Admissions Process

You’ve made the decision – you’re bound for NorQuest College. This process will take you from your decision to Day 1 at school.

Note: there are two additional steps for students applying to foundational programs (Academic Upgrading, English as a Second Language, Apprenticeship Prep, Day Home Provider, and Transitions to Employment). See Foundational/Preparatory Programming below.

To become a student at NorQuest College, you are required to apply through the admission process outlined below and be admitted to your program of choice. Open Studies is available to those applicants who wish to take post-secondary level credit courses without applying to a specific certificate or diploma program.

1. Apply, pay the application fee, and submit the admission requirements

  1. Visit Applying to NorQuest to apply online, by mail, or in person at the Office of the Registrar on the main campus or at any of our regional campuses. You can also go directly to ApplyAlberta and select NorQuest College.
  2. Pay the non-refundable application fee.
    • For Canadian applicants, this fee is $95.
    • For international applicants (both in Canada and outside Canada), this fee is $150 CDN and is non-transferable to other institutions.*
    • Application fees are required for each program or intake to which you are applying.
    • Open Studies applicants pay a one-time application fee.

    Note: applications received without the fee will not be processed. Application fees cannot be applied toward tuition.

  3. Submit your admission requirements.
    • If you apply through the ApplyAlberta website, you may have your Alberta high school and Alberta post-secondary transcripts sent directly to NorQuest College.
    • If you apply by mail or in person, you must make arrangements to have your high school and/or post-secondary transcripts sent to NorQuest College directly from the issuing institution. See Transcripts and Testing for more information. It is your responsibility to ensure we receive the necessary documents.
    • If you completed any of your education outside of Alberta, you will need to arrange for your transcripts to be sent to NorQuest College.
    • Notify if you have previously completed NorQuest College courses that meet your admission requirements.
    • If you were educated in a province other than Alberta, consult the Provincial/Territorial Grade 12 Equivalency Chart (71K pdf) to see whether your academic coursework may be equivalent to what is required in Alberta.
    • If you are an internationally educated student, transcripts/certificates/ELP (English language proficiency) test results must be submitted to NorQuest College. See International Transcripts for more information.
    • If you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, and you submit international transcripts/documents for assessment for admission to NorQuest College programs, a $55 document assessment fee is charged to you at the time of submission. This additional fee must be paid before any assessment of your documents will be conducted. If you submit an international credential course-by-course analysis evaluation, it may exempt you from paying this additional fee if the evaluation is deemed to provide sufficient information to make decisions about your admission. For more information, see International Credential Evaluations.

Complete applications are processed in the order of the date they are received. You are advised to apply well in advance of your desired program start date and submit all supporting transcripts and documentation as quickly as possible. A delay in sending in your admission requirements may affect your acceptance into the program.

Reapplying to NorQuest College

If you have attended NorQuest College in the past and withdrew for any reason, and you now want to resume your studies:

  • You are required to reapply and meet current program admission requirements.
  • You are required to meet all conditions (if applicable) outlined on your withdrawal form before being considered for reacceptance.
  • You may require an appointment with a counsellor or advisor to determine your readiness to return.
  • Applications from former students with outstanding financial accounts will not be considered until the account has been paid in full.
  • Application fees received from applicants with an outstanding balance will have the fee automatically applied to their outstanding balance.

Open Entry/Open Exit Online Applicants

Open Entry/Open Exit online classes allow students flexibility on their start date. Students will be assigned a start date depending on their registration date and will be given a set number of weeks to complete the class.

If you are applying to an Open Entry/Open Exit online delivery, your application is valid only for the term to which you have applied. Applications for Open Entry/Open Exit programs will be accepted for future terms only after the prior term start date has passed.

Monthly intakes

Many Open Entry/Open Exit classes have monthly start dates. Students can start a class on the first of any month within the advertised start and end dates. Registration and full payment for these classes must be received by or before the 15th of the previous month. The course start date is the first day of any month, except during a term start month – September, January, May – when the term start date will apply.

If you are unable to meet all program requirements by the deadline, you will have to reapply. A new application and application fee will be required. Contact Admissions ( for more information on the application process.

