Applying to York U: Transfer and Mature Students

Posted by Elizabeth Naccarato on November 9, 2017

Academic Success | Student Life

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Are you applying to York University this fall? The #YUBlog team has created a three-part series called “Applying to York U” to guide you through the application process. Throughout the series, we will cover the different admissions requirements for Canadian high-school students, international applications and mature and college/university transfer students.

The third and final part of the “Applying to York U” series is here! Today we’re covering the application process for mature and college/university transfer students. Applying to university can be time-consuming, but there are steps you can take to make the process more efficient and organized. Before you start the application process, visit the York University Future Students page and select your applicant group to learn more about your specific application requirements. The following steps will help you navigate the admissions process and give you some tips about keeping your application organized.

Visit the transfer students’ homepage on the York University website.

Step 1: Get to know York and your program

York University gives future students plenty of opportunities to get a feel for campus, including campus tours, information sessions and social media. Visit the York University Facebook page and Twitter account to learn more about York U. If you can’t make it to campus for a tour or information session, the York University Future Students website gives students a great overview of all that York U has to offer.

Once you get to know York U, research the specific program you are interested in to make sure that it’s the right fit for you. When it comes to choosing your program, ask yourself:

  • What classes/subjects do I enjoy the most?
  • What classes/subjects have I done well in?
  • What are my career goals?
  • What do I like to do in my spare time?

Use the York University programs website to navigate through the hundreds of programs offered at York U. You will be able to directly research your program of interest, review some of the courses offered, get to know your Faculty and learn about your degree options for the program.

A look at the mature students’ homepage on the York University website.

Step 2: Review your application requirements

The application requirements for transfer and mature students may differ depending on your academic background (see below to find your applicant group!). Not sure where you fit in? Choose the group that you think most closely aligns with your previous academic experience. You can find the different requirements for each group on the website that corresponds with each section. Some of the most common applicant categories are:

  1. Ontario College Transfers: for students who have completed at least two full semesters of a college diploma program.
  2. Canadian University Transfers: for students who have completed at least four full courses or one year of a full-time degree.
  3. International & US Transfers: for international and US students who have completed some postsecondary schooling.
  4. Secondary, CEGEP & Pre-University Programs: for students who have completed some postsecondary schooling.
  5. Returning/Reactivating Students: for students who have previously attended York University and a returning to complete their studies.
  6. Mature Students: for students who are at least 20 years of age and have been out of high school for at least two years.

When applying, you will also need to provide the following:

  1. Official Transcript: Each student is required to provide a transcript from every postsecondary institution and/or high school they have attended. Some York U programs may require students to have completed prerequisite courses in high school.
  2. Language Proficiency: If your first language is not English or if you have not studied at a school where English was the primary language of instruction, you will need to submit proof of language proficiency. York U’s Language Proficiency Requirements webpage details requirements for various faculties and programs . Examples of some of the required language tests are the York English Language Test (YELT), the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the International English Language Testing Service (IELTS).
  3. Personal Information: You will need to list your name, date of birth, language and citizenship.
  4. Resume: Some applicants, such as mature students, may be required to submit a resume that outlines why you want to attend or return to university, your future goals, your existing skills and experience and notes for consideration about any gaps in your education history.

If you are an international student transferring to York U and have more questions about the application process, take a look at part two of this series, “Applying to York U: International Students“.

York U students working hard and learning about the application process.

Step 3: Apply to York U through OUAC or the York Undergraduate Application Form

There are two ways to apply to York U: through the York Undergraduate Application Form or via the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) website. Mature and university/college transfer students can apply directly to York U by using the York Undergraduate Application Form. This application process should take you roughly 30 minutes and requires a fee of $120 dollars (CAD) to apply to up to two programs. The main sections of this application process are:

  1. Name 
  2. Goal of Study: This is where you can identify what you’re interested in studying, whether you would like to be a full-time or part-time student and when you intend to begin your studies.
  3. Citizenship & Language: Identify your citizenship status and languages.
  4. Address & Contact: Include your mailing and email address as well as a phone number where you can be reached regarding your application.
  5. Previous Education: Provide details regarding your educational background.
  6. Declaration & Consent: This page allows you to review your information to ensure that it is correct before you submit it.

You can also use the OUAC website if you are a mature student applying to multiple universities in Ontario. To do so, you will need to create an account and pay the required fee of $150 dollars (CAD) (for 3 program choices) and an additional fee of $50 dollars (CAD) for each additional program application.

Once you have applied to York using either application method, you will receive a confirmation email from York University. This email will include your York reference number, which you will use to track the status of your application on MyFile and submit any additional supporting documents required by your program. Remember, the early application deadline for mature and university/college transfer students for the Fall 2018 term is March 7th, 2018. The final deadline to apply is June 13, 2018.

Step 4: Review and Check for Acceptance

Once you have applied, review your application one last time to make sure all the information you have provided is correct. Check your email, mail and MyFile account regularly for confirmation of your admission to a York University program, or to see if our Admissions team needs any more information from you. Information may also be sent to you by postal mail. Just remember to be patient and stay positive!

Once you have accepted your offer of admission on MyFile, you will need to provide a copy of your official transcript by either uploading a copy to MyFile or by mailing a copy directly to the Office of Admissions. You can find their mailing address and information about how to book a credit assessment appointment on their website.

Some happy students who have been accepted to York!

Step 5: Transfer Credit Assessment

If you’re a transfer student, the final step of the admissions process happens after you are admitted to York University! Once you have accepted your offer of admission, York U will automatically assess your transfer credits from previously completed studies. Your offer of admission letter will contain a pre-assessment of the transfer credits you can receive from your completed and in-progress studies. Your transfer credit assessment will include “potential course exclusions and waivers” so you are aware of what will change once your final transcript arrives. Once you have completed your studies and maintained your admission average, you must send York U a copy of your final transcript to receive transfer credit for your completion of in-progress courses.

If you have questions about your transfer credit assessment, visit York U’s Transfer Connect website to have your questions answered by student representatives who can guide you through the transfer process.

Once you’ve submitted your application, don’t forget to connect with York U on Facebook and Twitter to learn more about campus life (and keep reading the YU Blog!). We hope this three-part series helped you understand the application process a little better. Good luck with your application!

What are your application tips? Let us know in the comments below!

Elizabeth Naccarato
Elizabeth Naccarato

Elizabeth is a fourth-year Professional Writing major at York U. She enjoys reading for pleasure (no textbooks please), a nice cup of coffee (but only iced) and being surrounded by good company. She hopes her blog posts will be helpful and inspiring to current and future York U students.

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