Frequently Asked Questions

Visit Fall 2021 Programs page to see how Seneca is delivering your program and courses. You can also review additional FAQs related to studying at Seneca and the COVID-19 pandemic.


Visit the Apply to Seneca web page for instructions on how to apply to your desired program(s).

Seneca will accept your application to a program up to the fourth day of classes, as long as there is still room in the program. Note that some popular or highly competitive programs will fill up quickly, so you should apply as early as possible. Visit the Ontario Colleges website for information about Seneca's equal consideration date.

Seneca is providing the same program, faculty expertise and credential using an alternate delivery mode. Tuition fees will remain the same, but ancillary and program fees will be adjusted based on what student services Seneca can continue to provide online.

Most services and resources for students will be available online, including registration, admissions, financial aid, academic learning services, counselling, student services and advising.

When we are able to open libraries, computing commons and study spaces, there will be strict rules about physical distancing and limited numbers of students will be allowed on campus.

If you are a mature applicant and you do not have transcripts that show your success in prerequisite English and mathematics courses, you will receive instructions on how to take the pre-admission test(s) and fee details.

All transcripts should be submitted through your Ontario Colleges account. Visit the Ontario Colleges website for information on how to obtain and submit your transcripts.

Seneca will accept high school and postsecondary transcripts from outside of Canada that have been evaluated by a recognized agency such as ICAS, WES, ICES or IQAS. If you experience difficulty reaching any of these agencies, please send an email to

If you are applying to a certificate, diploma and advanced diploma program, and are 19 years of age or older, you may qualify by attending pre-admission testing for mature applicants.

Seneca will send you an email with your Seneca ID approximately 24 hours after you submit your application online. Use your Seneca ID to log in to Student Home and follow the status of your application within the “Admissions” tile. If you do not receive an email from Seneca, please contact the ITS Service Desk at to obtain your details.

If we receive all the information and documentation needed to determine your eligibility for the program(s) of your choice, you will be notified by email that you have been accepted to study at Seneca. This process could take up to one week, depending on the method you used to submit your documents.

A waiting list is created when all the available seats in a program are filled by qualified applicants. Seneca is not able to predict if or when you will be offered a space in the program. Seats will often open up at key dates, such as:

  • May 1: confirmation deadline for most fall applicants
  • June 15: payment deadline for most fall applicants
  • Nov. 11: payment deadline for most winter applicants

Your status on the waiting list will remain even when you confirm your offer with another program at another institution. Seats may become available anytime up until and including the first week of school. If you receive an offer and have already paid tuition elsewhere, you may want to withdraw from the other program. If the program you are withdrawing from is at Seneca, you will be able to transfer your deposit from one program to another without penalty.

Please be advised that other institutions may charge a withdrawal fee, so it is recommended that you research their withdrawal refund policy before you confirm and pay your tuition.

After you have received and confirmed your offer of admission, you will be asked to pay a $500 non-refundable deposit to hold a guaranteed seat in your program. Your fees due date will be included on your offer letter. Seneca will also generate a fees notice with the due date for you after you confirm your offer. Your important Seneca letters can be found on Student Home within the “Communication Center” tile.

Deposit Deadline Dates

  • June 15: for programs starting in September
  • Nov. 11: for programs starting in January
  • March 7: for programs starting in May

If Seneca is not able to offer your program of choice, your deposit will be refunded.

If there is still space in your program, Seneca can extend your deadline by a few days. Contact the admissions office immediately by emailing or by phone at 416.493.4144. If the program is full, Seneca will place you on the waitlist and notify you if a spot becomes available.

If you provide a written withdrawal before the 10th day of class, you will receive a partial refund. You will not receive the $500 non-refundable tuition deposit. After the 10th day of class, refunds will not be issued. Review the Tuition Fee and Refund Policy for details.

An offer of admission cannot be deferred. You must re-apply for future start dates. You may use your September application to apply to programs beginning in the following January or May program start dates. If there is a January or May session, you will need to log into OCAS and change your program choice.

If you are applying to programs beginning in the following September session or later, you will have to wait until the new application cycle opens on OCAS (Oct. 1) and start a new $95 application.

Please visit the list of important academic dates and select the appropriate term.

Transfer credits are granted for courses taken at other post-secondary institutions and are deemed equivalent to a required course for your Seneca program. Learn more about transfer credits.

Seneca’s residences at Newnham and King campuses are available for those who need accommodations while completing their programs. Learn more and apply to stay at residence.