Mature Student Policy
Applicants who do not meet the minimum academic requirements for admission to the University of Windsor may be eligible for consideration as mature students if they:
1) Are Canadian citizens or permanent residents at the time of application; and
2) Will be at least 20 years of age prior to proposed date of enrolment; and
3a)Have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSS Diploma) or equivalent (Applicants who have not completed an OSS Diploma or equivalent must submit a profile.); or
b)Have completed one year of an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) program that is academic in nature with a minimum cumulative average of B (3.0) from the CAAT program; and
4) Have not been in full-time attendance at secondary school within the previous two years.
Applicants must submit proof of age and official transcripts from their secondary school(s) and from any post-secondary institution which they may have attended. In addition, they must submit a letter of application outlining their career ambitions and why they expect to be successful in university studies, their work experiences, personal and professional development and training, and any other pertinent information, along with supporting documentation (where possible).
If the application and supporting documentation do not appear to suggest a reasonable probability for success in university studies, the applicant will be denied admission. Further consideration will be through the Office of the Registrar in consultation with the Dean of the applicant’s intended Faculty whose decision will be final.
Applicants who previously attended a university and left in good academic standing will be able to apply under the University Transfer Regulations. Applicants who previously attended a university and left on academic probation or were required to withdraw may apply under the University Transfer Regulations or they may apply under the Mature Student policy, provided they fulfill the conditions above.
Applicants with an OSS Diploma or equivalent who previously attended an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) and completed a minimum of one year of a CAAT diploma program that is academic in nature with a minimum cumulative average of B (3.0) at the CAAT will be able to apply under the College of Applied Arts and Technology Transfer Regulations.
Applicants with an OSS Diploma or equivalent who previously attended an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) for one or more semesters with a minimum cumulative average of C (2.0) at the CAAT from a program that was academic in nature may apply under the Mature Student policy, provided they fulfill the conditions listed above.
Applicants with an OSS Diploma or equivalent who previously attended an Ontario College of Applied Arts and Technology (CAAT) for one or more semesters with a cumulative average below a C (2.0) at the CAAT from a program that was academic in nature must either upgrade or wait for two years before applying under the Mature Student policy.
Successful applicants will be admitted as degree students. They are permitted to declare a major for which they are eligible, and they must obtain academic counselling before their initial registration.
Applicants who do not qualify for full-time degree programs may be considered for admission as part-time students.
Admission to many programs is competitive, and the University reserves the right to limit admission to such programs. Direct entry is available to most programs within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, although some require specific grade 12 "U” or OAC prerequisites. Auditions are required in Acting and Music programs. Programs within the Faculties of Science, Engineering, Human Kinetics, Nursing and the Odette School of Business Administration require prerequisite courses at the Grade 12 “U” or OAC level and fulfilment of minimum average requirements in these required prerequisite courses.