Prairie has helped over 17,000 students learn more about their faith and prepare for life, ministry and careers around the world. We're excited that you are interested in taking your next educational journey with us!


Our admissions criteria combine your academic history with evidence of your Christian life and testimony. We evaluate each admission carefully, so ensure that your application is well prepared.

Admissions Criteria

Personal Christian Life and Testimony (Character)

The application includes a section to submit your personal Christian testimony and requires the submission of a ministry leader & general reference. References can be submitted online here: Ministry Reference and General Reference Forms.

Academic Performance

Admission to Prairie requires a student to be a high school graduate with a minimum final average of 60% in five senior (Grade 12) subjects, one of which must be English. A minimum of a 60% average in the following Alberta high school courses: English 30/33, Social Studies 30/33, and a 30/33-level science, math, or foreign language course (if taken). If a student is not enrolled in five Grade 12 subjects, course marks from relevant Grade 11 subjects may be considered.

Canadian Students from Other Provinces

In most Canadian provinces, grade 12 is equivalent to the Alberta Secondary School Diploma. The exceptions are:

Quebec: Successful completion of one year of CEGEP required.

Ontario: Old curriculum: Admission requires completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma at the grade 12 advanced level with a minimum 60% combined average in five grade 12 courses including English. Those students who have completed OAC courses may be eligible for transfer credit for certain courses.
New curriculum: Admission requires completion of the Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a minimum 60% combined average in ENG4U "English" plus four other Grade 12 U or UC courses.

Instructions for ordering transcripts can be found on these websites:

British Columbia





Newfoundland and Labrador

North West Territories


In other provinces, contact your most recently attended school.

Students from the United States

American students must have graduated from high school with a minimum of a C average. Although not required, students are encouraged to submit SAT, ACT, or CLT scores to be considered for admission.

Students in good standing at a college or university in the United States are also eligible to apply for admission and may receive transfer credits.

U.S. Citizens studying in Canada are required to obtain a student authorization. If you are a U.S. citizen, you do not need to apply at a Canadian Consulate; instead, you will obtain a Student Authorization at the Canadian port of entry (border crossing or airport) when you enter. Be prepared to present:

  • Your college acceptance letter
  • Immigration letter (sent to you upon acceptance)
  • Proof of citizenship (e.g. birth certificate)
  • Proof of sufficient funds for one year (a bank cheque [not a personal cheque] or statement, Prairie College account receipt, or a letter from your sponsor on official letterhead stationery). Canadian Immigration charges $150.00 (subject to change) for Student Authorization documents at the border.

Working as you Study

American students are permitted by Canadian law to work on our campus during their time of studies.

If you (or your spouse) would like to seek employment on our campus during your stay at Prairie, you will need to notify the Canadian Immigration Officers at the border. Please make sure that when obtaining your Student Authorization, you make mention of your desire to work on campus. If you have any questions concerning this process contact the Admissions Office at 1-800-661-2425.

Transfer Students

Prairie College welcomes transfer students who have previously attended University, College and Bible College.

You may apply to receive transfer credit for courses completed at other post-secondary institutions. Courses can be transferred if they are comparable to ones in our curriculum and you earned a grade of C or better. To have your transcript evaluated, please forward your transcript(s) to:

Admissions Office
Box 4000
Three Hills AB T0M 2N0

Fax: 403-443-5540

Prior Learning (APPLE Credits) & Exemptions

Through our Assessment Program for Prior Learning Experience (APPLE), we may grant college credit for learning you have done outside the classroom.

To learn more about our APPLE program, please consult the Prairie College Academic Guide on the Registrar's Office page. If registered in a Prairie College certificate or degree program, students may be exempted from selected courses through challenge exams. For more information on exemptions, please contact the Registrar's Office.

English Language Proficiency

For applicants whose first language is English, English language proficiency is measured by Grade 12 course marks. For a student whose first language is not  English, English language proficiency is measured by an approved English language testing service. See the International Students section for more information.

**Applicants who do not meet the academic requirement may submit a written request to have it waived on the basis of motivation and improved academic skills. An Admissions Committee, composed of the Director of Admissions, the Registrar and the Director of Student Development, will make a decision on the request. Students admitted by this process will enter on Academic Probation, which imposes certain restrictions and requires certain accountability measures.

Mature Students: A limited number of mature students (aged 21 or older) may be allowed to enroll. Individuals must meet the program requirements.

Previously Enrolled Students: Previous students (those who have attended Prairie previously) can re-enroll provided they are a student in good standing. For most students, a simplified application procedure is available which includes submitting only a new application and pastor's reference.

International Admissions Procedures

If you are a citizen of a country other than the United States or Canada, you should begin the application process several months before the semester you plan to enrol in. We suggest the following dates for application: before May 1 for the Fall Semester and before September 1 for the Winter Semester.

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Home-Schooled Students

Prairie welcomes applications from home-based learners. Applicants who are unable to provide provincially/state-examined senior course results are evaluated individually in order to determine their preparedness for post-secondary studies. Home-based learners must be at least 17 years of age in September and submit a downloadable Academic Profile for Home-Based Learners.  


Al Mertes

Managing Director - Marketing and Enrolment


Kirsten Buckwalter

Admissions Counsellor


Courtenay Enns

Admissions Counsellor

403-443-5511 ext.3430

Josiah Sumner

Enrolment Services Representative

403-443-5511 ext.3420

Madeline Jonah

Admissions Representative

403-443-5511 ext.3053

We're excited that you are interested in taking your next educational journey with us!