Admissions Policies & FAQs

George Brown College generally admits students as follows:

  1. In many cases, high school grades are used to qualify an applicant for admission.
  2. Mature students (19 or older) who do not have Ontario Secondary School Diploma credits, or equivalent, may take an admissions assessment (test).
  3. For programs that include an additional requirement, such as an audition, portfolio or interview, high school grades (or test results) may be used in combination with the results of the additional requirements.

Applicants are ranked according to their academic achievements and additional requirements.

Highly competitive programs

These are certain high demand programs that attract a significant volume of qualified applicants by February 1 to fill the program for the fall.

In such cases:

  • All pre-February 1 applicants receive equal consideration (for fall term).
  • Applicants who apply after February 1 will be considered if spaces remain within the program.
  • For winter and spring terms, applicants are considered based on available seats and ranked according to their academic achievements and additional requirements.

Click here for more information on which programs are the most competitive to get into, what the approximate cut-off ranges are for these competitive programs, and recommendations for applying to a highly competitive program. Please be aware that the cut-off ranges and the list of competitive programs are subject to change.  

Conditional Offers of Admission

In some cases, a conditional offer of admission may be issued to:

  • An applicant who is currently enrolled in required courses.
  • Or is in the process of completing a required credential.

All conditions must be met and the official transcript must be submitted through by the date specified in the offer letter.

Students who are currently attending high school may be accepted conditionally on the basis of their grade 11 final marks or grade 12 midterm marks in the required prerequisites. Acceptance is based upon successful completion of the OSSD (Ontario Secondary School Diploma) at the end of the academic year.

George Brown College may revoke an offer of admission of any applicant who does not meet the deadline for submission of final transcripts or credentials. Students are not able enrol and start classes if there are any outstanding admission requirements.

For applicants who are enrolled in Grade 12 required subjects in their second semester, we will consider Grade 11 marks of 70 or higher in the prerequisite subjects for conditional acceptance.

Protected Persons, Refugee Claimants, or Convention Refugees 

Protected Persons, Refugee Claimants, or Convention Refugees are required to obtain a study permit for engaging in education or training that is more than 6 months in duration.  Students must have a valid study permit in order to begin studying at George Brown College, if the program is more than 6 months and/or their intention is to study longer than 6 months. Details can be found by visiting Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.

After receiving an offer of admission, you must apply for a study permit. Please note that Study Permits are not issued inside Canada. You must apply online or at the nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. Official information on requirements can be obtained from an IRCC (formerly CIC) office in Canada, a Canadian Embassy or Consulate overseas and/or the IRCC (formerly CIC) website at:

Admission Policies:

Admission policies are included in the college’s Academic Policies and highlight important processes. The policies can vary depending on which program you are completing at George Brown. For more information, please visit our Policies page.