Before Applying

How do I get started?

Step 1: Learn about your career interests

Book an appointment with an Admissions and Pathways Advisor


  • Check out - a 30 question assessment which will help you learn which of our 200+ programs may be of interest to you.
  • 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.
  • If you would like more information about our admission process and our programs and the careers they lead to, you can speak with an Admissions and Pathways Advisor at 519-452-4277;; or book an appointment at
  • Feel like you could benefit from some additional one-on-one Career Exploration? Register now to book an appointment with one of our Employment Consultants at Community Employment Services at no cost to you. We will help you develop an employment action plan and support you through all of the steps along the way to your goals! This service is funded through Employment Ontario, check us out today! - register now!

    Fanshawe offers a one-day, in-depth workshop that explores your interests, values and skills to identify career aspirations and the college programs that align with your goals. You will be provided with admissions details, information about financing your education and a campus tour.

Step 2: Discover what Fanshawe College has to offer you

Step 3: Consider your academic preparedness

Step 4: Understand the college application process

Step 5: Understand 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 in 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 How to Apply section.
  • 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.

Step 6: Get help if you need it

  • We are here to help. You can make an appointment with an Admissions and Pathways advisor in the Office of the Registrar Advising Centre if you want help understanding your options and the process of applying. Book now at