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Admission Requirements

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  • High School Students

    Applicants from out of province schools can contact [email protected] for admissions requirements.

    Applicants from BC and Yukon high schools must satisfy the following requirements:
    •    1. English Language Admission Standard. An English Placement Test may be required.
    •    2. Graduation from a provincial high school with a minimum GPA of 67%.  
    •    3. Completion of English 12 and three additional Gr. 12 courses. 

    English Language Admission Standard

    Students who did not receive an 80% or higher blended grade in English 12 MUST enroll in ENGL 099 (a non-transferable course) before they can enroll in ENGL 110 (transferable, university-level English).

    Math Requirement

    Students planning to take Math during their studies will be required to show a completed course in Pre-Calculus 12, Calculus 12 or equivalent with a grade of 70%; or a grade of 75% or higher in Foundations of Math 12 plus a Math Placement Test; or successfully challenge and pass the Math Placement Test.

    Application Process

    Applicants will be required to submit an essay describing how their high school program has prepared them for post-secondary education and provide evidence to support their essay. Examples of supplemental documents include Grad Transitions portfolio, writing samples and artwork. Academic transcripts (unofficial to start, official to follow) are required, as well as two reference letters. If you require assistance, please do not hesitate to contact an Admissions Counsellor.

  • Transfer students (from another post-secondary institution)

    You can apply to transfer directly to St. Mark's in Year 2 or 3, after completing the equivalent of one or two years of university-level courses.

    Don’t worry if you are missing prerequisite courses! Some may be substituted for others, under review on a case-by-case basis. Simply contact an Admissions Counsellor and we will discuss your options.

    Transfer Students

    Applicants who were registered at a recognized post-secondary institution(s) will be considered transfer students. Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended must be submitted to the Admissions Office of St. Mark’s College.

    Transfer students are admitted according to St. Mark's broad-based admission policy. To begin your application, contact an Admissions Counsellor.


  • Transfer from Corpus Christi College

    You can start your studies at Corpus Christi College, and then transfer directly at any time to St. Mark’s to complete your Bachelor’s degree.

  • English Language Admission Standards

    English is the primary language of instruction at St. Mark’s College. All prospective students are required to demonstrate a minimum level of English before they’re admitted. Applicants can demonstrate their English-language proficiency in one of the following ways: 

    1. Complete three or more consecutive years of full-time education in English within Canada immediately prior to attending St. Mark’s

    2. Provide proof of a minimum grade* of 67% in either: English 12, English Literature 12, or English 12 First Peoples 

    3. Achieve a minimum grade of 4 on Advanced Placement (AP) English Language or Literature 

    4. Completion of Standard Level or Higher Level English A at a minimum score of 3, where English is the primary language of instruction. 

    5. Take the Language Proficiency Index (LPI) exam and achieve a minimum Essay Level score of 4.  

    6. Achieve a minimum score of 450 on the GED Language Arts Writing & Reading 

    7. International students have the following options: 
          TOEFL: A minimum score of 550 (PBT) or 83 (iBT)
          IELTS: A minimum overall band test score of 6.5 (academic module only) 
          EIKEN: A minimum placement of Grade 1 on the Test in Practical English   

    8. A minimum overall and essay score of "60" on the Canadian Academic English Language Assessment (CAEL) or CAEL CE or CELPIP 2 will be accepted as a substitution to English 12 "C" 

    9. Provide proof of enrolment in a college-level writing or literature course that transfers as a college level English or a Communications or a Creative Writing course  

    *Blended grade, based on both the course grade and the provincial exam mark


St. Mark's College offers year-round admissions. Start in the Fall, Winter or Summer term.

We offer classes throughout the year. Each term has an Early Admissions period and a General Admissions period. Mark down these dates, and make sure you've submitted your application as early as possible preceding your term of start.

Early Admission Deadline
December 15 of preceding yearAugust 31 of preceding year
October 31 of preceding year
General Admission Deadline
First week of classes in SeptemberFirst week of classes in January
First week of classes in May/July
Classes Start
SeptemberJanuaryMay/July depending on the course

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Summer Institute

Ready to be inspired and kickstart your own learning? Take advantage of the St. Mark’s Summer Institute, where you will attend virtual classes in real-time over a three-week period and then have many weeks left in which to finish coursework at your own pace. New and returning students have the option of completing a Catholic Core course, an elective course, or both.

