs, admission, or community led initiatives within the Calgary area? Contact your dedicated advisor at community.liaison@ucalgary.ca

Indigenous applicants

Questions about programs, admission or Indigenous support on-campus? Contact your dedicated student recruitment advisor at indigenous.recruiter@ucalgary.ca or by phone (+1.403.210.7211)

Getting connected with the University of Calgary

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Submitting an application and transcripts

How to apply
For complete details on how to apply to the University of Calgary you can visit our how to apply page or view our admission resources on our Helpful Resources page.

Documents required for admission
Visit your student centre (my.ucalgary.ca) for details about specific documents required for admission. Required documents will be showing in your 'to do' list. 

View our documents page for further details on how to submit each document including a video on uploading unofficial documents.  Documents need to be uploaded as a single document in PDF format. 

Unofficial documents
Unofficial transcripts are copies of transcripts that have not come directly from the issuing Institution or Department of Education. Unofficial documents can be uploaded to your student centre for evaluation and must include your name, the institution/school name and logo as well as all courses, terms and completed grades.

Official documents
Official documents are required to finalize admission offers. Official transcripts are documents sent directly to our admissions office from the Department of Education and/or other institutions maintaining such records.

Information on UCalgary programs

Questions about programs or admission? Contact your dedicated student recruitment advisor or by phone (+1.403.210.7625). 

Open Studies

As an Open Studies student, you're eligible to take university credit courses, without being admitted into a degree program. For more information visit our Open studies page.

Non-degree holders Students who do not hold a degree are permitted to register in a maximum of 12 units per term. Students with a degree are permitted to register in a maximum of 18 units per term. 

Normally, students registered in the Open Studies category may attempt a maximum of 36 units.

Admission Requirement

As a High School Student
The general admission requirement to the University of Calgary is Alberta Grade 12 graduation, or equivalent, and the completion of five courses at the 30 level (or equivalent) specific to the program you select. View our undergraduate admission requirements.

As a Transfer student
Have you taken some post-secondary courses? Once you have 12 transferrable units completed, you are considered for admission as a transfer student. Some programs may require applicants to complete, or be in the process of completing, specific course requirements at the high school or post-secondary level. In some cases, university-transferable coursework may satisfy high school prerequisites.

For admission requirements and equivalencies by applicant type, visit the admission requirements page. 

Diverse Qualifications Admission Policy
UCalgary has a Diverse Qualifications Admission Policy that is designed for students who have achieved excellence outside of academics, or who have overcome significant hardships. For details on our Diverse Qualifications process see our website.

Adult Admission

Applicants who do not have 12 post-secondary transferrable units and are 21 years of age or older by the first day of classes and unable to present the five high school courses or 12 post-secondary units required for admission, are automatically considered for admission as Adult Students. 

To be considered under the category, applicants must be Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents. Adult Students must present English Language Arts 30-1 or an acceptable equivalent. Additional grade 12 level high school courses, or equivalent, are normally required by the faculty to which the student is seeking admission. 

The University’s requirements for English language proficiency apply to Adult Students (see A.11 English Language Proficiency). 

For all admission requirements by applicant type, visit the admission requirements page.

English Language Proficiency

To view a complete list of how you can meet the English Language Proficiency requirement, including the approved English Language tests and the required scores per program, please visit the academic calendar.

View a list of English Language Proficiency Exempt Countries.

Indigenous Admissions Process

The university acknowledges and respects the rich diversity of our learners, their communities, their aspirations, and their cultures and traditions.

Find details on Indigenous supports and admissions

UCalgary's Indigenous admissions process ensures equitable access and successful participation of undergraduate Indigenous Learners.

Send questions about programs, admissions or Indigenous support on campus to our Indigenous Recruitment Advisor at indigenous.recruiter@ucalgary.ca.

Visit our Indigenous Admissions Process page.

Updating or changing my application for admission

Students should apply as early as possible to be considered for both admission and awards.

You can make changes to your application and program choices up until the application deadline of March 1st for fall. It is recommended that applicants select a second program choice on their application. Read through our frequently asked questions to learn more about program choice options.

For details on how to change your application choices, please see our Admission Resources on our helpful resources page.

Apply Alberta

ApplyAlberta is an online application and transcript transfer system for all applicants that have studied in Canada to apply to undergraduate programs at one or more of Alberta's post-secondary institutions. Applicants from outside Canada do not need to apply through Apply Alberta and can apply directly. See more on our how to apply page.

Beginning Oct. 1, you can start your application on the ApplyAlberta website, complete your profile, and select the "University of Calgary."

