Everything You Need to Know about Conditional Offers

Posted by Megan on February 10, 2015

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As graduating high-school students become more and more excited as June gets ever closer, one important part of university  is already occupying your minds – your offers of admission. You might be anxiously waiting for all your offers to come. You might be wondering how you are ever going to narrow down your choices to one program and school. However, it’s important to keep something else in mind . . . many of the offers you will undoubtedly receive are conditional.

What does that mean? Keep reading to find out more!

What conditions do I have to meet?

Conditions can vary, so it’s important to take a second look at your offer and any important language it might include. Conditional offers usually include components such as:

  • Passing certain prerequisite courses
  • Maintaining a set GPA
  • Including any relevant supplementary paperwork or evaluations
  • Being eligible to graduate

How do I know what GPA to maintain? What if my GPA slips?

Your offer should state what the requirements are – for example, it might ask that you maintain your current GPA or the average entrance GPA for your program. What happens when your GPA slips all depends on your offer and the program you are applying to. Some programs have more wiggle room than others – for example, extremely competitive programs have a higher likelihood of withdrawing your offer, whereas other programs might be able to accommodate small changes to GPAs. In general, it is always safer to aim for maintaining or raising your GPA, and a last push of hard work might even result in a higher entrance scholarship. Don’t give up!

Summer school is also an option if it was just a class or two that brought your expected GPA down. Just make sure you remember to give York a heads-up, so that they know to wait for your summer school marks to come in, and not just your final exam grades. Forgetting this step could mean the difference between a retained or withdrawn offer!  You can also always contact York’s Office of Admissions to double-check the GPA you should be aiming for. Make sure to have your York reference number on hand, so they can look up your file if needed.

My conditional offer is ending soon, but I can’t decide if this is the university I want to go to yet. What do I do?

We recommend that you accept your conditional offer to York, so that it doesn’t time out. If you end up deciding another university is a better fit, you can always cancel your acceptance of York’s offer and accept a different one. This way you don’t lose your conditional offer and can keep your options open!

Is there anything else I should know?

One other circumstance that might happen is that you might receive an alternate offer. For example, if you don’t meet the requirements for a Psychology BSc in the Faculty of Health, you might receive an offer for a Psychology BA instead. In this case, if you end up raising your GPA, you will still be eligible for the original offer. There are lots of options!

If you have any other questions about conditional offers, feel free to comment below, tweet @yorkustudents, or post to York’s Facebook page. Best of luck with your final months of grade 12!



Megan is a third-year Psychology student. Follow her on her journey of self-development as she explores and ventures through campus.

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