Preparing for University FAQs

 


PREPARING FOR UNIVERSITY: FAQS


 

Wondering if you are taking the right high school courses? Worried that you are missing some admission requirements? You are in the right place. Below you will find answers to common questions related to admission requirement deficiencies, course pre-requisites, and our transition programs.

 

 
 

You will need to keep two things in mind when selecting the classes you should take in high school. You will need to select the courses required for admission to the faculty you plan on applying to, as well as the pre-requisite classes for the university courses you are wanting to take:

  • Classes you need for admission
    The classes you will need to complete depend on which faculty you are interested in. You can find the faculty-specific admission requirements here. If you are applying to a competitive program (e.g., Nursing), we recommend that you also look at the admission requirements for your second choice program.
     
  • Prerequisites for university courses
    The high school classes that are required for admission to your faculty are not always the same as the classes you will need to complete your program or to register in specific classes you would like to take.

    For example, you don't need Chemistry 30 to be admitted to the Faculty of Science. But if you want to complete a Chemistry degree, you will need to complete Chemistry 30 (or university-level equivalent) before you can take the required Chemistry courses in that program.

    Prerequisites are classes that you must already have passed before you can register in a particular university course. Here are some high school courses that are commonly required as a course pre-requisite:
    • In order to take university-level Chemistry courses, Chemistry 30 and Pre-Calculus 30 (with a grade of at least 65%) are required
    • In order to take university-level Physics courses, Physics 30 and Pre-Calculus 30 are required
    • In order to study university-level Calculus, Pre-Calculus 30 (with a grade of at least 75%) or Calculus 30 are required
    • In order to take university-level Computer Science courses, Pre-Calculus 30 or Calculus 30 are required

Please note that this list does not cover all pre-requisite courses and we recommend you contact an academic advisor through the Student Success Centre if you are uncertain. You can also refer to the Course Catalogue to see what the pre-requisites are for specific courses.

 
 

You have a few options available if you are not currently admissible to the University of Regina. These include:

High School Upgrading

You can upgrade your Grade 12 marks to complete the requirements you are missing or improve your grades to meet the admission average requirement. If you are in Regina, the Allan Blakeney Adult Campus and Saskatchewan Polytechnic are options available to you that offer academic upgrading.

Mature Admission

If you are over 21 years of age, you are able to apply for Mature Admission. Mature applicants may be admitted to the following faculties and programs: Arts; La Cité; Education (including the Indigenous Education Program, NTEP, SUNTEP and YNTEP programs); Media, Art, and Performance; Kinesiology and Health Studies; Science (through the Science Qualifying Program); Social Work; and the Centre for Continuing Education.

Mature admission to undergraduate programs may be granted to applicants who meet the following criteria:

  • Canadian Citizen, Refugee, Protected Person, or Permanent Resident of Canada
  • 21 years of age before the start of the term to which they are applying
  • Have attempted fewer than 15 credit hours of approved post-secondary courses if applying to the faculties of Arts, La Cité; Media, Art, and Performance
  • Have attempted fewer than 24 credit hours of approved post-secondary courses if applying to the faculties of Education (including the Indigenous Education Program, NTEP, SUNTEP and YNTEP programs); Kinesiology and Health Studies; Science (through the Science Qualifying Program); or Social Work
  • Can demonstrate the ability to succeed at university through life or work related experience

Applicants applying for mature admission must submit the following:

  • Application for undergraduate admission
  • Application fee
  • Personal statement
  • High school transcript, if out of secondary school for fewer than five years
  • Faculty specific supplementary information, if applicable
  • Proof of language proficiency

Pathway Program

Students who do not meet traditional admission criteria may be eligible for admission to the Pathway Program. The Pathway Program provides a supported learning environment that allows students to earn their admission qualifications in an alternate way. The Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, the Faculty of Science, and the Faculty of Arts accept students to the Pathway Program.

