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Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Will you make decisions based on first semester mid-term marks?

A. Yes. We will make decisions based on first-semester mid-term marks for applicants who have met academic requirements and academic strength. Any offers sent out based on mid-term marks would be conditional upon successful completion of the course and the final mark.

Q. Will you make admissions decisions based only on grade 11 marks?
A. No. Conestoga College will not generate offers based solely on grade 11 marks. If the admission requirement is a Grade 12 subject, the College must have, at a minimum, confirmation of enrolment in the required subject. Where the minimum subject requirement is Grade 12, Grade 11 marks in required subjects may be used in the calculation of academic strength for those applicants currently enrolled in the required subjects. In such cases, any offers of admission would be conditional upon the successful completion of the required Grade 12 course and the final grade in that course.
In the case of oversubscribed programs, many of these programs are full after the first round of admission decisions is made. This means that admission decisions are based on the marks available in early February. This may be a combination of final grades in required courses, mid-term grades in required courses, or marks from relevant Grade 11 courses. If the program is full prior to the College receiving second semester mid-term grades, we will NOT re-calculate the academic strength based on the second semester grades. However, we will use available second semester grades to determine the position on the wait list of applicants who have received a wait list offer.

Q. Are you making offers beginning February 1?
A. Yes. Applicants who have met academic requirements and academic strength may be sent an offer of admission as early as February 1. However, many offers do not go out until after this date as the Admissions Office receives transcripts and is able to make admission decisions. For programs that require attendance at mandatory sessions or supplemental information, offers will often be delayed until after the last session has taken place.

Q. Do you accept applications after February 1?
A. Yes. Applications are accepted after February 1 in most programs (see below). While some programs fill up quickly (oversubscribed programs), many programs remain available up to the start classes. Applicants are always encouraged to apply early and to visit www.ontariocolleges.ca to view the program offerings and their status.

Q. Do I really need to apply before February 1 to an oversubscribed program?
A. Yes. Most oversubscribed programs do not accept applications later than February 1. You are encouraged to submit your application early in order to avoid missing the deadline.

Q. If I get a Conditional Offer of Admission, how will I know if I really have a spot in the program?
A. When you receive an Offer of Admission, either conditional or unconditional, this means that the spot in the program is reserved for you. The Offer will only be rescinded if you fail to meet the condition prior to the start of the program (or the deadline specified on your Offer).

Q. What is the HOAE?
A. The HOAE is the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam. It is a web-based assessment comprised of five tests that assesses an applicant’s abilities, skills, knowledge, and attitude important for success in various health-related programs and occupations. The HOAE is a requirement for admission to the Practical Nursing program at Conestoga College. Please see the HOAE information page.

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