Mature Student

Adult admission is limited to applicants with Canadian education who are 21 years of age or older by the first day of classes in the semester of intended admission and who do not meet current admission requirements*.

*Adults who have both the required high school courses and a competitive average (e.g., 65% or higher) are admissible according to the regular High School admission route, regardless of their age or the length of time they have been out of school.

Non-Matriculated Adult Admission

What is required for admission via Non-Matriculated Adult Admission?
All applicants are required to meet all program-specific requirements and one of the following:

  1. High School Admission route with an admission average of 60% with no transferable post-secondary courses.
  2. Minimum final grade of 65% in English 30 -1 or 30-2, as well as passing grades in two other 30-level courses.
  3. Demonstrated potential for academic success and excellence in non-academic areas. Applicants are required to submit the following:
    a. Transcripts of all high school and post-secondary experience.
    b. Standardized test scores, such as SAT or ACT, if available.
    c. A Letter of Intent from the applicant, including a statement on the applicant’s potential for success in university studies, how the applicant’s experiences since secondary school have contributed to this potential, the applicant’s goals for the future, and why studies at the University will help the applicant to realize these goals.
    d. A résumé, providing a summary of all educational, employment and volunteer experience.

Life achievement will be considered for Non-Matriculated Adult admission if it demonstrates skill development relevant to university success. Achievements could include leisure time activities; volunteer or work experience; academic upgrading; test scores indicating university-level reading, writing and math skills; transferable and non-transferable post-secondary work; and, courses taken at uLethbridge as an Open Studies (formerly Unclassified).

The focus should be on the academic/organizational skills developed and maturity gained in the course of these experiences (e.g., ability to organize and complete significant projects, sophisticated reading or writing, etc.). Individuals who have an employment history (e.g., successfully managing a business, community leadership, professional certification) that they wish to be considered are advised to submit a résumé with their Letter of Intent.

An Adult Admission Committee will evaluate whether or not this experience compensates for high school credentials that are below the minimum for high school admission. The specific skills demanded by the intended academic program will also be considered (e.g., math skills will be considered for programs requiring quantitative course work).

Note: Students with unsatisfactory post-secondary records will not be eligible for Adult Admission.

For more information about adult admission visit the Registrar's Office website or contact or 403-320-5700 to speak with an admissions officer.