The following information is for Canadian citizens who are new to Brandon University and planning to attend for the first time. International students must refer to the International Guide and transfer students must refer to the Transfer Guide.
The Canadian Application Guide will help answer frequently asked questions and provide information on what you need to know about applying to Brandon University. You are encouraged to contact the Admissions Office if you have any questions prior to submitting your online application. The Admissions Office is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to Noon and 1:00 to 4:30 p.m. CDT.
The Admissions Office email address is Admissions@brandonu.ca
Almost all communications from the Admissions Office will be sent electronically by email. When applying, use an email account that you check regularly and add us to your safe-sender list.
This guide contains information on how new students can to be admitted to Brandon University, application deadlines, admission categories, admission requirements, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and documents required.
The Admissions Office will begin processing applications for the next academic year starting October 1.
The term official document refers to all documents that have been sent directly from high school or degree granting institution in a sealed envelope. Applicants may send an official transcript to the Admissions Office or deliver in person providing the official transcript is in a sealed envelope from the high school or post-secondary institution.
The Admissions Office may require a copy of supporting documents such as a marriage certificate, birth certificate, driver’s license, passport to confirm name change or proof of age. Do not mail originals. The Admissions Office will make photocopies of such documents if you are in the office.
It is the applicant’s responsibility to:
- Adhere to the application deadlines;
- Submit all documentations well in advance of the posted application deadlines and;
- Submit the non-refundable application fee (Including Minnesota Residence)
- Application fee may be paid online using a credit card.
Steps to be Admitted – The following steps are for those who have not previously attended Brandon University.
- Apply online
- Indicate all institutions attended and request the institution to submit an official transcript directly to BU.
- The application fee must be submitted before the application can be processed.
- The application fee is paid online by credit card using the online application.
- An Offer of Admission will only be issued once all required documents are received.
- The Offer of Admission will indicate the faculty you are accepted to along with a six-digit student number. The six-digit student number is required to register for courses.
- Brandon University will accept official transcripts sent directly from the high school and/or from all post-secondary institutions attended. English language proficiency results must be sent directly from the Testing Centre. Documents in another language other than English must be accompanied with a notarized English translation and are the students responsibility.
Application and Official Document Deadlines
Application deadlines are in place to ensure students have cleared the admissions process in time to register for courses. It is important to note that students are encouraged to apply early to avoid potential processing delays. Each year in April, the new Calendar, timetable and sign up for mandatory advising begins for certain undergraduate programs. To register early for courses means you will need to be admitted prior to April to take advantage of the best selection of courses. Students that miss the application deadline or have not completed the application process will be deferred to the next available term.
Graduate students will need to consult with the program coordinator for academic advising.
A: High School Graduates (Manitoba): Regular
1. Manitoba applicants for regular admission must satisfy the following minimum requirements: High School graduation as recognized by Manitoba Education and Training with no “E”, “I” or “M” designated Grade 12 courses; or a Grade 12 equivalency (G.E.D.) as recognized in Canada and the United States.
B: High School Graduates (Out of Province): Regular
Certificates from out of the province will be considered on their merits. In general, students from outside the province who apply for admission to Brandon University as regular students are required to have met the minimum requirements for admission to a University in the province or territory in which they graduated from High School.
Students must also have met the academic requirements set out by the faculty or school to which they are seeking admission. The following transcripts from Canadian provinces are usually accepted as equivalent to Manitoba High School Graduation:
1. High School Graduation – Regular Status
A. If you are currently in high school, send your application, application fee and interim transcript. A final high school transcript is required once you graduate from high school.
B. If you have graduated from high school, send an official final transcript showing graduation.
C. If you completed the G.E.D. (Grade 12 Equivalency) send the original transcript.
2. Mature Student
Students who are 21 years of age and have not graduated from an accredited high school.
Students must meet the following conditions to be eligible for Mature Student Status. Student must be 21 years of age by the last day of examinations for the first session (Spring, Summer, Regular) registered and do not meet the Regular Student Status requirements. Mature students must be a Canadian citizen or Permanent resident. Consult the Undergraduate Calendar for more information.
If you are seeking Mature status, send notarized proof of age (birth certificate, driver’s license, or any identification with a birth date and current last name) with the application. If credentials are in an original last name, submit evidence of name change (e.g. marriage certificate). You may provide a copy of original document(s) providing they are verified.
Consult the on-line Transfer Guide for more information.
4. Previous Degree/College Diploma
If you have already obtained a university degree and are planning to pursue a second degree, send an official transcript showing conferral of degree from all post-secondary institutions attended.
If you have a college diploma, send an official transcript showing that you having completed the program.
5. Home School
Manitoba students who have been home schooled are eligible for admission with regular student status provided they supply written confirmation from the Home Schooling Co-ordinator for Manitoba that they have completed Grade 12 under the home schooling provisions for Manitoba. Students must submit a letter and supporting documents including academic record to the Admission Office.
Students who have been home schooled in other provinces or states may be eligible for admission provided their application is accompanied by written confirmation from a duly noted authorized representative of the provincial or state department of education stating that they have completed Grade 12 under the Home Schooling provisions in the province or state. Home-schooled students not registered with the province or state will be considered for admission to Brandon University on an individual basis. Students must submit a letter and supporting documents including academic record to the Admission Office.
