Frequently Asked Questions
How to Apply
Can I book an appointment with someone to discuss program requirements?
The Prospective Student Centre sees students on a drop-in basis, so no appointment is needed. International students (attending Bow Valley College on a study permit) should contact the International Education office.
What is the deadline to apply to a program at Bow Valley College?
Application open dates
Many Bow Valley College programs fill up very quickly, so we recommend that you apply as early as possible after the program application open date.
- Applications for career programs open 13 months before the program start date.
- Applications for the following programs open approximately 1 semester before the program start date:
Application close dates
For program application close dates, please check the appropriate application instructions page:
To find out if a program is waitlisted, please contact the Prospective Student Centre.
International students should check the Application Deadline section of the International Application page.
I want to apply to Bow Valley College. How do I do that?
For information about the application process or to start an application, please refer to the appropriate applications instructions page:
How much does it cost to apply?
Each application must be accompanied by a non-refundable application fee of $65 CAD for domestic applicants or $130 CAD for international applicants.
If you are accepted into a career program, a non-refundable confirmation deposit of $200 CAD for domestic applicants or $1,500 CAD for international applicants is required by the deadline indicated in the acceptance package in order to secure a place in the program.
How can I submit my transcripts?
Check the appropriate applications instructions page for information on how to submit transcripts:
If I have international or out-of-province transcripts, how can I determine if I meet the Admission Requirements?
Transcripts are assessed by an Admissions Officer only after you apply to the program. International courses are assessed for equivalencies using the same criteria as International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS). A separate IQAS assessment is not necessary.
I have already completed some post-secondary education. Will my post-secondary grades be considered?
Yes. Applications are assessed based on whether or not they meet the Admission Requirements. Post-secondary courses that are assessed as equivalent or more advanced than high school courses will be considered. For example, if a high school English grade does not meet the admission requirements, a university-level English grade may be considered.
I am still completing the courses that I need in order to meet the Admission Requirements for a career program. Can I still apply?
Yes. Bow Valley College's admission process is first-applied, first-qualified, so the date of application is considered. The Admissions Officer will request to see proof of enrolment in required courses, including the course completion dates. Final grades that meet the entrance requirements must be submitted by the deadline outlined in the conditional acceptance letter to confirm acceptance into the program.
Will you accept the entrance test that I took at another college to grant me admissions into a Bow Valley College program?
No. Unfortunately, we do not accept entrance tests from other institutions; we only accept the Bow Valley College Admissions Test.
I applied last year to a program but did not attend. Can I use that application again?
Each application is specific to the program and semester applied to, so you will need to submit a new application and pay the application fee.
Who can I contact if I require assistance with my application?
Please contact the Prospective Student Centre.
Admissions and Waitlist
I applied to a program. How can I check on the status of my application?
It takes a minimum of 3 - 5 weeks to hear back from the Admissions Office after you have submitted your application and required documents (i.e., transcripts). If you have not received a response to your application after 5 weeks, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 403-410-1400.
Please note that Practical Nurse Diploma program applicants will not hear back on their eligibility until after the document submission deadline.
Is there a chance I can get into a program if I am on the waitlist?
Yes. If a program or a course is full, qualified applicants are automatically placed on the program or course waiting list. The waitlist is determined by date of acceptance, so early application is advised. Every effort is made to contact individuals if a space becomes available. Please be aware that cancellations may result in short notice for acceptance into a program, therefore funding applications should be submitted early, if applicable.
I am waitlisted for my preferred start date. Will my application automatically move to the next start date?
No. You will have to submit a new application and a new application fee.
I have decided not to attend this term. Can I defer to the following semester or following year?
There are no deferrals for future semesters. You will have to re-apply for the next intake, submit a new application, and pay the application fee.
My transcripts were not sent in on time for the intake I applied for. Do I need to re-apply for the next intake?
Yes. If you did not submit the requested documents on time, you will need to re-apply for the next intake. Admissions Officers cannot grant admission to a student who has not provided all of the required documentation.
I have foreign credentials. What are my options? Do my credentials correlate to any programs at Bow Valley College?
Applicants educated outside of Canada and applying to Bow Valley College for full-time career programs will be required to submit copies of their original academic documents that have been translated into English; these will be reviewed for admission purposes. Currently we do not have any agreements with international qualifications. Applicants should also meet the English Language Proficiency Requirements for each program. International students should visit the Bow Valley College International Application page to apply to a program.
If I have completed courses at another post-secondary institution, how can I apply for transfer credit?
See the Transfer Credit page for more information.
If I have completed a course at Bow Valley College, can I get transfer credit towards another Bow Valley College program?
To determine whether or not you qualify for transfer credit, you must complete the Transfer Credit request form. See the Transfer Credit page for more information.
What's the difference between a part-time and full-time student?
A part-time student is one taking less than a 60 per cent course load. Tuition and fees are calculated based on individual courses. Find out more on the Full-Time Course Credits page.
Financial Aid and Awards
How can I access Financial Aid?
Financial Aid Information Sessions are held regularly at the downtown Calgary Campus.
Scholarships and Awards details are available on the Student Awards page.