Getting Started at OC

If you're interested in attending a program at Okanagan College then your basic reference tool is the Okanagan College Calendar. The Calendar lists program information, admission requirements, policies, and course descriptions and prerequisites. It can be viewed at http://www.okanagan.bc.ca/calendar

Applying

Once you have identified your OC program of choice, see the Admissions web page for information regarding the application procedures prior to completing an application for admission.

For further details, click on the video link Choosing Your Program.

Selecting Your Courses

Many programs at Okanagan College have set schedules, that is, you don't need to choose your courses. Other programs, like Associate of Arts or Science or other university transfer programs, require that you register in the courses. If you need to choose and register in individual courses for your program, you'll receive a registration letter with details from the College. Before registering for your fall and winter semesters, it's important to make sure that you're registering in the right courses. Review the program details in the calendar.

For further details, click on the video link Selecting Your Courses.

Transferring

If your graduation goal is a degree from a school other than Okanagan College, then you need to ensure that the courses you take at Okanagan College will transfer to that program. Your primary tool for course transfer information is www.bctransferguide.ca.

For further details, click on the video link Using the BC Transfer Guide.

Timetabling

Once you know what courses you need to register in, you'll first arrange your class timetable. The timetable lists days and times of individual courses, instructors, and the location of classes. The timetable can be viewed on our website http://www.okanagan.bc.ca under ClassFinder.

For further details, view Timetabling in ClassFinder on the Become a Student webpage or click on the video link How-to Use ClassFinder.

Registering

Finally, you'll use myOkanagan to register in your classes. myOkanagan is your online connection to Okanagan College. Use myOkanagan to add and drop classes, get your grades, see your class schedule, see what's happening on campus and much more.

For further details, view the Registration Guide on the Become a Student webpage or click on the video link How-to Add and Drop Classes using myOkanagan.

Frequently Asked Questions 

How many courses should I take?
Five courses are standard for university students but what is right for you is your decision. Six courses are the maximum you can take without written approval from the appropriate dean or designate. There may be some requirements you have to satisfy if you have a student loan, scholarship or bursary. Consult Financial Awards if you are unsure 250.862.5419, 1.800.767.5492 or financialaid@okanagan.bc.ca.

How do I know if the course transfers to a BC University?
The BC Transfer Guide includes process and transfer tips and identifies how courses transfer between BC post-secondary schools. It is located online at www.bctransferguide.ca.

What is a credit?

A credit hour is an assigned unit of value granted for successful completion of courses, which are used for diploma and degree graduation requirements and /or transfer credit to another institution. The credit value for each course is listed in the course description section of the calendar. See the previous example.

What if I want to change a course?
Course changes can be made, but must be done within certain time periods. The important dates are also listed in the Calendar. There are deadlines for course changes, course withdrawals and tuition refunds. If you are considering dropping a course, we recommend that you discuss it with an Education Advisor and we also recommend that you speak with your instructor.

How to read a course description?

Sample Course Advising

What if I want to change my program?
If you are considering changing programs you may need to re-apply. Speak with an Education Advisor if you have any questions or concerns.

Important Phone Numbers:

OC Switchboard 762.5445 
Toll free 1.877.755.2266
Aboriginal Services: 762.5445
Admissions: 862.5417
Advising: 762.5445


Campus Health: 762.5445
Co-op Education, Student & Graduate Placement 862.5412
Counselling Services: 762.5445
Disability Services: 862.5451
Financial Awards:

862.5419
Toll free 1.800.767.5492

Records and Registration: 862.5414
Student Residences:

862.5422
Toll free 1.888.318.8666