Admissions FAQs

SECTION 1: APPLICATION AND TRANSCRIPTS

1. Stu-view states that my applications status is: ‘Incomplete’ or ‘Missing high school grades’; however, on the OCAS website it states that my transcripts were already sent to George Brown. How long will it take for the George Brown Admissions Office to update my file?

It can take up to two weeks for documents to reach George Brown College. Please continue to check Stu-view for an update to your status. Once George Brown receives your documents, they will be reviewed and your application will be updated. This may take another two to three weeks.

2. Where do I send my transcripts?

Official transcripts can be sent via ontariocolleges.ca. The documents will be then forwarded to George Brown College. Please note that it can take up to two weeks for documents to reach the college and another two to three weeks to be processed.

3. Will you accept transcripts and diplomas from private colleges?

Most private college courses and/ or credentials are NOT acceptable as admission requirements for George Brown programs. Please contact the admissions office at admissions@georgebrown.ca to verify for your particular program of interest.

4. Do my transcripts have to be evaluated?

Credentials that are earned outside of Canada must be evaluated. The Admissions Office will accept evaluations from the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada (ICAS), World Education Services (WES) or Comparative Education Service (CES) at the University of Toronto (for certain program only). For most programs we recommend a Comprehensive Assessment Report.

5. Do I have to submit my high school transcripts for a postgraduate program?

Postgraduate programs require a diploma or a degree (please check specific program details for exact requirements). We will not accept high school credits/ Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) for postgraduate programs.

6. When is the last day that I can apply for a program that starts in the Fall?

  • For equal consideration for a Fall intake, the deadline date is February 1.  
  • After the equal consideration deadlines, applications will still be accepted on a first come first serve basis, depending upon the availability of the program.
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply early to ensure the application is complete and a final decision can be made. Some applicants may be required to take an admissions assessment (test) or other special requirements (e.g. interview, audition), depending on the program.

7. Can I defer my application to a different intake?

George Brown does not defer admissions decisions, but if you wish to switch your application to a different intake, this can be done at ontariocolleges.ca.  You may also call Ontario Colleges directly for assistance. The toll-free number is 1-888-892-2228

SECTION 2: APPLICATION STATUS

8. My admissions status says it is still ‘Under Review’ on STU-VIEW. When will a decision be made on my application?  

The Admissions Office is still reviewing the application. Decisions will not be made by a specific date.   Please continue to check Stu-view for any updates

9. On Stu-view, it states that I have met eligibility but no decision has been made. If I am meeting eligibility, why is there no offer?  

Due to the competitive nature of the program, a final decision has not been made.  This means that we are unable to release an offer to you at this time. This may change at a later date and applicants are encouraged to continue to check Stu-view for any status updates.

SECTION 3: ADMISSIONS ASSESSMENT/ TEST

10. I wrote the admissions assessment (test) and was told that I do not meet the admission requirements because I failed the test. How do I obtain my test results and who may I speak to about this?

You may book an appointment with an Assessment Advisor to review your test results with academic recommendations, such as areas of improvement and academic upgrading options. To book an appointment, please call:  (416) 415 – 5000 ext. 4992.

11. Can I still write my admissions assessment (test) after my deadline to book? I need more time to prepare and am not ready to write it yet.

You should try to write your admissions assessment (test) by the deadline date indicated in your letter from the college, to ensure you complete the application in a timely manner and secure your spot in your program of choice.

You may still write the test after the deadline, and it will not affect your ability to book the test.

12. How many times can I write the admissions assessment (test)?

Eligible applicants are able to write the admissions assessment (test) only once per intake.  There are three intakes per academic cycle (Fall, Winter and Spring).

13. I failed the admissions assessment (test). Can I take night school or summer school and use the credit towards a requirement?

Yes, we can accept a credit towards an application. Please ensure that your documentation is submitted via OCAS as soon as possible, and please alert George Brown College to the fact that you are completing the credit.

14. I am 18 years old, but do not have the academic credits to meet the admission requirements. Can I write the admissions assessment (test)?

  • Applicants who are 18 and younger are required to provide a completed Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent and are not eligible to write the admissions assessment (test).
  • If an applicant will be 19 on the first day of classes and does not have the OSSD credits, he/ she is able to take the admissions assessment (test).

15. I wrote the admissions assessment (test) and was placed on a waiting list for September, but now I am applying for January. Do I need to re-write the test again?

Admissions assessment (test) results are valid for one academic year. Applicants have the option to re-test for another intake if they wish to improve their results.

16. I have applied to a program but not yet written my admissions assessment (test). I see on the website that the program is closed, am I able to still write the test?

Yes, you may continue to take the admissions assessment (test). If you are successful and your results are competitive, you will be placed on the program waitlist, since the program is closed.

SECTION 4: DEADLINES

17. I missed my deadline to accept my offer and the offer has expired.  Can I still accept the offer?

If you missed the deadline to accept your offer, but still wish to accept it, please call the Admissions Office at: 416.415.5000 ext. 4805 and Press 5 to leave a message. Decisions to extend offer deadlines are made on a case by case basis. If there is space available, you will be contacted by telephone and advised of next steps. If there are no spaces available at the time, you will be placed on a waitlist and contacted only if a space becomes available.

18. I missed my deadline to pay and my acceptance is expired. Can I be placed back in the program?

If you missed the deadline to pay, but still wish to pay and attend George Brown, please call the Admissions Office at: 416.415.5000 ext. 4805 and Press 4 and leave a message. Decisions to reinstate acceptances and accept late payments are made on a case by case basis. If there is space available, you will be contacted by telephone and advised of next steps. If there are no spaces available at the time, you will be placed on a waitlist and will be contacted only if a space becomes available.

SECTION 5: OFFERS

19. How do I accept my offer?

Log on to ontariocolleges.ca to accept your offer.  This acceptance will be downloaded to George Brown College the next business day.

SECTION 6: PROGRAM WAITLISTS

20. I have been placed on the waitlist for a program. Can you let me know which position I am and when will I hear a decision?

A waitlist is established when there are more eligible candidates than available space in a program.   Applicants are placed on the waitlist based on their ranking against other applicants for that intake.

Positions on the waitlist change regularly, depending on the number of qualified applicants.  Unfortunately, we are unable to give you a definite date as to when you will hear a decision. This is dependent on the time of year, the program, and the number of qualified applicants.  If space becomes available, applicants on the waitlist are notified by letter, email and/or telephone and are given a specific time to reply.  Any available spaces are first offered to applicants at the top of the waitlist, in descending order.

21. I am wait-listed for a program that starts in September. Will I automatically receive an offer for January?

No. Your waitlist status is only valid for the intake (e.g. Fall, Winter Spring), that you have applied to.   If  you are interested in another intake you will need to re-apply at ontariocolleges.ca

SECTION 7: CONTACTING ADMISSIONS

22. If I can’t get in contact with my Admissions Officer, who else can I speak with in regards with my application?

Though staff members in the Admissions Office endeavour to respond as promptly as possible to inquiries, there may be a delay in receiving a response from your Admissions Officer due to the high volume of applications. Here are some other suggested contacts at the college:

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