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Admission Requirements

Critical Admission Dates

Seneca admits new students to programs three times per year. September (Fall Intake), January (Winter Intake) and May (Summer Intake).  Not every program is offered for each of these intakes.  Start dates are listed on program websites. Some popular or highly-competitive programs fill very early. To be sure that you are considered for your program, take note of the dates below.

For programs beginning in...

October 1
Previous calendar year

Programs open for applications at OCAS.

February 1
Equal Consideration Date

Equal Consideration Date – Applicants who apply by this date will receive equal consideration for admission. After this date if there is still room in a program, we consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.

February 1
First Offer Date

This is the first date that we will send Offers of Admission for programs beginning in fall.

May 1
Confirmation Deadline

This is the earliest date that we will ask you to confirm one program choice.  Most early Offers of Admission will expire this date. You may confirm before this date and you may change your mind and confirm another program as long as your offer has not expired.

June 15
Fees Deposit Deadline

To guarantee a seat in your program you must pay a $500 non-refundable deposit by this date.
October 1

Two previous calendar years

Programs open for applications at OCAS.

April 1

First Offer Date

This is the first date that applicants will receive an Offerof Admission for programs starting in the winter.

*Confirmation Deadline

The confirmation deadline for your Offer of Admission will depend on your offer date.

November 7
Fees Deposit Deadline

To guarantee a seat in your program, you must pay a $500 non-refundable deposit by this date.

October 1
Two previous calendar years

Programs open for applications at OCAS.

January 15
First Offer Date

This is the first date that applicants will receive an Offerof Admission for programs starting in the summer.

*Confirmation Deadline

The confirmation deadline for your Offer of Admission will depend on your offer date.

March 7
Fees Deposit Deadline

To guarantee a seat in your program, you must pay a $500 non-refundable deposit by this date.


Program Admission Sessions

There are a number of Seneca programs that have additional admission requirements. These requirements must be completed before an offer of admission can be granted. Depending on the program, you may need to submit a portfolio, complete a drawing or writing test.

Upon receiving your invitation to attend a program admission session or to complete an online admission assignment, you are encouraged to take the necessary steps as early as possible.  

Program Availability

Cancelled/Closed/Suspended: Applications are not being accepted.

Waitlist: Applications will be considered if seats become available.

Open: Applications will be considered depending on the number of applications received. Applicants will be processed in the order of the date, provided the program is still open.

Seneca reserves the right to refer, limit or cancel any program as a result of changes occurring subsequent to the publication of this program status document.