Accelerated Entry for high school students

Accelerated Entry provides an opportunity for high-achieving high school students to enroll in selected courses at UVic before graduating from 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 being an Accelerated Entry student. Together, you can decide if it is a good option for you, and they can help you prepare your application.

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)


As an Accelerated Entry student, tuition and student fees are your responsibility. 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.

Estimated fees (based on 2019-2020 rates) are as follows:

Fee Domestic students International students
Tuition (one 1.5-unit course) $569.63 $2492.60
UVSS $38.43 $38.43
U-PASS (bus pass)* $81.00 $81.00
Athletics & Recreation $44.44 $44.44
Total $733.50 $2656.47

*Students with 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 be an Accelerated Entry student, as well as your future post-secondary plans
  • a recommendation letter from your school principal or counsellor verifying your potential for success as an Accelerated Entry student and your future post-secondary studies
  • a copy of your in-progress transcript, including all high school courses taken to-date (BC Diploma Verification Report preferred)
  • 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 Accelerated Entry, but we recommend that you apply no later than May 1.

Undergraduate Admissions
Office of the Registrar
1st floor, A-wing
University Centre
Check our office hours in advance.

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

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.

  1. review the list of first-year courses to find courses of interest to you
  2. refer to the UVic timetable to find out if and when your preferred course is offered in an upcoming school term
  3. make note of the course prefix/number (eg. ANTH 150) and the 6-digit registration number (CRN) listed on the timetable, as you will be asked to indicate this information on your application

Next steps

If you're selected as an Accelerated Entry student, you'll receive an official admission email 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.

More information

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