Accelerated Entry for high school students

The Accelerated Entry program provides an opportunity for high-achieving high school students to enroll in selected courses at UVic during high school.

  • explore a university environment while completing high school
  • receive elective credits towards your high school diploma and university credit from UVic
  • receive credits towards your future university degree

If you're confident that you can fit a course at UVic in with your high school classes and other activities, talk to your counsellor or principal about participating in the Accelerated Entry program. Together, you can decide if participation is a good option for you, and they can help you prepare your application package.

Admission criteria

Accelerated Entry applicants must meet the following admission criteria:

  • minimum 85% average in all academic subjects to date
  • high academic standing (approximately 90%) in the field of study you plan to pursue at university
  • complete all prerequisites identified for the course(s) you've selected prior to the first day of classes
  • demonstrate language proficiency if English is not your primary language
  • at least 16 years of age (except under special circumstances)

Program fees

Accelerated Entry students are viewed as UVic undergraduate students, and are required to pay tuition and student fees. Note that your student fees enable you to use the services and facilities provided by the UVic Students' Society (UVSS) and UVic Athletics & Recreation. In addition, you'll need to purchase your own textbooks and lab supplies.

The estimated fees are as follows (based on 2014-2015 rates).

Fee Cost
Tuition (one course) $350.80
UVSS $34.71
UVSS renovation fee $2.50
U-PASS (bus pass)* $81.00
Athletics & Recreation $40.25
Total $509.26

*Students who already have valid BC Transit bus passes may opt out of the U-PASS program.

Payment deadlines

Fees are due at the end of the first month for each term in which you are taking classes:

  • Fall term (Sep-Dec): September 30
  • Winter term (Jan-Apr): January 31

You will be able to check your balance online via your UVic student account.

How to apply

Your application package must include:

  • a completed application form
  • a cover letter introducing yourself and why you want to participate in the Accelerated Entry program, as well as your future post-secondary plans
  • a recommendation letter from your school principal or counsellor verifying your potential for success in the Accelerated Entry program and future post-secondary studies
  • a copy of your in-progress transcript, including all high school courses taken to-date
  • a list of high school courses you intend to complete next school year
  • other supporting documents (e.g. reference letters, Conservatory of Music results, SAT scores, etc.)
  • proof of language proficiency (for applicants whose first language is not English)
  • a $15 application fee (non-refundable)

Completed applications must be submitted to Undergraduate Admissions. There is no deadline for the Accelerated Entry program, but we recommend that students apply no later than June 1.

Undergraduate Admissions
University of Victoria
PO Box 3025 STN CSC
Victoria, BC V8W 3P2

Undergraduate Admissions
University of Victoria
University Centre, Room A102
3800 Finnerty Road
Victoria, BC V8P 5C2

Choosing a UVic course

When completing your application, you will be asked to indicate your preferred courses. Most first-year courses are open to Accelerated Entry students, provided that they can meet the course prerequisites.

  • review the list of first-year courses to find courses of interest to you
  • refer to the UVic timetable to find out if and when your preferred courses are offered in an upcoming school term

Next steps

If you're selected for the Accelerated Entry program, you'll receive an official admission letter from UVic confirming your registration and indicating your approved course. You'll need to make sure that you meet any course prerequisites prior to the first day of class, and prepare for your fees and other associated costs.

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