Admission Requirements:

  1. English Language Proficiency
  2. One of the following:
    1. Five grade 12 subjects, or
    2. Grade 11 or 12 English course plus five subjects at the grade 11 or 12 level, or
    3. Grade 12 diploma
  3. Minimum age of 17
  4. Pathway Program Letter for Admission outlining the student’s academic goals and strategies for success
  5. Fewer than 15 credit hours of attempted post-secondary courses

The applicant's Pathway Program Letter will be forwarded to the Faculty for review and to make an admission decision. Students admitted to the Pathway Program will have a “Condition of Admission” hold placed on their account and will be required to seek advising either from their faculty or the Student Success Centre and participate in mandatory student success workshops for a minimum of two consecutive terms.

 

Curriculum for Kinesiology and Health Studies Pathway Program:

Term 1

ACAD 100

KHS 100 (Non-credit)

SSW ACT (Non-credit, 6.0hours equated credit)

Elective as determined by advisor and student interest

Term 2

SSW ACT (Non-credit, 6.0 hours equated credit)

1-2 elective(s) as determined by advisor and student interest

 

Exiting the Kinesiology and Health Studies Pathway Program:

Successful Completion constitutes meeting admission requirements and will allow the student to be moved from the faculty’s Pathway Program to a major (pending meeting major requirements) or general program in the faculty. To successfully complete the Pathway Program, the student must:

  • Receive a passing grade in ACAD 100
  • Receive a “P” on SSW ACT both terms
  • Have the minimum faculty-required GPA at the end of their second term in the Pathway Program

Note: Academic action is applied only at the end of the second term. Unsuccessful completion of the Pathway Program will result in an admissions hold being placed on the student’s record. This hold will remain on the student’s account to prevent future registration until a new and alternate basis of admission has been achieved.

 

Curriculum for Arts Pathway Program

Term 1

ARTS 099 (0 credit hours)

ACAD 100 or RDWT 120 (3 credit hours)

SSW 010 (0 credit hours)

SSWACT(Non-credit, 6.0 hours equated credit)**

Faculty of Arts course (3 credit hours)*

Faculty of Arts course (3 credit hours)*

Term 2

ENGL 100 (3 credit hours)

SSW ACT (Non-credit, 6.0 hours equated credit)**

Faculty of Arts course (3 credit hours)*

Faculty of Arts course (3 credit hours)*

*Courses should make-up any missing admission requirements
**Students are charged a fee to cover the costs of the program

To proceed to Term 2, students must complete successfully each course taken, as well as pass all the zero-credit hour requirements in Term 1. Failure to do so will result in the student being Required to Discontinue from studies in the Faculty of Arts for a minimum of 3 terms.

Exiting the Arts Pathway Program:

  • To complete successfully the Arts Pathway Program, students must:
  • Receive a 50% (pass) in ACAD 100 and ENGL 100
  • Receive a 50% (pass) in all other courses taken in the program
  • Receive a “P” (pass) in ARTS 099
  • Receive a “P” (pass) in SSW 010
  • Receive a “P” (pass) in SSW ACT in both terms
  • Have a minimum UGPA of 60.00% by the end of term 2
  • Completion of university-level equivalents of missing admission requirements (if any)

Successful completion of the Arts Pathway Program will allow students to register in a major (pending satisfaction of any further requirements of the program/major) or general program in the Faculty of Arts. Upon successful completion of the program, the Faculty will update the students’ program.

Unsuccessful completion of the program will result in students being dropped from courses in future terms, an admissions hold being placed on their account, and the student being required to discontinue studies in the Faculty of Arts for a minimum of three terms. The admissions hold will remain on the student account to prevent future registration until a new and alternate basis of admission has been achieved.