2. We acknowledge your application

You will receive a welcome email from the Office of the Registrar, which includes your login information for your NorQuest technology accounts.

  • MyQuest - NorQuest College provides applicants with a secure logon to our online student centre where real-time information on your admission status can be found. You can continually check your admission status and update your personal information.
  • MyMail - NorQuest College uses your college email account as our primary means of communicating with you as an applicant and a registered student.

You will receive an acknowledgement email from the Office of the Registrar to notify you of your status and of any further information or documentation that is required.

  • Carefully read all communications from the Office of the Registrar. There will be important information and deadlines requiring your attention.
  • Complete and submit the items required to fulfill any admission requirements. Do this as soon as possible.
  • Ensure that we have your current address and telephone number.

The Office of the Registrar will assess your transcript(s) to determine whether you meet the admission requirements for your chosen program. If the information provided on transcripts does not allow the Office of the Registrar to determine admission eligibility, you may be asked to provide further information or to have an academic skills assessment. It is your responsibility to prove that admission requirements have been met.

Some programs may require additional basic skills assessment testing even if you meet the academic admission criteria. See your program for detailed requirements.

Reminder: Complete applications are processed on a first-qualified, first-accepted basis. If you apply to a program and do not submit all of your admission requirements by the program start date, you must reapply and pay an application fee to be considered for the next intake.

3. We make a decision on your application

Once steps 1 and 2 are completed, we make a decision regarding your admission. Certificate and diploma program applicants receive their admission decision on a first-qualified, first-accepted basis. If you are accepted into a program, you will receive an email offering you admission into your program of choice and requesting your tuition deposit.

To find out the status of your application, visit MyQuest and check your application status or contact the Admissions and Transfer Credit Unit in the Office of the Registrar at

Applicants who do not meet admission requirements will be advised of the reason and offered assistance in choosing another program, if applicable. Applicants who have not submitted all admission documents by the program start date must reapply and pay an application fee to be considered for the next intake.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission may be offered if you are currently registered in courses to meet the admission requirements for your program. For conditional admission for meeting academic requirements, you may be registered in the prerequisite courses at any recognized institution. For conditional admission for meeting English language proficiency requirements, you must be registered in NorQuest College courses. To be considered for conditional admission, you need to complete the following:

  • Submit proof of your enrolment in courses that are required for admission to your program to the Admissions and Transfer Credit Unit.
  • If you are enrolled in the prerequisite courses at NorQuest College, email to request conditional admission to your program.
  • Submit the required tuition deposit (prior to July 1, 2017: $200 for domestic students, $500 CDN for international students; effective July 1, 2017: $400 for domestic students, $1000 CDN for international students) to hold your seat in conditional status. The seat will not be held without the deposit payment. See Step 4 for more information.

Once the Admissions and Transfer Credit Unit verifies that you are enrolled in the required courses, met all other requirements, and paid the tuition deposit, you will receive a conditional acceptance letter indicating the requirements you need to meet before the final requirements submission deadlines. The outstanding item(s) will be shown on your "To Do" list in MyQuest.

Term Final Requirements Submission Deadline for External Courses Final Requirements Submission Deadline for NorQuest Courses
Fall 2017 August 1, 2017 August 31, 2017
Winter 2018 December 1, 2017 December 20, 2017
Spring 2018 April 1, 2018 May 3, 2018
Summer 2018 June 1, 2018 June 28, 2018

Note: International students may be given an earlier deadline so that requirements can be met in time to apply for a study visa.

Full admission is granted once you have achieved the grades required in the prerequisite courses. In addition, all conditions must be met by the date specified in the conditional admission email, prior to the final requirements submission deadline. If you fail to meet all conditions by the specified due date, your admission will be revoked.

Note: Conditional admission will not be offered to applicants enrolling in Open Entry/Open Exit delivery of a program.

Provisional Admission

If you do not meet a certain academic requirement, provisional admission may be offered.

