General and Competitive Entry Programs
General admission means that you must meet the minimum admission requirements of the University to be admitted. A general admission decision allows for a provisional or early admission decision so you can apply for a study permit or register for courses while you await competitive-entry program decisions.
Students applying for admission to one of the following programs are reviewed for general admission:
St. John's campus
*General admission to all bachelor of science majors as well as bachelor of arts majors in computer science, pure mathematics, psychology and statistics require the completion of specified university level courses. Direct admission to these majors is not available. Students interested in completing these programs should select "unable to declare/unsure major" on the application for admission.
If you're applying to a competitive-entry program, some of these programs will have additional admission requirements and higher standards than those for general admission. Standards may fluctuate slightly from year to year depending on the caliber of applicants. Meeting minimum application and admission requirements does not guarantee admission to these programs.
Applications for these programs are forwarded directly to the academic unit for consideration. If you are unsuccessful with admission to a competitive-entry program, you can still be considered for a general admission program.
Most applicants who apply for direct admission into a competitive-entry program are reviewed first for general admission in either bachelor of arts or bachelor of science. For example, bachelor of engineering applicants will be considered first for a bachelor of science with the major unable to declare/unsure.
If you have previously attended a Canadian post-secondary institution (not College of the North Atlantic), you will only be considered for direct admission to the competitive-entry degree program.
Direct entry into the following competitive-entry programs is possible:
- Bachelor of commerce (co-operative)
- Bachelor of engineering
- Bachelor of fine arts (theatre) - Grenfell Campus
- Bachelor of fine arts (visual arts) - Grenfell Campus
- Bachelor of human kinetics and recreation co-operative
- Bachelor of kinesiology
- Bachelor of music
- Bachelor of nursing
- Bachelor of physical education (general or teaching)
- Bachelor of recreation
Once your application is received and/or assessed for general admission eligibility, your application will be forwarded to the academic unit for consideration. Decisions will be made by the academic unit and communicated to you via email.
Direct admission to some of our competitive-entry programs is not available. Applications to programs with non-direct entry are forwarded directly to the academic unit for consideration.
If you're seeking admission to one of the following programs, you must complete a certain number of university level courses (varies by program) before admission:
- Bachelor of commerce (co-operative) (beyond term a/b)
- Bachelor of education (primary/elementary) (as a first degree)
- Bachelor of maritime studies (maritime management) - Marine Institute
- Doctor of pharmacy (entry to practice)
- Bachelor of social work (as a first degree)
- Bachelor of technology - Marine Institute
- Diploma in stage and screen technique
- Diploma in police studies
If you're seeking admission to one of the following programs, you must hold a bachelor's degree:
- Bachelor of education (primary/elementary) (as a second degree)
- Bachelor of education (intermediate/secondary)
- Doctor of medicine1
- Bachelor of music education
- Doctor of pharmacy for working professionals
- Bachelor of social work (as a second degree)
- Bachelor special education
- All inquiries, applications, and forms regarding admission to the doctor of medicine should be directed to the Faculty of Medicine's Admissions Office.