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Community Social Services Transfer Admission

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Community Social Services Transfer Applicants: 4 Step Admission Process

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Before Applying

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Applying

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After Applying

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After Accepting

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Admission Requirements

If you have any postsecondary education then you are considered a transfer applicant (from one course to completed diplomas and degrees). The admission requirements for our full-time program (on campus) and our part-time online program are below. Your past postsecondary education plays a role in how you are assessed. Please read to find the admission requirements that fit your situation.

Full-time Program: College Block Credit Transfer Applicants

Full-time Program: General Transfer Applicants

Part-time Program

College Block Credit Transfer Applicants for Full-time Study

What is "Block Credit"?

Some Ontario college diplomas have already been evaluated and have been predetermined to have a specific "block" of transfer credit.

A "college block credit transfer applicant" is a student that applies with the admission credentials described below. Being a block credit transfer applicant can help make your admission process faster and simplify your transition/course sequencing into the CSS program. Each person is still individually evaluated for transfer credit assessment to ensure all your postsecondary education is considered, respectively.

Eligible diplomas

If you are in your final year of diploma completion or have a completed diploma and your diploma is listed below, then you are eligible to receive a block of transfer credit. Diplomas must be granted by a recognized institution in Ontario (or equivalent).

Eligible Diplomas/Pathways

Block Credit

Entry

Addiction & Mental Health Worker

  • Up to 5.0 credits granted for a 2-year diploma1

Fall

Child and Youth Care; Developmental Services Worker; or Social Service Worker2

  • 10.0 credits granted for a 2- or 3-year diploma

Fall

1. Based on equivalencies listed on https://www.ocswssw.org/ocswssw-resources/list-of-social-service-work-programs Centennial College graduates/applicants with a two-year Addiction & Mental Health Worker diploma may receive 10 transfer credits.

2. Please refer to https://www.ocswssw.org/ocswssw-resources/list-of-social-service-work-programs for details on other diploma equivalencies. If you are applying from outside Ontario, you will be required to submit a professional portfolio to demonstrate your prior learning and experience. Guidelines for the portfolio will be emailed to you and noted on your WebAdvisor account after applying. The portfolio includes a resume, philosophy statement and references.

The diplomas have been determined to have academic alignment with the Community Social Services program and have met specific high school subject admission requirements.

If you have other postsecondary education, not listed above, please refer to the "General Transfer Applicant" admission requirements.

Block transfer credit explained

Approximately one year of full-time study or 10 courses is equivalent to 5.0 credits.

Approximately two years of full-time study or 20 courses is equivalent to 10.0 credits.

Your transfer credit will be determined once you apply. An official Transfer Credit Assessment will be included with your Offer of Admission. Please note, credit will not be awarded for coursework taken at a private career college or for undergraduate certificates.

Estimated cut-off range

College block credit transfer applicants require a minimum cumulative average of 75% for admission consideration. Exact cut-offs for the current cycle will be determined by the quantity and quality of applications received and the number of places available in the respective program. Possession of a cumulative final average at or above within the estimated cut-off does not guarantee an offer of admission.

English language requirements

English proficiency is a requirement for admission. Please check our English language requirements to ensure you will meet all admission requirements.

The University reserves the right to deny admission to you if you do not demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in English, regardless of academic qualifications.

You will receive an email with detailed instructions (after you apply) if you are required to demonstrate English proficiency as part of your application.

General Transfer Applicants for Full-time Study

If you are transferring with a degree, diploma (not listed in the college block credit transfer chart/section) or coursework from a recognized college or university, you are a General Transfer Applicant.

Admission requirements coming from a diploma program

  • You have completed coursework or a diploma from a college diploma program (i.e., not listed in the college block credit chart); and
  • A minimum cumulative average of 75% to be considered for admission.

Admission requirements coming from a degree program

  • You have a completed degree or degree-related coursework from a recognized college or university program; and
  • A minimum cumulative average of 70% to be considered for admission.

Transfer credit explained

Approximately 1 year of full-time study or 10 courses is equivalent to 5.0 credits.

Approximately 2 years of full-time study or 20 courses is equivalent to 10.0 credits.

Your transfer credit will be determined once you apply. An official Transfer Credit Assessment will be included with your Offer of Admission. Please note, credit will not be awarded for coursework taken at a private career college or for undergraduate certificates.

