ADMISSIONS and REGISTRATION

Admissions and Records Office

E-mail: reginfo@ufv.ca

Applications for admission, course registrations, course changes, and withdrawals are handled by this office. Individual student records, including transcripts, are also kept in this area, and are available to you on request.

Admissions and Records personnel

Registrar: Bill Cooke, BSc (McMaster)
Associate Registrar (Admissions): Elaine Harris, BA (SFU), MEd (UBC)
Manager, Systems & Records: Warren Stokes, Dip. Bus Admin (UCFV), ID (VCC), Cert. Micro Elec (VCC)
Records Supervisor: TBA
Admissions Coordinator: Robin Smith
Admissions staff: Lynn Best, Valerie Hughes, Mary Rigby-Jones, Tami White
Registration staff: Annette Aerssens, Denise Browne, Val Cave, Bernadette Dickie, Gloria Dyck, Rose Merritt, Anne Reisenger, Rae Smith, Marilyn Thompson, Rosemary Wolf
Room bookings/records staff: Vera White Phipps; Mary White

Admissions

The information that follows is intended to provide applicants with general admission guidelines. Each program description in this calendar outlines entrance requirements and information about when and how to apply.

Specific admission requirements are necessary to ensure a reasonable chance of success. Students who meet these requirements are admitted in order of their date of application provided their application is complete when submitted, and a sufficient number of spaces are available. The dates listed in this section are for the 2002/03 academic calendar year. A separate admissions guide is published in late spring and provides detailed information about the admissions process.

Admission to a program does not imply space availability in all courses required for the program.

When to apply

Early application is recommended for all programs, as assignment of registration times and acceptance to programs is by date of application. Applications should be complete upon submission, or completed as quickly as possible, as the application date recorded is the date the application form, all required information or documents for the program, and the application fee are mailed or submitted.

Check the program chart to determine whether applications are “continuous” or “specific date” for a particular program.

Continuous application

Applications are accepted throughout the year, the names of applicants with complete applications are added to a waiting list, and a seat is offered to qualified applicants when a space becomes available.

If you are applying to a continuous application program and want to enrol in General Studies while you are waiting, you must submit a second application form.

Specific date applications

For these programs, you apply on or after a certain date.

Application dates for specific date applications:

Semester

First day to apply

You should apply before:

Fall  (September)

October 1

March 31*

Winter (January)

August 1

September 30*

Spring (May)

October 1

January 31*

* Some programs may reach capacity and close before this date. Programs with seats available may accept applications after this date, but applicants should check with Admissions & Records before sending an application. Please note that applicants who apply after these dates, or who do not provide all the required documents by these dates, will generally be scheduled to register later than other applicants for the semester.

You are advised to mail in your application for two reasons: to avoid lining up and to obtain daily priority over hand-delivered applications. The postmarked date is used to determine the “date” of a mailed-in application, regardless of when it is received by UCFV, provided the application is complete upon submission. See What to send to the Admissions office, below, for further information. Mailed applications are assigned earlier application times than applications hand-delivered on the same day.

What to send to the Admissions office

Complete application

All the documents listed in each program information section (i.e., the application fee and all required documents for a complete application enclosed) must be enclosed in order to have a complete application. If you apply through the web, your application fee (if you did not provide a credit card number) and any required documents should be mailed the same day you transmit your application in order to retain your application date. If you have official transcripts sent directly from another institution, you should ensure they are ordered in time to arrive within two weeks of the date your application is submitted. If an application is incomplete, the “date of application” is normally changed to the date the application becomes complete.

Students currently registered in courses required for admission should submit a confirmation of enrollment in these courses, along with a transcript showing courses already completed. Students currently attending Grade 12 have until April 10 to submit test scores and official transcripts of final grades and/or interim grades for required courses, but should submit all other required documents with their applications form. See Documents for further information.

Apply directly to Continuing Education, and to the Trades and Technology Centre for programs listed under those headings on the Application for Admission form.

What Admissions & Records (A&R) does with your application

What you should expect to receive from A&R

A letter will be sent to you ...

