Grade 12 entrance requirements eased

July 24, 2008

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Beginning with fall 2009 admissions, SFU is eliminating the requirement of four provincial Grade 12 exams for admission to the university.

Instead, prospective SFU students now need to have a high-school graduation certificate and a passing grade in only one provincial Grade 12 exam: English 12 (or Language Arts 12, or the new English 12 First Peoples that comes into effect in September).

The change brings SFU’s admissions requirements into line with those of the University of Victoria and UBC and will also help SFU to compete for students against other Canadian universities in provinces which have no provincial exams. (Only B.C. and Alberta do.)

Bill Krane, associate VP-academic, says easing the SFU requirements will give prospective students more and earlier certainty about the fate of their applications to SFU, and will permit earlier decisions on scholarship awards.

“Timing is often critical in attracting high-calibre students,” says Krane. “BC12 final grades arrive in August, making it all but impossible to effectively use the grades in our present admission process.”
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