Nov. 22, 2022

We have answers to your most common questions! – November 2022

Check out the most common questions the Recruitment and Admission Teams team received this month from prospective students, parents, and counsellors.
Students in the Hunter Student Commons

I received my offer of admission, what next?

UCalgary has a webpage to support students with next steps.

First is to hold their spot by accepting their offer and paying their deposit.  UCalgary requires that all students accept their offer and pay a $500 non-refundable admission deposit; the admission deposit will be used towards their first-year tuition. Offer of admission details and the deposit deadline will be available in the Student Centre at

I received an offer, what happens to my other program choice?

If a student receives an offer of admission to their first-choice program, this is the only offer of admission they’ll receive. We recommend students rank their application choices with their most desired program as their first choice.

If a student receives an offer of admission to their second-choice program, they will still be considered for their first-choice program provided there is still space available in the program at the time they meet the requirements. In this scenario, most students will be automatically re-reviewed in February once first semester results are received. Students do not need to reapply and will be reconsidered automatically. For more information, please click here.

I applied for a program with a supplementary application and have not received a decision, when will I hear my decision?

Programs with supplementary applications (Bachelor of Health Science, Dance, Music, Visual Studies) make offers after the supplementary application has been reviewed. For Health Science applicants, we highly recommend that they complete their supplementary application prior to the December break. For Fine Arts applicants, most auditions will be held in February-March.

Can I change my program choices?

Students can change their application choices as many times as they wish until March 1, 2023 for no additional fee. For details on how to change a program choice, click here.

If I upgrade a course now, will I be re-evaluated in time?

If you are applying for the fall 2023 intake, all high school courses must be completed by June 30, 2023 to be considered for admission. UCalgary does not consider in-progress scores for semester-based courses and a course must be completed to be considered for admission purposes.

For UCalgary programs, the majority of offers are made before the June 30, 2023, deadline. If you have not received an offer of admission by mid-February, we recommend that you look at changing your program choices (see above) and connect with our Recruitment Team to discuss next steps.

I didn't receive an offer of admission in the first round. Does this mean I won't get in?

This past cycle we only issued 32% of admission offers before December 15. The vast majority of students will receive offers of admission once first term results are released in the middle of February.

What is the admitting average for my program?

Admission averages are finalized once the pool of applicants is known after the March 1 application deadline and do change throughout the admission cycle. For students who have not received an offer, or who have not yet applied, we recommend that they consider the estimated competitive admission averages outlined on our website for ranges for our programs.

When will scholarship decisions be made?

All high school students who've submitted a fall 2023 admission application are encouraged to apply for scholarships and awards. Students don't need to be offered admission to apply for scholarships or awards – the application is in the student centre.

UCalgary awards $20M annually in scholarships and awards; award decisions are made on an on-going basis:

  • Automatic admission scholarships (awards based on your admission average) are awarded when you receive an offer of admission and are included in your offer of admission letter.
  • Prestige award winner notifications start at the end of March.
  • High school entrance awards winners are notified at the end of April.

If you have not yet applied for our scholarships, please make sure you submit our Prestige Award application by December 1, 2022, and our High School Awards and Bursaries application by March 1, 2023.

I missed Open House 2022. What other options are available for me to explore?

Don’t worry! Our prospective student events run year-round, and we have many other great options. A few events we have coming up are:

  • Faculty Information Nights: The month of November is your chance to take a deeper dive into our faculties. Hear from program advisors and professors from each of our faculties to learn what makes our programs unique, and discover which program would be the best fit for you
  • Start Your Journey Events: Offered virtually and in-person, this is a chance to learn why UCalgary is your choice institution and gain valuable information related to the application and award process. All of the in-person events feature a full campus tour to explore!
  • UCalgary’s Tips for Applying for Awards Lecture: Held in person on November 23, 2022, this is your chance to take a deep dive and learn about the $20+ million in scholarship, bursary, and award funding
  • Campus Tours: The best way to get to know your future campus is by experiencing it online or an in-person campus tour. Guided by one of our current students, you’ll explore our classrooms, residences, athletic facilities, and more.’

To explore and pre-register for all of our upcoming events and campus tours, click here.

Have other questions? We are always here to help. Connect with us today: