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Admission Process for Sheridan College

Admission to Sheridan

Admission to Postsecondary Programs

Applicants may be admitted to Sheridan as full-time students if they have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (Grade 12) with senior-level credits achieved at C, U, M or O designation, or equivalent, including one English, Grade 12 (ENG4C or ENG4U). Under the former Ontario secondary school curriculum, this diploma must be at the general or advanced level. Sheridan will continue to admit students with transcripts under the former Ontario secondary school curriculum and rank their academic marks accordingly. Applicants whose transcripts reflect credits under the new Ontario secondary school curriculum will be assessed and ranked together. Grade differentials are not used. Senior-level credits refer to credits earned at Grade 11 and 12 and OAC (when available).

Ontario high school Grade 12 marks (including first semester mid-term marks) are used in the admissions decision process. Grade 11 final marks will be used in the admissions process if a student is enrolled in all required courses in the second semester of Grade 12. Many offers of admission are conditional pending the completion of all required courses by August 1.

Certain applicants may be eligible to apply as mature students. Admission requirements to Applied Degree programs include U, M or OAC secondary school courses. All applicants must meet specific program requirements as outlined in the 2012-2013 Calendar.

Consideration as a Mature Student

Mature students do not possess a secondary school diploma or equivalent and are 19 years of age before the starting date of the program.

Mature students who apply to Sheridan’s certificate and diploma programs must demonstrate their ability to work at the postsecondary level in one of two ways:

  • By successfully completing equivalency testing in English and/or mathematics and/or science or
  • By completing a program of academic upgrading at a level appropriate to the program of choice.

Mature students must demonstrate proficiency in meeting specific program prerequisites.

Provincial Equivalencies

The GED (General Educational Development Certificate) and all Grade 12 diplomas from other Canadian provinces (including Yukon, Nunavut and Northwest Territories) are considered equivalent to the Ontario high school diploma with the exception of Quebec (Quebec equivalency is High School Leaving Certificate Secondary V).

Applicant Assessment

Admission decisions to Sheridan programs are made according to one of two models:

  1. Applicants to some programs are admitted based on academic criteria alone. Applicants to these programs are selected on the average of their six highest senior-level credits, including required courses. Sheridan uses a limit of one co-op mark as part of the applicant's six highest senior-level credits.
  2. Applicants to oversubscribed programs are admitted based on a combination of both academic criteria and the ranking of a supplemental assignment (e.g. portfolios, resumes, questionnaires). Such supplemental assignments are scored by the selection panel from the program/school. These scored assignments are used in conjunction with the applicant's academic performance when selecting candidates for admission.

Admission to Ontario College Graduate Certificate Programs

Applicants who possess postsecondary academic experience are eligible to apply to Ontario College Graduate Certificate programs. These programs require a two- or three-year college diploma or a college degree or a university degree and/or demonstrated competence through related work and/or educational experience. Applicants to these programs, who do not meet the academic requirement of a postsecondary diploma or degree, but have two or more years of work experience in a related field, may be considered for admission by successfully demonstrating competence through a supplemental submission (e.g. resume, portfolio). Please refer to the individual program pages for specific requirements.

English Language Requirement

All instruction within Sheridan is in English. In order to be successful in a program, your communication, listening, comprehension, reading and writing skills must be at a level sufficient to meet the demands of postsecondary or Graduate Certificate study.

For Canadian applicants with international documentation and transcripts, Sheridan will consider the length of time the applicant has lived in an English-speaking country, the number of years of secondary school or postsecondary education and if English was the language of instruction. The minimum requirement is three consecutive years of study in a North American educational institution where the language of instruction is English.

Applicants may be required to complete English testing to demonstrate proficiency.

