University Entrance Requirements in the US and Canada

choice_signpostIf you want to study in the US and Canada, this page will help you find out more about university entrance requirements, college entrance requirements and also the entry requirements for graduate (or postgraduate) study. If you currently serve in, or have previously served in the United States Armed Forces, you might like to check the GI Education Bill to see if you can obtain financial support.

Before applying for study in the US and Canada, it is useful to find out more about the college or university admission requirements for which you are applying.  Request information from several universities.  Carefully go through the admission requirements for university and make sure you have the information and the qualifications required.  Check out the preparation for college page for details on any tests required.

So as to maximize your chances of being accepted, you should apply for several universities and make sure your list has a range of entry requirements, i.e., higher to lower levels of school grades.  In this way if you don’t get into your first choice university, at least you might get into one of the others.

School, college or university entrance requirements in the US

High school students apply to either four-year liberal arts colleges or universities. Others attend community colleges, which admit all students with high school diplomas, in preparation for transfer to a four year university. Special arrangements exist for non-traditional students (usually students over the age of 22) who pursue studies in higher education at university or college. The US system is decentralized: requirements for university entrance vary, even when using a common application form, so it is always best to check with the school, college or university for their entrance requirements.

Having considered the entry requirements in general terms, you are probably now ready to apply. Remember to apply to more than one.  Or you might like to:

For information on specific schools and programs

Animal Behavior College offers affordable, flexible programs for busy professionals interested in animal careers. We offer hands-on experience in over 400 locations nationwide.

Programs:

  • Veterinary Assistant
  • Grooming Instruction
  • Certified Dog Trainer Instructor Course

For over 35 years, Keiser University has provided student-centered, quality career education. Keiser University Online offers degree programs online to prepare students for in-demand professions.

Programs:

  • Criminal Justice, AA (Online)
  • Criminal Justice, BA (Online)
  • Health Services Administration, BA (Online Only)
  • And more...

As the largest private university in North America, University of Phoenix has locations nationwide, and is available online in most countries around the world. Whether you're seeking a college degree at an associate's, bachelor's, master's, or doctoral level, we can help you reach your academic goal and sooner than you might think.

Programs:

  • B.S. in Environmental Science
  • Doctor of Education/Educational Leadership
  • Doctor of Education/Curriculum and Instruction
  • And more...
Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy. We have developed our own online learning environment with the aim of being the most people-focused education experience on the web.

Programs:

  • Creative Writing, Master of Fine Arts (Online)
  • Entertainment Business, Master of Science (Online)
  • Music Business, Bachelor of Science (Online)
  • And more...
A graduate degree really can make a difference, especially when it's from DeVry University's Keller Graduate School of Management. Online, evening and weekend classes are available.

Programs:

  • Graduate Certificate-Project Management
  • Graduate Certificate-Human Resource Management
  • Master's-Accounting and Financial Management
  • And more...

Get a hands-on education at Lincoln College of Technology. Designed for today’s tough job market, our in-depth programs cover many fields including: Health Sciences, Business and Information Technology, Hospitality, Automotive Technology, HVAC Technology and Electrical Systems Technology. Financial Aid is available for those who qualify. Programs vary by campus

Programs:

  • Automotive Technology
  • Heating, Ventilation, & Air Conditioning (HVAC)
  • Technology and Skilled Trades
  • And more...
Locations: Columbia
Get personalized training from experienced instructors who “get” bikes and know the difference between sport and touring. MMI’s core program is the gold standard of motorcycle technician training, and it fully integrates technologies and procedures used by dealerships across the country.

Programs:

  • Motorcycle
Locations: Orlando
Helping creative minds bring their ideas to life. Today's creative economy needs people with new ideas, and the ability to express those ideas. At The Art Institute of Pittsburgh - Online Division, we help students explore opportunities as they prepare to launch careers in the areas of design, media arts, fashion, and culinary.

Programs:

  • Residential Planning (D)
  • 3D Animation (C)
  • Hotel & Restaurant Management (BS)
  • And more...
Considering a new career or need additional job training? Whether you want to train for a new career, advance within your current company, or simply learn new skills to stay competitive in today's job market, Allied's distance education training can help! Because the courses are offered online and through traditional distance education, the stress associated with driving to and attending a live class is eliminated. Start your new career training today, start it with Allied Schools.

Programs:

  • Medical Coding
  • Pharmacy Technician Program
Skyline College in Roanoke, VA understands the challenges faced by people wanting to compete in today's high paced world and offers a direct, concentrated path to your career goals.

Programs:

  • Medical Assisting
  • Practical Nursing
  • Cyber and Network Security
Locations: Roanoke

 

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