When does the University of Alberta Send Acceptances? | Ultimate University Guide

Written by Arry Pander and Kim Spencer

If you’ve had the query “When does The University of Alberta send acceptances?” on your mind, keep reading!

If you’ve just applied to the University of Alberta or are planning to shortly, congratulations!! The University of Alberta is one of Canada’s top universities and among the world’s leading public research-intensive universities, with a reputation for excellence across the humanities, sciences, creative arts, business, engineering, and health sciences.

If you’d like to know how to get into the University of Alberta, check out our other blog!

Acceptance Rate

The University of Alberta’s acceptance rate is 58%. This means that, while the school may be competitive, it is still not very difficult for you to be accepted if you’re prepared! However, different departments have their own various acceptance rates for their programs, so make sure to research your program of choice carefully.

If you haven’t already, we strongly encourage you to apply as early as possible to give yourself the best chance of receiving an admission offer. If you are in high school, you can apply as early as October 1 of your Grade 12 year, using your final Grade 11 marks, as well as any available Grade 12 marks.

Application Assessment

Most Canadian high school applications will be assessed within 1-2 weeks, assuming you have submitted enough relevant information. Other types of applications can take longer to process.

Admission Offers

Most admission offers are made before April 1st; however, every applicant is unique and every enrollment cycle is unique, applications are assessed on an ongoing basis. This creates an opportunity to adjust what is considered ‘a competitive application‘ throughout the admissions period (October 1 – August 31) based on a variety of factors, including:

  • The number of qualified applicants to a particular program,
  • The averages presented by applicants that year, and
  • Program capacity.

To be considered for admission, applicants need to:

  • Have the required courses for their program
  • Meet the minimum requirements for their program
  • Fill out a complete application for admission with their application fee

Applicants who are not accepted into their first-choice program will be assessed for their second-choice program if listed.

Dates and Deadlines

Here are some key dates and deadlines for your application process.

Waiting for an acceptance offer can be a nail-biting experience, so let’s talk about what you can do once you’ve applied to keep updated!


You can check the status of your application in UAlberta Launchpad. Updates to your evaluation will be posted under a “Status Update” heading that will appear, where you will also be able to access your evaluation letter.

  • Make sure to check the Forms and Application Checklist headers as well for any forms or documents you may need to provide to complete your application. You will also have access your “Application Proof“, a PDF of the application form you have filled out and submitted.

Other Requirements:

Some programs have additional requirements, such as a portfolio, audition, or written statement. For more information, check your To-Do List in Launchpad.

Bear Tracks

Bear Tracks is the online student service system. Log in with your student ID and CCID to apply for residence and/or scholarships and awards!

Accepting Your Offer!

After your initial application has been assessed, you may receive an admission offer, or you may receive advisor comments indicating that further coursework or documents are required.

  • Any time there is an update to your admission status, you will receive an email notification directing you to check UAlberta Launchpad. You will not receive any paper/mail correspondence from the Registrar’s Office.

When your admission offer is available, you will be notified to go to UAlberta Launchpad to accept your offer!

For most students new to the University of Alberta, a non-refundable tuition deposit is required in order to accept your offer of admission and confirm a spot in your program.

After your deposit, follow these next steps!:

  1. Register in Courses
    1. You will be eligible to register in courses after your enrollment appointment date. In the meantime, you can browse courses and build a sample schedule based on current course offerings.
  2. Start planning your transition to the University of Alberta
    1. Browse Campus Options and Residence Options
    2. Check out their Info Sessions & Events or Campus Tours
  3. Apply for scholarships!
    1. You will be evaluated for scholarships based on your admission average as calculated at the time of your admission offer. Now would be the time to apply for more scholarships!

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