Estimated cut-off range

Exact cut-offs for the current cycle will be determined by the quantity and quality of applications received and the number of places available in the respective program. Possession of a cumulative final average at or above within the estimated cut-off does not guarantee an offer of admission.

Subject requirements

There are specific high school subject requirements per program. You may have completed the equivalent of these subject requirements through college or university coursework, which will be determined through review of your transcripts once you apply.

Program and OUAC Code Subject Requirements

Community Social Services (GHF)

One of ENG4U, EAE4U or FEF4U

If you have completed a general college diploma, you may have completed coursework that is equivalent to the grade 12 subject requirements. See a list of college course codes that have been determined to meet our subject requirements. Please contact us if you require additional assistance.

English language requirements

English proficiency is a requirement for admission. Please check our English language requirements to ensure you will meet all admission requirements.

The University reserves the right to deny admission to you if you do not demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in English, regardless of academic qualifications.

You will receive an email with detailed instructions (after you apply) if you are required to demonstrate English proficiency as part of your application.

Transfer Applicants for Part-time Online Study

Admission to the part-time online program is very specific: If your diploma is listed below and you are in your final year or have completed the diploma, then you are eligible for admission.

Eligible Diplomas/Pathways

Block Credit

Entry

Addiction & Mental Health Worker: Centennial College graduates with an Addiction & Mental Health Worker diploma may be eligible to apply based on diploma equivalency (of 10.0 credits).

  • Up to 10.0 credits granted for a 2-year diploma1

Fall

Child and Youth Care; Developmental Services Worker; or Social Service Worker2

  • 10.0 credits granted for a 2- or 3-year diploma

Fall

1. Based on equivalencies listed on https://www.ocswssw.org/ocswssw-resources/list-of-social-service-work-programs, Centennial College graduates/applicants with a 2-year Addiction & Mental Health Worker diploma may receive 10 transfer credits.

2. Please refer to https://www.ocswssw.org/ocswssw-resources/list-of-social-service-work-programs for details on other diploma equivalencies. If you are applying from outside Ontario, you will be required to submit a professional portfolio to demonstrate your prior learning and experience. Guidelines for the portfolio will be emailed to you and noted on your WebAdvisor account after applying. The portfolio includes a resume, philosophy statement and references.

Diplomas must be granted by a recognized institution in Ontario (or equivalent). These diplomas have been determined to have academic alignment with the Community Social Services program and have met specific high school subject admission requirements.

You must have one of the above diplomas to be eligible for admission because applicants with their completed diploma fulfill the placement requirements for the part-time online program. 

Because you receive a block of transfer credit for your college diploma, you are referred to as a "College Block Credit Transfer Applicant".

Approximately two years of full-time study or 20 courses is equivalent to 10.0 credits. Your transfer credit will be determined once you apply. An official Transfer Credit Assessment will be included with your Offer of Admission. Please note, credit will not be awarded for coursework taken at a private career college or for undergraduate certificates.

Estimated cut-off range

College block credit transfer applicants require a minimum cumulative average of 75% for admission consideration. Exact cut-offs for the current cycle will be determined by the quantity and quality of applications received and the number of places available in the respective program. Possession of a cumulative final average at or above within the estimated cut-off does not guarantee an offer of admission.

English language requirements

English proficiency is a requirement for admission. Please check our English language requirements to ensure you will meet all admission requirements.

The University reserves the right to deny admission to you if you do not demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in English, regardless of academic qualifications.

You will receive an email with detailed instructions (after you apply) if you are required to demonstrate English proficiency as part of your application.

Apply online by May 1

All applications are done through the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC). You will create a user profile to start the application process.

Select your program(s)

Find the program you want to apply for on the OUAC website.

University of Guelph-Humber programs are listed under the University of Guelph. You can use the program codes listed below to search for a program on the OUAC website.

  • Community Social Services, Full-time (on campus) - GHF
  • Community Social Services, Part-time (online) - GHB

Application deadline: May 1, 2023.

Once you complete the OUAC application, you must submit transcripts and other required documents to support your application. Please review the transcripts and other documents sections in the "After Applying" tab.

Ranking

If you apply to more than one program at the University of Guelph-Humber, you can expect to receive only one offer of admission from the University. The highest-ranked choice will be considered first. Only in the event that you are not admissible to your highest choice will your next choice be considered. If you want to reorder your UofGH program rankings, please amend your application through your OUAC account.

