Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
You should apply as soon as possible once you know that Centennial College is an option for you. While there is no deadline for applications, a number of our programs fill up months before their start time, so apply early for your best chances of being admitted to your program of choice. For example, most people apply in January for September entry and we start wait-listing or closing programs as early as March for September entry. However, if a program has space available, you can still apply a month or so before classes start.
Once our Admissions Department receives your application from OntarioColleges.ca, the College will send you an acknowledgement letter and information on what else, if anything, you may need to do as part of the application process. For example, the College may ask you to submit a missing transcript, to attend a program information session, to submit your portfolio for review, or to attend an assessment test.
If you are a successful candidate, eventually you will also receive a letter offering you admission to a program along with a fee statement. It is very important that you inform both OntarioColleges.ca and Centennial College if you change your address or phone number after you have applied. If you don't, we will continue to send mail to your old address and you may not receive the information you need. Change of Address forms are available at each Enrolment Services Office or download the Change of Address form.
If you are applying to a highly competitive program, you must submit your application before February 1 to be equally considered among all other applicants.
After accepting your offer, you will receive a package from Centennial College. It will give you information on assessment testing (in case you did not need to test for admission purposes), paying your fees, making your timetable, etc. You may also be invited to attend an Open House and receive information about Student Orientation (Centennial Welcomes).
After May 1, if spaces become available, additional offers are sent to the highest qualified waitlisted applicants based on an average of the required subjects.
Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply by February 1 which is the deadline for equal consideration. Applicants who apply after February 1 will still be accepted provided there is still space in the program.
Centennial College does not defer admissions decisions, but if you wish to apply for a different intake, this can be done at ontariocolleges.ca. You may also call Ontario Colleges directly for assistance. The toll-free number is 1-888-892-2228.
Most private college courses and credentials are not acceptable for Centennial College programs. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have applied to a competitive program, it is possible that a decision has yet to be made or that you have been added to the waitlist. We encourage you to check myApplication regularly for status updates.
If you have missed the deadline to pay, but still wish to pay and enrol, please contact email@example.com. Offers are reinstated and late payments are accepted on a case by case basis and provided there is space remaining in the program.
If you have previously attended an education institution outside of Canada, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).
Note: If you are applying for a college diploma program as a mature student, you may take the Centennial Skills Assessments. If successful, you will not be required to provide transcripts. For more information, please refer to the admission requirements for the specific program you are interested in applying to.
Graduate certificate programs require a college diploma or a university degree. It is not necessary to submit your high school transcripts for admission into these programs.
Most programs permit applicants to complete a skills assessment for admission. For more information, please refer to the admission requirements on the Programs by Areas of Study webpage.
Please note: Applicants under 19 years of age are required to show proof of successful completion of their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.
Canadian students can take our skills assessments to meet the academic requirements for most college diploma programs. But some diploma programs, such as the Practical Nursing program and all applied degree programs, only accept courses. Please check specific program details for the exact requirements.
If you missed the deadline to accept your offer, and still wish to accept it, please contact us. If there is space available, your offer will be extended. If there are no spaces available at the time, you will be placed on a waitlist and contacted only if a space becomes available.
Applicants who receive Conditional Offers of Admission must fulfill all conditions listed in their Offer of Admission letter before building their timetable and registering for classes.
For more questions and answers, read the Seven things students should know before entering Centennial College.