General Admission Information

Note: The following information applies to general College entrance only. See the sections below on Limited Enrolment Programs and General Admission Programs for additional program-specific admission requirements.

All applicants for admission to the College must satisfy at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • BC secondary school graduation (or the equivalent in another school system)
  • One course short of BC secondary school graduation
  • 19 years old by the end of the first month of the first semester of attendance
  • 17 years old on the first day of the first semester of attendance and has not been in school for at least one year
  • Completion of a certificate or equivalent from a special needs program and has been in school for 12 years

All applicants must also meet the College's English language proficiency requirement.  Please see the next tab.

All applicants to the College must demonstrate proficiency in English by providing proof of ONE of the following:

High School Grades
  • English 12 - minimum final grade "C" *
  • English Literature 12 - minimum grade "C"
  • Communications 12 - minimum final grade "B" *
  • English 12 First Peoples - minimum final grade "C" *
  • Technical and Professional Communications 12 - minimum grade "C" *
  • AP English Language or Literature - minimum grade 3
  • IB English Language A (SL) - minimum grade 3

   * based on both the course and provincial exam grades

Testing Options
  • Douglas College English Assessment
  • LPI - minimum essay score 4
  • TOEFL iBT - minimum score 83
  • IELTS - minimum overall band test score 6.5 (academic module only)
  • EIKEN Practical English - minimum placement of Grade 1
  • CAEL - minimum overall and essay score of 60 (computer or paper based)
  • Cambridge English CAE - minimum score 75 or "B"
  • Cambridge English CPE - minimum score 60 or "C"
  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 8 in each of Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic - minimum score of 56
Douglas College Course Options
  • ENGU 0350 and 0360 – Mastery
  • ENGU 0355 - Mastery
  • ENGU 0356 - Mastery
  • ENGU 0390 - Mastery
  • ENGU 0450 - minimum grade "P" and 0460 - Mastery
  • ENGU 0455 - minimum grade "P"
  • ENGU 0480 - minimum grade "P"
  • ENGU 0490 - minimum grade "P"
  • ELLA 0360 - minimum grade "C"
  • ELLA 0460 - minimum grade “P”
  • Assessed at ENGU 0455
  • Assessed at ENGU 0480
  • Assessed at ENGU 0490
  • Assessed at ELLA 0460
  • Mastery in any three of the following courses:
    • ELLA 0310
    • ELLA 0320
    • ELLA 0330
    • ELLA 0340

A number of courses and programs require assessment testing or verification that course prerequisites have been met. Students intending to register in Office Administration or Math may need to do assessment testing. Many program areas also require assessment testing. Students should refer to Assessment Testing for more detailed information or contact the Registrar's Office at 604-527-5478 well in advance of registration.

Students intending to register in the following courses need to contact the individual departments, well in advance, to arrange for testing: Modern Languages, English Upgrading, Math Upgrading and English Language Learning and Acquisition. For departmental contact information please see the Contact Us page. Furthermore, many courses in Sciences, and Commerce and Business Administration have high school course prerequisites.

Please review the relevant Programs and Courses descriptions of the Catalogue.

Also read the information contained in the Registration Guide prior to registration.

For further information, please consult an Academic Advisor in the Registrar's Office (604-527-5478).

New Students

Applications are accepted online.  In-person applications are accepted two weeks prior to and two weeks after the start of a semester.

Registrar's Office locations:

New Westminster
Room 2700
700 Royal Avenue
604 527 5478


Room A1450
David Lam Campus
1250 Pinetree Way
604 527 5478

Returning Students

Returning students who have been absent for three or more consecutive semesters are required to apply for readmission. A reapplication fee is charged each time a student reapplies. A new student number IS NOT ASSIGNED. Students are not eligible to register for courses until their application for readmission has been processed by the Registrar's Office. Returning students are required to meet all current general admission and/or program specific requirements.

Candidates applying to Open Enrolment programs are offered admission on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis.

(Examples of Open Enrolment Programs are Academic Foundations, Criminology, Arts, Sciences etc.)

