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Academic Requirements

Different colleges and universities require different credentials and experiences to be accepted into their programs. Colleges and universities require students to have completed a secondary school diploma (high school diploma) or equivalent (such as a general education diploma). Schools set entrance requirements for their programs. Some programs may only require a secondary school diploma, while others may require that you complete specific subjects and level of courses while in secondary school. It is important to research the entrance requirements carefully before you apply. To learn more, contact the Office of Registrar (also referred to as the “Registrar’s Office” or “Admissions Office”) at the school you wish to attend.  

If you earned your academic credentials outside of Canada, they are often referred to as "international credentials" or "foreign credentials.” To enrol in an Ontario post-secondary school, you may be required to have your international academic credentials evaluated.  To learn more about evaluating your credentials for education purposes, visit the Academic Credentials to Study at a Post-Secondary School section. It is important that you contact the school you wish to attend before you have your credentials evaluated to ensure that you fully understand the school’s requirements. 

Students who are currently enrolled in secondary school can also speak with their school’s guidance counsellor to learn more about the academic requirements for post-secondary school.