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Application fees

You will pay an OUAC application fee of $156 for your first three program choices. Each additional program choice is $50. If you remove a program choice and add a new one at the same university, there is no additional fee. Additional costs include transcript processing fees and an assessment fee.


Submit transcripts and documents by May 15

All applicants: Please refer to the "After Applying" tab to get full details about submitting all documents.

Ontario applicants, please note: You can request Ontario college/university/high school transcripts online through the OUAC during the application process, however we strongly recommend that you wait until after your application is submitted and you receive an email from Admission Services regarding required documents to ensure you request the correct documents. A service fee does apply for transcript requests. You can request transcripts after you have completed the online application. For additional details, please refer to the OUAC transcript information.

Check your email! And start using WebAdvisor

Shortly after you apply, you will receive an email from the University acknowledging your application.

You will receive another email with a user ID and password to WebAdvisor and Gryph Mail. 

  • It is important to use WebAdvisor, our online student administration system, because it lists the documents the University needs submitted to consider you for admission. WebAdvisor will show you what documents are required and will indicate when those documents have been received.
  • Set up your Gryph Mail to receive official emails from the University regarding your application and documents. Instructions for how to set up your email can be found on our New Student Guide web pages.
  • Your application will be reviewed upon receipt of all official transcripts and supporting documents.

Submit transcripts by May 15

Official transcripts

A transcript is an official record of your academic performance at an educational institution. A transcript is considered official if it is produced by and bears the seal of the issuing institution. You must declare all educational institutions attended.

Check your WebAdvisor account to see what transcripts are required. You may be required to submit more than one transcript based on when you apply and your past postsecondary experience.

We encourage you to have interim transcripts sent as early as possible to assist with your admission consideration.

How to submit transcripts

The OUAC provides an electronic transcript service for applicants who have attended college or university in Ontario (some BC universities and colleges) and attended high school in Ontario, British Columbia or Quebec (CEGEPs). We strongly recommend you use the OUAC service. Check the OUAC transcript info page for details. Fees may apply.

The OUAC transcript service gives you options to select the transcript(s) you want sent. What you select depends on where you are in your college or university education. Everyone should check their WebAdvisor account to confirm when and what transcripts are required.

If you are unable to request transcripts from the OUAC, you must request the institution send the transcripts directly to Admission Services. If you are submitting transcripts or other official documents in a language other than English you must also submit notarized legal literal translations of these documents in English. 

Check on your documents

You can check to see if your documents have been received by using our student administration system, WebAdvisor. Learn more about WebAdvisor in the video above.

Please note: Documents submitted in support of an application become the property of the University and will not be returned.


Submit other required documents

You are encouraged to apply and submit all required documents as soon as possible. The deadline for all official required documents is May 15.

Check your WebAdvisor account to see what documents are required. A sample list and description of documents can be found below.

Once all documents are received, your application will be reviewed for admission. Applications and documents received after the deadline will be considered if space is available.

Education Declaration (may be required)

You will be notified on your WebAdvisor account if we require this form. You can access the Education Declaration through your WebAdvisor account. It is a form provided by the University to document your academic history.

Proof of English proficiency (may be required)

If the University notified you that you must provide proof of English proficiency then please ensure you request your documents be sent to Admission Services. Test results must be less than two years old prior to your application.

IELTS and Duolingo results can be emailed to Admissions for verification. All other test results can be sent to the University via the testing institution.

The University reserves the right to deny admission to you if you do not demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in English, regardless of academic qualifications.

Detailed course syllabi (may be required)

You will be notified if we require syllabi for transfer credit assessment purposes.

Support letter (may be required)

You will receive an email from Admission Services requesting you to submit a support letter. The email will describe what is required in the letter.

Please note: Documents submitted in support of an application become the property of the University and will not be returned.


Get an admission decision

Applicants to Community Social Services can expect to receive an admission decision in June 2023.

If you are waiting for an admission decision, you can check WebAdvisor to see if your required documents have been received.

If you receive an offer of admission, the offer will be posted to your WebAdvisor and OUAC accounts, you will receive an email notification and an offer package will be sent to you by mail.

Offer of admission

Your offer package will include: an official offer of admission from the University of Guelph-Humber, scholarship details, your Transfer Credit Assessment and other important information. You can accept your offer of admission on your OUAC account up to the deadline indicated in your offer letter.