Courses run Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from July 5-23, 2021. Students have until late August to complete their coursework.

The Summer Institute offers all who are interested - including those who work in education, parish ministry, healthcare, and other professions - the opportunity to engage deeply in reflection and discussion and earn course credits, in a more intensive format than the usual three-month term.

SCRI 505: Introduction to Scripture (Fr. Nick Meisl)
Morning class, 8:30am - 12:00pm
Courses run weekdays from July 4-15, 2021.

Discover a basic introduction to Scripture for students without previous background in Scripture. This course covers both the Old and New Testaments in their own contexts, thematic parallels between them, and gives attention to how the Catholic intellectual tradition engages these textual traditions.

Afternoon class (Elective course) – More details to come


Spotlight on student experience

"Deciding to take the Catholic Core Courses at St. Mark’s College, particularly during Covid-19, has been one of the smartest decisions of my life. At first, I felt some trepidation as I last undertook an academic course 9 years ago; however, the entire experience has been so positive and enlightening, I am delighted I did and would definitely encourage others to undertake them as well.

The learning environment is very collegial and supportive; in our classes, our contributions were always valued, not only by the professors, but also by our classmates. It is a wonderful way of learning from each other and forming new relationships. My teaching ministry will definitely be informed by my study at SMC: I am actually looking forward to sharing what I have learned with my students and colleagues. My faith life and appreciation of the liturgy has benefitted, too, from these studies on Scripture and Theology and the readings we have done in class; my choice of bedtime reading material now isn’t novels but the Bible and Apostolic Exhortations! Every Christian Education teacher should take the Catholic Core at St. Mark's College - it’s a great place to learn and grow in your faith!"

- Ann Marie McGrath, Educator
Summer Institute 2020[/letter]

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Is it required that I come to Vancouver for the Summer Institute courses?

No. Attending classes virtually is always an option we offer to students who live outside of Metro Vancouver.
This year, due to COVID-19, all students will be taking their Summer classes virtually through live online courses.

Synchronous, asynchronous, online, virtual, Zoom. So many new terms - how will my classes be offered?

Many people hear “online class” and think of a series of pre-recorded lectures and online interaction with no real-time interaction with a human. That’s not how our courses are offered.

Your classes will be virtual. The live online courses taking place in a digital classroom with real-time instruction and opportunities for face-to-face interaction with your professor and classmates.

Classes run on weekdays for three weeks in July on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There will be a daily live lecture and class time. There may be required readings before each class and most other coursework is completed after classes end. You will have until late August to complete papers and other coursework.

Throughout the course you will be interacting with your professor and fellow classmates.

How do I access my online courses?

St. Mark’s College uses an online learning platform through UBC called Canvas. After you have registered for the course, you will be contacted by the Registrar's Office with instructions for accessing your course materials. If you have questions, please contact Chisom Onwuli at [email protected].

Will I be able to talk to my instructor and classmates?

Yes. The course design and video software allows for two-way interaction. You will be able (even encouraged) to interact with your professor and classmates and engage in discussions.

What is the cost of taking a Summer Institute course?

The Summer Institute courses are full 3-credit courses. The tuition cost can be found on the Tuition and Fees webpage.

As many of our students previously paid tuition in person, there are also special instructions on how to pay tuition during COVID-19.

How do I get the readings and books for my courses?

The list of required textbooks can be found through the online textbook list.

Readings may be shared directly by your professor or accessed through the libraries of St. Mark’s College and UBC.

Do I qualify for admission?

We have admission categories to accommodate various backgrounds including those with no previous post-secondary education, or those who wish to take classes as “auditing students” without going through the full application process. Visit our Admission Requirements webpage for more information.

If you’d like to speak to someone about starting your studies with St. Mark’s College, email [email protected].

More Questions?

Contact Dr. Lynda Robitaille
Email: [email protected]

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