Sheridan recognizes the following assessments and minimum scores for admission consideration (only one (1) official result is required):

PROGRAM LEVEL

TEST

REQUIRED MINIMUM SCORES

Postsecondary Applicants*

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

80 (20L,W,S,R) iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) or 550 Paper-based

 

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Module

6 – Overall Band Score with no Band below 5.5

 

Sheridan EAP (English for Academic Purposes)

70%

 

Sheridan EPA (English Proficiency Assessment)

4.0 – Listening Band

4.0 – Reading Combined Band

CLB 7 - Writing

Ontario College Graduate Certificate Applicants

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

88 (21L,W,S,R) iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) or 570 Paper-based

 

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Module

6.5 – Overall Band Score with no Band below 6.0

 

Sheridan EAP (English for Academic Purposes)

75%

 

Sheridan EPA (English Proficiency Assessment)

4.5 – Listening Band

4.5 – Reading Combined Band

CLB 8 - Writing

Applied Degree Applicants

TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

88 (21L,W,S,R) iBT (Internet-based TOEFL) or 570 Paper-based

 

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Academic Module

6.5 – Overall Band Score with no Band below 6.0

 

Sheridan EAP (English for Academic Purposes)

75%

 

Sheridan EPA (English Proficiency Assessment)

4.5 – Listening Band

4.5 – Reading Combined Band

CLB 8 - Writing

* English proficiency requirements for the Pharmacy Technician program (PPHTN) are as follows:  TOEFL 91 (21L, 25W, 23S, 22R); IELTS 6.5 Overall Band Score with no Band below 6.0.

Computer Literacy

Computer literacy is required of all Sheridan students to enhance their opportunity to be successful in their program of study and upon graduation. The level of computer literacy varies by program.

For many Sheridan programs, learning is enhanced through the use of a laptop computer for course work. These programs are indicated in this calendar with information on Mobile Computing.

Offers of Admission

Admission to many Sheridan programs is limited. As a result, not all qualified applicants can be admitted. A waiting list of eligible applicants is maintained for each program. Applicants are selected from that list until the program is full or up to the 5th day of class, whichever comes first.

In the case of Conditional Offers of Admission, Sheridan reserves the right to withdraw its offer of admission if the applicant does not meet the outstanding requirement prior to the start of the program.

Alternate Offers of Admission - Applicants who do not meet the admission requirements for a specific program will be assessed and advised individually and may be considered for other, related programs.

Offers to Modified Programs – Certain computing and engineering technology programs offer modified curricul for students who do not meet the minimum math admissions requirements. Students in a modified program will be required to take extra math course(s), normally in the first semester. An applicant who receives an offer to a modified program will receive further information with their offer about additional matgh course(s) and their associated fees.

Offers to Co-Op Programs - Applicants who receive an offer of admission to a co-op program should be aware that there are additional application instructions and co-op admission requirements that must be met. More information can be found at coop.sheridaninstitute.ca.

Programs will be offered subject to sufficient enrolment.

Residency Priority

Applicants are to be offered admission into oversubscribed programs according to the following order of preference:

  • Residents of Ontario
  • Residents of provinces and territories in Canada
  • Other applicants

Admissions Review

Applicants who are refused admission to a Sheridan program may obtain the specific reasons for such refusal and appeal that decision by submitting a request in writing to the Registrar. Sheridan’s Admission Decision Review policy is available on Sheridan’s Policies and Procedures website. Mac users please note: you must use Firefox, Opera or Netscape to access the documents on the Policies and Procedures website.

Advanced Standing

Sheridan recognizes that some students who enter a program at the College will have earned postsecondary credits at other recognized postsecondary institutions and may wish to apply these credits toward the Sheridan credential. Advanced standing refers to the transferring of credit earned at another recognized post-secondary institution toward a Sheridan credential.

Students may apply to receive advanced standing for specific Sheridan course(s) based on the successful completion of similar courses at other recognized postsecondary institutions subject to meeting applicable Sheridan policies.

Candidates must have achieved a minimum of a C grade in the course that is being  considered for advanced standing, or the minimum pass for the course for promotion within the program, whichever is higher, for a request for advanced standing to be considered.

