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Requirements for Canadian Students

Olds College will accept an Alberta high school diploma or its equivalent. Its equivalent is deemed to be the appropriate certification for high school learning in secondary education systems outside the Province of Alberta or academic upgrading received in post-secondary institutions within or outside of the Province of Alberta. Specific course requirements vary by program. Those not meeting the specific requirements may be accepted under the Alternate Admission status application process. Alternate Admission status applies to applicants who do not meet the high school requirements of the program to which they are applying and to applicants who received their high school education through home-based learning. In order to receive this admission status, applicants must provide the following: transcript(s) of high school and/or post-secondary courses; personally prepared statement outlining background and experience preparing them for the program; supporting documentation such as a resume, letter(s) of reference from previous educators or employers, and/or portfolio of related academic/project work. Alternate Admission is not available for all programs.

Procedure for Canadian Students

Application to Olds College opens on October 1 of each year for programs that start the following Summer and Fall (the following July to December start dates), and February 1 of each year for programs that start the following Winter and Spring (the following January to June start dates). Some programs have different application opening dates, so please reference our website for your program of interest. All applications to Alberta post-secondary institutions are made through a common application system called ApplyAlberta. The ApplyAlberta site contains all the information needed to complete an application. A transcript of all completed high school and any post-secondary courses must be submitted to Olds College upon application. Please submit transcripts to Applicants currently in high school or are completing academic upgrading must submit proof of enrolment and any available interim/midterm marks. Final marks must be submitted within one month following the completion of the course(s) and no later than one month prior to the program start date. Program start dates can be found on the individual program pages of the Olds College website.

Academic Year

Type of SystemSemester
Entrance DatesJanuary, May, September
Notes:Intake dates vary by program. Please visit to see the next intake available in your program of interest.
Language of InstructionEnglish
Modified on February 15, 2019