Applying to York U as a Mature Student

Posted by Sophie Morgan on October 2, 2018

Academic Success

York University is an excellent place to further your education or pursue new professional and personal opportunities. One of the first steps in this academic journey is applying to York U as a mature student. The #YUBlog is here to help you navigate the application process with our guide to applying to York U as a mature student.

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Mature students can find great opportunities for personal and professional growth at York U!

What is a Mature Student?

Before we go into the application process, we first need to understand York U’s definition of a mature student. You are a mature student if you:

  • Are at least 20 years of age by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University;
  • Have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years;
  • Have returned to upgrade your degree after a two-year absence;
  • Have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited university or college;
  • Have a favourable academic record; and/or
  • Demonstrate potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities and other accomplishments.

Please visit York U’s Admission and Application Procedures for Mature Students webpage for more specific details.

What Should I Do Before I Apply?

As a mature student, there are a few things to consider before you apply to York U:

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Take your time while exploring program options. York U has more than 200 degree programs – be sure to find the right one for you!

What Documents Do I Need to Submit?

In addition to transcripts and language tests (if applicable) there are some supporting documents required for admission to York University. Review the Documentation required from Mature Students webpage for a full list of necessary documents and additional information you may need!

All documents must be originals and received before the start of classes to receive final admission status. You must upload these documents directly to MyFile or mail them to the Office of Admissions at:

York University – Office of Admissions
Bennett Centre for Student Services – 3rd Floor Reception
99 Ian Macdonald Blvd
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3


If you have completed your secondary-school studies within the last five years, you are required to submit a high school transcript. Any postsecondary transcripts must also be submitted, regardless of when you completed your studies. If you are currently completing courses, be sure to send in your transcript twice: once when you apply and again at the end of your semester of study. Please visit the Future Students’ Official Transcripts webpage for more detailed information.

Additional Faculty or Program-Specific Documents

It’s important to include any supplementary documents required for your program. For example, the School of Social Work requires a Supplementary Information Form that includes your Social Justice Statement, your resumé and three references. Please review York U’s Admission Requirements – Mature Students webpage and your program’s required documents and submission guidelines to make sure you submit all the necessary paperwork.

Language Test Results

Mature students must meet language proficiency requirements in their program’s language of instruction to be admitted to the University. This includes English at the Keele Campus and English or French at the Glendon Campus. It’s important to note that if you are applying to Glendon and proving language proficiency in English, there is no minimum French requirement.

Confirm whether you are required to take a language proficiency test at the Keele Campus or at the Glendon Campus on York U’s Language Proficiency Requirements webpage.

York U accepts any of the following tests as proof of proficiency in the English language:


A resumé is an excellent way to showcase your work and life experiences and demonstrate your academic potential to the University!

A Personal Letter

You should also submit a one-to-two-page letter that outlines your reasons for wanting to pursue university studies and your future career goals. You may also discuss skills and activities that have prepared you for success at university, such as work or volunteer experience.

Explanations or Documentation for Previous Poor Academic Performance

If there are extenuating circumstances that have affected your education in the past, be sure to inform the university with supplementary documents explaining the situation.

Course Descriptions

If you have previously attended a postsecondary institution, you must submit an institutionally prepared course description. This description should include all the details related to your course. Without institutionally prepared course descriptions, no course credit exclusions can be granted. Please review the Course Description webpage and York U’s Course Outline Example for submission guidelines.

Modified Admission Consideration

Mature students who have a diagnosed permanent disability or an extenuating circumstance that they believe may have affected their academic performance may be eligible for a Modified Admission Consideration. This allows applicants to explain their situation and discuss their community engagements that can attest to their learning experience.

Success Tip: You do not need to answer each question on the online Modified Admission Consideration Additional Information Form, only those which are relevant to you. Make sure that your responses are concise and thoughtful!

When is the Deadline to Apply?

The mature student Winter 2019 application deadline is November 15, 2018. To be considered for admission, York U requires all these documents no later than this date. Please see York’s deadlines for undergraduate study for more information.

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It’s always a good idea to submit your application before the deadline. In fact, early submissions are strongly encouraged!

How Do I Apply for My Program?

You can apply for a specific undergraduate program at York University using the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) or the York University Application. Once you apply, you will receive an email with your York Reference Number. You can track the progress of your application on MyFile. It takes about six to eight weeks to process an application from the time all documentation is received by York University. For more information about the mature student application process, be sure to read our previous #YUBlog post, “Applying to York U: Transfer and Mature Students“!

Success Tip: Once you’ve applied, be sure to apply for York Entrance Scholarships and Awards! You do not need an offer of admission to submit the scholarships, awards and bursaries application in MyFile.

I’ve Been Accepted! What Are My Next Steps?

If you’ve been admitted and have accepted your offer from York University using MyFile, we welcome you to the York U Lions’ Pride! Connect with us on Twitter and on Facebook at @YorkUStudents. You can get to know fellow mature students through ACMAPS (Atkinson Centre for Mature and Part-time Students) and the ACMAPS Twitter account.

It’s also a good idea to check out our previous #YUBlog posts, “Next Steps for Students Accepted to York U” and “Applied? Accepted? Next Steps for Future York Lions” for everything you need to know about the next steps of being a newly admitted York U student!

You’re ready to apply to York U with this #YUBlog guide to mature student applications!

If you have any questions about applying as a mature student, please comment below or tweet us at @YorkUStudents.

Sophie Morgan
Sophie Morgan

Sophie Morgan is a second-year Professional Writing and French Studies double major at York U. She is an avid writer, a baking enthusiast and a full-time cat-sitter. She hopes that her posts will inform and inspire both prospective and current York U students!

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