Frequently Asked Questions
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 quickly so you should apply as early as possible. Visit OntarioColleges.ca (OCAS) for information about the colleges’ Equal Consideration Date.
If you are a mature applicant and you do not have transcripts that show your success in prerequisite English and mathematics courses, you will be invited to take the pre-admission test(s).
Note: There is a $55 pre-admission test fee.
All transcripts should be submitted through your OCAS account. Visit OCAS for information on how to obtain and submit your transcripts. If you are bringing your transcripts in person, they must be in the original sealed envelope from the issuing institution. Ontario high school transcripts must be originals on embossed transcript paper and can only be considered after verification with your high school. Please do not submit certificates such as diplomas or degrees.
Seneca does not accept transcripts sent by fax or email. If you are bringing transcripts in person, they must be in the original sealed envelope from the issuing institution. Ontario high school transcripts must be originals on embossed transcript paper and can only be considered after it is verified by your high school.
If you are applying to a certificate, diploma and advanced diploma program, and are 19 years or older, you may qualify by attending a pre-admission testing for mature applicants.
About 24 hours after you apply, Seneca will send you an email with your Seneca Student ID and information about how
to set up your Seneca online services. You can follow the status of your application through your Seneca online Student Centre.
A waitlist 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
- November 7 – 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 college. 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, 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. Seneca will send you a fees notice with the due date for you.
Deposit Deadline Dates
- June 15 – For programs starting in September
- November 7 (previous calendar year) - For programs starting in January
- March 7 – For programs starting in May
If there is still space in the program, Seneca can extend your confirmation deadline by a few days. Contact the admissions office immediately by email or by phone 416-493-4144. If the program is full, Seneca will place you on the waitlist and notify you if a spot becomes available.
If there is still space in your program, Seneca can extend your deadline by a few days. Contact the admission office immediately by email or by phone 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. You can find the refund policy online.
An Offer of Admission cannot be deferred. You must reapply 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 at OCAS (October 1) and start a new $95 application.
Skills Assessment is a tool used to determine academic placement for your English and/or math class during your first semester or studies. Students in most certificate, diploma and advanced diploma programs will need to take the assessment to have the correct course added to their timetable.
For more information on programs requiring English or mathematics skills assessment, and to find out how to book your assessment, visit the Test Centre website.