Note: If your application is not complete on submission, your “date of application” will be changed to the date your application becomes complete, which may affect your position on the applicant list for program and/or your registration time. A complete application includes all the documents required in the How to Apply section for each program, and the application fee.

Documents

Official transcripts from other institutions attended are required for entrance to many programs. Transcripts are considered official when they are bearing the institution seal or authorized signature and are in the original sealed envelope of the issuing institution. If official transcripts are required for entrance to a program, and you are having them mailed directly to UCFV, please attach a note to your application.

The majority of credit programs, including General Studies, require that students be high school graduates or 19 years of age by the first day of the semester. Students who are under 19 and not in school will be required to submit proof of high school graduation (an official high school transcript) with their application forms. Students currently enrolled in Grade 12 should submit a copy of their course schedule when they apply for any program requiring specific courses, grades, or GPA. All students enrolled in B.C. Grade 12 should also arrange to have their grades sent directly from the Ministry of Education, however, if the program requires completion of specific high school courses, students will be given a deadline to submit spring interim high school grades. Report cards will be accepted for interim grades.

Students who have taken course prerequisites at other institutions will also need to submit official high school and/or post-secondary transcripts for evaluation. An Application for Transfer Credit form is required to evaluate post-secondary transcripts (allow a minimum of six to eight weeks).

A certified translation is required for documents in a language other than English (some exceptions may be possible for documents in French).

Documents submitted become the property of UCFV. Only documents that are considered by UCFV to be irreplaceable will be returned to the student on request.

Equivalent to B.C. secondary school graduation

Many programs require that students have B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent in order to meet entrance requirements. Students who have graduated from the secondary school system (Grade 12) in the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland are considered to have satisfied this requirement. Students from Quebec who have completed one full academic year at CEGEP and students from Ontario who have completed six OAC courses or Grade 13 are also considered to have satisfied this requirement.

Students who have completed the International Baccalaureate diploma program, the Provincial diploma (Adult Basic Education completion), or the General Education diploma (GED) may be considered to have the equivalent of B.C. secondary school graduation for admission purposes. However, Students who are applying for any program that requires specific secondary school level courses for entrance, e.g., Math 11 or equivalent, or who intend to register for a course that has a specific secondary school course as a prerequisite, must provide an official transcript showing a final grade in the appropriate subject.

Conditional offers of admission

If an admission decision is based on courses in progress, acceptance will be conditional upon proof of completion of final academic requirements. Your offer of admission will state a final date for receipt of this information. However, applicants are encouraged to submit final grades as soon as possible.

Admission with registration priority (formerly known as Priority Admission)

Registration priority is available, upon request, to General Science and General Studies applicants with higher qualifications. Students who qualify for registration priority will receive a registration time at the beginning of the new students in their program group. Requests are accepted from April 1–30 for the Fall semester only. See Procedures for Requesting Registration Priority, below.

Applicants who are new to UCFV for the Fall semester, or re-admitted after a two-year absence, are eligible if they meet one of the following criteria:

A. New or re-admitted students who have not completed post-secondary courses and whose grade point average from secondary school is 3.5 or higher (based on the Ministry of Education grading scale — see below) calculated on the following 16 credits:

For Fall 2002: English 12 plus the three highest grades in provincially authorized courses;

For Fall 2003 the 3.5 GPA will be based on: English 12, plus the three highest grades achieved in provincially examinable four-credit Grade 12 courses.

The Ministry of Education grading scale assigns GPA as follows: A = 4.0, B = 3.0, C+ = 2.5, C = 2.0, C- = 1.0, below C- = 0.

B. Students who have completed post-secondary education courses with a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher (minimum 18 credits) or a last-semester minimum grade point average of 3.5 or higher (minimum 12 credits).

Students accepted for admission with registration priority will maintain the same position in the registration order for the winter semester.

Procedures for requesting registration priority

Requests are considered for Fall entry only.

