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Admission Processes

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers more than 150 post-secondary programs and provides training to apprentices in almost 30 trades. The application process varies. We have three types of admission processes at Saskatchewan Polytechnic:

The Saskatchewan Collaborative Bachelor of Science in Nursing program, delivered in partnership with the University of Regina, uses a competitive admission process. Applications are ranked according to specific program requirements. Refer to the program website for details.

Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents (landed immigrants)

Canadian citizens and permanent residents (landed immigrants) are advised to apply to programs before our February 15 priority consideration date for domestic applicants. Applications received after February 15 (both domestic and international) may be considered.

Out-of-country Applicants with Study Visas (international applicants)

The Immigration and Refugee Protection Act requires that all foreign visitors or students intending to study in Canada must apply for and obtain a student authorization from an immigration officer prior to attending any institution.

Out-of-country applicants are required to apply online. Consult our International Programs and Tuition page for programs currently accepting out-of-country students.

 The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. Refer to specific program web pages and to our Admission Requirements web page for more detail.

Applicants who fully qualify, but for whom a seat is not available on the upcoming start date, may defer to a subsequent start date within the academic year.

Applicants who accept the offer of a seat in a program, and later reconsider, may defer to a subsequent start date within the academic year.

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain a waitlist.

Current high-school students who are enrolled in the grade level that will qualify them for admission to the program of their choice may apply on or after September 1 each year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic accepts interim statements of marks and confirmations of registration as conditional qualifications for programs. High-school students or persons upgrading should apply as soon as they are enrolled in the courses that qualify them for the program.

Reapplication opportunities exist for domestic applicants who previously applied, were qualified, and were not successful in obtaining a seat in a program, and for those who are returning to complete their original program of study after a voluntary or required absence.

A small number of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs are designated as high-demand. The following programs are currently designated. For more information on admission requirements for high-demand programs, refer to the program's official web page.

Dental Hygiene
Medical Radiologic Technology
Power Engineering Technology
Practical Nursing
Psychiatric Nursing (Diploma)

Generally, high-demand programs consistently have 2.5 times more applicants than spaces available. A review is conducted each fall to determine which programs will be designated as high demand for the following academic year.

High-demand programs open for application on October 1, and close on February 15, each academic year. All supporting documentation is required by 4:30 p.m. (Saskatchewan time) on February 28(29).

International applicants are not generally considered for admission to high-demand programs.

High-demand programs have admission requirements plus additional selection criteria. For high-demand programs that do not require an overall average in a grade level, GED 12 is accepted in lieu of the grade level standing required by the program. 

Admission requirements set the minimum academic standard required for success in a program. The selection criteria for high-demand programs are broader than academic requirements. Examples of potential selection criteria include interviews, career explorations and work or volunteer experience.

Admission Average Calculation for High School Graduates

The Phase 1 admission average calculation for high school graduates is based on the final marks in high-school courses required for admission to the specific program to which they are applying.

The high school average will be compared to any grade point average(s) (UGPA) presented for a minimum of 30 passed post-secondary credits from a recognized post-secondary institution - and the highest average considered for admission. Such applicants must be in good academic standing with the institution. If transcripts from more than one post-secondary institution are submitted, the highest UGPA will be considered against the high school average. Applicants are then ranked in the order of highest averages.

The 30 passed post-secondary credits may be used to satisfy the grade level requirement; however, applicants must still present the specific high school course requirements (or equivalents) required by the program.

Final marks that high school graduates obtain through upgrading, and post-secondary transcripts, must be provided by February 28(29) in order to be considered. We will use only final grades provided to us by the end of February.

 Admission Average Calculation for Current High School Students

The Phase 1 admission average calculation for current high school students is based on final marks provided by February 28(29). High school students must order transcripts to be sent directly to Saskatchewan Polytechnic at the end of Semester 1 and the end of Semester 2 of the grade 12 year.

Students who have not yet graduated from grade 12, and who are registered in the Adult 12 program with Saskatchewan Polytechnic, must have their instructor submit, in writing, the relevant mid-term mark(s) by February 28(29). These mid-term marks will be used in the admission average calculation.

For the Phase 1 admission average calculation, the final grade 12 mark is used where the course is completed, and the final grade 11 mark is used only in the absence of the grade 12 mark in the same subject. Saskatchewan Polytechnic does not use projected or predicted marks in the absence of final marks. All program-specific admission requirements must be met before final admission is granted.

The following five courses are used to calculate the Phase 1 admission average for students enrolled in high school at the time of application to a high-demand program:

  • Two 20 or 30 level English Language Arts courses (ELA 20, ELA A30, ELA B30) *
  • One 20 or 30 level Mathematics course (Foundations of Math or Pre-Calculus) *
    • For Practical Nursing (also includes Workplace and Apprenticeship Math)
  • Two 20 or 30 level Sciences (excluding Computer Science) *

* Final grade 11 marks will only be substituted in the absence of final grade 12 marks in the same subject. If the grade 12 mark is available, it will be used. Predicted or projected grades are not used.

GED and modified subject scores cannot be presented as alternatives nor can they be "converted" to Saskatchewan 20 or 30 level subjects. Only regular 20 or 30 level courses are acceptable.

Applications are ranked in the order of highest averages.

Final Admission

Final admission is not determined until additional phases of the high-demand process have been applied, and only after the program-specific requirements have been met.

Official high school transcripts must be submitted directly to Saskatchewan Polytechnic at the end of semester one and the end of semester two of the grade 12 year. The Ministry of Education will send transcripts at the end of each semester for the cost of a single transcript. Saskatchewan Polytechnic must receive final grade 12 transcripts by August 1.

Learn more about the admission process for part time programs.

The majority of spaces in Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs are filled on the basis of the following priorities.