We are delighted you are considering applying to a Lethbridge College program. To ensure you are aware of the application and admission processes, please read through the information below.
An individual who has applied to a Lethbridge College program is referred to as an Applicant. Once an Applicant has accepted their Offer of Admission and paid the associated tuition deposit they are referred to as a Student.
The admission requirements and other information listed below apply to full-time and part-time admission status in a Lethbridge College designated program.
Applicants interested in enrolling in credit courses outside of a designated program of study may choose to enroll as an Open Studies student.
Admission to Lethbridge College programs are generally processed on a first-qualified, first-served basis; however, some programs may use a competitive selection process and limit applications. Programs that use a competitive selection process will have this identified on their program page.
Full-time status in a Fall, Winter or Spring (Long) term is gained when a student is enrolled in 9 (or more) credits. If enrolled in less than 9 credits the status is part-time. Full-time status in a Spring (Short) or Summer term is gained when a student is enrolled in 4.5 (or more) credits. If enrolled in less than 4.5 credits the status is part-time.
Basic computer skills using the internet, e-mail, and word processing are recommended in order for students to be successful. Students lacking these skills are strongly urged to complete a basic computer literacy course prior to entering their program.
Application for Admission
Lethbridge College is a participating institution of the Alberta Post-secondary Application System (ApplyAlberta). ApplyAlberta provides individuals with the opportunity to authorize transfer of Alberta high school and/or post-secondary transcripts between participating institutions. For more information about ApplyAlberta, please visit
You can apply online by going to
A $75 CAD non-refundable, non-transferable processing fee must accompany your application. When applying online, you can use your VISA or Mastercard on our secure site.
Applicants are given one (1) opportunity to move their application, for the same term, from one program to a different program by completing a
Change of Program form prior to the application deadline - with no additional application processing fee. Current students wishing to change programs for a future term may do so by completing a Change of Program form.
Applications must be received no later than the date specified in the Academic Schedule for Domestic and International applications. These dates are outlined in the
Academic Schedule at the front of the Lethbridge College calendar. Some programs have limited enrolment so we recommend applying early.
There are six routes for admission to Lethbridge College:
Pathways to Advanced Learning
The admission route the applicant is considered under will be determined by Lethbridge College based on one of the following:
High School – Applicants must provide high school transcripts showing successful completion of a Canadian high school diploma from a publicly funded institution with successful completion of an English 30-2 or equivalent course. [Note: See tables below for a list of programs that have additional academic requirements, or for programs that do not require a high school diploma for admission.]
Transfer – Applicants must provide post-secondary transcripts showing successful completion of a minimum of three (3) post-secondary level credit courses from a publicly funded Canadian accredited institution and be in good academic standing. To be considered, these courses must have been completed within the last five (5) years. [Note: See tables below for a list of programs that have additional academic requirements, or for programs that do not require a high school diploma for admission.]. Applicants requiring a high school math course may complete an assessment (refer to Placement Assessment Procedures).
Mature – Applicants applying through the mature admission route do not require a high school diploma. The applicant must:
[Note: See tables below for a list of programs that have additional academic requirements, or for programs that do not require a high school diploma for admission.]
Be 19 years of age or older by the first day of classes, and
Have been out of high school for a minimum one year, and
Meet the English requirement through one (1) of the following:
Successful completion of a Grade 12 English course (minimum English 30-2 or equivalent)
Successful completion of a Post-Secondary English course
Assessment – refer to Placement Assessment Procedures
International – An international applicant or exchange student must present qualifications comparable to those of Canadian applicants which include meeting the English language proficiency requirement. International applicants and exchange students whose first language is not English, except those applying to English as a Second Language (ESL) must demonstrate English language proficiency by providing documentation for one (1) of the following:
[Note: See tables below for a list of programs that have additional academic requirements; or for programs that do not require a high school diploma for admission.]
Completion of Grade 12 English (minimum English 30-2 or equivalent)
Successful completion of all three (3)of the following Lethbridge College EAP courses with a minimum grade of C:
EAP 0096 Academic Writing
EAP 0097 Academic Communication
EAP 0098 Academic Reading
Official International English Language Testing System Academic (IELTS) score of 6.0 with no band below 5.5, taken within the last two (2) years
Official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 550 (213 if computer-based testing) or iBT score of 80 taken within the last two (2) years
Pearson (PTE) with a minimum score of 54 completed within the last two (2) years
Successful completion of at least one (1) transfer level post-secondary English course from an accredited English speaking post-secondary school
Pathways to Advanced Learning – Students wishing to access laddering opportunities into advanced credentials will ensure admission requirements are met for the next level program. The student should contact an Academic Advisor.