To request registration priority, the applicant must submit a letter, marked Request for Registration Priority, and grades, to Admissions and Records from April 1–30. Only requests which have supporting documents (grades) enclosed will be considered. Grade 12 students must submit recent interim grades. Be sure to enclose a separate copy of your grades with your Registration Priority request, even if you are sending your grades to Admissions for program entrance.

Special admission

Any person who does not meet stated admission requirements may petition our Academic Standards committee for special consideration. Special Admission application forms are available at Admissions and Records. Special Admission applications and supporting documents should be forwarded to the Associate Registrar, Admissions.

Special Admission applicants are required to provide a rationale for special consideration, transcripts, and a reference from a UCFV advisor or counsellor. They may also be required to undertake testing, write provincial examinations, attend an interview, and/or write an essay in order to assess academic level. Applicants are advised to apply for special admission at least six weeks before the start of the semester.

Concurrent studies

Secondary school students may take a course at UCFV while still working toward secondary school graduation. Concurrent studies may be permitted under the following guidelines:

1. The student is attending a secondary school.

2. The student is deemed to have exceptional ability or may benefit substantially by taking the university college course.

3. A similar course is not available at the secondary school.

4. The principal of the secondary school and the student’s parent or legal guardian provides written support.

5. The course instructor and program/department head approves the request.

6. There is space in the course at the time classes begin.

Applications for concurrent studies should be submitted to the Associate Registrar, Admissions, at least one month before the start of classes.

Interim grades, letters from the student, the principal, and the parent or guardian, and the application fee, must accompany the application form. Written permission from the instructor must be available at the time of registration.

Need to apply for re-admission

Students who have previously attended UCFV and who fall into any of the following categories must apply for re-admission.

1. UCFV students who are absent for two years. Some programs, e.g., Computer Information Systems, Graphic Design, Health Sciences, and Trades, require continuous enrolment or a shorter absence. Check individual program information.

2. Students who do not attend the first semester, or who withdraw from the first semester of attendance before completing any course work.

3. Students who have officially completed a UCFV program or a change to another program.

International Education

E-mail: intl_ed@ufv.ca

Increasingly, UCFV is called upon to respond to the needs of foreign students. These include exchange students sponsored by local community groups, visitors from overseas and others residing temporarily in our communities, as well as students applying from outside Canada. Although it is not always possible to meet the needs of international students completely due to the priority for college services which is reserved for local residents, the University College does, wherever possible, attempt to make available its full range of services to interested students. Different fees, application forms, and procedures apply. For further information concerning International Education and the enrolment of foreign students please call the International Education office at 604-504-7441 or 604-854-4544.

Placement tests

Students may be required to take tests which will help to determine skill levels and aid selection of courses appropriate to their educational backgrounds and abilities. Placement tests are also required for entrance in some courses and programs. Students need to review  program entrance requirements and course prerequisites to determine whether they need to write a placement test.

Dates, times, location, cost, minimum scores, preparation, etc., and detailed handouts on placement tests, are available at Assessment Services located in Room B230 on the Abbotsford campus, or call 604-557-4006.

CPT

The Composition Placement Test (CPT) is designed to assess the level of your writing skills and has two functions at UCFV:

Refer to the program section and course descriptions to determine if you need the CPT score at the time of application or prior to course registration.

Register for a CPT sitting three to four weeks before you need the score.

Students who have a final grade of A in English 12 or English Literature 12 do not need to write the CPT in order to register in ENGL 105–170.

Note: The Language Proficiency Index (LPI) can be used in lieu of the CPT. An essay score of 30 (level 5) is considered equivalent to a CPT score of 48. Allow six weeks to receive your score.

MPT

The Math Placement Test (MPT) is designed to assess the level of your math skills and direct you in choosing the math course which will be most suitable for you. It is also a prerequisite for the UCFV equivalents of Math 11 and 12.

CSPT

The Computer Skills Placement Test (CSPT) can be used to assess the level of your basic Windows, Internet, word processing, and spreadsheet skills, or if you are unsure whether you have the skills required for CIS & COMP courses or for BUS 160.

Please note that Information Technology 11 or 12, or Computer Science 11 or 12 do not satisfy the CSPT requirement.