For more information visit Apply Alberta

For complete details on how to apply to the University of Calgary and to access the Application Walkthrough for applicants applying within Canada, you can visit our how to apply page. 

What is the competitive average for my program?

Admission to all programs at the University of Calgary is competitive.

The average required to secure an offer of admission will be determined once the qualifications of the applicant pool have been assessed for each program. Estimated competitive admission averages are listed on the admission requirements pages.

We recommend that you select two programs and rank your program choices with your most desired program as your first choice. Read through our frequently asked questions to learn more about program choice options.

See our helpful resources page.

You can make changes to your application and program choices up until the application deadline of March 1st for fall. 

What is a course outline? Why is it required?

A course outline is a long form description of content covered as part of a course. It should include the topics covered, learning outcomes, the textbooks used in the class, how each student is evaluated and the total clssroom hours. 

Some programs require specific courses in order to be admissible to your program. Outlines might be required to ensure you meet these requirements. Find out more about  program specific requirements.

Outlines are uploaded to your student centre. For more information on uploading documents, view our documents page or see our helpful resources page.

Information on UCalgary programs

Questions about programs or admission? Contact your dedicated student recruitment advisor or by phone (+1.403.210.7625).

https://www.ucalgary.ca/future-students/undergraduate/recruiters

Submitting an application and International credentials

For complete details on how to apply to the University of Calgary you can visit our how to apply page or access our Application Walkthrough (PDF) for applicants applying outside of Canada. 

Visit your student centre for details about specific documents required for admission. Required documents will be showing in your 'to do' list. 

View our documents page for further details on how to submit each document including a video on uploading unofficial documents or see our helpful resources page. Documents need to be uploaded as a single document in PDF format.

Unofficial transcripts are copies of transcripts that have not come directly from the issuing Institution or Department of Education. Unofficial documents can be uploaded to your student centre for evaluation and must include your name, the institution/school name and logo as well as all courses, terms and completed grades. Official documents are required to finalize admission offers. Official transcripts are documents sent directly to our admissions office from the Department of Education and/or other institutions maintaining such records.

Applying for a Study Permit or Student Visa

A Study Permit is issued to students by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) and authorizes an individual to study at a designated educational institution in Canada for the duration of the program of study. 

Anyone who has been accepted to the University of Calgary for a designated program of study longer than 6 months in length requires a study permit. 

As soon as you receive your offer of admission, you can apply for a study permit. Our International Student Services team can provide support.

Admission Requirement

As a High School Student
The general admission requirement to the University of Calgary is Alberta Grade 12 graduation, or equivalent, and the completion of five courses at the 30 level (or equivalent) specific to the program you select. 

As a Transfer student
Have you taken some post-secondary courses? Once you have 12 transferrable units completed, you are considered for admission as a transfer student. Some programs may require applicants to complete, or be in the process of completing, specific course requirements at the high school or post-secondary level. In some cases, university-transferable coursework may satisfy high school prerequisites.

For admission requirements and equivalencies by applicant type, visit the admission requirements page. 

Diverse Qualifications Admission Policy
UCalgary has a Diverse Qualifications Admission Policy that is designed for students who have achieved excellence outside of academics, or who have overcome significant hardships. For details on our Diverse Qualifications process see our website.

English Language Proficiency requirements

To view a complete list of how you can meet the English Language Proficiency requirement, including the approved English Language tests and the required scores per program, please visit the academic calendar.

View our list of English Language Proficiency Exempt Countries.

Exchange Opportunities

If you're pursuing a degree at another university and we have a formal exchange partnership with your home institution, you may be eligible to apply as an exchange student. For more information, please visit the University of Calgary International website.

Updating or changing my application for admission

Students should apply as early as possible to be considered for both admission and awards.

You can make changes to your application and program choices up until the application deadline of March 1st for fall. It is recommended that applicants select a second program choice on their application. Read through our frequently asked questions to learn more about program choice options.

For details on how to change your application choices, please see our Admission Resources on our helpful resources page.

What is the competitive average for my program?

Admission to all programs at the University of Calgary is competitive.

The average required to secure an offer of admission will be determined once the qualifications of the applicant pool have been assessed for each program. Estimated competitive admission averages are listed on the admission requirements pages.

We recommend that you select two programs and rank your program choices with your most desired program as your first choice. Read through our frequently asked questions to learn more about program choice options.

See our helpful resources page.

You can make changes to your application and program choices up until the application deadline of March 1st for fall.


What is a course outline? Why is it required?


A course outline is a long form description of content covered as part of a course. It should include the topics covered, learning outcomes, the textbooks used in the class, how each student is evaluated and the total clssroom hours. 

