Other Admission Categories

Admission from a Canadian University

The following minimum conditions will apply to all applicants under this category of admission:
  • applicants must be in good academic standing at a Canadian university
  • the cumulative grade point average must be at least 2.0 (C)
  • no credit will be awarded for any course with a grade of less than 0.67 (D-)
Mature Student Entry

Each mature student application will be reviewed on its own merits. Mature applicants must:
  • be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada
  • have been out of secondary school for at least three years
  • be 21 years of age on or before the first day of classes
  • have attempted fewer than 15 post-secondary academic credits
Students must submit transcripts of any post-secondary work that they have completed for the purpose of prerequisite checks, and a résumé of both academic and other activities (employment, service, etc.) for the past three years. The University may exercise its discretion by admitting on a probationary basis.

Special Entry

Where applicants do not meet the requirements under any specific category of admission,  or where there are extenuating circumstances, application may be made under the category of Special Entry. In these instances, applicants will be assessed on an individual basis and may be asked to provide:
  • any and all academic transcripts
  • a résumé of both academic and other activities (employment, service, etc.) for the past three years
In addition, applicants under this category may be asked to present themselves for an interview.
Normally, special entry students will enrol on a part-time basis for at least one semester.

Any admissions conditions involving the achievement of a specific grade point average will be reviewed after the first semester. The normal requirement to continue studies would be a C average in a course load not to exceed six credit hours. Failure to achieve the required grade point average will result in further registration being denied. Once admission requirements are cleared, the student will proceed as a regular UNBC student. 
Interest Only
Students who do not intend to pursue a degree or certificate program at UNBC, but want to take courses for credit, may do so under the category of Interest Only to a maximum of 30 credit hours, provided they have not previously been refused admission to UNBC under any other category. This category of admission permits easy access to UNBC studies as minimal documentation at the point of entry is required.
Interest only students must:
  • Enrol on a part-time basis at UNBC (fewer than 9 credit hours)
  • Re-apply every semester
  • Obtain a minimum semester grade point average of 2.0 in order to remain eligible for re-entry under this category.
  1. Interest Only students who wish to continue their studies beyond 30 credit hours in pursuit of a UNBC credential must re-apply, meet the general admission requirements as stated in the Calendar and, as applicable, declare a Major (see Academic Regulation 22).
  2. Applicants whose first language is not English should refer to the section English Language Requirements.
  3. Applicants currently on academic probation or required to withdraw from any post-secondary institution are not eligible to apply for admission under this category.

Audit Only

Students wishing to participate in university courses, but not for credit, may apply for audit status. Audit students must submit an application for admission and pay the application fee. Audit students are not required to meet the admission requirements.

Students wishing to audit a course must obtain approval from the instructor. Forms for audit approval are available from the Office of the Registrar. Approval from the instructor in no way guarantees that an audit student will be able to register in the course. Priority for registration will be given to students taking the course for credit.

Audit courses do not meet prerequisites or course/program requirements.

Students wishing to change from audit to credit status must obtain approval from the instructor. Changes in status must take place prior to the last day to add courses in the given semester (prior to the third week of classes).

The degree of participation in a course for an audit student is at the discretion of the instructor. Audit students are not entitled to write the final exam or be granted credit for the course.

Note: Students may re-register in an audit course for credit. Full-time UNBC students are not charged for audit courses. All other audit students are required to pay one-half of the regular tuition fee for the audit course. All other related fees must be paid in full by all audit students.

Studying at UNBC as a Visiting Student (on a Letter of Permission)

Students who are enrolled and in good standing at another college or university may attend UNBC on a letter of permission from their home institution. It is the student's responsibility to ensure that they meet any course prerequisites. Individuals planning to attend UNBC on a Letter of Permission should complete an application for admission, pay the application fee, and arrange to have the Letter of Permission sent, along with a copy of their most recent transcript, directly to the Office of the Registrar. Facsimile versions of this information will be acceptable on a provisional basis subject to receipt of the original.

Continuing Studies Credit
Certain courses offered through Continuing Studies may earn UNBC credit without the student having to be admitted formally. See "Continuing Studies" under the Services and Facilities section in this calendar or online at www.unbc.ca/continuingstudies.

Admission to a Second Undergraduate Degree
Students having a recognized first undergraduate degree may be eligible to take a second degree at the Bachelor's level.  Students can expect to complete a minimum of 60 credits plus any unmet first- and second-year requirements.  UNBC reserves the right to deny admission under this category where the program completed and the program sought are too similar.