Mount Allison University Admission Requirements

Mount Allison University Admission Requirements

MTA Admission Requirements

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All correspondence regarding admission should be submitted to the Registrar’s Office, Mount Allison University, 62 York St., Sackville, NB, E4L 1E2; phone (506) 364-3292; e-mail <admissions@mta.ca> . Full information on admissions procedures are available from the Registrar’s Office and on the web at <www.mta.ca/apply>

3.2 Admission to the University

3.2.1 Admission Criteria

Mount Allison University recognizes a strong academic performance at the high school level as the primary indicator of university-level success. It also recognizes the added potential of those students with a well-balanced record of academic and extra-curricular activities. In making admissions decisions, both high school marks and other activities are considered. The University is interested in applicants possessing a strong academic record, leadership skills, a high level of commitment, and the potential for personal growth. Among the additional information requested from applicants will be evidence of extra-curricular involvement, volunteer activities in school and in the community, work experiences, and letters of reference.

3.2.2 Students with Disabilities

Students with Learning Disabilities may receive assistance from the Meighen Centre. When applying for admission to Mount Allison they are encouraged to identify themselves on the application form to Mount Allison and to contact The Meighen Centre as early as possible so that their needs can be addressed. Students applying to the university should meet all admission criteria. Visit the Meighen Centre site at < www.mta.ca>

Students with a disability other than a learning disability may receive assistance through the Wellness Centre. When applying for admission to Mount Allison students are encouraged to identify themselves on the application form to Mount Allison and to contact the Wellness Centre as early as possible so their needs can be addressed early. Visit the Wellness Centre site on the web at < www.mta.ca >

3.2.3 Early Admission

Students may be offered a conditional offer of acceptance based on their final grade 11 marks in the first semester of their grade 12 year, providing they hold an 85% average on five academic courses, including English.

3.2.4 Refusal of Admission

The University reserves the right to reject any application for admission on the basis of the overall record even if all entrance requirements are satisfied.

3.2.5 Special Circumstances

In special circumstances, a student who does not meet our entrance requirements but provides evidence of academic promise at the university level may be admitted.

3.3 Minimum General Admission Requirements

3.3.1 Provincial Requirements

Students registering at Mount Allison are expected to have graduated from high school at the university preparatory level. In New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories, the Yukon, and Nunavut, this is Grade 12. Students from Quebec will be expected to have completed either Grade 12 Senior Matriculation or Grade 11 and one year of a CEGEP academic program.

3.3.2 Minimum Grade/Average

For an application to be considered, during the final two years of preparatory work a minimum grade of 65% must have been achieved on each academic course considered for admission. Meeting the minimum requirements guarantees only that the application will be considered; normally, students who are admitted have averages that are above the minimum.

3.4 Additional Admission Requirements

3.4.1 University Preparatory Courses

All students must have successfully completed a university preparatory English course among their university preparatory courses. Whenever possible, students should anticipate their first year of university study and take the appropriate preparatory courses. (See Section 3.5). The University strongly recommends that students undertake a well- balanced preparatory year that includes courses in the Humanities, Mathematics, Sciences and the Social Sciences.

3.4.2 Requirements for Specific Programs

Students are advised to complete the following courses for specific programs:

Bachelor of Arts: University preparatory English is required and it is strongly recommended that university preparatory courses in the Humanities, Mathematics, Sciences and the Social Sciences be completed.

Bachelor of Music: University preparatory English is required and it is strongly recommended that university preparatory courses in the Humanities, Mathematics, Sciences and the Social Sciences be completed. All Music applicants must have a satisfactory audition/interview and pass a one-hour test in elementary theory (materials of Music).

Bachelor of Fine Arts: University preparatory English is required and it is strongly recommended that university preparatory courses in the Humanities, Mathematics, Sciences and the Social Sciences be completed. All Fine Arts applicants are required to present a portfolio of their previous artwork for assessment.

Bachelor of Science: University preparatory English and science preparatory Mathematics are required and it is strongly recommended that two university preparatory courses in the Sciences, and one in either Humanities or Social Sciences, be completed.

Bachelor of Commerce: University preparatory English and science preparatory Mathematics are required and it is strongly recommended that university preparatory courses in the Humanities, Mathematics, Sciences and the Social Sciences be completed.

