Edmonton, AlbertaLOCATION
Estd 1965Established Year

NorQuest College is a public funded community college located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The college offers many full-time or part time courses, certifications and diplomas in various fields. Within Canada, the college offers one 90of the largest and highly rated practical nursing programs.

Why NorQuest College?

  • Embraces diversity and inclusiveness and won an award for the same.
  • Multilingual college with over 103 languages spoken on the campus.
  • Has 21 post-secondary career credentials and 7 foundational programs.
  • Huge alumni network across the world
  • Health and Dental services provided to the international students.

Rankings and Accolades

  • Ranked at 7577th position on the list of Ranking Web of Universities.
  • Ranked 128 on the country’s ranking of institutions by Ranking Web of Universities.
  • Recipient of Organizational Diversity Award by Diversity Magazine.
  • Winner of the Diversity Leadership Award from the 2017 Alberta Business Awards of Distinction
  • NorQuest’s partnership with Public Technological Institute of Higher Education in Peru recognized with Special Chair at Global Best Awards.


Type of CollegePublic Funded
Number of Bachelors courses offered508
Number of Masters courses offered31
Number of Postgraduate programs of specialization786
Number of Full time/ Part time credit students10,689
Number of Non Credit students6903

Student Intake

  • 64% students are from 183 countries other than Canada.
  • 63% students belonging to Canada are from Edmonton and the rest from other parts of the country.

Campus and Residential Facilities

The college has six campuses namely- Drayton Valley campus, Westmount Campus, Edmonton Downtown campus, Wetaskiwin Campus, Whitecourt campus and Correctional campuses.

Edmonton Downtown Campus: offers various courses separately across 5 buildings in its campus.

Drayton Campus

  • Few of the diplomas and certificate courses in subject areas like Academic Upgrading, Business, Community Studies and Health.
  • Support like student advising, financial advising, service for students with disability, emergency counseling services and assessment testing/ exam invigilation etc. are also provided to the students.
  • Almost all the courses offered here are online.

Westmount Campus

  • The West Mount Campus has a significant portion of Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) program.
  • All the programs except LINC are offered here are online.
  • Support like student advising, career and employment services, financial advising etc. are also provided to the students.

Wetaskiwin Campus

  • Few of the diplomas and certificate courses in subject areas like Academic Upgrading, Business, Community Studies and Health.
  • Support like student advising, financial advising, service for students with disability, emergency counseling services and assessment testing/ exam invigilation etc. are also provided to the students.
  • Almost all the courses offered here are online.

Whitecourt campus

At Whitecourt campus of NorQuest college, only certificate and diploma programs are offered in several range of subjects including-

  • Academic Upgrading
  • Business
  • Community studies
  • Health

Students at Whitecourt Campus are provided with various services such as student advising, financial advising, online tutorial services, etc.

Correctional Campuses

  • The college provides educational services at the Fort Saskatchewan Correctional Centre (FSCC) and the Edmonton Remand Centre (ERC).
  • Around 150 prospective students take admission in academic upgrading, personal development or employment training course every week.


NorQuest College does not provide on-campus housing facilities for its students. However, there are many options for off-campus housing and residential accommodations via NorQuest College’s official website. This is to assist students find a suitable residence for themselves.

  • MacEwan University offers residence to the post secondary students.
  • Rates for bachelor, two-bedroom, and four-bedroom suites are available at the MacEwan Residence.
  • Priority is given to MacEwan students; however, if space is available, students from other educational institutions may be accommodated.
  • Students can go for Housing Registries via official website of NorQuest College.
  • You can also go for the private renting options of the Edmonton city.
  • Depending upon the place one wants to stay at, the rent can range between CDN $400 and CDN $1500 for a one room or two room apartment in the city.

Academic Programs to Pursue in NorQuest College

A multitude of academic programs are offered through all the campuses of NorQuest College, Edmonton.

  • The college offers a total of 1325 courses in Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s Degree, Diplomas & certifications and Post graduate specialization courses.
  • Other than the full time courses, part time, credit, non-credit and on-campus courses are also available.
  • 90% of the graduates from NorQuest college got a job within 2 years of their graduation.

Choose your Schedule

NorQuest College is flexible in teaching the adult learners. The various schedules that it offers to its students are:

  • Full Time- In this, the students are registered in at least 60% of the full course load by term.
  • Part Time- In this, students are registered in less than 60% of the full course load by term.
  • Open Studies- These are offered online. The courses are offered in real-time or anytime delivery options as per the maximum flexibility of the students.