  1. Applicants to these programs must meet the College's General Admission Requirements.
  2. Open enrolment programs use the general admission process.
  3. New and returning students are assigned a registration time according to their Grade Point Average (GPA). The Douglas College cumulative or overall GPA is used for returning students. New student GPAs are calculated using previous high school or post-secondary education. Early application is still strongly recommended. Late applicants will receive a late registration time.
  4. Admission to these programs does not guarantee course registration.

When To Apply - Open Enrolment Programs

Students are encouraged to apply early.  Applications are accepted up to one year prior to the semester starting.

Fall Semester:  Applications open early October of the previous year

Winter Semester:  Applications open early February of the previous year

Summer Semester:  Applications open early June of the previous year 

Fall Semester

Sept 1 to May 1 
Applications with all documentation will be processed in time for the applicant to register according to College priority.

May 2 to July 15
Applications with all documentation will be processed but the College will assign a late registration priority.

July 16 to August 31 
Applications and all documents must be submitted in person only. Applicants applying during this period will receive a registration time in the last priority time slot.

Winter Semester

Jan 1 to Sept 1
Applications with all documentation will be processed in time for the applicant to register according to College priority.

Sept 2 to Nov 15 
Applications with all documentation will be processed, but the College will assign a late registration priority.

Nov 16 to Dec 15 
Applications and all documents must be submitted in person only. Applicants applying during this period will receive a registration time in the last priority time slot.

Summer Semester

May 1 to Jan 2 
Applications with all documentation will be processed in time for the applicant to register according to College priority.

Jan 3 to Mar 15 
Applications with all documentation will be processed, but the College will assign a late registration priority.

Mar 16 to April 30 
Applications and all documents must be submitted in person only. Applicants applying during this period will receive a registration time in the last priority time slot.

Limited Enrolment programs accept applications until they are filled. Students are encouraged to apply early. In order to be considered for admission, all general and program-specific admission criteria must be complete. Candidates will be selected for admission on a first-qualified, first-admitted basis, except where a program has established an admission process that first ranks each candidate within the pool of qualified candidates, then selects candidates based on their rank order (highest to lowest).  Some programs offer early admission - refer to the program description section for details.

(Examples of Limited Enrolment Programs are Nursing, Early Childhood Education, Veterinary Technology etc. which can accommodate only a limited number of students.)

  1. Applicants to these programs must first meet the College's General Admission Requirements unless a higher or lower requirement is specified in the Program Description section of this Catalogue.
  2. Some limited enrolment programs have special admission requirements that must be successfully met before an applicant is admitted to the College. Information regarding the special requirements is specified in the Program Description section of this Catalogue.
  3. Applicants who meet both the general and special admission requirements may be ranked within a pool of qualified candidates and selected in descending order. Spaces for these students who are offered a seat are reserved and must be confirmed by payment of a non-refundable, non-transferable deposit at the time of acceptance, usually four to five months prior to the commencement of classes. If a student does not pay the deposit within the specified deadline, the offer of admission will be withdrawn and the space will be offered to another applicant. (Please see Refund Information** concerning refund of deposits.)
  4. A student who is eligible for admission to a limited enrolment program but is not selected must reapply for subsequent intakes.
  5. Some, but not all, limited enrolment programs are available to international students. Contact the Douglas College International for current information.

Programs that require English 12 with a grade of B:

Some programs have an admission requirement of English 12 with a blended minimum grade of B (final grade made up of school and provincial exam grades).  In order to satisfy this requirement students must either submit their secondary school transcript proving successful completion of the course with the required grade, or submit proof of any one of the following acceptable substitutions:


  • Literature 12 with a minimum B (final grade)
  • English First Peoples 12 with a minimum B (final grade)
  • Douglas College English Assessment
  • Completion of a college-level writing or literature course that transfers to Douglas as an English, Communications or Creative Writing course
  • Advanced Placement English (Language or Literature) exam score of 3 or higher
  • LPI score of 5 on both the essay and English usage components AND a score of 10 on reading comprehension
  • IELTS score of 7 with a minimum score on all parts of 6.5
  • iBT TOEFL overall score of 92 or higher with a minimum of 22 in each of listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • TOEFL (paper-based) with a score of 55 or higher in each of listening, reading, writing AND a score of 5 on the TWE
  • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) Level 9
  • One of ENGU 0450 / 0455 / 0490 with a grade of C- or higher
  • ELLA 0460 with a grade of C- or higher 
  • ELLA 0465 and 0475 each with a grade of C- or higher
  • ELLA 0820 with a grade of C- or higher

