Academic Requirements

If you're thinking of applying to Centennial College, your first step will be to determine whether you meet the requirements and standards outlined. As a college, Centennial is committed to understanding the academic skills of all applicants in an effort to promote student success. Centennial is committed to providing equal access to post-secondary education for everyone.

Please review the outlined sections for detailed requirements. Some programs have special requirements for admission: for example, specific marks in certain subjects and meeting prerequisites. Applicants are asked to contact the admissions department for complete details.

Centennial College Certificate and Diploma Programs

Centennial College expects students applying for admission to certificate or diploma programs to present at minimum:

  • An Ontario Secondary Diploma (OSSD) or,
  • The equivalent to an OSSD (if you studied in another province or country) as determined by Centennial College or mature student status;
  • Credits, courses and minimum grades to satisfy the academic pre-requisites of specific programs
  • Non-academic requirements as specified (e.g. portfolio, admission essay etc.);
  • English and Mathematic academic pre-requisites may be met by writing a "skills assessment" for most programs;
  • Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to a program.

Centennial College Degree Programs

Centennial College expects students applying to degree programs to present at minimum:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with a minimum of six 12 U, 12M, OAC credits or equivalent or be 19 years of age or older. (Please note that mature applicants to the Nursing (BScN) program must be 21 years of age by December 31 of the year in which they wish to commence their studies. As well they must have been away from full-time formal education for at least two years.);
  • Credits, courses and minimum grades to satisfy the academic prerequisites of specific programs;
  • Non-academic requirements as specified (e.g. portfolio, admission essay, program admission sessions etc.);
  • Possession of minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to a program.

Centennial College Modified Apprenticeship and Coop Apprenticeships Programs

Centennial College expects students applying to Modified Apprenticeship Programs to present at minimum:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or GED or equivalent;
  • Credits, courses and minimum grades to satisfy the academic prerequisites of specific programs;
  • Non-academic requirements as specified;
  • Meeting minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission to a program.

Mature Students

Applicants who do not hold Centennial's published admission requirements may be considered for admission if they are 19 years of age on or before the start of a program.

Mature applicants to the Nursing (BScN) program must be 21 years of age by December 31 of the year in which they wish to commence their studies. As well they must have been away from formal full-time education for at least two years.

Mature applicants will be considered for admission to Certificate and Diploma programs on the following basis:

  • In the absence of the minimum English and/or mathematics academic prerequisites outlined in the Certificate and Diploma program chart on page 2 of the full-time calendar or back of the view book, you may where indicated, present the successful completion of a skills assessment for admission to some programs
  • Proof of age
  • Fulfill any additional requirements

Centennial College Fast-Track/Graduate Certificate Programs

Applicants to fast-track/graduate certificate programs must submit an official transcript demonstrating proof of successful completion of a post-secondary diploma or degree program. In some cases, a combination of partial post-secondary education and relevant work experience will be accepted. Certain graduate certificate programs require past studies from a related area of study.