Future Students

For mature students

UFV takes a friendly and flexible approach to education, making it the perfect place to come back to school. There are a number of resources on campus to help you meet your goals. Get started with the information below.

Educational advising

Academic advisors at UFV are always on hand to discuss your educational choices. They can help you set goals, make a program plan, select courses, find out how to meet entrance requirements, understand transfer credits, choose upgrading options, prepare to transfer to another university, or change programs. Book an appointment with an advisor.

Entrance Requirements

Program entrance requirements are listed in the UFV academic calendar. Some programs list mature student requirements, but some do not.

If you require high-school-level upgrading, you may earn your Adult Dogwood diploma here at UFV, or apply to take Adult Basic Education courses. Contact the UUP department at your local campus for more information. 

If you are under 19 and a non-graduate, but believe you have special circumstances, you may request special admission.

Assessment services

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) is a flexible assessment process that helps you obtain credit in a course or program for what you already know or can do. Qualified specialists at UFV assess the skills and knowledge that you have already acquired against learning outcomes of UFV courses. Learn more about PLAR.

Centre for Accessibility Services

The Centre for Accessibility Services operates as the central contact point for students with disabilities at UFV. Staff are here to smooth the path for students with disabilities as they move through their academic career. Services for students focus upon providing accommodations and services to help meet academic demands, while promoting student responsibility and self-advocacy. Learn more about Centre for Accessibility Services.

Indigenous Student Centre

The Aboriginal Resource Centre (ARC) provides resources and academic support to aboriginal students who identify themselves as Metis, Inuit, status First Nations, and non-status First Nations. Learn more about the Indigenous Student Centre.

Counselling services

UFV counsellors provide career counselling, study skills counselling, and personal counselling. Learn more about UFV counselling services.


Before you can sign up for courses, you  need to apply to become a UFV student. Follow the steps to apply online

After you apply, you may need to send UFV admissions an official copy of your transcript if your program has prerequisites. You can request that transcripts be sent to UFV online through the BC Ministry of Education. Check out the Ministry of Education’s website to learn more.

New Student Orientation programs

UFV Orientation programs are a great way to get to know UFV before your first day of class. If you’re new to UFV, we have information for you. There are sessions designed specifically for mature students. Learn more about UFV Orientation programs.


I knew playing basketball and going to university would be a lot of work. My UFV professors were very supportive when managing school and basketball got tough during the busiest times of year. They knew me and worked with me so I could balance it all.

  • – Nicole Wierks
  •    UFV Biology grad
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