Registration

Students are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of their registrations, and for meeting the stated prerequisites and corequisites of a given course or program. Students doing any registration transaction through the web should check carefully that the transaction is completed and print a copy of their registration record.

Students who register in person or by telephone will be given, and should always keep, a receipt of their registration and/or withdrawals for their records.

Security of your student records

To ensure that no unauthorized person can obtain access to a student’s records, students are expected to keep their UCFV student numbers private and confidential. Students who use student web services will be required to set a unique PIN (Personal Identification Number) which should be kept safe and secure. Students are responsible for any transactions made using their student number and PIN.

Choosing your courses

The Admissions and Records office publishes a Registration Guide and Timetable of course offerings prior to each registration period. The timetable is also available on the internet at www.ufv.ca/ar

You should plan your courses carefully prior to your registration time. If you need help, arrange to meet with an educational advisor in Student Services or your program area.

Registration times

Registration times are assigned according to UCFV registration priority policy. Under UCFV’s registration order policy, students are placed in registration groups, depending on their program. Within each registration group, continuing students register first, and are ordered based on number of UCFV credits completed and grade points (the sum of the GPA value multiplied by the number of credits for each course). The number of credits completed and grade points are indicated on grade statements and transcripts. New students and re-admitted students register after continuing students in the same program group, and are ordered according to the date their complete application was post-marked or submitted.

New or re-admitted General Studies and General Science students, or those re-admitted after a two-year absence, entering UCFV with higher qualifications, can apply for Admission with Registration Priority in April for the fall intake only.

Admissions and Records schedules registration times for continuing students just prior to the start of each registration period. Continuing students can obtain their registration times through Student Web at www.ufv.ca/ar, or by consulting the printed book of registration times at Admissions and Records.

Continuing students who are not attending the current semester will not automatically be scheduled for a registration time. See Need to Apply for Re-admission under Admissions to determine whether you require an application for re-admission. If you do not require re-admission, a Request for registration time form should be submitted to Admissions and Records by the end of March for the Fall semester, and by mid-October for the Winter semester.

Prerequisites and corequisites

A prerequisite is a requirement which must be met before a student enters a course or program. A corequisite is a course which must be taken concurrently with another course. In some cases a requirement may be taken as either a pre- or corequisite. Prerequisites and corequisites for each course are included in the course description. A P grade does not, unless stated otherwise, meet a prerequisite or corequisite requirement. Students who do not have the stated prerequisite or corequisite courses may not register in a course having these requirements without written permission of the instructor.

Any British Columbia secondary school course that is used to satisfy program entrance requirements or course prerequisites must be completed for full value (four credits). Some courses or programs require that Math 12 and English 12 be provincially examined.

Course waiting lists

If a class is full students may put their names on the waiting list, but the class must fit their timetable. If students are registered in a course they may not also be on a waiting list for another section of the same course. There may be limits placed on the number of waitlisted courses permitted for each student.

Until just prior to classes beginning, the Admissions and Records office will contact students if space becomes available. They will be given a deadline to register and pay. If they do not meet the deadline, they will be removed from the waiting list.

Once classes begin, students must have an instructor’s written permission to register for any course. They may go to the first class to get permission. Instructors will use the waiting lists to fill vacancies for the first class only.

Reserved seats

UCFV may reserve seats for students to enable them to enrol in a particular sequence of courses. Reserved seats are usually removed not later than 10 days before classes begin.

Repeating a course

Students may not register in a course more than twice without permission of the appropriate dean or designate.

The GPA at UCFV includes only the higher grade of a repeated course, but all attempts appear on the transcript.

Some programs limit the number of courses which can be repeated.

Attendance

Students are expected to attend scheduled lectures, laboratories, field trips, seminars and examinations unless given instructions to the contrary.

Note: To ensure maximum class size and an opportunity for students on wait-lists to occupy vacant seats, students must attend the first meeting of the class or notify the instructor in advance if they are unable to attend. Students who fail to attend the first class and who do not notify the instructor in advance may, at the discretion of the instructor, be withdrawn from the class if there is a waiting list for the class.

