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Grande Prairie Regional College 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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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:

  • The College has a two-semester system that is intake in fall and winter.
  • ThinkBIG Service Technician and Apprenticeship programs are not available for international students.
  • For students applying to the Nursing program, the applications must be submitted by October 1 to be considered for admission in the session commencing from September next year.
  • Interviews or pre-program testing is mandatory for all students.
  • Notarized translations are required for all those documents that are not in English.
  • Students are also required to provide proof of basic health care benefits.
  • GPRC provides the option of tailoring a program according to the needs of students. This is mainly designed for applicants who fail to meet the admission requirements.

COVID-19 Admission Updates

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 PortalOnline portal
Application Fee70 CAD (domestic applicants)
140 CAD (international applicants)
Total number of programs52
Mode of paymentCheck, cash, money order, Visa, Master Card, American Express
Academic CalendarSemester based
Intake SeasonsFall and winter
Work ExperienceNot required
Financial AidScholarships

Grande Prairie Regional College Admission Deadlines

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:

FallJuly 30
WinterNovember 30

Grande Prairie Regional College International Student Admissions

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.

  • Official transcripts of previously attended high school or college/university.
  • Applicants must be 18 years on or before December 31 of the year applied for.
  • Minimum 60% overall in the courses suggested by the department
  • English proficiency test score
  • Placement Test
  • Interview
  • Completed Release of Information Consent Form
  • Copy of Passport
  • Financial verification
  • Student visa
  • Program-specific requirements

Students can also apply for distance learning programs at the university. Such students are not required to complete immigration and visa procedures.

English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

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:

ExamMinimum RequirementsRequirements for nursing program applicants
TOEFL83, with 20 points in each section86 with a minimum of 21 in reading, listening and writing, and 26 in speaking.
IELTS6.07.0 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 test83 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, GCSEB-

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.

Visa Process for International Students

  • All international applicants willing to take on-campus courses at GPRC need to apply for a student visa at Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) after getting selected for admission at the college.
  • Students may also need to acquire a work permit if the program selected by them requires.
  • The visa eligibility form, which is issued only after the verification of the financial statement, needs to be submitted to GPRC.
  • Applicants need to have few documents ready for the process of applying for a visa to study in Canada. These include:
    • Proof of financial statements
    • Valid passport
    • Transcripts
    • Standardized test scores
    • Admission letter

Grande Prairie Regional College Undergraduate Admissions

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.

Where to Apply: Online Application or Paper Application

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:

  • Completed online application form
  • High school transcripts are mandatory for all the students
  • Interviews and testing for the program that the applicant has applied for must be completed.
  • Proof of English language proficiency
  • ASN or Alberta Student Number should be included with the applicant’s application form, if available.
  • Requirements for university transfer programs include the following:
    • English 30-1
    • Four grade 12 subjects
    • Overall average of 60% or higher
    • Courses with less than 50% will not be considered
  • Requirements for mature student admissions are as follows:
    • Minimum age of 19 years
    • English 30-1
    • Additional 3-level subjects (at least one or two courses). The subjects depend on the program that the applicant has enrolled in.
    • Minimum 50% or higher in each course
    • Overall average of 60% or higher
    • Placement assessments
    • Recommendation from an advisor from student services
  • Requirements for out-of-province student admissions are as follows:
    • Successful completion of high school
    • Scores of the Alberta Education high school equivalent subjects. The subjects depend on the program that the applicant has enrolled in.

Grande Prairie Regional College Graduate Admissions

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:

  • Official transcript from all institutions previously attended by the applicant.
  • Transcripts must be stamped or notarized by the institution.
  • In case transcripts are not in English, it is mandatory to have them translated in English.
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • Proof of English language proficiency (scores must be sent to the college directly from the testing center)
  • Copy of passport
  • Proof of finances

The following table provides the academic requirements of a few most popular certificate programs and diplomas offered at Grande Prairie Regional College.

RequirementsBusiness Administration Certificate ProgramMusic DiplomasPersonal Trainer DiplomaVirtual Arts DiplomaKinesiology Diploma
Transcript of high school diplomaRequiredRequiredRequiredRequiredRequired
Academic QualificationsEnglish 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 ExperienceNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot requiredNot required
Letter of recommendationRecommendedRecommendedRecommendedRecommendedRecommended
Additional RequirementsNoneAudition of performance requiredNoneNoneNone

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.

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