International students with varying educational backgrounds and goals may apply to all open enrolment programs. Some, but not all, limited enrolment programs are available to international students. Contact Douglas College International for current admission information and requirements.

Douglas College is committed to adult students, whether full-time or part-time. Students who are 19 or older by the end of the first month of the first semester of attendance, or who are 17 years of age and have not been enrolled in a school for at least one year and have not completed BC secondary school graduation (or its equivalent from another school system) may qualify for admission to Douglas College. Mature students must also prove they have met the English 12 with a minimum grade of C to be admitted to the institution.

The College tries to provide courses suited to students' backgrounds and goals. Depending on education and experience, students may be advised to take preparatory courses. These courses may be offered by the local School District or Douglas College itself. Accepted students may consult with an Academic Advisor for assistance with course selection.

Douglas College offers an extensive Continuing Education program. Students can attend courses, seminars and workshops, attend conferences and events or complete part-time certificate programs covering many subjects. We can also custom design courses for you and your workplace. For more information and to register, see the Continuing Education section of our website.

From Another Institution

Students who have attended a recognized post-secondary institution or undertaken special training in a career area may be eligible to receive some advance credit toward a Douglas College credential and to satisfy prerequisite requirements.

Students who receive transfer credit require a reduced number of credits at Douglas College to qualify for a credential.

Students may transfer a maximum of 75 percent of the credits required for a Douglas College diploma, certificate or citation. Transfer credits are entered on a student's permanent record.

Students must complete a minimum of 25 percent of their upper-level courses to receive a bachelor's degree credential at Douglas College.

To receive transfer credit, students must submit an official transcript with their Application for Admission or Readmission along with a Transfer Credit Request form. A detailed course outline may also be required before credit can be evaluated. 

Detailed course outlines are required for credit evaluation of courses taken outside of BC Institutions (Note: Catalogue descriptions are not adequate for evaluation purposes).

Students are strongly recommended to request transfer credit at least four months in advance of the first semester of attendance. Requests for evaluation of credit received after this time may not be processed in time for registration prerequisite checking.

To Another Institution

Students planning to transfer to another post-secondary institution must consult the Catalogue and transfer guide of the receiving institution regarding transferability of Douglas College courses. For the most current information visit the BCCAT (BC Council on Admissions and Transfer) website at

Although an articulation agreement exists between the publicly funded BC post-secondary institutions, many variables affect the transferability of courses. The receiving institution may evaluate your courses and calculate your grade-point average in accordance with its own policies and procedures.

It is the student's responsibility to consult an academic advisor or the Catalogue and transfer guide of the receiving institution for program planning.

Students who intend to pursue studies with any professional organizations are encouraged to contact the relevant organization for current transfer information.

Students planning to transfer from Douglas College to a university or university college should consult with the university registrar's office about the transfer of credits. Credits, transferred to and accepted by Douglas College, are not necessarily transferable to other post-secondary institutions.

Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate

Students who have taken Advanced Placement (AP) courses or the International Baccalaureate (IB) program may be eligible to receive transfer credit. Students can view which AP and IB courses are given credit at Douglas on the BC Transfer Guide.  To start the process of receiving credit for these courses, students must complete a Transfer Credit Request form and submit it with official AP or IB transcripts to the Registrar's Office.

Advanced Standing

Douglas College recognizes that many students should be granted formal recognition for knowledge and skills already acquired. Such students may receive advanced standing, which permits them to omit some introductory or prerequisite courses. They must, however, still complete the total number of credits required for a credential, but the total number of optional credit hours of instruction is increased.

The decision to grant advanced standing rests primarily with the teaching department. Application may be made directly to the Registrar, who refers it to the department concerned.