 

Curriculum for Science Pathway Program

Term 1

ACAD 100* (3 credit hours)

Student Success Workshops (Non-credit, 6.0 hours equated credit)

Math or Science course*** (3 credit hours)

Math or Science course*** (3 credit hours)

Term 2

ENGL 100 or RDWT 120 ** (3 credit hours)

Student Success Workshops (Non-credit, 6.0 hours equated credit)

Math or Science course*** (3 credit hours)

Math or Science course*** (3 credit hours)

*ACAD 100 is not eligible to be used for credit toward any program in the Faculty of Science
**ACAD 100 or RWDT 120 must be taken as a pre-requisite before any Pathway student attempts ENGL 100
***Math or Science courses may be chosen from Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Math, Statistics, Astronomy, or Physics. AMTH 091/092 is recommended if missing high school math. Elective courses from the Faculty of Arts are also permitted. Suggested courses include BIOL140, CHEM 100, CS 100, ECON 100, GEOG 121, MATH 101, PHIL 100, PHIL150, PSYC 101, and PSYC 102. Course selection must be approved by an Academic Advisor.

Exiting the Science Pathway Program

  1. Successful completion of the PP will allow the student to be moved from the Faculty’s Pathway Program, to a major (pending meeting further requirements of the program/major) or general program in the faculty. Upon successful completion, the faculty will update the student’s program record on SGASTDN.

To successfully complete the PP, students will have to:

  • Receive a “P” (pass) in ACAD 100
  • Receive a “P” (pass) in ARTS 099
  • Receive a “P” (pass) in Student Success Workshops both semesters
  • Have the minimum faculty-required GPA at the end of their second in the Pathway Program. Academic Action is only applied at the end of the second semester.
  1. Unsuccessful Completion Unsuccessful completion of the PP will result in an admissions hold being placed on the student record. This hold will remain on the student account to prevent future registration until a new and alternate basis of admission has been achieved.

 
 

University Class Equivalents

Some university mathematics and science courses can be used to help you meet the prerequisite requirements of other courses. If you have not completed or wish to review your high school classes for math, chemistry, and/or physics, you have the following options:

  • A chemistry deficiency can be cleared by taking CHEM 100 (Introductory Chemistry)
  • A math deficiency can be cleared through completion of U of R courses AMTH 091 (Mathematics I) and AMTH 092 (Mathematics II), or through MATH 102 (Mathematical Modelling and Precalculus)

 
 

If you are planning on entering a professional program (e.g., Medicine, Dentistry, Optometry, etc.) at another University once you are finished your program at the U of R, we recommend that you contact the admissions department of the university you are interested in to develop an understanding of their admission requirements. You should also meet with your academic advisor to get assistance with choosing courses that will meet pre-requisite requirements for the professional program you are interested in.

 
 

If you have been admitted to a Qualifying program, this means that you were either missing a high school subject required for admission or your admission average was slightly below the average required for admission to the degree program. You have been admitted to the faculty you applied for, but you will have a registration hold placed on your account so that we can be sure to help you pick the classes that will fit with your program goals. You can contact your academic advisor to discuss how to transition to your chosen degree program.

 
 

The University of Regina English as a Second Language (ESL) Program offers a Languages Canada accredited program that can help you improve your English skills before entering university. Students who complete Advanced EAP, the highest level of our program, will meet the English language proficiency requirement for admission to an undergraduate or graduate program at the U of R. For more information, please visit www.uregina.ca/esl.

 
 

High School Accelerated Program

The U of R High School Accelerated program is a great way to kick-start to university studies. Grade 11 and 12 students can take up to two credit courses per semester that will count towards a university degree program. Visit urflexible.ca for details and how to apply!

Summer Bridge Program

Are you looking to enhance your academic skills before you start your fall semester at the University of Regina? Then the University of Regina Summer Bridge Program (SBP) is for you! The SBP is an opportunity to strengthen academic skills, engage in social activities with other students to form a peer network and get familiarized with the University of Regina and all of its faculties and resources.

Click here for more information and how to apply!

Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate Courses

If you want to work on university-level material while still in high school and possibly earn university credit, you may want to consider taking Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses. You can speak with your high school guidance counsellor about the options you have for taking these courses. The U of R recognizes some of these courses for transfer credit. Click here to see the transfer opportunities available.