General Admission Policy

Admission Requirement

English Language Proficiency Policy

English Level Test

General Admission Policy

The admission policy of St. Lawrence College requires:

a)    The acceptance of all who are qualified within established program limits;

b)    The use of a ranking procedure where the number of qualified applicants exceeds that limit, and

c)    A clear statement to all unsuccessful applicants as to why they were not admitted.

d)    Changes to admission requirements require Academic Council endorsement and College Executive Team approval.

Changes in admission requirements become effective only in the academic year after their publication on the College web site.

Admission Requirement

To be eligible to apply for admission to college programs, an applicant:

a)    Must have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or its equivalent; or

b)    Must be 19 years of age or older on or before the commencement of the program in which the applicant intends to enroll (mature student) and have credits in college level grade 11 Mathematics and grade 12 English (program specific requirements still apply);

c)    Does not meet the criteria set out in clauses (1) or (2) but is the holder of an admission requirement established by the Board of Governors for a specific program of instruction.

This means that the holder of an OSSD is eligible for admission regardless of age.

In addition to the above, many programs have program specific admission requirements. These may include specific secondary school courses etc. As requirements vary from program to program, you should refer to the specific admission requirements for each program located on the AIA and College web site.

English Language Proficiency Policy

All applicants must be fluent enough in English to understand instructors and the technical language used in their subject area. Therefore, for applicants whose first language is not English, or whose previous education has been conducted in another language, demonstrated proficiency in English is required.

This can be done by undertaking and submitting the results of one of the following assessments at the level required for the program to which application is being made. Please note that scores for the standardized English language tests indicated below are only valid for a 24-month period from the date of testing. Following is a list of English proficiency assessments recognized for admission to our programs:

  • St. Lawrence College English as a Second Language Advanced Level Certificate. The required score is 60% except for degree and post-graduate programs which require at least 70%.
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): A minimum score of 213 on the computer-based test of 78 on the internet-based test is required or 550 on the paper-based test is required except for degree and post-graduate programs. TOEFL minimum requirements for degree and post-graduate programs are as follows: 83 internet; 220 computer; 560 paper.
  • IELTS (international English Language Test Service): The required score for this British-based test is 6.0 overall with a minimum score of 5.5 in each section except for degree and post-graduate programs. IELTS for degree and post-graduate programs: 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each section.
  • CAEL (Canadian Adult English Language Assessment): An overall score of 60 is required for admission to our programs. This Canadian test assesses English use for academic purposes and is offered at Canadian embassies and at all Canadian Education Centre Network (CECN) locations.
  • STEP/EIKEN (Test in Practical English Proficiency): A minimum score of Pre-1 is needed for the Japanese-based test.
  • MELAB (Michigan English Language Battery): A minimum score of 80 is required except for degree and post-graduate programs MELAB for degree and post-graduate programs: 82.
  • Queen’s University School of English: Advanced Level Certificate of higher.