Open Studies – An individual wishing to register in Lethbridge College credit courses without applying to a designated program of study may register as an Open Studies student. The following conditions apply:
Open Studies students must meet individual course pre-requisite requirements for each course in which they register.
Open Studies students may only enroll as part-time students. If a student requires full-time status, they must apply to a Lethbridge College program.
Students enrolled in Open Studies must pay all course fees at time of registration.
Students enrolled in Open Studies are not eligible to earn a program credential through cumulative course work without applying and being admitted to a designated program prior to their last term of study. Once admitted to a program they must comply with the program requirements related to their year of admission.
Note: The following table outlines additional academic requirements by program area. The minimum grade required is 50% unless otherwise stated, or successful completion of a higher level course.
In all cases, equivalencies to courses required for program admission will be considered.
The following table identifies programs that do not require a high school diploma; specific high school courses required for admission are listed. The minimum grade is 50% unless otherwise stated.
If assessment is being completed in lieu of academic requirements, the following minimum cut scores will be required to fulfill admission requirements. These cut scores represent a passing grade of 50% for the listed courses. Programs requiring a higher completion grade for a specific course may have higher cut score requirements than those listed.
Subject and Grade Level
English – Grade 12
English – Grade 11
English – Grade 10
Math – Grade 12
Math – Grade 11
Math – Grade 10
Lethbridge College does not provide alternative assessment for the sciences; therefore, successful completion of those courses is required for admission.
College and University Preparation - Upgrading Option
In some cases, applicants may require further upgrading in order to be eligible for admission into programs and may choose Upgrading to fulfill these requirements.
An applicant entering the
College and University Preparation – Upgrading program will be placed in relevant courses according to the highest high school courses if completed within the last three (3) years.
An applicant entering the College and University Preparation – Upgrading program whose most recent high school education is over three (3) years old OR has no high school courses will complete an assessment test for placement recommendations. Refer to Placement Assessment Procedures below.
Official transcripts are the academic records from any high school, college, technical institute or university you have attended. An official transcript is sent directly from a provincial department of education and/or from other institutions to the Admissions Office at Lethbridge College. The Admissions Office will notify you of required transcripts.
Applicants who apply through ApplyAlberta will be able to authorize the transfer of their Alberta high school and/or post-secondary transcripts to Lethbridge College at the time of application.
Current High School Students – If you are currently enrolled in Grade 12 courses, you may report on your courses in progress by submitting a schedule from the high school showing your course enrolment.
High School Transcripts from Other Provinces – Transcripts may be obtained by contacting the appropriate education board of the province in which you attended or are attending high school. Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and PEI high school students can request transcripts directly from the high school attended. Official transcripts should be sent directly to Lethbridge College in a sealed envelope from the school attended.
Post-Secondary Transcripts – Transcripts from post-secondary institutions must be issued in a sealed envelope, signed by the institution and bear the official seal. At your request, an official transcript is sent directly from the institution to the Admissions Office at Lethbridge College. In order to obtain official copies of your post-secondary transcripts, contact the Registrar’s Office of the institution(s) that you attended.
Apprenticeship and ESL applicants are not required to submit high school or post-secondary transcripts.
All transcripts submitted to the college become the property of Lethbridge College. Neither the original transcript nor copies will be released to you or anyone outside the college.
The transcripts and other supporting documentation of all applicants who are not admitted or who do not attend are destroyed. If you wish to re-apply at a later date, a new set of documents must be supplied.
Notification of Admission Status
As an applicant, you will be assigned a Lethbridge College (LC) student ID number. This student ID number will provide you with access to the
MyHorizon Portal which includes self-service options including LC e-mail message centre, admission status, required admission documents, class schedule, web registration, and billing information. Applicants are responsible for monitoring the online portal. E-mail is the primary method of communication with the applicant.
Once accepted, an Offer of Admission is mailed to the applicant’s address on file. An applicant will be required to confirm their acceptance by signing and returning their acceptance letter along with the required tuition deposit by the deadline indicated in their letter. A portion of the tuition deposit is refundable prior to 20 business days before the first day of the term, after which the entire deposit is non-refundable. International deposits are non-refundable unless a visa denial letter is received in Admissions prior to the start date of the term.
