Admissions Policies and Procedures

Program Admission

Refer to Policy E-2.1 Admission

Applicants must be deemed qualified in order to be admitted into a program. Current students receive provisional application status when:

  • enrolled at Camosun College;
  • completing the academic admission requirements to their chosen program and they will complete the necessary course(s) two months prior to the program start;
  • all non-academic admission requirements to the program have been met.

How to Apply

Admission Requirements

For high school graduates 2007 onward, Camosun will not require BC provincial exam grades for courses in which the exams are optional for BC high school graduation. The only BC provincial exam mark Camosun requires for high school graduates from 2007 onwards is English 12, or equivalent. (Homeschooled students can write either the provincial exam for English 12, or English 12 First Peoples (EFP 12), or equivalent, or our English assessment). For all other admission requirements (math, biology, chemistry, physics), the provincial exam mark is optional. We will accept the higher of the exam/final or final grade only. For applicants who have completed the BC Adult Graduation Diploma program, provincial exams are not required.

For high school graduates between 1984-2006, provincial exams are required and will be used for admission and prerequisite requirements.

Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement

Camosun College generally grants credit for International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement subjects. Official documents outlining the courses and grades completed in these programs must be submitted and are subject to the processes as outlined in the "Assessment of Transfer Credit" section.

Admission Process

Also, see How to apply

Applications are processed in order of receipt and are reviewed to:

  • ensure application fee is paid if required;
  • ensure applications are complete;
  • determine applicant satisfies the college's Admission Policy; and
  • determine admission requirements have been submitted and have been met.

Completed applications are processed on a first-qualified, first-served basis. Applications with incomplete documentation will become inactive and must be resubmitted if the required documentation is not received by the application date.

Acceptance of an application does not guarantee admission to a program or course. Seat offers in programs and courses are based on space availability.

Official notification of the status of an application will be mailed within four weeks of receiving the application. Written notification will include any further steps the applicant must complete and the associated deadline(s). It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure deadlines are met.

While Camosun College will make every attempt to provide realistic deadlines, the college cannot accept any responsibility for delays resulting from Canada Post.

For information on International Student Applications, please contact Camosun International.

Student Status

New Students

A new student is one who submits an application and has never attended the college.

Returning Students

A student who has experienced an enrolment break of greater than 12 months (from the month of their last attendance to the month of their return to the college) needs to submit a new application and application fee.

Continuing Students

A continuing student is one who is registered in the current academic year and will continue to take classes in the same program in the next academic year; there is no need to reapply.

Deferring an Offer of Admission: Domestic Students

Deferring an admission offer allows accepted students, who have paid a registration deposit, the opportunity to delay their start to a future term. You may request to defer your offer of admission for up to one year by submitting the Offer of Admission Deferral Request Form, prior to the Tuition & Fee Payment Deadline.  

Defer Offer of Admission

Important considerations: 

Approval of an admission deferral will depend on the program in which you have been accepted. Deferrals may not be available for all programs or your preferred term. 

Admission deferrals will only be granted once. If approved, your registration deposit will be transferred to the deferred term. If you are unable to attend in the deferred term, you will need to re-apply for admission, and will forfeit any paid registration deposits. All registration deposits are non-refundable. 

Offer of admission deferral requests received after the Tuition & Fee Payment Deadline will not be considered. 

Deferring an Offer of Admission: International Students 

If you are unable to start the semester due to a delay in receiving your Study Permit or an exceptional circumstance, request a deferral by submitting the Offer of Admission Deferral Request Form. For more information, speak to Camosun International Admissions or refer to: First Semester International Student Refund/Deferral Procedure 

Defer Offer of Admission 


Immigration Status

Canadian CitizenResident/Domestic
Permanent ResidentResident/Domestic
Convention Refugee*Resident/Domestic
Refugee ClaimantNon-Resident/International
Permanent Resident ApplicantNon-Resident/International
Study PermitNon-ResidentInternational

*Upon presentation of documentation that confirms the applicant as a "protected person" by the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, applicants with convention refugee status will be assessed for admission and/or tuition and fees in the same manner as a Canadian citizen / permanent resident.

Changing Your Residency Status

Documentation supporting a residency status change must be received prior to the start of the semester; all requests received after will be processed for the subsequent term. Acceptable identification/documentation to support a status change:

  • Canadian Birth Certificate
  • Canadian Passport
  • Canadian Permanent Residency Card
  • Certificate of Indian Status Card (issued by DIAND/INAC/AANDC)
  • Confirmation of Permanent Residence (IMM 5292, IMM 5688)
  • Protected Person Status Document (IMM 5292)
  • Record of Landing (IMM 1000)
  • Diplomatic Visa

Additional Notes:

  • A student may be required to prove their status at any time during their registration at the College. Failure to comply will result in the assessment of international fees.
  • All documents may require additional and matching official photo ID.
  • All documents must be valid during the period of study.
  • The Registrar may require a written and signed declaration/affidavit to support a residency claim.
  • Additional documents may be reviewed and approved by the Registrar on a case by case basis.
  • Submit your documents early to avoid missing any deadlines.