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Admission Averages

  • Each undergraduate degree program has its own competitive admission average. This average varies from year to year.
  • Your average will be calculated based on the five subject requirements that you present for your program of choice. This calculation will happen after you apply to UAlberta and submit your transcripts and documentation.

If you are applying to enter after your 12th year (or equivalent): You must have a minimum application average of 70% or higher (on a 50% pass scale) in the five subjects required for your program of choice. Many UAlberta programs, however, will require a higher competitive average. Meeting the minimum does not guarantee admission.

If you are applying to enter after completing some postsecondary work: You will need to present an Admission Grade Point Average (AGPA) of at least 2.0 on the UAlberta 4-point grading scale ("C" or above) on university transferable work. Meeting the minimum does not guarantee admission.


Admission Averages by Faculty

The chart below shows the high school admission averages for last year's intake (Fall 2016 entry). 
How do these convert to my curriculum? 

Degree programs   Admission Average Range 2016-2017 (%)
Agricultural Life and Environmental Sciences Low 70s to low 80s
Arts Low to mid 70s
Augustana Campus Low to high 70s
Campus Saint-Jean Low 70s
Education Low 70s to low 80s
Engineering* Mid to high 80s
Native Studies Low 70s
Nursing High 80s
Physical Education and Recreation Mid 70s to mid 80s
Science Mid to high 80s

*Faculty of Engineering averages vary based on the the province in which you attended high school. Refer to the Faculty of Engineering website for more details.

 

How do the averages convert? Are my grades competitive?

The following are only guidelines of what GPA/grades/marks are considered competitive.

Not all international grading scales are equal and the final determination on the average will be made by the Office of the Registrar and Student Awards upon submission of an application for admission. These guidelines are for informational purposes only. In the case of discrepancy between this website and the University of Alberta International Admissions Unit, the decision of the International Admissions Unit is final.

British Curriculum (GCE)

  • A- and O-Level grades should be at A and B, with no individual grade lower than a C.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

  • Approximately 30–35 IB predicted points on the full diploma, including bonus points.
  • Full IB Diploma students may be eligible to receive admission based on predicted scores. Competitive predicted IB scores for admission vary by Faculty. 
  • Final IB grades in the range of 4 to 7 are considered competitive.

IB Grade

Percent Equivalent

7 98%
6 90%
5 82%
4 73%
3 55%
2 not accepted
1 not accepted

Advanced Placement (AP)

  • A combination of grades of 4 and 5.

AP Result

Percent Equivalent

5 96%
4 86%
3 76%
2 65%

Chinese

  • A combination of A’s and B’s on the Joint Graduation Exam (Hui Kao) or a competitive score on the University Entrance Exam (Gao Kao) that would normally be required for admission to a key university in China. Results must be issued by the governing authority, not by the school.

USA

  • A minimum average of B+/A- or a GPA of approximately 3.3 on Advanced/Honor-level subjects.
  • SAT Reasoning and Subject Test scores ranging from 550–620. The minimum score required varies by subject area; see International Course Equivalencies for details. 

Other high school curricula using % scales

If your school has a passing grade of:

You need to present a minimum average of:

 33%  63%
 35%  67%
 40%  71%
 60%  80%
 70%  82%

* Not all international grading scales are equal and the final determination on the average will be made by the Office of the Registrar and Student Awards upon submission of an application for admission. These guidelines are for informational purposes only. In the case of discrepancy between this website and the University of Alberta International Admissions Unit, the decision of the International Admissions Unit is final.