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Applying as a mature student

Thinking about returning to the classroom? Congratulations! You’ve taken the bold step of returning to university or attending for the first time. We're here to give you the information, services, and encouragement you need to have a successful and rewarding experience. 

Whether you need a hand balancing school, work and family, honing your study skills or planning a career transition, we’re here for you.

A mature student is...

  • A student who has completed high school but lacks the required grade average and/or course requirements. You may apply for admission after three years have elapsed.
  • A student who did not graduate from high school and is looking to gain admission to the university five years after their last year in high school.
  • A student who has been away from formal education at the community-college level for five years or more.

The application process

As a mature student, you will be admitted on a case-by-case basis. Your applications should include:

  • Transcripts from previous study
  • Any documentation of professional training or experience, depending on the circumstances. 

Admission information

Check out these tips for student life as a mature student that have been shared by other past and current mature students. Let their learning experiences be your guide.

  • Make use of workshops. You can take part in Study Skills workshops offered by the Department of Student Affairs. These are excellent resources designed to help you reach your academic potential. 
  • Learn the jargon. The new vocabulary you will encounter in class can be very confusing at first. With time and exposure, you'll become more comfortable with the new terminology and jargon.
  • Start a study group. Study groups are a great way to share information and explore concepts brought up in class. There is also the chance you will make some great friends along the way!
  • Make a trip to the library. They offer seminars on navigating the library, using Novanet, and researching. Knowing how to use the library is a great way to improve your chances of being a successful student.
  • Find a study space. Establish a private study area in your home where family members know that you are not to be disturbed.
  • Stay on top of deadlines. Be aware of all forms and requirements that you need to follow before graduation. Remember to read all the literature that is sent to you or you may miss out on an important procedure or deadline.
  • Reach out to financial aid. You are eligible for plenty of scholarships and bursaries as a mature student. Our financial aid staff can also help you finance your university degree.
  • Celebrate your successes. You have earned the right to say, “I did a good job!" Celebrating small success along the way will keep you motivated and is a good way to keep your friends and family updated on what you are doing.
  • Be sure to attend graduation. You deserve to feel that sense of personal satisfaction, accomplishment and pride. You are a great role model for all who value lifelong learning. You have made the transition from student to scholar.