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Step 1 - Applying for Admission

We are glad you have chosen Northwest Community College for your educational journey.  This page will guide you through the process of applying for admission at NWCC.  Our Educational Advisors are here to help if you have any questions or need guidance along the way.

Applying for Admission Checklist

International applicants have additional checklist items.  Please visit our International How to Apply page for details. 

NWCC also offers continuing studies and workforce training. Visit our Workforce Training & Contact Services website to apply.

Continue reading for important things to consider as you apply for admission at NWCC.

Submitting your application

You can apply to NWCC online or through paper application.  We recommend that you apply online as this will significantly reduce processing time. As soon as you apply be sure to email copies of your transcripts and documents to:  info@nwcc.bc.ca which will also speed the process.  Review the below section on submitting your transcripts and documents for further information about this step.  NWCC uses email as a primary method of communication; be sure to look for emails from our Admissions office.

Meeting the program entrance requirements

Entrance requirements are specific to individual programs and these requirements must be met before you can attend.  Certain programs may be restricted to individuals over 18 years of age.  Review the requirements on the program webpage.  Search and explore our programs or View All Programs A-Z.

If you do not meet the entrance requirements, NWCC offers many upgrading options, and you may still be able to proceed with your application.  Be sure to contact an Educational Advisor to discuss your options.  Some programs require that you complete a placement test for entry.  View the program webpage for details or email info@nwcc.bc.ca.

When to apply

Applications are accepted during the 12-month period prior to the start of a program.  Applying early increases your chance of being accepted due to limited class sizes.

Read the program webpage carefully to look for:

  • Possible application deadlines
  • Does the program has an application selection process
  • The start date and location

If you meet all requirements you will either be accepted or placed on a waitlist for the next available intake.  Certain competitive programs, such as Nursing, do not hold waitlists and you will be required re-apply.

Waitlists
Your spot on the waitlist will be according to the date you applied and you will be notified as soon as a seat becomes available.  Wait periods will vary depending on the demand for the program. For programs such as Trades, NWCC cannot guarantee a seat for the preferred start date, as seats will be offered on a first-qualified, first accepted basis.  For long waitlists, you may be asked to reconfirm interest periodically.

Programs with continuous intakes (such as Career and College Preparation) accept applications ongoing throughout the year.

Submitting your transcripts and documents

After you apply to NWCC you must submit your transcripts and documents to NWCC through one of the following options:

To ensure your application is processed as quickly and efficiently as possible, please be sure to submit your transcripts and documents as soon as you apply.  Each program has different requirements; please review the program webpage for details.

We recommend that you submit un-official copies by email to get the application process started. Our Admissions Officers will also need to receive your official transcripts from high school and/or post-secondary; however, these can be sent to NWCC once your application is underway.

Transcripts
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. 

High School Transcripts
If you are currently in high school you are eligible for provisional acceptance and may 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, BC, V8Y 9T6
Phone: 250-356-2432
Fax: 250-356-0171

Permanent Residents
If you received permanent resident status you must submit official copies of your citizenship information to NWCC.

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.

Receive a notification

Within days of receiving your application, NWCC will email an acknowledgement letter.  Your application will be checked for completeness and your Admissions Officer will contact you via email regarding any missing documents or information.  Note that you will not be waitlisted or accepted until supporting documentation is received and your application is considered complete.  Please review our section on submitting your transcripts and documents for further information about this process.

Acceptance to your 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. Note that if you do not pay the tuition deposit you will not be able to register for courses in the program and risk losing your seat. 

Conditional acceptance means that you are accepted pending completion of any specific course(s).  An official transcript must be provided upon completion of these required conditions.

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