When to apply

Applying early – why it's important

Applying early can make a difference. It allows time to ensure your application is complete and all documentation is received. And, some limited enrolment programs may offer early seats to qualified applicants. Programs only accept applications until they are filled. So don't wait – apply now!

We are currently accepting transcripts by mail and directly from the Ministry of Education, secondary schools and and other post-secondary institutions.  To ensure the most efficient delivery of your transcript to Douglas College, we recommend applicants order an official transcript to be send directly to Douglas College as soon as you apply to Douglas College.

What is the first day you can apply?

You can generally apply up to 11 months in advance for a given semester on the first business day of the first month. 

Semester Opening Dates
Winter Semester: (Jan-Apr) First Day Applications Accepted – February 1 (preceding year)
Summer Semester: (May-Aug) First Day Applications Accepted – June 1 (preceding year)
Fall Semester: (Sept-Dec) First Day Applications Accepted – October 1 (preceding year)


When do applications close?

Limited Enrolment programs applications close throughout the year.  Check Education Planner BC to see if your program choice is still accepting applications.

Open Enrolment applications close online at 4:00pm the Friday following the first day of classes each semester. 

Student applying in the last month application are open (i.e. the Late application time frames noted below) for each semester are expected to have all their requirements complete when applying and be able to provide the admission required documentation immediately.  We do not guarantee acceptance if your required documentation is delayed and you may have to reapply for the following semester.

Semester Late Application Time Frame
Winter Semester: December 15th until the end of the first week of the Winter Semester
Summer Semester: April 15th until the end of the first week of the Summer Semester
Fall Semester: August 15th until the end of the first week of the Fall semester