Admission Requirements

General Requirements
All who apply for admission to Heritage must be Christians who desire further training for life and ministry. Admission to Heritage is not limited by ethnicity, gender, or national origin.

Admission into a Degree Program
Degree program applicants must normally have completed an Ontario Secondary School Secondary Diploma. Note that there are a variety of routes into degree programs for those students who do not meet the following general requirements. Contact the Admissions department with any questions.

High School Requirements
Degree program applicants must have completed an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (O.S.S.D.) with a minimum average of 65% including six ‘university preparatory’ Grade 12 courses. Four of these must be “U” level courses and the other two must be either “U” or “M”. Students must have a minimum average of 60% in each eligible grade 12 course. Ontario Academic Courses (OAC’s) or Grade 13 courses are considered equivalent to Grade 12 U-level courses under the former Ontario Secondary School curriculum.

Specific Course Requirements
One grade 12 “U” level English

Suggested Courses:
Another grade 12 “U” level English course
A grade 12 “U” level History course

The English Placement Exam
All first year students are required to write the English Placement Exam. All degree students who do not pass the grammar portion of the exam must enroll in English Grammar I in the fall term. Degree students who do not pass the essay portion of the exam must enroll in the English Composition - Essay Writing course in the winter term. Students will be allowed one retake of the English Placement Exam.

The English Placement Exam is a standard post-secondary entrance exam designed to assess how well high school has prepared students for the world of undergraduate education. The exam has two sections. The first section covers the basic elements of English grammar and usage. In the second section students are asked a question and required to respond with a short essay.

Students desiring to prepare in advance for the English Placement Exam should consult the third edition of Thom Sunega’s Know More English and the second Canadian edition of Rosa, Eschholz and Roberts’ The Writer’s Brief Handbook (6th Edition).

Probationary Admission
Students who have an OSSD but do not meet the degree program requirements may enter the Certificate of Christian Studies as a probationary year. For degree entrance, students must complete at least 21 credit hours and meet the following criteria:

1) Students must successfully complete the English Grammar I and English Composition-Essay Writing courses.
2) Students must achieve a minimum AGPA of 2.0.
3) Students must create an Academic Plan with the academic counselor and meet with the academic counselor twice per term.

Music Program Admission
In addition to the regular application procedure, an audition is required for students desiring to enter a music program at Heritage. Applicants to the music program are required to pass an audition before their application can be submitted to the Admissions Committee for final approval. The audition will include an interview, a musical aptitude test, and the performance of two contrasting pieces of music. Proficiency equivalent to Grade VIII is strongly recommended in a student’s chosen major (conservatory certificates are not required). Some background in music theory is also recommended. Students with deficiencies may be admitted into the program on a probationary basis, and upgrading in the deficient areas will be required without college credit. Students entering the B.C.M. degree program who are not keyboard majors and who do not have keyboard proficiency of at least a Grade VI conservatory level are encouraged to attain that minimum level before graduating.


Admission into Certificate & Diploma Programs

Applicants must have completed an O.S.S.D. or equivalent (Grade 12 Diploma) and meet the following conditions:
1. Admission to most certificates requires a minimum 60% average.
2. Admission to the Associate of Arts Diploma and the Academic Transfer Certificate requires a minimum 65% average and a minimum of 6 “university preparatory” courses with a minimum grade of 60% (4 “U”-level courses and 2 “M”-level courses).

Admission Requirements for Canadian Students from Provinces Outside Ontario
Students from provinces and territories outside Ontario must have a Grade 12 Diploma with requisite courses for university entrance. Students from Quebec must have one year CEGEP, a McGill Senior School Certificate, or a Senior High School Leaving Certificate.