Late entry

Once classes start, students may register only with the written permission of the instructor (see the Schedule of Events section for specific dates). A late registration fee of $10 per course (subject to change in Fall 2002) applies to registrations after the second week of classes. Late entry will not be permitted after 30 percent of the course is completed except with the permission of the instructor and the appropriate dean (see the Schedule of Events section for specific dates).

Course withdrawal

Students may withdraw from a course at any time before approximately 75% of the course is completed (see the Schedule of Events section for withdrawal deadlines) through the student web at www.ufv.ca/ar if that option is available, or through the Admissions & Records office. Withdrawal prior to the date on which 40% of the course is completed will not be recorded on the official transcript. Withdrawal after 40% of the course is completed will be shown on the transcript (see the Schedule of Events section). A student who stops attending but does not properly withdraw from a course is given an NC grade.

A student may be permitted to withdraw in the last 25% of the course duration if the student can show that there were extenuating circumstances. Extenuating circumstances are defined as unusual circumstances beyond the student’s control, such as a serious illness, which make it impossible for the course to be completed. A withdrawal in the last 25% of the semester requires the majority decision of a committee of the dean, department head, and instructor concerned. A withdrawal, if granted, would be recorded on the official transcript.

Audit

A student may audit a course with instructor’s permission upon payment of the prescribed tuition. An audit student is required to attend at least 80% of classes and participate as a regular class member, but does not normally complete class assignments or examinations.

Many instructors and/or departments will not permit a change to audit status after the first few weeks of class. In other courses, a student may change to audit status up to but not later than, the last day of classes, with the permission of the instructor. Students should check with their course instructor during the first weeks of class.

An audit grade is not included in the calculation of the grade point average, but is reported on the official transcript. In order for an audit grade to be recorded, the student must have attended at least 80% of the course. Students who do not meet this requirement, and who have not formally withdrawn from the course, may receive an NC grade.

The fee to audit is the same as the regular course tuition fee.

Course challenge

Some UCFV courses may be challenged for credit. This means that a student who can demonstrate mastery of course objectives may be granted credit without taking the course.

Course challenge is available to students who are currently registered in credit courses at UCFV, or who have completed one or more credits at UCFV within the past three academic years, and have been re-admitted to a UCFV program. Course challenge is not permitted for courses previously failed, or for which credit has been obtained at UCFV through transfer credit. A student may challenge a course only once. Students require permission from the department or program head before they may register for a challenge. Admissions and Records or Student Services will provide a list of courses that may be challenged. A slightly reduced tuition fee applies.

Courses challenged do not count towards UCFV program residency requirements.

Credits

UCFV measures the workload of a student by assigning units of credit to a course or program. A typical university studies or career course is three credits (three or four hours/week of instruction for 15 weeks) or four credits (five to seven hours/week of instruction for 15 weeks). In vocational programs, one credit is generally defined as the equivalent of one week of full-time study. In Continuing Education courses, credits (when they are applicable) may be determined on the basis of one credit for every 30 hours of instruction.

Courseload — university courses/general studies

A full courseload is normally five courses per semester. Students are encouraged to enrol in not more than five courses per semester and may not enrol in more than six courses without permission of a dean. Some university-transfer programs, such as Engineering, require an overload in first year.

Definition of a full-time student

A full-time student is enrolled in 60% or more of the full or standard course load for a given program. A part-time student is enrolled in less than 60% of a full course load. Students who are applying for a student loan should consult the Financial Aid office for more information.

ID cards

Student identification cards are issued by the Library to all registered students. There is a five dollar charge to replace an ID card.

Where to find more information

Contact Student Services to sign up for a free Introduction to UCFV session and individual appointments (phone 604-854-4528 — Abbotsford, 604-795-2808 — Chilliwack).

The Admissions and Records office will assist you with any questions regarding your application (phone 604-854-4501 — Abbotsford, 604-795-2802 — Chilliwack).

Contact your department directly by calling your nearest UCFV centre.


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