Admissions

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!

Admissions

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.  If a student is not enrolled in five Grade 12 subjects, course marks from relevant Grade 11 subjects may be considered.  Greater weight will be placed on marks in academic subjects (social studies and math, for example) than on marks in non-academic subjects.

Please note that the Practical Nursing program has separate academic admissions requirements. For more information, please visit the Practical Nursing program page.

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

Alberta

Saskatchewan

Manitoba

Quebec

Newfoundland and Labrador

North West Territories

Nunavut

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
Email: admissions@prairie.edu

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.

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 enroll in. We suggest the following dates for application: before May 1 for the Fall Semester and before September 1 for the Winter Semester.

All students must submit a complete application before they will be considered for admission. Visit our Application Page for complete details. If you'd like to contact someone in person, please call 1-800-661-2425, or email admissions@prairie.edu.

1. A Ministry Leader reference (a pastor or spiritual mentor 21 years of age or older) and General reference (mature Christian friend 21 years of age or older) must be submitted as a part of the application. These can be completed directly from the international application form.

2. Academic transcripts must also be submitted to provide a record of any previous secondary (high school) or post-secondary studies. International student transcripts will be evaluated on an individual basis to determine equivalency to the Alberta High School requirements. As a part of the international application process, we must receive official documents before an admission decision can be made. Please note that in order for transcripts to be considered Official, original hard copies must be sent directly from the administering institution or government in a sealed envelope. Copies sent personally by the applicant are considered Unofficial.

3. Although it is not required, we welcome you to apply for Financial Aid.

4. A $50 (CAD) non-refundable fee will be charged at the time of application.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

International students must submit proof of English proficiency by completing one of the following:

  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 90 on the internet based test with a minimum score of 21 points in each section.
  • The academic level International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) exam with an overall band score of 6.5, with no band scores less than 5.5.
  • Cambridge C1 Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) or Cambridge C2 Proficiency (Certificate of Proficiency in English) with a score of at least 180.

Test scores must be valid and verifiable, and results must be issued directly from the testing office. Photocopies will not be accepted. Scores more than two years old will NOT be accepted. If you have completed an English Language Proficiency exam that is not one of the exams listed above, please contact the admissions department.

Note: Meeting these test scores does not guarantee admission to the college and additional testing may be required before admittance is granted.

Acceptance & Immigration Information

1. Once we have received your completed application, the Admissions Committee will review your file and notify you of their decision. This usually takes 1 week from the day your application was completed.

2. If you are accepted, you will need to obtain a study permit (student visa) from a Canadian Consulate or Embassy. In order to do this you will need the following:

  • Proof of Citizenship: Passport
  • Proof of funds: International (non-USA) students are required to show proof that funds are available to cover one year’s fees (approximately $18,000 Canadian, depending on your program). This can be made up of student financial assistance (see above), your own contribution(s), and/or the contributions of your family/friends/sponsors.
  • Proof of return Transportation: Canadian officials will require that you have return transportation to your home country upon completion of your studies.

Please note that Student Visas are only issued to full-time students.

Student Services & Fees

All student services are available to international students on the same basis as for Canadian students. Tuition, student fees, program and course costs, room and board, and other fees listed are the same for international students as they are for Canadian students.

Health Insurance

All international students are required to have health coverage. In accordance with the Canada Health Act, Alberta has a publicly administered and funded health care system that guarantees Albertans receive universal access to medically necessary hospital and health care services. All International students who have obtained a student visa for longer than one year will have access to this free Alberta Health Care Service and will register during Orientation Week. All international students who have a student visa for less than one year will need to purchase health insurance. For more information, contact Student Financial Services or visit the link to Alberta Health listed below.

Important Links

Canadian Consulate

Immigration Canada

Alberta Health

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.  

 

If you would like more information, please also visit our FAQ section

Al Mertes

Managing Director - Marketing and Enrolment

al.mertes@prairie.edu

403-443-3016

Kirsten Buckwalter

Admissions Counsellor - International Applicants

kirsten.buckwalter@prairie.edu

403-443-3007

Sheena Mejia

Admissions Counsellor

sheena.mejia@prairie.edu

403-443-5511 ext.3430

Josiah Sumner

Enrolment Services Representative

josiah.sumner@prairie.edu

403-443-5511 ext.3420

Madeline Jonah

Admissions Representative

madeline.jonah@prairie.edu

403-443-5511 ext.3053

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