How to Apply

Application Process

The application process varies depending on the program credential and modality/delivery. For more information on how to apply, please follow one of the links below:

Apply for full-time in-class Ontario College diploma and certificate programs

For more information on the application process and admission requirements, please visit the page of the program to which you would like to apply. To find your program, click here.

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All applications to Loyalist College are processed through

Ontario College LOGO




60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario N1G 5J3
Toll-free (within Canada): 1-888-892-2228

Here’s how it works receives and records applications and student responses to college offers of admission. A fee payable to the Ontario College Application Service must accompany the application form.

Applicants may apply electronically through

Applicants may select up to five choices with no more than three program choices at any one college. An applicant may accept only one offer of admission. Students can accept (confirm) their offer of admission electronically here or by calling: 1-888-892-2228 (toll-free within Canada).

If you are currently attending secondary school at the time of application, complete the applicant’s section of the form and have your school office send whatever grades are available. Should mid-term marks not be available, courses in which the applicant is enrolled should be entered without marks. Final grades must be forwarded when they become available. Grade 12 students who apply are accepted conditionally and must provide evidence of obtaining the OSSD (30 credits), including the courses required by the program applied to, prior to being registered.

Where the applicant has completed more than one course that qualifies as the required course, and where the grade received for this course is used in determining the admissions score of the applicant, the course with the higher final grade is used.

Transfer from other Ontario colleges and other post-secondary institutions

Applicants who have successfully completed a portion of a program at an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology will be accepted into the same or a similar program at Loyalist College with appropriate transfer credits for training and education already completed.

Loyalist is committed to maximizing the accessibility of all of its programs to learners with partial or complete credentials from colleges or universities. Applicants with training at other institutions are advised to submit their documentation of such formal education to Loyalist at the time of application.

Mature applicants

Applicants who are 19 years of age on the first day of classes in the year of admission, and who do not have OSSD, are consid­ered as mature applicants. Such applicants must complete the required subjects for admission. If they lack the required sub­jects, they may be requested to write a diagnostic test. Mature applicants are treated on an individual basis and should consult the Admissions Office as early as possible to determine if pre-entry testing and/or college preparatory studies are required.

NOTE: Applicants who are not Canadian citizens or who do not have permanent residence status are not considered under this clause.

Loyalist students eligible to re-enrol in a College program

Qualified continuing students need only to register at Loyalist to advance directly from one year to the next. Part-time students or individuals who wish to re-enrol in a program after sitting out one or more semesters must re-apply by using an internal Loyalist College application, available from Enrolment Services. All first-year students or new students must submit an application to

Geographical selection preference

Students are admitted in the following order of preference:
(i) permanent resident of Ontario;
(ii) permanent resident of other provinces and territories in Canada;
(iii) applicants from other countries.

NOTE: Applicants under clauses (i) and (ii) must be Canadian citizens or permanent residents. Permanent residents without Canadian citizenship must provide proof of their status. Applicants under clause (iii) must obtain a student visa, valid for the academic year to which they are applying.

Equivalent Canadian standings

In order to be considered for admission to Loyalist, applicants must provide proof of academic standing equivalent to a Grade 12 Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD). Applicants from outside Ontario – including international applicants – must submit certified transcripts of their grades. Applicants whose first language is not English must provide documented proficiency in English

Prior learning assessment and recognition (PLAR)

Applicants with work experiences or other types of non-credentialed learning may be eligible for credits at Loyalist. Graded credits (as opposed to exemptions) are granted.

(i) Challenge processes
Many course and module requirements are eligible for challenge. The challenge process measures demonstrated learning against the knowledge and skills required by course outcomes through a variety of evaluation methods. If successful, credit will be awarded without requiring enrolment in a course or module. Requests for challenges should be made at the time of admission to a program so that the challenge process can be scheduled within a reasonable period of time.
A challenge fee is payable in advance and is not refundable.