Courses considered for advanced standing must have been completed within five years prior to the request except with the permission of the Dean of the respective school.

Note:

  • Use of Advanced Standing credits is subject to the requirements of Sheridan's Graduation and Second Credential Policies
  • Transcripts submitted to Sheridan for admission purposes cannot be used to determine Advanced Standing. Students must supply original, official transcripts to support application for Advanced Standing

Please refer to the full Advanced Standing policy on Sheridan’s Policies and Procedures websitefor specific details. Mac users please note: you must use Firefox, Opera or Netscape to access the documents on the Policies and Procedures website.

International Baccalaureate

Applicants who have successfully completed the International Baccalaureate may be considered for advanced standing for some courses in programs to which they have been admitted.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Sheridan recognizes that the learning outcomes of an individual course may be achieved by a number of different means including relevant work/life experience, self-study, and training on-the-job. Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) provides students and potential students with an opportunity to have their previous learning recognized by the College for credit.

Please refer to the full Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition policy on Sheridan’s Policies and Procedures website for specific details. Mac users please note: you must use Firefox, Opera or Netscape to access the documents on the Policies and Procedures website.

Secondary Credential

Sheridan recognizes that where courses (whether earned directly, granted through Advanced Standing or PLAR) have been applied as credit toward the granting of a certificate, diploma, or degree, these credits may be used toward the granting of subsequent credential.

Please refer to the full Secondary Credential policy on Sheridan’s Policies and Procedures website for specific details. Mac users please note: you must use Firefox, Opera or Netscape to access the documents on the Policies and Procedures website.

Readmission

An application for readmission is required from full-time Sheridan students in the following situations:

  • Students who have successfully completed at least one academic year, but did not return to Sheridan for the next scheduled academic term.
  • Students whose academic year was unsuccessful, and whose transcript indicated that they may not be admitted to Sheridan for a specified time period.

Application for Readmission Forms are available through the Office of the Registrar.

Any student entering the entry level of any postsecondary program must apply through the Ontario College Application Service.

Flexible Learning

Sheridan schedules some programs and courses in the evenings and on weekends. Some courses are a hybrid delivery model which combines in-class and online participation and delivery.

Sheridan has its own in-house International Admissions Team to process your application accurately and efficiently. 

How to Apply

Complete the Sheridan International Admissions Application Form online. A payment of $100 CDN non-refundable application fee is required at the time of application. Acceptable methods of payment include electronic wire transfer and Visa or MasterCard.

English Proficiency

All International applicants whose first language is not English, must provide a successful TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score.

For Diploma/Certificate programs we require a minimum:
• IELTS – 6.0 Overall band with no Band below 5.5*
• TOEFL iBT – 80 with a minimum 0f 20 in each section

For Applied Degree and Graduate Certificate programs we require a minimum:
• IELTS – 6.5 Overall band with no Band below 6.0*
• TOEFL iBT – 88 with a minimum 0f 21 in each section

Applicants with a minimum of three years high school or post-secondary studies in Canada, Australia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, New Zealand, Singapore, U.S., U.K. and some Caribbean* countries will be exempted from TOEFL/IELTS requirements upon provision of a full transcript. 

*Excluding International applicants from Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Puerto Rico

English Proficiency is not required for Sheridan's ESL program. Students enrolled in Sheridan's ESL program may be offered conditional admission to full time programs pending successful completion of the EAP level. Applicants to a diploma/certificate program must achieve a minimum 70% in EAP. Applied Degree and Graduate Certificate applicants must achieve a minimum 75% in EAP.

IMPORTANT CHANGES FOR SEPTEMBER 2012 APPLICATIONS:

*Please be advised that students applying for admissions effective September 2012, or who have their admissions deferred from January/May 2012 to September 2012 will be required to have met individual minimum Band requirements on their IELTS scores.  

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