Mature Students

General Requirements

Mature student status is meant to allow individuals the opportunity to demonstrate academic potential by other than strictly academic means. For example, you might lack the academic preparation but have acquired several years of life and work experience demonstrating your potential to successfully complete university-level study.

Many applicants mistakenly believe that the “mature student” category can substitute for a poor academic record. This is not true.

To be considered for admission as a mature applicant, you must:

  • be at least 20 years old by the end of the calendar year of admission to the University;
  • have been out of full-time high school studies for at least two years or have returned to upgrade after a two year absence;
  • have attempted less than one full year of studies at an accredited college or university;
  • have a favourable academic record; and
  • have demonstrated potential for success through academic, professional or volunteer activities, and other accomplishments.

Please ensure you meet our language requirements.


These are minimum requirements only. Admission is not guaranteed and all requirements are subject to change. Recommended courses will help you with your studies, but we do not automatically look for them when we assess your application for admission and scholarships.

These application requirements apply to all programs, except:

If you have a diagnosed disability

If you have a diagnosed physical, learning, or psychiatric disability, we strongly encourage you to identify yourself during the admissions process. Even if your circumstances don’t impact your admissibility to Glendon (in other words you meet our admission requirements), we want to make sure you know about the support services we have in place. In no way will identifying yourself be a disadvantage to you. More information >>

Contact us at 416-487-6710 or to arrange a campus tour and a one-on-one appointment with one of our student recruitment officers.

Which application form to use:

Apply through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC) for September and January entry. None of our programs offer an entry in May. If applying exclusively to York, you can also apply directly via the website.

What to send with your application:

Please send all required documents as soon as you apply. It may take 3 – 4 weeks for us to receive documents mailed from outside Canada.

  1. Transcripts
    Official transcripts for all college or university courses you’ve completed, even if you studied part time or several years ago. If you’re currently completing courses, send a transcript showing your course enrolment and grades to date as soon as you apply and then again at the end of the semester.Also, please send high-school transcripts if you have completed secondary studies within the past five years.
  2. Language test results (if required).
  3. Letters/résumé
    If you have taken time away from studying, send us a letter and/or résumé outlining your activities since completing your studies (e.g. work, traveling, family responsibilities).Send us a résumé and a one- to two-page letter outlining:

  4. your reasons for wanting to attend university;
  5. your future career goals;
  6. skills and activities that have prepared you for success at university, including work or volunteer experience, professional development activities, personal study and interests;
  7. explanations/documentation for any previous poor academic performance.
  8. College or university course descriptions
    To assess your eligibility for transfer credit, we need detailed
    course descriptions for any academic studies completed outside of Canada or the United States at an accredited college or university. These descriptions must be prepared by your former institution or be on the institution’s web site.


Official transcripts must be sent to the Office of Admissions directly from the educational institution or sent in an institutionally-sealed envelope (that remains unopened). Transcripts, certificates, and other formal academic credentials not in English or French must also be translated by a certified translator and included with the original document.Make sure you use the same name on all documentation when you are submitting them to York University. This will ensure that your application is processed without delay.

Please send all required documents to:

York University
Office of Admissions
Bennett Centre for Student Services
3rd Floor Reception
99 Ian Macdonald Blvd
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3

Be sure to send your application before the application deadline.

Once you have applied

You can check your application status throughout the process by logging on to MyFile. You’ll need your York or OUAC reference number to log in.

Offers of admission are conditional upon final grades.