Admissions Timeline

Admissions timeline

At Fanshawe, we understand that trying to navigate the college system can be a little overwhelming. That’s why we’ve created a step-by-step timeline to guide you through the process.

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1. Research your options


Going to college is a big step, which is why it’s important to do your research to make sure you’re making the right decision. At Fanshawe, we want to give you the most information we can before you begin your application. Read about why Fanshawe ranks as one of the best colleges in Ontario.

We are here to help!
If you would like information about our admission process and our programs and the careers they lead to, you can speak with an Admissions and Pathways Advisor by:

Our Programs 
A college education is about rolling up your sleeves and getting job-ready. Our programs provide experiential learning opportunities and industry connections that will help you hit the ground running after graduation. 

  • Explore your programs of interest. With over 200+ programs and pathways, we’re confident there is something right for you. You can also check out our Open Programs page to see which ones have seats available.
  • Find the best fit for you. Not sure which program to take? Take our Pathfinder assessment to help determine which programs best match your interests and strengths.

Fanshawe’s Career Coach

What is the job market like for your chosen program? Explore current job listings and job market trends with Fanshawe's Career Coach. You can also see how many previous Fanshawe grads got jobs by looking at last year's graduate employment report.

Community Employment Services

Feel like you could benefit from some additional one-on-one Career Exploration? Contact one of our Employment Consultants at Community Employment Services at no cost to you. This service is funded through Employment Ontario.

Consider your academic preparedness

What are your academic strengths? What subjects did you enjoy most in high school? Compare these with each program's admission requirements.


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2. Understand the college application and selection process


The college application process

Fanshawe uses the Ontario Colleges Application Service (OCAS) for all domestic certificate, diploma and degree applications. Visit their website for full instructions and a video on how to apply. For help with your application, please contact OCAS at 1-888-892-2228.

For a full explanation of the admissions process, refer to the #3 Apply to Fanshawe section below.


The college selection process

For the majority of our programs, applicants who apply by the equal consideration deadline of February 1 and who meet the admission requirements are admitted.

  • Equal Consideration Deadline: We do not make admissions decisions for September, January, March or May start dates until after February 1 each year. Up until this deadline, all applications are considered on an equal basis. After February 1, we admit qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until programs are full.
  • Meeting the admission requirements: Applicants can use high school courses, college or university courses, ACE courses and/or courses done through adult education/academic upgrading to meet the admission requirements. The Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities requires that each Ontario College applicant submit a high school transcript regardless of how many years have passed since graduation or which country the high school was located. Applicants over the age of 19 who do not have a high school diploma are considered mature applicants. To be admitted as a mature applicant, you do not need a high school diploma, but you must have the courses listed in the admission requirements. You can apply to Fanshawe College without having completed all of the admission requirements; simply send us proof of enrollment in any courses you are taking for admission requirements purposes. Fanshawe must receive a final mark for required admission courses three weeks prior to the start of classes. More information about admission requirements is located in the #3 Apply to Fanshawe section below.
  • Oversubscribed programs: A small number of our programs are oversubscribed. This means we have more qualified applications than available seats. Selection of applicants to oversubscribed programs is done using a point system. Points are awarded for grades earned in courses listed as admission requirements (usually high school courses) and the last 12 college or university courses taken. Special consideration (extra points) is awarded to applicants currently enrolled in Fanshawe College Preparatory programs.


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3. Apply to Fanshawe

Ready to apply to Fanshawe? We’re here to walk you through the process! It will all depend on which method of delivery you choose:

Full-time college program

  • Domestic student applications:
  • International student applications:
  • Apply by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. Oversubscribed programs will stop accepting applications after this deadline; other programs accept applications until filled.
  • What programs are available now? Visit the Open Programs page to find out.

​​Full-time college/university collaborative program

  • We offer the following collaborative degrees with Western University: Nursing and Music Recording Arts.
  • Domestic and international student applications:
  • Apply by February 15


  • You do not apply for an apprenticeship program. You need to secure a job first, and then your employer signs you up for an apprenticeship program. Community Employment Services at Fanshawe can help you find employment.
  • Job applications taken year round.
  • Visit for more information.

Part-time continuing education (CE) courses

  • Course registrations are accepted until the first day of class, but register early! Most courses start the first week of September, January, and May.
  • Visit for more information.

Part-time post-secondary program

Fanshawe offers the flexibility of taking some of our certificate, diploma and graduate certificate programs part-time. Explore all available part-time post secondary programs.

  • Do you wish to only take part-time post-secondary courses (and not a whole program)? Sign up three to four weeks before the start of term for individual courses that happen in person. Contact the Program Coordinator of the program in which you wish to study part-time.

Academic upgrading

Missing admission requirements for one of our programs? You can take courses at Fanshawe to upgrade your education.


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4. Get your offer of admission


Congratulations! Login to WebAdvisor to see your offer(s). 

Do you have an offer, but not your first choice?
Have you been offered a spot on the waitlist for your program?

You can still accept an offer of admission waiting for another offer of admission or while you are on a waitlist! Say yes to your waitlist offer on WebAdvisor.



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5. Accept your offer


Say yes and welcome to Fanshawe!

Visit (OCAS) to accept your offer by the deadline. Accept your offer and learn about the next steps you’ll need to complete before your first day of classes.