Other Admission Categories

Audit Only

Students wishing to participate in university courses, but not for credit, may apply for audit status. Audit Only students must submit an application for admission and pay the application fee. Audit Only students must also obtain approval from the course instructor, using the “Undergraduate Registration and Drop/withdraw” forms available from the Office of the Registrar. Audit Only students are not required to meet regular admission requirements.

Priority for spaces in courses is always given to students taking the course for credit. Approval from the instructor in no way guarantees that an audit student will be able to attend an oversubscribed course.

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

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

Dependent on available space, students wishing to change from audit to credit status must obtain approval from the instructor prior to the last day to add courses in the given semester.

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 first undergraduate degree from a recognized institution may be eligible to take a second degree at the Bachelor’s level. UNBC reserves the right to deny admission under this category where the program completed and the program sought are too similar. A minimum of 60 credits will be required to complete a second degree. Students may be required to complete any unmet first and second year requirements.

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