  • Provisional admission is approved only by a Program Chair and will be considered only close to the start date of a program if seats are still available. Provisional admission is not normally offered in over-subscribed programs where waiting lists of qualified applicants may exist.
  • If an applicant is awarded provisional admission, the applicant must satisfy certain conditions including admission requirements, as outlined by the Program Chair, by the date specified in the offer of admission (normally within the first term of enrolment).
  • Access to courses, activities, and practicum experiences may be limited until all provisional requirements are met and full admission granted.
  • If you are provisionally admitted, but fail to complete all conditions by the specified deadline, you may be withdrawn from your program, and subject to the financial and academic penalties as outlined in our withdrawal procedure.

Note: Provisional admission will not be offered to applicants enrolling in Open Entry/Open Exit delivery of a program since it is self-directed.

Visit our Accepted Students section for more information on your next steps.

4. You accept our admission offer and pay your tuition deposit

A non-transferable tuition deposit or a sponsorship confirmation is necessary for applicants to confirm their attendance in a program and reserve a seat. The tuition deposit is applied to your first term's tuition. Tuition deposits may not be deferred to a future term.

If you delay your tuition deposit confirmation, you may find all seats filled. You may pay your tuition deposit through your MyQuest account.

  • Canadian citizen/permanent resident tuition deposit: $400 (CDN)
  • International applicant (both in Canada and outside Canada) tuition deposit: $1000 (CDN)
  • If you cancel your enrolment at least 30 days prior to the start date of your program, you are eligible for a 50% refund on your tuition deposit. After the date, the entire tuition deposit is non-refundable.

Full Programs

If you have been offered admission to a program, but the program has been filled before you pay your tuition deposit, you will be placed on a waitlist or may have the option of changing to another delivery method, campus, or program in the same term. There may be additional admission requirements for some deliveries or programs. In order to investigate the option to change delivery method, campus, or program, you must contact the Admissions and Transfer Credit Unit with a written request.

Refusal of Admission

NorQuest College reserves the right to grant or refuse admission to any individual. Former applicants or students who have lost good standing may be denied re-entry, or may have conditions placed on readmission. Applicants have the right to appeal admission decisions; see Student Appeals.

College Cancellation of a Course or Program

NorQuest College reserves the right to cancel courses or programs for operational reasons. When the college cancels a course or program, all college fees (including application fees) will be refunded.

Admission Process for Foundational and Preparatory Programming:

The following steps apply to Academic Upgrading, English as a Second Language, Apprenticeship Prep, Day Home Provider, Literacy and Essential Skills Pathways, and Transitions to Employment programs.

The admission process for these programs is slightly different. Applicants to these programs should follow these steps:

  1. Apply, pay the application fee, and submit the admission requirements as outlined.
  2. We acknowledge your application as outlined.
  3. Contact a student navigator. Student navigators will assess your eligibility for admission based on current documents or arrange for assessment testing to be done in order to place you in the appropriate program or level. Student navigators can be contacted at:

    Tel: 780.644.6130
    Email:, or
    In person: 10215 108 Street NW, Edmonton (Downtown Campus) or at any of our regional campus locations (see Campuses & Maps for information on locations).

  4. Have your eligibility for funding determined (if applicable). Applicants who require funding for schooling will discuss options with their student navigator. Funding may include Alberta Works grant funding, band funding, or other 3rd party funding or sponsorship options. For Alberta Works grant funding, the student navigator will complete a funding eligibility assessment.
  5. We make a decision on your application. Once the first four steps are completed, we make a decision regarding your admission.
  6. You accept our admission offer and pay your tuition deposit as outlined. For applicants receiving funding or sponsorship, the tuition deposit payment is waived once sponsorship or funding is confirmed.


  • International applicants for preparatory programs who reside outside of Canada will be admitted upon receipt of their application. They will have to meet with a student navigator for placement in the appropriate program or level prior to the program start, once they arrive in Edmonton.
  • If you have applied to a preparatory program, such as Academic Upgrading, and learn that you have already completed the requirements for a post-secondary program that you are interested in, you will be given the opportunity to add the program to your application without an additional application fee as long as
    1. the post-secondary program is available in the same admit term as your current application, and
    2. there is still room in the post-secondary program at the time of request.

For more information, contact your student navigator.