Some programs require specific courses in order to be admissible to your program. Outlines might be required to ensure you meet these requirements. Find out more about  program specific requirements.

Outlines are uploaded to your student centre. For more information on uploading documents, view our documents page or see our helpful resources page.

Applicants from Europe

Questions about programs, admission, or to learn when the European Recruiter will be visiting your school or region? Contact your dedicated Student Recruitment Advisor who supports European students by e-mailing europe.recruiter@ucalgary.ca

Applicants from Latin America and the Caribbean

Questions about programs, admission, or to learn when the Latin America Recruiter will be visiting your school or region? Contact your dedicated Student Recruitment Advisor who supports Latin American students by e-mailing latinamerica.recruiter@ucalgary.ca

Applicants from India

Questions about programs, admission, or to learn when the India Recruiter will be visiting your school or region? Contact your dedicated Student Recruitment Advisor who supports Indian students by e-mailing india.recruiter@ucalgary.ca

Applicants from the Middle East

Questions about programs, admission, or to learn when the Middle East Recruiter will be visiting your school or region? Contact your dedicated Student Recruitment Advisor who supports Middle Eastern students by e-mailing middleeast.recruiter@ucalgary.ca

Applicants from Africa

Questions about programs, admission, or to learn when the Africa Recruiter will be visiting your school or region? Contact your dedicated Student Recruitment Advisor who supports African students by e-mailing africa.recruiter@ucalgary.ca

Applicants from Asia

Questions about programs, admission, or to learn when the Asia Recruiter will be visiting your school or region? Contact your dedicated Student Recruitment Advisor who supports students from Asia (including Bangladesh and Pakistan) by e-mailing asia.recruiter@ucalgary.ca

American applicants

Questions about programs, admission, or to learn when the American Recruiter will be visiting your school or region? Contact your dedicated Student Recruitment Advisor who supports American students by e-mailing usa.recruiter@ucalgary.ca

Graduate Programs (Masters, PhD, Graduate Certificate)

For additional information for graduate students you can visit the Graduate Studies website. 

My status of application for admission

Within 24-48 hours of submitting your application, you will receive an email containing your University of Calgary Identification number (UCID). Once you have received your UCID through email, you will be able to review your application status by logging onto your Student Centre (my.ucalgary.ca). 

The Student Centre is where we post all status updates to your application - click into the status link to view updates from the admissions team.

At the top or your student centre is a 'to do list' that shows the information required to assess your application. Common 'to do list' items include paying your application fee, English language proficiency requirements, and transcripts and additional documents and requirements needed. Required items and their due dates will be available on your Student Centre ‘To do’ list within 24-48 hours.

For information on submitting documents, please see our documents page:

Visit our documents page for more details about specific documents required for admission and how to submit each document including a video on uploading unofficial documents.

My student status indicates that I'm waitlisted

Admission to all programs at the University of Calgary is competitive.

The average required to secure an offer of admission will be determined once the qualifications of the applicant pool have been assessed for each program/faculty. Compettive admission averages are listed on the admission requirements page.

While every attempt will be made to accept every qualified applicant to the University of Calgary, enrolment in the University's courses and teaching units must necessarily be limited to the number of students that can be accommodated by the resources available and consistent with an acceptable quality of education.

Applicants will be admitted top down from the waitlist if additional room in the program becomes available. Waitlists are maintained until all available spaces are filled or August 15 for fall, December 15 for winter, April 15 for spring and June 15 for summer.

It is recommended that applicants select a second program choice on their application. Learn more about first-choice, second-choice and alternate offers and how accepting works. Read through our frequently asked questions to learn more about program choice options.

My transfer credit

Transfer credit assessments are posted in your Student Centre (my.ucalgary.ca) using the transfer credit link at the bottom. 

This is a general assessment that will be updated on an on-going basis. Credit for winter courses completed will be updated between 4-8 weeks after the June 1 transcript deadline. 

Not all transfer credits awarded can be used to fulfill degree requirement. Your Faculty will review the transfer credit assessment and decide which credits can be applied to your degree program.

How to accept your offer of admission

Accept your offer of admission through your Student Centre at my.ucalgary.ca.

Once you've accepted your offer of admission, you must also pay a $500 non-refundable deposit to confirm your seat. The deadline to accept your offer and pay your deposit will be outlined in your offer of admission.

The admission deposit will be put towards your first-year tuition.

For instructions, please see our guide.

First, second and alternate offers of admission

Students applying to the University of Calgary are able to indicate two program choices for admission consideration.

