Applying to a post-secondary institution may seem like a daunting process for someone who is new to this.
Whether you are currently in high school, a mature student thinking of going back to school or you are attending another post-secondary institution thinking about making a change to Mount Royal, we would like your admission experience to be as easy as possible.
Here is a list of questions that many applicants ask to help make this process easy for you.
Top 10 admissions questions
1. When do I apply?
For the Fall Semester 2013, you can apply as early as Dec. 1 through March 1 for Early Admission. We will continue to accept applications until Aug. 31 based on program and space availability. The more popular programs can fill up quickly, so it’s best to apply for Early Admission or as early as possible. Mount Royal may also have a Winter Intake (starting in January) for a limited number of programs.
For the Fall Semester 2014, you can apply as early as Oct. 1 through Feb. 1 for Early Admission. We will continue to accept applications until Aug. 31 based on program and space availability. The more popular programs can fill up quickly, so it’s best to apply for Early Admission or as early as possible. Mount Royal may also have a Winter Intake (starting in January) for a limited number of programs.
2. How can I apply?
Mount Royal University is part of the Alberta Post-secondary Application System (Apply Alberta). Use Apply Alberta if you:
Current Mount Royal (undergraduate) students applying to another program use MyMRU.
3. What will I need when I apply?
The application form requires personal information such as name, address, birthdate, citizenship status and Grade 12 course and grade information. You will also have to pay a $100 non-refundable application fee when you apply.
4. What grades do I need to provide?
Since Mount Royal University is part of the Alberta Post-secondary Application System (Apply Alberta), some transcripts will be collected on your behalf and some you may be responsible to obtain yourself. Please review this information carefully to determine which transcripts you are required to get.
If you are currently in high school or upgrading you are required to provide your self-reported grades on your online application when you apply for admission. Final official high school transcripts will also be required once you complete all of your high school courses in June.
If you are out of high school, your final official high school transcripts are required.
If you are currently attending or have completed any post-secondary courses, your final official high school transcripts and your post-secondary transcripts are required including grades for all courses completed by Dec. 31, for admission to the Fall Semester. Final official post-secondary transcripts will also be required later in the process showing all courses completed by June 30.
If you are an international applicant all official high school and post-secondary transcripts must be received at Mount Royal by April 1 to allow time to process your application for admission and for you to obtain a study permit.
If you are a previous Mount Royal student but are not currently attending we require your transcripts again with the exception of your Mount Royal transcript as we have this on file.
If you are a current Mount Royal student you are not required to resubmit transcripts previously provided to Mount Royal.
Documentation to verify English Language Proficiency is also required for students whose first language is not English.
Here is a list of the transcripts that we will obtain on your behalf and those that you are required to obtain:
|High School in Alberta||MRU will obtain your transcript|
|Post-secondary in Alberta which participates in Apply Alberta||MRU will obtain your transcript|
|High School outside of Alberta||You must arrange for your official* transcript|
|Post-secondary in Alberta which does not participate in Apply Alberta||You must arrange for your official* transcript|
|Post-secondary outside of Alberta||You must arrange for your official* transcript|
|High School and post-secondary outside of Canada||You must arrange for your official* transcript|
*An official transcript is one which is sent directly to Mount Royal University from the issuing institution.
PLEASE NOTE: A decision can only be made on your application once we have received your grade information, so make sure you don’t miss this important step!
Admission information above does not apply to applicants interested in our Faculty of Continuing Education and Extension program such as Funeral Director and Embalmer, Personal Fitness Trainer, and Massage Therapy. Please contact the specific program area for admission information for these programs.
5. What is an official transcript and how do I request a copy?
To be considered official, high school and post-secondary transcripts must be sent directly to Mount Royal from the issuing institution or provincial ministry of education.
If you attended high school in Alberta, British Columbia or Saskatchewan, official high school transcripts come directly from the provincial ministry to Admissions at Mount Royal University. Transcripts for Alberta high school students will be requested on your behalf by Mount Royal University when you apply for admission.
If you attended high school in another province, write or fax the last high school you attended to request submission of your official high school transcript directly to Admissions at Mount Royal University.
International applicants must present their original transcripts along with a certified translated copy from an approved translation service where necessary.
Note: All documents (including transcripts) submitted for admission purposes become the property of Mount Royal and will not be released to, nor photocopied for, the applicant or anyone outside of Mount Royal. Documents submitted by applicants who are not accepted or who do not attend are destroyed one year after the start of the semester for which admission was requested.
6. How high do my grades need to be?
Admission to programs at Mount Royal is competitive, meaning students with higher grades will be considered first. Grade requirements vary from program to program and may increase or decrease depending on the number of applicants who apply in any one year. For clarification on program admission requirements check out the program you wish to apply for.
7. What if English is not my first language?
The primary language of instruction and communication at Mount Royal is English and it is essential all students have an adequate knowledge in reading, writing, listening and speaking in the English language in order for you to be successful in your studies. For purposes of admission, all applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency.
8. How long will it take to find out if I am accepted?
Fall Semester: Admission decisions will begin to be made in December and continue on an ongoing basis until August. Your application can only be considered once your self-reported grades and any required documents have been received as the grade information is required to determine your competitive admission average. Generally, applicants who apply for admission during Early Admission (Dec. 1 to Mar 1) can expect a decision between December and April. Applicants with higher competitive averages will receive offers first and those who are close to the competitive cut-off average may experience a longer wait. Since all applicants are treated equally up to the end of Early Admission - March 1, 2013, we need to ensure that we do not fill our programs prior to that date. Some programs may also take longer due to a high volume of applications or additional criteria such as portfolios, auditions or interviews.
Winter Semester: Admission decisions will begin to be made in November and continue on an ongoing basis until December. Your application can only be considered once all documents have been received as the grade information is required to determine your competitive average. Some programs will take longer to offer admission due to a high volume of applications.
You can log in to our student portal to check your admission status online. A username and password will be sent to you once you apply.
9. What is a conditional offer of admission?
Your admission offer will be conditional until all of your final official grades/transcripts are received. The conditions you have to meet will be outlined in your offer of admission. All students issued a (conditional) offer of admission will be required to submit a non-refundable registration deposit by the date specified in your admission offer.
10. How do I finalize my admission?
Final Admission will be based on the receipt and review of final/official transcripts, including all previously completed high school and post-secondary course work. Once all conditions of the applicant's admission requirements have been met including specific course requirements, grades and admission averages plus any additional non-academic criteria such as interviews, portfolios and auditions, you will be notified of the outcome.
Final official transcripts showing all the high school and post-secondary courses you have completed must be received by:
Fall Semester: June 30 — official transcripts must be received by Aug. 1
Winter Semester: Aug. 31 — official transcripts must be received by Dec. 1