(ii) Portfolio-assisted assessment of prior learning
Individuals with substantial non-credentialed learning gained through work or other experiences, or those who wish to begin a career-planning process and prepare for entry into a College program, may enrol in a PLAR portfolio development course. The resulting portfolios can be submitted to program faculty for assessment against the requirements and learning outcomes of required courses or modules. A tuition fee is charged as are assessment fees for each course evaluation.

(iii) Learning contracts
Successful completion of a credit through Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition may require further work on the part of a learner. In these cases, a learning contract may be drawn up at the discretion of the relevant faculty member. An additional fee may be charged.

NOTE: Transfer of Credit and Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition are available to applicants to a maximum of 75 percent of certificate or diploma requirements. Some programs have identified block credit for certain combinations of transfer credits and/or experience.

For more information about PLAR, click here


How do I apply?

To be admitted to any public college in Ontario, you must apply through the

Can I apply to more than one program?

Through, you can apply for up to five programs with a maximum of three at any one college in Ontario.

What is the application deadline?

The early application deadline to be given equal consideration by the colleges is February 1; however, most colleges continue to take applications up to the start of classes in September. Some programs are filled quickly; early application will increase your chances of being accepted to the program of your choice.

When will I know if I am accepted?

The mailing of offers of admission begins February 1.

What do I do next?

Confirm your offer of admission as soon as possible. You can do this electronically here. To confirm your acceptance of an offer online, login to your online account (you will need your username and password). From the Main Menu, click on “Offer of Admission.” Click on the link for the date you want to start college and select your offer of admission. You will be asked to pay some or all of your tuition fees by mid-July. You will also be contacted over the summer with information about your program of study, residence, academic schedule, and other information to help you prepare for college.

What if I get accepted at more than one college?

You can accept only one offer.

What happens if I am wait-listed?

If you are wait-listed, you can accept an offer to another program and still stay on the waiting list.

What if I change my mind after I have confirmed acceptance?

Notify and they will amend your application.

Where can I get information on admission requirements?

A list of recommended and required courses can be found on each program page, in the Loyalist College Guide, and by inquiring at a high school guidance office or Loyalist Enrolment Services at 613-969-1913, ext. 2204.

Find a program    Download the College Guide

Loyalist College in Toronto

International students may now apply to Loyalist College in Toronto by contacting

Career and College Prep

To apply to the Career and College Prep program, please contact us by phone or email:

613-969-1913 ext. 2456 (Belleville campus)
613-332-1743 (Bancroft campus)

Non-funded programs

  • Global Business Management is a non-funded program and is therefore not OSAP eligible. 
  • Details about how to apply are available here (both domestic and international students). 

Dual Credits

To apply for a Dual Credit course at Loyalist College, please find your school board and follow the directions listed below.

For the following school boards, please return to the Dual Credit page and apply to courses directly under the “Courses” tab.

  • Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic
  • Hastings and Prince Edward
  • Limestone District

For the following school boards, apply at

  • Kawartha Pine Ridge
  • Peterborough Victoria Northumberland and Clarington Catholic
  • Durham Catholic

Can’t find your school board? Have a question? Please contact

Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship program

  • Early registration as an apprentice is possible through the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program; please contact your local school board for more information.
  • Information about qualification requirements leading to certification is available from the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, 416-326-5800, or a regional office: Belleville 613-968-5558; Kingston 613-548-1151; Pickering 905-837-7721; or Peterborough 705-745-1918.
  • For more information about the Automotive Service Technician Apprenticeship program, click here

Advanced Service Management (Special Program at Florida State University)

To apply for the Advanced Service Management program at FSU, please contact Kim Grimes at 613-969-1913, ext. 2221 or

Have a question?

Welcome to Enrolment Services!

Each student entering Loyalist has an Admissions/Records Officer who processes your acceptance, and works with you to ensure that you complete the registration process each semester, that your marks are properly processed and that your diploma is prepared for graduation.

If you have any questions, contact Enrolment Services 613-969-1913, ext. 2100 and we’ll be pleased to help you through the application process.