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Admission Requirements

York University receives applications from around the world. Consideration for admission is given to applicants presenting outstanding academic credentials earned at recognized/accredited institutions. The following chart lists the types of academic preparation York University recognizes. In addition, there are specific minimum average requirements and course prerequisites for York programs. Visit the Admissions Web site at www.yorku.ca/admissions for further details. Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the University. If you feel that your academic record does not reflect your abilities, you are invited to present documentation outlining circumstances that may have affected your academic performance. All information will be taken into consideration.

Academic Preparation Admission Requirements
High School/Secondary School

Ontario: Requires completion of an Ontario Secondary School Diploma, including six Ontario Academic credits (OAC) with Faculty specific prerequisites.

Canadian High Schools outside of Ontario and Quebec: Requires completion of a Grade 12 Diploma.

Quebec: Requires completion of one full year of study (12 semestered academic courses) in a CEGEP program, or a Quebec Senior High School Leaving Certificate with standing in 6 subjects.

International Baccalaureate: Students must be eligible for the IB Diploma in order for the IB to be considered as the basis of admission. A total of 24 points, with no failing conditions, will be considered the minimum acceptable requirement for admission (many programs require a higher score, i.e. the Schulich School of Business requires a minimum of 30 points). Bonus points will be considered in the total required for admission where provided.

York will grant transfer credit for Higher Level IB courses with grades of five or better, to a maximum of 18 credits, depending on the Faculty to which you apply.

Advanced Placement: Transfer credit of up to 12 credits will be awarded for scores of four or five on the Advanced Placement (AP) examinations of the College Entrance Examination Board, depending on the Faculty to which you apply. You must also satisfy York's regular admission requirements.

General Certificate of Education (GCE): Two Advanced Level and three Ordinary Level passes (General Certificate of Secondary Education-GCSE); or, three Advanced Level passes and one Ordinary Level pass (General Certificate of Secondary Education-GCSE). A minimum grade of C or better on both Ordinary and Advanced Level results as well as an appropriate mix of courses are required for most programs. A particular subject written at both the Advanced and Ordinary Levels will be counted only once. Admission and transfer credit decisions may be made based on predicted grades. York will grant transfer credit to a maximum of 18 credits for Advanced Level passes depending on your grades and the Faculty or program to which you apply.

United States High School: Secondary school transcripts and SATI or ACT scores are required. Submit a school profile and teacher/counsellor recommendation letter. Aptitude tests will not be used in isolation of an applicant's academic record. Applications are reviewed on an individual basis.

International High School: A complete list of equivalent international certificates is available at www.yorku.ca/admissio/intlus.asp.


Degree-credit studies at an accredited university with a minimum average of C for admission to a Bachelor's degree program or C+ for admission to an Honours Bachelor's degree program (higher averages are required for some programs).

Applicants presenting international postsecondary transcripts must submit official institutionally prepared detailed course descriptions detailing the content for each course. Official English translations must be submitted for any transcripts and/or course descriptions not currently in English/French.

Postsecondary courses taken may be assessed for potential transfer credit. All courses taken, including failed courses, will be included in the calculation of the admission average.

Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology

CAAT Diploma with an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B) on a 4 point scale; or a minimum of eight semestered academic courses from an accredited College in Canada with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B) on a 4 point scale.

All courses taken, including failed courses, will be included in the calculation of the admission average.

York will consider granting transfer credit for an academic diploma program completed at an overall grade point average of 3.0 (B) on a 4 point scale.

Mature Student Applicants may be considered for admission under the University's "Mature Student" regulations if they:
  • have been away from full-time secondary school studies for a minimum of two years prior to entering York (students who have returned to school to upgrade after a two year absence may still apply),
  • have attempted less than four full courses at a university,
  • do not have recent unfavourable academic performances,
  • have demonstrated academic potential, and
  • are 21 years of age or older as of the first day of classes for the session of expected enrolment.
Mature student applicants may be considered for admission if they have completed a York University pre-university course with a minimum grade of B.
Senior Citizens

Senior Citizens who wish to be admitted to the University are evaluated as mature students unless the individual has completed previous postsecondary studies (see appropriate sections in chart above). Applicants must be 60 years of age or older on the first day of classes for which they have applied.

In order to be exempted from the Domestic Fee Rate, Senior Citizens must meet the rules and regulations outlined by the Office of the Registrar.

Note: All applicants must meet the prerequisite(s) and minimum average requirements of the programs to which they apply. Requirements vary by program. Applicants are encouraged to visit the Web site at www.yorku.ca/admissions for more detailed information.


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