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Step 1 - Applying for Admission

  • If you are a current high school student, submit your final marks from grade 11 and proof of registration into required grade 12 courses
  • Entrance requirements are specific to individual programs and these requirements must be satisfied before you can attend
  • Official transcripts from high school and/or post-secondary institutions may be required
  • Permanent residents must submit official copies of citizenship information
  • Programs may be restricted to individuals over 18 years of age; please see an academic advisor for more information

Once you have chosen a program, please submit an application: You can apply to Northwest Community College online or through paper application

Completing the online application will significantly reduce processing time for your application. Students who apply online are required to mail or bring the required documents to the Admissions Office at any campus in the Northwest.  Emailed documents are considered unofficial, but can be used to get the process started.  Please email info@nwcc.bc.ca

Official secondary and post-secondary transcripts must be provided.

When to submit your application

The Admissions Department supports two types of admissions pathways:

  1. Continuous Applications

Programs with "continuous applications" (e.g., Career and College Preparation, trades and apprentice training, etc.) accept applications at any time throughout the year. Applicants are placed on a waitlist according to the completion date of the application.   Students will be notified when a seat becomes available, and wait periods will vary depending on the demand for the program. NWCC cannot guarantee a seat for the preferred start date, as seats will be offered on a first-qualified first accepted basis.  If students are on long waitlists, they may be asked to reconfirm interest periodically.

  1. Fixed intake

Applications are accepted during the 12-month period preceding the start date of any program. Applying early for fixed intake programs increase the chance of being accepted due to limited class size in most programs.  Please read the program page carefully for possible application deadlines and if a program has an application selection process.  Those students not accepted to fixed intake programs are required to reapply.   

Next Steps:

Notifications:

Within days of receiving the application, NWCC will email the applicant an acknowledgement letter. The application will be checked for completeness and the student will be contacted via email regarding any missing documents or information. An applicant will not be waitlisted or accepted until supporting documentation is received and the application is considered complete.  Emails will be sent to inform applicants if they have been accepted or are on the waitlist. 

Submitting requirements:

  • Transcripts

Each program has different requirements, so applicants are encouraged to review the program pages for specifics.  Official documents from high school and post-secondary are required for university level programs and health science career training.  Documents are considered official if they are in the sealed envelope, or if transcripts are faxed directly from the sending institution.  Please order transcripts around the time of your application to secure your acceptance.  For foundations trades programs, unofficial documents can be used to begin the process and hold a seat. 

  • High school Transcripts

Current high school students are eligible for provisional acceptance if they apply before completing grade 12.  Please submit official marks for grade 11 and proof of registration into the required grade 12 courses.   Contact your high school administrator for transcripts and remember to select NWCC as a receiving institution for your final marks from the Ministry of Education when you complete your finals. 

If you graduated in BC after 1974, please contact the high school you attended or the Ministry of Education at:

Student Certification Branch
Ministry of Education
P.O. Box 9886 Stn Prov Govt
Victoria, B.C.V8Y 9T6
Phone: (250) 356-2432
Fax: (250) 356-0171

  • Non-academic documents

Some programs require resumes, criminal record checks, first aid and other non-academic requirements.  Please review the program page to familiarize yourself with these items.

  • Placement Tests

Some programs require that the student complete placement tests for entry.  Please contact the Registrar’s Office for information

  • Permission of Instructor

Permission of Instructor may be used to gain acceptance into a course or program when the applicant can demonstrate to an instructor qualified in the discipline that the applicant is likely to succeed in the course or program. Permission of Instructor may only be used if the applicant does not meet the course or program prerequisites and/or does not attain the required threshold on the course entry assessment. The potential student wishing to be considered for admission under this policy should contact the appropriate program coordinator or academic head.  All usage of Permission of Instructor for entry into a College course or program will be documented by the instructor and forwarded to the admissions department before the applicant will be allowed to register for that course.

Acceptance to Program:

Once you have met the requirements and a seat is available in the program you will be sent an acceptance email.  To confirm your intention to accept the seat you will be required to pay a $100 tuition deposit; the deposit is applied to the first semester’s tuition fees. Students who do not pay the tuition deposit will not be able to register for courses in their program and risk losing their seat.  If the student is accepted conditionally, pending completion of the specific course(s), an official transcript must be provided upon completion of required conditions.