The Department Head and one faculty member from the department evaluate each applicant's knowledge and skills and then notify the Registrar regarding the student's eligibility to receive advanced standing.

Note: For further information contact the Office of the Registrar.


Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR) Credit

Challenge Examination, Workplace-based Assessment, Portfolio Assisted

Douglas College offers students who are enrolled in a program of study the opportunity for the assessment of learning that has been acquired through prior formal and informal learning experiences. When learning is assessed as equivalent to the outcomes defined for a course, program or graduate profile, then formal credit is awarded. Individual departments or programs are responsible for determining courses that may not be "open" for PLAR. Similarly, departments and/or programs are responsible for identifying appropriate processes for the assessment of prior learning. Students are not eligible to apply for PLAR credit for courses in which they are currently registered. PLAR at Douglas College is identified as:

Challenge Examination 
A written, oral or performance test, as determined appropriate by the department/program, which may include a laboratory experience. 

Students must wait one year from the date of their last registration in a course before challenging it and must demonstrate that additional applicable learning has occurred since registering in the course.

Workplace-based Assessment 
Assessment of a student's learning (knowledge, skills, abilities and/ or values) in a simulated or real setting. Learning is demonstrated in a naturalistic and comprehensive way, showing learning connections and levels of competence.

Portfolio Assisted Assessment 
Assessment of a file or folder of information that systematically documents and provides evidence of an individual's learning experiences and accomplishments in relation to the outcomes for a course, program or graduate profile. Before applying for prior learning assessment, students will find it useful to complete an evidence development course to learn how to document or demonstrate their prior learning.

Students seeking credit for prior learning must make formal application to the Office of the Registrar, the PLAR Service or the relevant department or program by using the Request for Credit Form. Eligibility to proceed with PLAR is determined by the department/program coordinator, chair or designee. Fees for PLAR are based on the number of credits requested and not upon the number of credits awarded.

Normally, credits awarded through prior learning assessment are limited to 75 percent of the total credits required to meet the graduation requirements for the credential to which the credit is applied. Exceptions to this limit may be considered by departments or programs. Students are encouraged to consult with the PLAR Service and with the relevant department program.

Students who intend to transfer credit obtained through prior learning assessment must check with the appropriate receiving institution to ensure that the credit is acceptable for transfer purposes. Contact the PLAR Service at 604 527 5526 for more information.

Note: Transfer Credit 
Transfer credit may be obtained for credit courses completed at another recognized educational institution. Credit may be routinely granted by the Office of the Registrar, based on established articulation, or may be referred to the appropriate department/program for individual course assessment or articulation.

BC Secondary School

To order a copy of BC secondary school transcripts, students should contact their school or school district.  For university or academic-technical programs, taken prior to 1974, contact the Ministry of Education, Data Systems Administration Branch, Parliament Buildings, Victoria, BC, V8V 2M4.

Other Provinces and Countries - Secondary School

Contact the school or appropriate central agency. If in doubt, contact the appropriate school district authority for advice.


Contact the Registrar's Office of the institution. Depending on the agency or institution's transcript policy, there may be a fee assessed for issuing transcripts.

The College considers students registered for at least 12 credits to be full-time.

Note: A student must be enrolled in at least nine credits to qualify for an education deduction certificate (T2202) for income tax purposes.

Other agencies may define full-time enrolment in terms of number of hours or a different number of credits. Students should understand the definition being used by such agencies. For example, the BC Colleges Athletic Association defines full-time as being registered for at least nine credits. Some other sources of financial assistance require a minimum of 15 credits.

Note: For information on current policies and procedures consult the Financial Aid Office.

Students who register for fewer than 12 credits per semester are considered part-time students.

The Catalogue year is divided into three academic terms (semesters) of approximately 15 weeks. Each semester is a unit with its own registration and final examinations. In many programs, students may enter at the beginning of any semester and attend one, two or three semesters, as they wish, within a Catalogue year.

Semester I - Winter: January - April

Semester II - Summer: May - August (some intersession offerings)

Semester III - Fall: September - December