Admission Requirements for Home-Schooled Students

All applicants must take the Canadian Adult Achievement Test (CAAT). This is available at Heritage and at many local colleges. Applicants must produce evidence that they have earned the equivalent of a Grade 12 Diploma and met the minimum standard required for their desired program of studies. A chronological list of courses/subjects completed over the years and list of literature read must be submitted. Any transcripts or certificates achieved from a home-schooling program should be submitted with the student’s application. Evidence may also include a letter from the principal of a traditional, or Christian, accredited high school confirming that the equivalent of an O.S.S.D. has been completed and indicating an estimated overall standing/average based on a typical final year of high school studies.

Test scores in contests such as the Euclid Mathematics Contest, the Sir Isaac Newton Physics Contest, or the Chem 13 News Contest, as well as any SAT or ACT scores are helpful.

Admission Requirements for Mature Students
Students who have not earned a Grade 12 Diploma may apply for admission to Heritage with the following conditions:

  1. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and have two years of work experience or significant life experience.
  2. Applicants may be admitted to degree programs only through the completion of 30 credit
    hours with a minimum AGPA of 2.0 (63%).
  3. Only a limited number of mature students can be accepted each year.

Mature Students who have earned a Grade 12 Diploma but do not meet the qualifications for a degree program may apply for admission to Heritage with the following conditions:

  1. Applicants must be 21 years of age or older and have two years of work experience or
    significant life experience.
  2. Applicants may be conditionally accepted for one year. Academic performance will be
    assessed after two terms.
  3. Applicants may be required to pass the CAAT.
    Only a limited number of mature students can be accepted each year.

    Admission Requirements for International Students

    Students from the United States of America are assessed individually. Generally, students with a majority of courses taken at a college entrance level are granted university entrance status. Students should supply official SAT scores if available. American students must have a valid student visa that can be obtained at port of entry or at the nearest Canadian Consulate. A student will need an acceptance letter, evidence of sufficient funds/financial support, and health insurance to obtain a student visa. This visa must be presented prior to enrollment.

    Students from All Other Countries Students are advised to apply at least nine months before their planned enrollment date to allow time for processing, acquiring visas, etc. Students are admitted on the basis of graduation from a recognized high school. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide documentation that verifies the level of their high school training. Official transcripts must be sent from all schools previously attended. If applicable, the student must provide a certified translation into English.

    Proof of English language proficiency is normally required of all international students with the exception of natives from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and countries of the West Indies (except Cuba, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Martinique, Netherland Antillies, Puerto Rico, and St. Lucia). Students must achieve a minimum score of 550 or 80 (iBT) in the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language). Results must be sent directly to Heritage by using institutional code 1498. Tests can be obtained from TOEFL Services CN6151, Princeton, New Jersey, U.S.A. 08541- 6151. www.ets.org/toefl.

    It is strongly recommended that all applicants have a local support network (welcoming church, local agency, relatives, or other significant persons). This will contribute to the strength of an application.

    To obtain a visa, international students must apply through Canadian Immigration officials in their home country. The Immigration officials will want to see an official letter of acceptance and demonstration that sufficient funds or sponsorship is available. To obtain more information on Canadian Immigration policies and procedures, see the Canadian government website.

    Applicants are required to submit $2,500 on account at Heritage for the purpose of repatriation before the student comes to Heritage. If the applicant will be accompanied by a spouse and/or other family members, a deposit of $2,500 per person must be on account at Heritage. Upon receipt of a Student Visa, students should immediately submit the repatriation deposit.

    International students are only accepted for fall term registration. Students will not be enrolled in studies unless the funds required for the first term of studies have been paid (repatriation deposit, tuition, emergency health insurance for one year, and if applicable, residence costs).

    Admission Requirements for Transfer Students
    Applicants from other post-secondary institutions must have received an honourable dismissal from each institution attended. Heritage must receive an official transcript from each school.

    All transfer credit is subject to the discretion of the Registrar and Academic Dean. Please note that the awarding of transfer credits may be placed in the category of provisional if the entering student does not have good or outstanding grades (i.e., if the majority of the grades being transferred were in the “C” range, rather than the “B” to “A” range).