Admission process

Selection criteria can be based on a combination of the following:

  • Review of academic record
  • Review of required additional documentation including volunteer/work experience, reference letters, etc.
  • Test or questionnaire results
  • Portfolio review
  • Interview

Selection is based on the entrance requirements listed under individual program descriptions. All applications, and official supporting documents, received by ontariocolleges.ca on or before February 1 for fall start or October 1 for winter start and February 1 for spring start will be considered equally. Early application is encouraged. Programs that have more individuals apply than seats available by the equal consideration deadline will be deemed highly competitive and ranked in order. The most qualified applicants will be offered seats or placed on a waiting list.

Highly Competitive Programs

The term highly competitive denotes programs for which there are more qualified Ontario applicants than available seats. As a result, qualified applicants who have submitted applications, and all required supporting documents, no later than February 1 for a fall start, October 1 for a winter start and February 1 for spring start will undergo a specific selection process.

Priority of Admission

For highly competitive programs, students are accepted according to the following priorities:

  • Permanent resident of Ontario (under review)
  • Permanent resident of other province(s) and territory (ies) in Canada
  • Applicant from other countries

Programs anticipated to be highly competitive for the 2021 -2022 academic year:

  • Animal Care
  • Addictions and Mental Health
  • Behavioural Science – Honours Bachelor – NEW
  • Carpentry and Renovation Technician
  • Community Integration through Cooperative Education
  • Communicative Disorders Assistant
  • Dental Hygiene
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Electrical Techniques
  • Mechanical Technician – Elevating Devices
  • Occupational Therapist Assistant/Physiotherapist Assistant
  • Paramedic
  • Practical Nursing
  • Practical Nursing –Flex Program
  • Social Service Worker

Please note: Admission Services reserves the right to add or delete from this list based on, but not limited to, applicant demand and/or program changes.

Selection process for highly competitive programs

Selection is based on an average of the four prerequisite senior level subjects (grades 11 or 12 or post-secondary) excluding co-op.

If subjects other than English are required for program entry, they will be used as part of the three other grades in the selection average if marks are available. If marks are not available for the prerequisite subject(s), you must currently be registered in the required subject(s) and your midterm marks must be received no later than February 1 for a fall start, October 1 for a winter start and February 1 for spring start. Marks for similar past courses will be substituted as follows:

  • Grade 11 English substituted for Grade 12 English (C, M or U)
  • Grade 11 mathematics substituted for Grade 12 mathematics
  • Grade 11 biology substituted for Grade 12 biology
  • Grade 11 chemistry substituted for Grade 12 chemistry or
  • Grade 11 physics substituted for Grade 12 physics

If multiple subject credit marks are available, the highest mark will be used.

Selection process for all other programs

If subjects other than English are required for program entry, they will be used as part of the three other grades in the selection average if marks are available. If marks are not available for the prerequisite subject(s), you must currently be registered in the required subject(s). This will qualify to receive a “conditional offer”. 

Mature Student

If you are 19 years or older by the beginning of classes, but have not yet completed your high school diploma, you will be considered a mature student. You must submit your application and any relevant transcripts to ontariocolleges.ca. For applicants who are missing prerequisite courses, additional testing or upgrading may be necessary to meet admission requirements.

Academic upgrading

Academic upgrading is offered at Durham College to applicants of mature student status that are missing some of the prerequisites needed to enroll in a program. For further information please visit Academic Upgrading. For information about meeting the grade 12 (C or U) English requirement please visit the English Language Proficiency Requirement page.

Please note: All transcripts must be received at ontariocolleges.ca by February 1 for a fall start and October 1 for a winter start and February 1 for spring start in order to be considered for admission to a highly competitive program at Durham College. Please contact ontariocolleges.ca or at 1.888.892.2228 for further information regarding this process.