Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
When can I apply?
Applications for September (Fall Term) or January (Winter Term) are accepted as early as October 1 of each year. Applications for a particular semester are normally accepted on a continuous basis until classes begin in that semester. However, if applying after registration opens, some classes may be full. Certain programs may have an application deadline.
Your application to a program will be considered if you meet the admission requirements described in the Admissions section of this Calendar. Normally, students should be 18 years of age on or before December 31 of your first year at the College.
How do I apply?
Apply on-line or send us a completed Application for Admission Form.
11235 98 Avenue
P.O. Bag 3000
Fairview, AB T0H 1L0
Grande Prairie Campus
10726 106 Avenue
Grande Prairie, AB T8V 4C4
Where do I get an Application for Admission Form?
Application for Admission Forms are available from Student Services at all College campuses, and on our website.
What other information do I need to provide with my application?
If you are currently or have previously attended another post-secondary institution, we will expect to receive official copies of your academic transcripts from those institutions. If you are currently in high school, complete the information requested in the Previous Education section on the Application form. You will need to make arrangements for an official high school transcript to be sent directly to the College once final grades are released at the end of the school year. Alberta high school and post-secondary students will have their transcripts requested on their behalf by the GPRC Admissions Team.
Do I need an Alberta Student Number and how do I get one?
The Alberta Student Number (ASN) is a unique identifier for all Alberta learners which provides students with access to improved programs and services in the Alberta Education System. You are encouraged to provide this information with your application form. You can look up your number at www.education.alberta.ca/students/asn.aspx or if you are new to Alberta you may request a number when applying at www.applyalberta.ca.
What does it cost to apply?
$70 for Canadian residents.
$140 Canadian for international students.
The application fee is charged only once – for students new to GPRC.
The application fee is non-refundable. You may pay by cheque, cash, direct debit, money order or by American Express, MasterCard or Visa. Cheques and money orders must be made payable to Grande Prairie Regional College.
When will I be admitted?
You will receive an acknowledgment of your application. If you are currently in high school, and you reported your high school subjects completed or in-progress on your application, you should receive a conditional admission. If you did not report your high school subjects, we will request this information.
If you are not currently attending high school, have your official transcripts forwarded as soon as possible. If you meet admission requirements, you will be admitted immediately to your program of choice.
What is a Conditional Admission?
If you are registered in high school subjects while you are seeking admission to the Fall Semester, you may be granted conditional admission. This conditional admission will be based upon the information you provide regarding the interim grades or final grades for subjects in which you are currently registered or have completed.
It is your responsibility to ensure that your final transcript is forwarded to Student Services. If official transcripts do not confirm that you have successfully met the requirements for admission to your chosen program or if the transcripts are not received by August 2nd, the conditional admission may be withdrawn or your registration may be revised.
What if I am not admitted?
If you are not admitted to the program of your choice, you will be told of the reason and offered assistance in choosing another program. For example, if you are missing a high school requirement, you may be offered an opportunity to be admitted to Open Studies. Admission to Open Studies gives you an opportunity to complete admission requirements for your chosen program and start on other courses at the same time.
How do I register for courses?
An information package on the steps to register for courses will be mailed to you. These packages are normally mailed out to students beginning in mid-April. Simply follow the instructions included in the package.
How do I apply and register at Regional Campuses?
If you plan to study at one of the regional campuses, or plan to relocate in order to study at any GPRC campus, please contact the appropriate Regional Office for information and assistance.
What should I be doing while I wait for College to start?
Be sure that you have made all the financial arrangements to cover the cost of your tuition, fees, and living expenses. If you need to apply for a loan, applications are normally available in June. Loan applications are also available on-line. See www.gprc.ab.ca/students/financialaid for more information. You can apply for a student loan before you are offered admission.
Consider where you might be living during your time at college and make application for housing early. If you are interested in living in College Housing at either campus, be sure to check out Housing information in the Directory of Services or at www.gprc.ab.ca/students/housing.
If I fail a course required for admission, can I still come to College?
Yes! Many students register prior to receiving their final high school results. If you fail to pass a course required for admission to College, you must contact Student Services immediately. Grande Prairie Regional College offers high school equivalent courses. Normally, we would adjust your registration to help you pick up the missing high school requirement. Your admission may be modified to indicate you are an Open Studies student or an Upgrading student depending upon the number of upgrading courses you require.
Will I know what to do when I get to the College?
You can expect to receive an invitation to an orientation that might be scheduled before classes begin or may be part of your first day at College. Be sure to attend to get the best start to your studies. At the Grande Prairie Campus students are invited to attend a campus-wide orientation which is a fun, informative event that helps new students ease into college life. This College-wide program provides an introduction to life on campus and offers short seminars on a variety of topics including money management, survival tips, deadline dates, the definition of a GPA and other useful information, and a campus tour.