Transferring to York 101: Before You Apply

Posted by Deea Deb on March 19, 2021

Academic Success

Are you thinking of transferring to York but not sure of what steps you need to take as a transfer student? You’ve reached the perfect place! In this #YUBlog post series, I will tell you all there to know about transferring to York. In today’s post, the first in this series, I am taking you through a few things that you need to know before you apply.

Are you a Transfer Student or a Mature Student?

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Transfer students are different from Mature students

You are considered a Transfer Student even if you attended a college or university for a single semester(whether it was just last year or a few decades ago.)

Mature students are those who have never attended a postsecondary institution. However, this is not the only requirement to be considered as a Mature Student. The admission and application procedures for Mature Students webpage will help you know more.

Success Tip: If you are a prior York student who left in good standing, and want to return to York, you only need to re-activate your status with York. You do not need to pay to reapply. Check out the Reactivation – Return to York! web page to find out more.  It is also a good idea to go through the Transfer and Mature Students website to learn more about the flexible pathways that lead Transfer Students to York.

Transfer Credit

If you have done previous postsecondary studies and meet the requirements for transfer credit, you will receive a preliminary assessment of transfer credits on your offer of admission. The credit you receive depends on:

• whether the courses you have taken are transferable (academically equivalent to York courses);

• the number of courses you have completed;

• grades achieved; and

• how your previous postsecondary studies fit with the program to which you’ve been admitted.

The number of transfer credits you receive and the number of credits required to complete your degree at York may not match exactly. Depending on the program you are admitted to, you may be required to complete additional courses to meet specific program requirements. York will provide you with a final transfer credit statement once you have accepted your offer of admission. It will list the number and type of York credits you are eligible to receive toward the program to which you have been admitted.

York also offers transfer agreements that guarantee students a predetermined number of transfer credits for the completion of specific programs at six different Ontario colleges. Many of our articulation agreements grant students between 30 and 60 credits

toward their program at York.

Understanding Credit Values at York

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Here’s how to decode course codes!

Individual courses at York are worth three, six or nine credits. The credit value is the value of the course and represents the total number of contact hours (lectures, tutorials, seminars, labs, studio) a course will have per week. A three-credit course is usually completed within one term. Six and nine credit courses can be completed in one term or over a full year (Fall/Winter term). A full-time course load is usually 15 credits per term. But for OSAP purposes, a full course load is calculated as 60% of that, which is nine credits.

Success tip: Check out our Remote Learning 101: Course Codes and Finding Your Course On eClass to know more about credits.

There are two types of Undergraduate degrees that you can pursue at York:

Honours Bachelor’s Degree – 120 credits

Bachelor’s Degree – 90 credits

If you are studying full-time, a bachelor’s degree normally takes three years to complete whereas an Honours Bachelor’s degree normally takes four years to complete. An honours degree is typically required for admission to a graduate (Masters) program.

Success Tip: If you are unfamiliar with the academic terms at York,  take a look at the glossary of academic terms at York.

Admission requirements, pre-requisites & language proficiency

It is very important to check admission requirements and pre-requisites before you begin your application process so that you are prepared with all that you need beforehand.

Admission requirements

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Each program will have its own requirements. Make sure to check before applying!

Admission requirements depend upon your academic background. Click on the link that suits you best to know more about the requirements:

Ontario College Transfers

Canadian University Transfers

International & US Transfer Students

Secondary, CEGEP, And Pre-University Programs

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As shown in the image above, remember that the program of your choice may have additional high school level pre-requisites as a part of the admission requirements, so it would be a good idea to check those too.

If you don’t have the required pre-requisite credits, you can earn them in a variety of ways like night school, online school, to name a few. A popular option is through, for example.

Language Proficiency:

An English Language proficiency test is required if you are an international applicant and did not attend an English language school.

If you are an international applicant who has been attending an English language medium university for one full year or college for two full years, you might be exempt from needing to complete a language proficiency test. This will be clarified after you apply, and the assessors do an initial review of your transcripts.  York accepts many language proficiency tests. To learn more about which language tests you can take, visit the language requirements page.  Starting for Summer 2021 applications, York is also accepting the Duolingo English proficiency test.

Be mindful that programs at Keele Campus are offered in English, while the Glendon Campus offers a bilingual environment (English and French).

Success tip: Remember that test results must be submitted directly from the testing centre. York’s TOEFL institutional code is 0894. Also, certain programs may have higher score requirements than stated in the language requirements page. Be sure to check in with the program of your choice.

Important: These are general guidelines only. Meeting minimum requirements does not guarantee admission. York reserves the right to require a successfully completed language proficiency test.

Modified Admission Consideration

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Check out the Additional Information Form if you do not meet the standard admission requirements

If you believe that your academic record may not meet the standard normally required for admission to the program(s) to which you have applied at York, you may wish to complete the Additional Information Form.

The Additional Information Form allows you to tell York about your leadership, community engagement, awards or recognitions that show your learning experience. It also gives you an opportunity to tell the University about an extenuating circumstance, health condition or diagnosed permanent disability that may have affected your academic performance.

Submission of the Additional Information Form follows normal admission and documentation timelines, but please note that earlier submissions are strongly encouraged.

Please check out the modified admission consideration page for more details.

Money Matters

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The Scholarships and Tuition page offers financial options for your consideration

Understanding what university will cost and how you can keep yourself financially stable while studying is important. Go through the Scholarships and Tuition page to familiarize yourself with all the options that you may have!

Application deadlines:

Transfer Student intake is different from regular student admission. The dates vary from year to year. Don’t forget to check the application deadline page to keep track of these dates!

Have more questions? The Future Students FAQ page may help you answer some of them. If you have specific questions about your application, you can reach out to the Office of Admissions.

To stay up to date on campus life and events, connect with York on social media. You can follow us on Facebook @YorkUStudents, Twitter @YorkUStudents, Instagram @studentlifeyu and with our weekly This Week @ York emails.

Deea Deb
Deea Deb

Deea Deb is a second-year English and Professional Writing double major at York University. She loves reading, travelling, being organized, and hoarding unnecessary quantities of planners and stationery. She hopes to help York students succeed at university.

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