Transfer Credit Assessment

Your Transfer Credit Assessment is an official document that outlines the credit you will receive from courses completed at other postsecondary institutions towards your credentials earned at the University of Guelph-Humber. Please review your assessment thoroughly. When you accept your offer of admission, you also accept and agree to the transfer credit outlined in your official Transfer Credit Assessment. To interpret your assessment, refer to the program plan included in your offer package. If you cannot find your program plan, an online copy can be found on our Advising pages.


Accept your offer

If you receive an offer of admission, the offer will be posted to your WebAdvisor and OUAC accounts, and you will receive an email and offer package in the mail from the University. To accept your offer, do so through your OUAC account by the deadline indicated in your offer.

About your offer

Every offer of admission is conditional. Please review your offer of admission and transfer credit along with the conditions of your offer (found on the second page of your offer letter). When you accept your offer, it is with the assumption that all conditions of that offer will be met by a deadline outlined in your offer letter.

Once you meet all of the offer conditions, we will send you an email that states you have met all of the conditions.

Deferrals

If you have been admitted to the Community Social Services program at the University but are unable to begin your studies in the fall, you may request to defer your offer under extenuating circumstances. You must first accept your offer of admission. For further instructions, please read the "After Accepting" section.


Vulnerable Sector Check/Screening

Some Community Social Services transfer students will have placement. Check your transfer credit assessment and program plan to see IF you have placement and when - it can begin as early as your first semester at the University. Students with placements will be required to complete a Vulnerable Sector Screening/Check before your placement begins. Visit our Placement Services page for additional details.


Apply for residence

If you have received an offer of admission, you are eligible to apply for residence. Residence operates on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible (after you receive an offer).

Applications for fall residence open February 1, 2023.

How to apply

The application process is a two-step process that can take a few days to complete because you need to wait for step 1 to be processed before you can complete step 2. Please do not leave applying for residence to the last minute. Students are encouraged to apply for residence as soon as possible, as our system tracks the order in which students submit their application, and spaces will be offered to eligible students in that order.

Apply on Humber's residence site. Please only refer to Guelph-Humber-specific information.


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Fulfill the conditions of your offer

Your offer of admission and transfer credit are conditional upon completion of your postsecondary coursework, subject requirements and final cumulative average noted in your offer letter. You can check your WebAdvisor account to see what documents are outstanding to fulfill the conditions of your offer. You will have received an email from the University with your WebAdvisor user ID and password soon after you applied.

Read your Offer of Admission to be sure you understand what else may be required of you.


Check your email!

Our Admission Services staff may contact you via email to clarify or request information. Please check your email regularly. If you have not set up your Gryph Mail to receive official emails from the University, please do so now. Instructions for how to set up your email can be found on our New Student Guide web pages.

Our Student Services staff will reach out over the coming months to ensure you get in touch with your Academic Advisor, know how to register for courses as a transfer student and learn how to get involved at the University.


View our New Student Guide web pages

Use the New Student Guide to learn how to:

  • course select
  • pay tuition
  • set up your student ID and more!
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To request a deferral

If you want to defer your offer of admission

You may request a deferral if you have accepted your offer of admission into a University of Guelph-Humber program but are unable to begin your studies in 2023. Deferral requests will be considered on a case-by-case basis for students with extenuating circumstances. A fee applies.

As an alternative, you may consider taking a reduced course load by enrolling in less than 2.00 credits (four courses). Before doing so, we recommend you contact:

To be considered for a deferral you must:

  • Accept your offer of admission by the deadline noted on your offer letter.
  • Meet all conditions outlined in your offer of admission by the deadline noted on your offer letter.
  • Request a deferral application by emailing admissions@guelphhumber.ca by August 1
  • Submit the deferral application, support letter and $90 fee by the deferral application deadline.
  • Not attend any other postsecondary institution during the deferral period.

Deferral application process

  1. You must submit your deferral application, support letter and $90 fee by August 11 for consideration.
  2. Applications are considered on a rolling basis for students who satisfy the conditions of their offer. Once we have considered your application, we will communicate the decision to you by email.
  3. If you submit a deferral application and later choose to withdraw that application to begin classes in 2023, please email Admission Services.
  4. If you are granted a deferral, you will receive a new Offer of Admission by the following February.

Ready for Class

Full-time on-campus students: Be sure to attend the Transfer Student Registration Workshop to learn how to register for courses and get other helpful transfer student information.

Online students: Attend the online orientation that is available in August via CourseLink. (You can find the link through the New Student Guide.)