Admissions during COVID-19

Updated: May 20, 2020

We are committed to ensuring the application and admission process remain as smooth as possible. We are working hard to ensure your application will be evaluated fairly, even if you have experienced disruptions due to COVID-19.

We have made a number of changes to our campuses and services as we continue to maximize social distancing, and to protect the health and safety of our community. 

Below you will find answers to many frequently asked questions. For more on how Okanagan College addresses COVID-19, visit the COVID-19 information page. For more on the admission process and other things related to becoming an OC student, start with the Frequently Asked Questions below, then check out After you apply.

If you are an international student, visit www.okanagan.bc.ca/international or visit the Info for International Students section on the College’s COVID-19 information page.

Admissions during COVID-19

Yes, most programs still accept applications. Visit our Future Students page to explore options or apply now.

Admission deposits are non-refundable. You may need more time to think about if you wish to attend in Fall. In some programs, we may be able to grant you an extension of the due date for paying your deposit. Please contact your campus or email admissions@okanagan.bc.ca. If you have paid your deposit, depending on the program, we may be able to defer your admission to Winter 2021. 

If you wish to defer to Fall 2021, you will need to reapply on October 1, 2020 when applications for 2021-22 open.

All the information on how to submit your transcripts can be found here. We also accept transcripts via email to admissions@okanagan.bc.ca.

Currently, we will accept a download of your digital transcript from the Ministry of Education, which you can email to admissions@okanagan.bc.ca. Post-secondary institutions in Canada can email us your transcript to the same address if they are unable to produce printed (and mailed) transcripts at this time. We may also accept an unofficial transcript that you should be able to print or download yourself. To confirm this is acceptable and for further questions, please contact the Registrar’s Office.

No. However, a few departments have provided waivers for certain groups of students, for example if the applicant cannot meet requirements by doing a math challenge test. Please contact your campus or email admissions@okanagan.bc.ca for more information.

For the Fall 2020, Winter, Summer and Fall 2021, and Winter 2022 terms, the College will accept Duolingo as an option for domestic and International students for English admission requirements, meeting prerequisites, and for placement in English Language/English for Academic Purposes levels. The following are the requirements for admission:

  • Duolingo score of 110 for English 12 with 70%
  • Duolingo score of 105 for all other English requirements

Duolingo will not be accepted for Health Care Assistant, Bachelor of Science in Nursing or Practical Nursing. For any other health programs, please contact your campus or email admissions@okanagan.bc.ca for more information. The test is available online anytime: www.englishtest.duolingo.com

Testing for math is not currently available. However, some departments have put waivers in place for programs’ math requirements. Please contact your campus or email admissions@okanagan.bc.ca for more information.

Yes, for most programs, we may consider a midterm grade, or even a grade 11 grade. It will be an individual assessment made by the Office of the Registrar.

Find more information for Trades applicants on the Trades and Apprenticeship site.

Find more information about Continuing Studies here.

The Recruitment Team is here to help. Find there information and contact details here.

Salmon Arm: sacampus@okanagan.bc.ca 
Vernon: vernoncampus@okanagan.bc.ca 
Kelowna: admissions@okanagan.bc.ca 
Penticton: pentictonadmissions@okanagan.bc.ca​​​​​​​
International: intedapps@okanagan.bc.ca 

Please include your student number and the program and campus you have applied to. Students that have already applied and are inquiring about their application - please ensure you have checked your application status online in your myOkanagan account before you contact admissions. 

If you have applied to a continuing studies program other than in Kelowna, please contact continuing studies for information about your application. For Kelowna continuing studies application, please contact Kelowna admissions admissions@okanagan.bc.ca.

What will Fall 2020 look like?

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Okanagan College is planning for a number of different options for this coming fall, including a blend of online and face-to-face delivery of classes, labs and shops. Our priority is to maintain safety and wellbeing for all students and employees, which means closely following guidelines laid out by the province and the Provincial Health Officer.

Most students can expect programs to be delivered in either a fully online or a hybrid (a combination of online and face-to-face) format this fall. The exact mix is still being determined and will be clear by July 6, when registration for Okanagan College’s fall courses begin. 

Classes may involve participation through video and audio content using various platforms such as Moodle, Blackboard Collaborate and Microsoft Suite, as well as attending classes in person while maintaining provincially mandated social distancing protocols. 

The College is currently working on plans for how this could be implemented and will communicate to applicants and students how their course(s) will be delivered before classes begin.

On-campus instruction will be a priority for those courses where learning outcomes are dependent on experiential, hands-on learning, such as healthcare labs, trades shops, and science and engineering technology labs. Where possible, labs and shops and some lecture classes will be offered in a face-to-face format, respecting WorkSafeBC, Public Health Officer and provincial guidelines to ensure a safe situation for all concerned.

Yes, many of them will continue in an alternative format. Each program will determine what works for their requirements. Please contact your instructor or program chair for more details. And you can find more information on co-op here, or in the co-op FAQ section here.

Universities, colleges and other public organizations across British Columbia are awaiting direction from provincial government and the public health officer. Based on directions from the Public Health Officer so far, it looks like it will be a phased approach to delivering in-person learning. The model for the delivery of student services is also being determined, and students can be assured that the full range of necessary services will be available to them. More details about in-person classes and services will be shared as determinations are made.

Finances

No. See your tuition deadlines found here. For Fall programs that start at the beginning of September, the deadline is August 18, 2020. For programs that start later in Fall, tuition is due three weeks before classes start. Please note that dates are subject to change.

Visit the Financial Aid & Awards website for more information on awards, bursaries, and scholarships. There, you will also find information about BC Student Loans. To apply for a BC Student Loan, visit www.studentaidbc.ca.

Yes. The College is currently working on planning a semester of activities students can still participate in whether it is online or in person, depending on direction from the government and decisions made by the College. September orientation will be delivered as an online course this year.

Services for applicants and students

All events with more than 50 attendees have been cancelled in accordance with the provincial health officer’s orders. The campus’ events committee is working on transitioning many of their annual events to an online delivery format. Watch for some fun virtual events happening in the Fall, including orientation events for new students.

Textbooks and many supplies are available online from Campus Stores by visiting: www.okanagan.bc.ca/campusstores

For students with academic accommodations that may be more challenging to move to an online environment, Accessibility Services will be reaching out to you directly via email. However, if you have any questions or about accommodated exams and receiving your academic accommodations, please contact your Accessibility Services Coordinator or email accessibility@okanagan.bc.ca.

Okanagan College Student Housing is open. Contact housing_klo@okanagan.bc.ca

Yes. The College has put together an Online Resource Centre especially for students. It includes information on where you can access equipment and online learning platforms like Moodle and Blackboard Collaborate.

For most courses, you will require access to a computer with video and a microphone, however this varies by program. Please refer to this page for answers to some of your questions.

The College has a dedicated webpage for Available Services, which lists how to contact departments such as, Student Success Centres, the Library, the Registrar’s Office and Student Services. Or you can visit their department page directly: 

At this time, computer labs are not available for student use in an effort to keep everyone safe. Once classes resume in September we will advise students of any changes.