You can make changes to your application and program choices up until the application deadline of March 1st for fall. See our video for how to change your program choice: or Helpful Resources page.

We recomend that you select two programs and rank your program choices with your most desired program as your first choice. Read through our frequently asked questions to learn more about program choice options.

Tuition and fees

The University of Calgary's undergraduate cost calculator tool provides a specific cost breakdown for each student type who studies on campus.

How to pay tuition deposit and tuition fees

There are a variety of options to pay tuition fees. You can pay when you arrive in September however, to avoid delays and wait times, the preferred method of payment for fees is Online Banking or GlobalPay for International students.

For detailed instructions on tuition fee payments (including fee payment deadlines), visit the Enrolment Services website.

You can use the mobile check-in option if you plan to visit in-person by texting UCalgary to 587-816-8053.

Applying for a Student Loan

Extensive information about the loan application process is available through the Enrolment Services website.

Students can also contact Enrolment Services directly for loan application support.

Applying for awards, scholarship and bursaries

Applying for awards, scholarship and bursaries are done through your Student Centre, which you access through my.ucalgary.ca.

For more information on how to apply for awards, visit our awards application page.

For more information about awards, scholarships, and bursaries, please visit the awards page.

For information about applying for Graduate Studies awards, please contact Graduate Studies: awards page.

Confirming tuition deposit/proof of payment


Payment details can be located under the Finances section of the Student Center in the MyUofC portal.

To access a payment receipt, please select "View/Print Receipts" under the Finances section. For further questions about the student account or student payments, please contact Enrolment Services directly.

Note: Pop up blockers will need to be adjusted to print documents through the student center.

For further questions about the student account or student payments, please contact Enrolment Services directly: https://www.ucalgary.ca/registrar/contact-us.

Inquiring about status of my scholarship application  

The application Undergraduate awards, scholarship and bursaries is done through your Student Centre, which you access through my.ucalgary.ca.

For more information on how to apply for Undergraduate awards, visit our awards application page.

For more information about Undergraduate awards, scholarships, and bursaries, please visit the awards page.

For Information on the status of a Graduate Studies award, please contact Graduate Studies.

Confirmation of registration for loans

UCalgary can begin confirming student loans 30 days prior to the start of the study period. To avoid delays, ensure you are full time for the entire duration of your loan.

For a Sept 1 - Apr 30 loan, the student needs to be full time in both Fall/WInter for the loan to be confirmed by UCalgary. Once you are registered full time, UCalgary will automatically confirm the loan and request the loan to cover the first term of tuition fees.

For more information on the student loan process, please visit our Student loans page.

RESP document/form submission

For additional information regarding RESP document completion, please refer to the RESP section of the Enrolment Services websitehttp://www.ucalgary.ca/registrar/finances/resps
or contact Enrolment Services directly.

Booking an appointment to speak with a program advisor

Each faculty has program advisors you can speak to about course planning, course selection, registration, program progression and more.

View a complete list of advisors.


UCalgary's Digital Student Recruitment Advisor

UCalgary's Digital Student Recruitment Advisor is available for one-on-one Skype appointments, digital school presentations, and all things virtual. DM us on our Facebook (@ucalgaryfs) or on our Instagram Page @chooose.ucalgary or e-mail digital.recruiter@ucalgary.ca

Registering for courses

Enrolment Services has a number of resources for supporting Undergraduate student course registration. Please visit the Enrolment Services website for Undergraduate registration information or contact us for support.

You can also vist the First-Year Degree Guide.

Choosing my first-year classes

The University of Calgary's New Student Registration team is available to help new incoming students select or troubleshoot with course registration for their first year of studies. Visit our advising website to access the online appointment booking tool.

Undergraduate Enrolment Verification Letter

Detailed instructions on how to print an Undergraduate Enrolment Verification Letter are on the Enrolment Services website.

For additional support printing an Undergraduate Enrolment Verification letter, contact Enrolment Services directly.


Finding my UCID or eID

After you apply for admission, you are given a UCID number. Your UCID number can be found in your MyUofC Student Centre (my.ucalgary.ca) and within your offer of admission.

You can create your eID here. An eID is required to apply for admission.

Registering my IT Account

IT accounts are required for any incoming student who is admitted to the University of Calgary. Learn how to register your IT account.

Issues registering for a prospective student event

Calgary offers several on and off-campus events for prospective students who wish to study at the University of Calgary. To view a complete list of events, please visit: https://www.ucalgary.ca/future-students/undergraduate/tours-events. If you are having difficulty registering for an event, please e-mail events@ucalgary.ca with the event you are hoping to register for and the number of guests that will be attending.


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