Applicant and Student Records
Any information concerning you, including all documentation provided in support of your Application for Admission, will be kept confidential. Information concerning you will be released to third parties only upon your written authorization. For information, see the Student Records (Collection, Access To and Disclosure of Information) Policy in the
Lethbridge College will not be responsible for incorrect mailings or for missed deadlines due to an applicant’s failure to report a change of address or to have supporting admission documents delivered to Lethbridge College by the dates required.
Placement Assessment Procedures
Individuals applying to the College and University Preparation program may be evaluated to measure their proficiency in English reading and writing and/or math skills for accurate placement in upgrading courses at Lethbridge College.
Individuals applying through the Mature Admission Route may be evaluated for proficiency in:
English reading and writing skills required for admission to Lethbridge College.
Math skills required for admission to some Lethbridge College programs.
Individuals applying through the Transfer Admission Route may be evaluated for proficiency in:
Math skills required for admission to some Lethbridge College programs.
Applicants who require assessment will be notified by the Admissions Department.
Applicants are responsible for booking their own appointment with Testing Services at least one (1) business day in advance of the assessment. Applicants requiring administration of assessment at an external location require additional advance notification.
If assessment results do not meet the admission requirements:
Applicants are advised that they have one (1) additional opportunity (if time allows) to be evaluated on those skill areas which fall below the requisite cut scores;
A minimum two (2) week period after initial assessment must pass before an applicant will be reassessed.
If the second assessment results do not meet the admission requirements:
Applicants must wait a minimum of three (3) months from the last assessment date before being re-evaluated;
An applicant is responsible for payment of a fee if a third attempt is required within a twelve (12) month period.
Placement decisions are based on an applicant’s assessment results, which remain valid for a period of two (2) years. Post-secondary placement decisions are relevant regardless of the program to which the applicant applies.
An applicant may be assessed a maximum of three (3) times within a twelve (12) month period.
Applicants may consult with an Academic Advisor to discuss upgrading courses that will fulfill admission requirements.
Returning After an Absence
An application to return after an absence is subject to the following conditions:
Approval to return after an absence is based on space availability and requires Registrar approval.
An individual accepted to return after an absence are governed by the Academic Calendar pertaining to their year of re-admission as outlined in college policy and procedure related to graduation requirements.
Honours, Good or Probationary Status – An Individual whose previous academic standing was Honours, Good or Probationary may return to their program after an absence of one (1) term [or two (2) consecutive terms when one (1) of the terms include the spring/summer term] by completing a
Return to Program form. There is no charge associated with this process. In all cases, a continuous absence that includes a Fall and Winter term requires a new application (with associated application processing fee) to Lethbridge College.
Disqualified Status – An individual may apply for re-admission to Lethbridge College provided they have not had two (2) disqualified standings in their last two (2) terms of enrolment.
An individual who has had a disqualified status in their last two (2) terms of enrolment will not be considered for admission for the next immediate term following the second disqualification. A minimum of one term (fall or winter) must elapse after the second disqualification standing was imposed in order to be considered for re-admission. Re-admission after a disqualified status as defined above will be considered upon submission of a new application and the applicable application processing fees to Lethbridge College.
Transfer credit is credit given for course work successfully completed at one post-secondary institution and transferred towards the completion of a credential at another post-secondary institution.
Lethbridge College has established transfer agreements with many other colleges, institutes, and universities which make it easy for Lethbridge College students to access additional learning opportunities.
You may meet admission requirements or avoid duplicate coursework by applying your Lethbridge College credential as transfer credit with any of our numerous partner institutions.
Discover where your Lethbridge College education can take you! Visit
www.transferalberta.ca or speak with an Academic Advisor to research your future opportunities.
Registration is the process where you select or are enrolled in the course or courses required to complete your program of study at Lethbridge College. Registration occurs after confirmation of the Offer of Admission.
Information regarding registration will be e-mailed to you. You are encouraged to monitor your College e-mail account for possible updates.
Your acceptance of our offer assumes that you are bound by the rules and regulations of the College and that you and/or sponsoring agency agree to be responsible for the fees associated with registration as of the acceptance date.
Please ensure you are registered prior to the term start date by accessing your schedule through the
MyHorizon Portal under WebAdvisor. (Refer to the Academic Schedule on Page 3 of the calendar.)