Students who have completed Manitoba Grade 12 by taking distance education courses offered by the Manitoba Department of Education are not considered to be home schooled, but rather are classified as Manitoba high school graduates.
For clarity, students who have completed Manitoba Grade 12 by taking distance education courses offered by the Manitoba Department of Education are not considered to be home schooled, but rather are classified as Manitoba High School graduates.
Applicants who intend to transfer Brandon University credit elsewhere must obtain a Letter of Permission from the Registrar of their home institution to guarantee transfer credit for courses taken. The Letter of Permission must be submitted with the application for admission and should indicate either the date when the letter will expire or the list of approved courses to be taken.
7. Dual Credit
Dual credit admission enables Manitoba High School students to apply academic credit earned at Brandon University towards the fulfillment of senior year’s graduation requirements. Applicants are normally eligible for dual credit admission provided they meet the following criteria:
- they are in good standing (i.e. they have completed, are enrolled in, or pre-registered for all the compulsory courses required to meet their high school graduation requirements);
- they have a minimum cumulative average of 80% across all their Grade 11 and 12 courses completed at the time of application;
- they come highly recommended by their secondary school Principal (or equivalent) or designate to pursue dual credit studies
If you are currently in Grade 12, please send an official interim transcript showing all the high school credits and grades that you have achieved to date, along with a letter of recommendation from your principal or designate.
8. Auditing Student
Auditing students plan to take courses for interest not for credit. Students will be required to provide identification with proof of age to the Admissions Office. Students will need to submit all academic transcripts in order to take courses for credit.
9. Advanced Placement (AP)
Transfer credit for Advanced Placement is granted in specific subject areas if a minimum score of 3 is achieved with some departments requiring a minimum score of 4.
The Faculty of Science requires a minimum grade of 4 for transfer. Students will receive credit in the relevant first-year course(s), no letter grade will be awarded.
The Faculty of Arts accepts College Board transfer as follows:
- A grade of “A+” is assigned where the College Board score is “5” and the high school transcript grade is “95%” or better;
- A grade of “A” is assigned where the College Board score is “5” and the high school transcript grade is less than “95%”;
- A grade of “B” is assigned where the College Board grade is “4”;
- A grade of “C” is assigned where the College Board grade is “3”;
- No credit is awarded where the College Board grade is less than “3”.
Accepting transfer credit for Advanced Placement is voluntary. Students must apply for transfer credit by submitting a AP/IB Request for University Credit form then submit to the Admissions Office by August 31.
The College Board number for Brandon University is 000905.
10. International Baccalaureate (IB)
Students with an International Baccalaureate Diploma with an overall score of 24 points are considered to have the equivalent of Manitoba High School Graduation for purposes of admission to Brandon University. The IB Diploma must contain at least three Higher Level courses, with the remaining courses being either the Higher Level or the Standard Level.
Students taking Grade 12 along with the IB Diploma or IB subjects will be considered for admission on the basis of their regular Grade 12 subject areas. A minimum score of 4 is required on each higher level IB course to be considered for possible transfer of credit.
Accepting transfer credit for International Baccalaureate is voluntary. Students must apply for transfer credit by submitting a AP/IB Request for University Credit form then submit to the Admissions Office by August 31.
The College Board number for Brandon University is 000905.
11. Graduate Students
Graduate programs are available in Education, Music, Psychiatric Nursing, and Rural Development. Observe the application deadlines noted above for new BU students.
Consult the current online Graduate Calendar for additional application fees and specific program requirements such as letters of reference, resume, pre-tests, statement of interest, and other documents. Transcripts should not be more than one year old and sent directly from all post-secondary institutions attended.
1. Regular Status
Regular Status is assigned to students who have satisfied all requirements for admission as Graduate Diploma or Master’s degree candidates.
2. Conditional Status
Conditional Status is assigned to a student who has applied for Graduate – Regular status but does not meet graduate admission requirements. A Conditional Graduate Student must complete the missing requirement and/or extra courses and/or attain a predetermined level of performance in order to achieve Regular Status.
A Conditional student must be formally reviewed by the School or Faculty within two terms of the first registration in the program and a recommendation either to remove the Conditional status or to withdraw from the program must be forwarded to the Dean of the Faculty or School for action.
Conditional student status shall not be extended beyond the first two terms and the maximum number of graduate level credits a Conditional student may complete is 12. Students who successfully satisfy the terms of their Conditional status shall not be required to re-apply for admission. The conditional year of studies will not be counted in the time allowed to complete the Master’s degree.
3. Special Status
Special Status will be assigned to a student who meets graduate admission requirements but is not proceeding to a graduate degree or diploma at Brandon University. A Special Graduate Student may accumulate no more than 9 credit hours of Master’s level courses. Student, subsequently admitted to a Graduate program, may apply to the School or Faculty Graduate Committee to have courses completed as a Special Graduate Student applied to a graduate program or studies.
- Online application.
- Include the non-refundable application fee.
- Declare all institutions attended on the application form and submit transcripts. High school students must submit an interim transcript at the time of application and a final transcript showing high school graduation.
- Brandon University will only accept official transcripts sent directly from the high school and/or from all post-secondary institutions.
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