Transferring from a BC college

Admission requirements

If you're transferring to UVic from a university transfer program or career/vocational diploma program offered at a college in British Columbia, you must meet the following requirements to be eligible for admission.

University transfer programs

Applicants who have attempted eight or more university-level courses

  • A minimum average of at least 2.00/9pt scale ("C") on the most recent 12 UVic units (24 credits = approximately 8 courses) attempted
    • Only university-level courses are used in the calculation
    • Repeated and failed courses are included
    • Averages are calculated using term GPAs, not individual courses

Applicants who have attempted fewer than eight university-level courses

  • A minimum overall average of at least 2.00/9pt scale ("C") on all university-level courses attempted
  • Must also meet the minimum high school requirements for year-one entry in the program to which you are applying

Note that the actual cutoff average required for admission may be higher than stated here due to limits on enrollment in particular programs. Some programs also have additional selection criteria as described in the Supplemental application information page.

Career/vocational diploma programs

Amount of study completed Minimum overall average
One full year of a diploma program* A-
Completion of a diploma program B

All courses in the diploma program are used when calculating the grade average, including repeated and failed courses.

Note that the actual cutoff average required for admission may be higher than stated here due to limits on enrollment in particular programs. Some programs also have additional selection criteria as described in the Supplemental application information page.

*Applicants with less than one year of a career/vocational diploma are also required to meet the high school requirements for year-one entry in the program to which you are applying.

Faculty requirements

In addition to the general requirements for admission to UVic, applicants must also meet the minimum average required by the program to which you are applying.

Below are the averages (on the UVic 9-point scale) that were required for early conditional admission offers for Fall 2016 entry.

Business

Program 2016 cutoff
Commerce 4.00 + selection

Education

Program 2016 cutoff
BEd Elementary 4.00 + selection
BEd Secondary 4.00 + selection
Post-Degree Elementary 4.00 + selection
Post-Degree Secondary 3.00 + selection
PE Secondary 3.00 + selection
Kinesiology 5.00 + selection
Recreation and Health Education 4.00 + selection

Engineering

Program 2016 cutoff
Computer Science 5.00
Engineering (Upper Level) 3.00 + selection

Fine Arts

Program 2016 cutoff
Art History & Visual Studies 3.00
Music 3.00
Theatre 3.00
Visual Arts 3.00
Writing 6.00

Human and Social Development

Program 2016 cutoff
Child and Youth Care 3.00 + selection
Health and Community Services 4.00 + selection
Health Information Science 5.00
Nursing (Collaborative) 3.00 + selection
Social Work 4.00 + selection

Humanities

Program 2016 cutoff
All programs 3.00

Science

Program 2016 cutoff
All programs 3.00

Social Sciences

Program 2016 cutoff
All programs 3.00

Transfer credit

Eligible transfer credit is usually assigned when the application is evaluated and a Transfer Credit Summary email is sent immediately following the admission offer. In most cases, transfer credit for courses completed at a BC college is:

  • determined on a course-by-course basis
  • assigned based on the year in which the courses were completed
  • assigned according to the equivalencies set out in the BC Transfer Guide
  • guaranteed 30 units of credit when an associate degree has been granted.

In some cases, block credit agreements have been established for specific diploma programs to transfer to specific UVic degree programs.

Note: Most UVic courses are assigned a value of 1.5 or 3.0 units, where most BC colleges use a 3.0 and 6.0 credit system. In the case of transfer credit, a 3.0 credit course = 1.5 UVic units.


Supplemental applications

In addition to grades, some UVic undergraduate programs require applicants to provide additional information as part of the selection process.

Check the Supplemental application information page to see details and instructions for programs that require supplemental applications.


English language proficiency

All University of Victoria applicants are required to demonstrate competence in the English language. Applications cannot be fully evaluated until proof of language proficiency is confirmed.


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