3.4.3 Provincial Guidelines

Students are advised of the following provincial guidelines for admission, including the above program-specific requirements:

British Columbia, Yukon: Four provincially-examinable grade 12-level subjects

Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavut: Four academic 30- or 31-level subjects of which at least four are departmentally examinable

Saskatchewan: Five academic 30-level subjects

Manitoba: Five academic 40- or 41-level or 45-level subjects

Ontario: Five academic grade 12-level subjects, a combination of U and M courses

Quebec: Five academic grade 12-level subjects, or Grade 11 and one year of an academic CEGEP program. Only CEGEP courses with a credit value of 2.00 or higher will be considered for admission

New Brunswick: Five academic grade 12-level subjects

Prince Edward Island: Five academic 600-level subjects

Nova Scotia: Five academic grade 12-level subjects

Newfoundland: Ten credits in academic 3000- or 4000-level subjects. English Language 3101 and one of Thematic Literature 3201 or Literary Heritage 3202 must be included

3.5 Notes on Entry to First-Year Courses

  1. Students enrolling in Chemistry 1001 should normally have completed a university preparatory-level* course in Chemistry.
  2. Students enrolling in Computer Science 1631 should normally have completed a university preparatory-level* course in Mathematics.
  3. Students enrolling in Economics 1001 and 1011 should normally have completed a university preparatory-level* course in Mathematics.
  4. Students enrolling in Mathematics 1111 should normally have completed a university preparatory-level* course in Mathematics designed to prepare them for university calculus.
  5. Students enrolling in Physics 1051 should normally have completed a university preparatory-level* course in Mathematics.

*See section 3.3

3.6 Requirements for Non-Canadian Education Systems

3.6.1 American School System

Students studying an American high school curriculum will be considered for admission provided they have successfully completed a selection of university/college preparatory courses and graduated from an accredited high school. The required academic standing is comparable to those outlined in sections 3.3 and 3.4. Scholastic Achievement Test (SAT) results are not required, but students are encouraged to submit their results.

3.6.2 General Certificate of Education (GCE)

For those studying towards the General Certificate of Education or the General Certificate of Secondary Education, (e.g. in the United Kingdom, West Indies, Bermuda, East and West Africa, Hong Kong) the University requires a minimum of two subjects at the Advanced ‘A’ Level and three at the Ordinary ‘O’ Level, or three at the ‘A’ Level and one at the ‘O’ level, with an overall average of ‘C’ and no subject below a ‘D’ grade. Two Advanced Standard (AS) Level courses may be used in place of one Advanced Level course.

3.6.3 International Baccalaureate

Students pursuing an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma program must include three courses in each of the higher and standard levels, with a minimum score of 4 in each subject and a minimum overall score of 28 points (excluding bonus points). Credit may be granted for specific higher level courses with minimum scores of 5 points (see section 3.9.1).

3.6.4 Baccalaureate

Students following France’s system of education, must complete the requirements for the Baccalaureate with a minimum academic standing of ‘Assez Bien’.

3.6.5 Other Educational Systems

Students studying in other educational systems are expected to satisfy the university admissions requirements of their own country, and must demonstrate a high level of accomplishment.

3.7 English Requirements

As English is the primary language of instruction at Mount Allison University, students must possess a mastery of English sufficient to follow lectures and to write assignments and examinations in English. All applicants will be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency. This evidence may take one of the following forms:

  1. Successful completion of at least three years of instruction in Canada at a secondary institution as recognized by Mount Allison University
  2. Successful completion of at least 30 credit hours (or equivalent) at a post-secondary institution as recognized by Mount Allison University where English is the primary language of instruction
  3. TOEFL score of 550 (paper test) or 213 (computer test) or 80 (internet test)
  4. Michigan English Language Assessment Battery MELAB score of 85%
  5. International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5
  6. Completion of the ELS USA Program with a score of 109
  7. Canadian Academic English Language Assessment CAEL with an overall score of 70, and no sub-test result below 60
  8. Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) by University of Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) with a minimum grade of ‘C’
  9. Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) by University of Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) with a minimum grade of ‘B’