Class Type

  • IN-PERSON: The teaching is offered in classroom setting with face to face learning and regular classes. The classes can be of the following types-
Class typeDescriptions
DaysOffered on the weekdays (Monday to Friday) with day time meeting schedules
EveningsOffered on the weekdays (Monday to Friday) with evening time meeting schedules.
WeekendsOffered with evening time meeting schedules
Evening/ WeekendsOffered in a combination of evening and weekend meeting schedules
  • ONLINE: The teaching is usually offered in the online mode. For some programs requiring laboratory settings, in-person meetings might be scheduled. The classes are offered in the following ways:
Class TypeDescription
Real TimeA specific real time schedule is prepared and the students are required to log in at that time in online class meetings or video conferencing.
AnytimeStudents are not required to log in at a particular time and attend the classes. However, there will be a proper start and end time of the classes. These classes are self directed.
  • HYBRID: These are a mix of in-person and online classes. The online classes may consist of real-time or anytime classes depending upon the course or the program.

All about application procedure to be at NorQuest

Know Your Requirements

  • IELTS requirement of 6 bands with no band less than 5.5 or a TOEFL iBT score of 65 or higher with no score lower than 15 in reading and listening and 18 in speaking.
  • All academic mark sheets.
  • SOP
  • Passport
  • CV
  • Official transcripts, English Language Proficiency (ELP) and other pre requisite documents directly to the office of the Registrar.

Answers to How, When and Where

To apply for a credit program at NorQuest College, you can choose online mode of application and can even apply via mail or an e-mail. The international students need to use NorQuest College’s Designated Learning Institution number 018795996622 on their applications.

  1. Visit ApplyAlberta or visit Applying to NorQuest to apply online, by mail, or in person at the Office of the Registrar on the main campus or at any of the regional campuses.
  2. Create an account and enter your information.
  3. Select NorQuest College as your institution of choice and select program to which you wish to apply.
  4. Pay your application fee ($95, $150 for international applications) with a credit card and submit your application. This fee is non refundable.
  5. Confirmation of receipt of your application will be sent to your MyMail account

Application Deadlines

FallJune 30, 2018
WinterOctober 15, 2018
SpringFebruary 28, 2019

Expenses and Expenditures

The tuition fee is charged based on the number of courses a person has opted for and the delivery method of one’s course.

The following table gives a detailed idea of the fee for Academic Upgrading Program per semester:

TOTAL TUITION1665.005145.00variesvaries
PROGRAMS AND SUPPLY FEE180180variesvaries
STUDENT’S ASSOCIATION FEE62.5062.5039.5039.50
NON TUITION FEE1127.791127.79variesvaries

The following table gives a detailed idea of the fee for Employment Certificate Program per semester:

TUITION FEE15,04046,48011,84036,60810,504.5032,477
PROGRAM & SUPPLY FEE4884887327321,0011,001
STUDENT ASSOC. FEE102102187187164.50164.50
HEALTH & DENTAL FEE386386386386386386
BOOK RENTAL--------249.99249.99
NON-TUITION FEE119611961890189022162216


Scholarships and Bursaries

The college also offers scholarships and bursaries to the star students to fund their education at NorQuest College. Some of the scholarships and bursaries are described in the table below:

Scholarship/ Award/ BursariesParametersValue
BILL THOMPSON MEMORIAL hNomination by two instructors/ counselors$500
ALL WEATHER WINDOWS ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE AWARDEnrolment in English as a second language course$1000
CHINESE FREEMASONS ENTRANCE BURSARYEnrolment in English as a second language course$1000
COMPASS CONSULTING BURSARYStatement of marks showing academic standing of 75%/B/3.0 or higher$500
JEFF KLAUS AWARDFull-time enrolment in ESL and having completed one full term in college$1000
JIM CARTER INGENIOUS STUDENT AWARDAwarded to the ingenious students seeking financial help$750
LAURIE HINES MEMORIAL AWARDFull-time enrolment in ESL or LINC and seeking financial aid$500

Other scholarships include:

1. Laughing Dog Photography English as a Second Language Bursary
2. Lesley Hirsch Memorial Award
3. NorQuest College Students with Disabilities Award
4. Northlands – Outstanding Student Award
5. Rachel’s Hope Bursary CEASE - Centre to End All Sexual Exploitation

Career and Employment Services at NorQuest

At NorQuest college, both current students and alumni can avail employment and career related services. The services include-

  • Employment Preparation
  • Job search
  • Career planning
  • Job Postings
  • Employment Information

Alumini Network

NorQuest College has a rich and vast alumni network spread across the globe. Some of its many prominent alumni include:

1. Doreen Thunder- Contributing member of Engineering Services Department.

2. Kristen Davis- She is working at Peggy Yelland & Associates Inc.

3. Michelle Woite- Operating room nurse at University of Alberta hospital

4. Rdina Chehayeb- Financial Educator with World Financial Group

5. Victoria Knight- Full time employee at Edmonton’s Cross Cancer Institute.

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