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3.1 Admissions Policy

Anyone 16 years of age or older is eligible for admission to Athabasca University, regardless of previous educational experience, with or without a high school diploma. Past academic performance may, however, restrict you from enrolling in specific undergraduate programs such as the Bachelor of Professional Arts, Bachelor of Nursing, or Bachelor of Commerce degree programs. Specific enrolment requirements are indicated on the program.


Time to Complete a Degree

Most of Athabasca University's undergraduate degree programs are “open-ended,” meaning there is no time limit for the completion of an undergraduate degree. Students should remain active in their program. Program regulations within this Calendar are effective September 1, 2005 to August 31, 2006 unless noted otherwise. Students complete the program regulations in effect at the time of their enrolment.


3.1.1 Enrolling in a Program

• Select the program in which you wish to enrol.

• Review, complete, and submit the Undergraduate General Application Form.

Within two to three weeks, you will receive a letter welcoming you to the University and confirming receipt of your application form.


3.1.2 Program Planning

If you have not completed any post-secondary courses before and you are enrolling in an undergraduate program, please review the following suggestions.

• Begin by selecting a preparatory (100 level) or junior (200 level) course in your degree area.

• Select a course that includes topics of interest.

• Consider all of the requirements within your specific degree or certificate program.

Every program contains a number of core courses and required elective courses. Select courses that are designated as core or required electives first. These junior-level courses will help provide you with the information base you will need to successfully complete senior (300/400) level courses.


3.1.3 Learning Outcomes

Athabasca University has developed program learning outcomes that describe the career options that may be available to you upon graduating. Each program has a link to a learning outcome Web site.


3.1.4 Counselling and Advising Services

If you are having difficulty pinpointing a specific program or course of interest, an Athabasca University counsellor or advisor can help. To determine the type of advice you need, please read the following.

A counsellor will help you:

• clarify your educational and career objectives

• select a program of study

• develop study and time management skills

• identify and overcome any barriers to your learning.

Counselling Services is located in Athabasca. You may reach a counsellor by

    * Appointment Form
    * by phone: Canada and U.S.: 1.800.788.9041

An advisor will help you

• select courses for credit  (once you have enrolled
    in a program of study, advisors can help you
    with your course selection)

• interpret transfer credit assessments

• interpret Athabasca University policies and procedures

• complete Students Finance study plans.

Advising Services is located in Calgary and Edmonton. You may reach an advisor by

    * Appointment Form
    * by phone: Canada and U.S.: 1.800.788.9041
       Calgary area: 403.263.6465
       Edmonton area: 780.421.8700

3.1.5 French Language Recognition

Athabasca University recognizes students who have completed 30 or more credits in French—excluding French as a second language course—as part of their credential. These students are eligible to have a notation written on their parchment and transcript. If you qualify, and would like this notation written on your parchment, please complete the appropriate section on your Application for Graduation Form.

3.1.6 Student Resources

Mapping Your Future
Mastering Exam Anxiety
Improve Your Study Skills is a free seven-module study skills package available from Athabasca University Students' Union or phone 800.788.9041 (ext. 3413).


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