Applicants who require enhanced English language proficiency have the option of taking advantage of Mount Allison’s partnership with the International Language Institute (ILI) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The ILI assesses prospective students’ needs and offers programs of varying lengths as necessary. An advantage to such students of the partnership with the ILI is that Mount Allison is able to grant conditional admission, which enables students to begin their visa application processes before completion of the ILI program. For more information on the ILI, please refer to www.mta.ca and www.ili.ca

3.8 Mature Students

Mount Allison recognizes that students come to us through many different paths and, consequently, with many different experiences. Individuals who will be 22 years of age or older prior to the first day of classes of the term in which admission is sought may be considered for admission as a mature student. A mature student should apply as a full or part-time student and include with his/her application a letter of intent, an updated resumé, and a copy of his/her high school transcript. A letter of intent should state both personal and career goals which detail the reasons for applying to the university. The resumé should document recent work and volunteer experience.

Applicants who have attempted fewer than 18 credits or equivalent of transferable post-secondary level courses may also be eligible for admission as a mature student. If a student has undertaken study at any other university or recognized post-secondary institution please have the institution send an official transcript directly to the Admissions Office.

The Admissions Office reserves the right to refer any cases to the Admissions and Re-admissions Committee for special consideration.

3.9 Admission with Advanced Standing

Students applying for admission with advanced standing must provide official transcripts for the applicable program or post-secondary institution, within one year of admission to Mount Allison to be eligible for transfer credits to be recognized and count toward a degree from Mount Allison.

3.9.1 International Baccalaureate

The University grants up to 18 credits on a 120-credit degree program for higher level International Baccalaureate subjects completed with grades of 5 or higher. Up to 30 credits may be granted at the discretion of the Registrar to students who have completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, with grades of 5 or higher.

3.9.2 Collège d’Enseignement Général et Professionnel (CEGEP)

Students accepted to Mount Allison from the CEGEP system may receive up to 30 credits according to the criteria listed below:

CEGEPMt. Allison Credits Granted
16 courses6
18 courses12
20 courses18
22 courses24
24 courses30

3.9.3 General Certificate of Education (GCE)

Students who have successfully completed Advanced ‘A’ Level papers with grades of at least’D’ may receive up to 30 credits.

3.9.4 Advanced Placement ‘AP’ Program

The University grants a maximum of 18 credits on a 120-credit degree program for subjects completed in the Advanced Placement program at a level of 4 or 5. Evidence of completion of appropriate laboratory or studio work would be required.

3.9.5 New Brunswick Community College

The University may grant up to 30 credits on a 120-credit degree program for appropriate courses completed at New Brunswick Community Colleges. The Registrar will determine suitable credits in consultation with appropriate departments.

3.10 Transfer Students

Students pursuing post-secondary studies at a recognized university or college should present a minimum overall grade point average of 2.0 (or equivalent) on their post-secondary studies to be considered for admission. Please be aware that possession of the minimum requirement does not guarantee admission; students may be expected to present higher grades for admission to any given year. If course work has been completed at multiple institutions, the academic performance at all institutions will be taken into consideration. Students who are not eligible to return to their home institution will normally be required to wait at least one academic year before applying for admission. For information regarding transfer credits for students transferring from other recognized post-secondary institutions, please see section 6.5.1 in the Academic Regulations Section. Please note that failure to provide a full and complete academic record as relating to post secondary institutions attended may result in the cancellation of your application and/or admission, and/or expulsion once admitted.

3.11 Visiting Students

Students pursuing post-secondary studies at another recognized university or college and who want to complete coursework at Mount Allison are considered visiting students. In order to be considered for admission, applicants must obtain a Letter of Permission from their home institution. A visiting student application can be found at: http://www.mta.ca/apply/application.htm

3.12 Exchange Students

Students applying to Mount Allison as an exchange student are normally required to meet the University’s minimum admissions requirements and may be required to provide proof of English language proficiency. Students should be in good academic standing at their home institution and will need to present a transcript of all courses previously taken at the university level in order to be considered for admission to Mount Allison as an exchange student.

3.13 Special Circumstances

Students who do not intend to earn a degree from Mount Allison may be admitted under special circumstances to register for individual courses which they are qualified to take.