Grande Prairie Regional College or GPRC is a community college in Grande Prairie established in 1966. It has two campuses located in Grande Prairie and Fairview. The college offers diploma, university transfer, pre-employment programs, and certificate programs across multiple disciplines. It also provides pre-employment non-credit training. Credit training programs are related to Education, Liberal Arts, Physical Education, Science, Human Services, Nursing, Fine Arts, Technology, Business, Academic Upgrading, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, and Trades and Technical training. The college offers master’s degrees and baccalaureate degrees as well in collaboration with other universities.
Some points related to the admission process of Grande Prairie Regional College are as follows:
Due to the current situation of COVID-19, various TOEFL or IELTS test centers have been affected in different parts of the country. Therefore, adjustments have been made and applicants can submit the scores of Duolingo English Test (DET) or TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition Test as proof of English language proficiency.
|Application Portal||Online portal|
|Application Fee||70 CAD (domestic applicants)|
140 CAD (international applicants)
|Total number of programs||52|
|Mode of payment||Check, cash, money order, Visa, Master Card, American Express|
|Academic Calendar||Semester based|
|Intake Seasons||Fall and winter|
|Work Experience||Not required|
GPRC accepts applications for the fall and winter semesters. Applications are available for students from October 1 every year. The students are required to submit the completed application form and the necessary documents before the mentioned deadlines else their application will be rejected:
International applicants can apply for most programs offered by the Grande Prairie Regional College. These include University transfer programs, certificates, and diplomas. However, apprenticeship programs and ThinkBIG service technician programs are not available for international applicants. GPRC supports diversity and has a number of students enrolled from other countries as well.
Application Portal: Online application
Application Fee: 140 CAD
Basic Admission Requirements: It is mandatory for all the applicants to fulfill the following requirements in order to be considered for admission at Grande Prairie Regional College.
Students can also apply for distance learning programs at the university. Such students are not required to complete immigration and visa procedures.
The applicants whose native language is not English have to submit test scores in order to demonstrate their English Proficiency to GPRC. The accepted test scores and minimum requirements are as follows:
|Exam||Minimum Requirements||Requirements for nursing program applicants|
|TOEFL||83, with 20 points in each section||86 with a minimum of 21 in reading, listening and writing, and 26 in speaking.|
|IELTS||6.0||7.0 overall with a minimum of 7.5 in listening, 7.0 in writing, 7.0 in speaking and 6.5 in reading|
|TOEFL IBT Special Home Edition test||83 overall or 20 points in each section.|
For Nursing applicants: 86 overall with a minimum of 21 in reading, listening and writing, and 26 in speaking.
|AS-Level, O-level, A-Level, IGCSE English Language or Literature course, GCSE||B||-|
Students can be exempted from this requirement if they have studied at an institution where English was the medium of instruction for at least 3 years.
GPRC offers a number of programs related to science, education, arts, nursing, physical education, business, technology, trade, agriculture, technical training, etc. Programs offered include university transfer, certificate, diploma, pre-employment programs, and apprenticeships.
Application Fee: 70 CAD (for domestic applicants), 140 CAD (for international applicants)
Admission Requirements: The requirements to be met for admission to undergraduate programs are as follows:
GPRC does not provide graduate programs. However, it does provide certificate and diploma programs. All certificates and diploma programs have different requirements.
Where to Apply: Online Application Portal
Application Fee: 140 CAD
Admission Requirements: The general admission requirements for certificate or diploma programs are as follows:
The following table provides the academic requirements of a few most popular certificate programs and diplomas offered at Grande Prairie Regional College.
|Requirements||Business Administration Certificate Program||Music Diplomas||Personal Trainer Diploma||Virtual Arts Diploma||Kinesiology Diploma|
|Transcript of high school diploma||Required||Required||Required||Required||Required|
|Academic Qualifications||English 30-1 or 30-2 with a minimum of 50%|
Mathematics 20-1 or 20-2 with a minimum of 60% or Mathematics 30-1 or 30-2 with a minimum of 50%.
|English 30-1, Music 30 and Royal Conservatory Level 8 Theories, MU1000 or Conservatory Canada Grade 4.||English 30-1 or English 30-2 with a minimum of 50%, one subject from Group A or C or Physical Education 30 or one of Social Studies 30-1 or 30-2.||English 30-1 or equivalent.||English 30-1 with a minimum of 60%, two subjects from Group A or C, one subject from Group C and one subject from Group B, C, or Physical Education 30.|
|Work Experience||Not required||Not required||Not required||Not required||Not required|
|Letter of recommendation||Recommended||Recommended||Recommended||Recommended||Recommended|
|Additional Requirements||None||Audition of performance required||None||None||None|
Students who have not graduated from an Alberta High School can meet the admission requirements by submitting equivalent qualifications. The college lays great emphasis on the fulfillment of academic qualifications while assessing the application. However, the college reserves all right to determine the selection criteria for its programs. International applicants who require a study permit must apply 4-6 months before the commencement of the semester applied for. The college will send an acknowledgment of the application when it is received.
If admitted, students receive an offer of admission after 1-2 weeks of applying for admission. The letter of admission is issued within 2 weeks of accepting the offer and paying the tuition fees. Students currently in high school may receive a conditional offer based on an interim report and will have to submit final transcripts for an unconditional offer. For a hassle-free admission process, students are required to fulfill all admission requirements within the suggested deadlines.