We understand that one of the most important tasks for you as a teacher or guidance counsellor is to help guide students as they choose a career path. A solid understanding of the education options available helps a student make a career choice that's right for them.
We want to make your job an easy one, and we have all the information you need right here about the questions you're asked every day.

Here's what you need to know for full-time students

  1. Choosing a program.
    Students can take our Pathfinder Quiz to help choose the right program, and meet with a Recruitment Officer or Admissions and Pathways Advisor to explore their options.
  2. Applying to Fanshawe.
    Applications open on OCAS October 1 and remain open until programs are full. Applications must be submitted by the equal consideration deadline of February 1 to be considered for highly competitive programs. For undersubscribed programs, applications are accepted until programs are full.
  3. Receiving an offer of admission by email and mail.
    Offers are sent following February 1, with offers to highly competitive programs sent mid-March. We communicate almost exclusively by email, but are often blocked by Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo. Students should check their junk, social or promotions folders and add Fanshawe to their safe senders lists to ensure they do not miss emails from Fanshawe.
  4. Confirming an offer of admission by May 1 on OCAS.
    Unconfirmed offers to competitive programs are revoked on May 2, while undersubscribed programs provide more flexibility. After mid-April, applicants have two weeks to confirm their offer of admission.
  5. Securing a seat in a program.
    Students secure their seat by paying the non-refundable tuition deposit by June 15. For closed or waitlisted programs, offers are revoked on June 16 if the deposit is not paid. OSAP may not be used for the non-refundable deposit.
  6. Ensuring outstanding admission conditions are met.
    Admission conditions such as graduating from high school or getting a minimum grade on a required course, must be completed by mid-August and can be found by checking WebAdvisor
  7. Preparing for College
    1. Final grades are received in July, after which conditional offers are fulfilled or lost.
    2. Consider financial needs early and apply to OSAP.
    3. Prepare for September with the HeadStart program, a pre-orientation activity for first-year students.
    4. Complete post-admission requirements, such as WRIT or Paramed.

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  1. Where can I check the status to see what programs are open and closed?
    Visit our open programs page to view a full listing of programs that are still accepting applications.
  2. Does Fanshawe College automatically send out alternate offers?
    No, we follow up with applicants who are ineligible for their chosen programs or not admitted to competitive programs even when eligible. These applicants are offered guaranteed admission to an alternate program if they apply to the suggested program.
  3. What should my advice be to students applying to oversubscribed programs?
    The best advice for these students is to always have a contingency plan. Research the program thoroughly to ensure that it is a traditionally oversubscribed program and find out what the most direct route into the program is. Contact a member of our Liaison Team or an Admissions and Pathways Advisor for more details. Visit fanshawec.ca/hcp for more details.
  4. What programs are oversubscribed?
    For a complete list of oversubscribed programs with their post-secondary requirements, visit fanshawec.ca/hcp.
  5. Where can students check for entrance scholarships and bursaries?
    Bursaries and scholarships are available through our Financial Aid and Student Awards Office, a great resource for students beginning their research.
  6. Does Fanshawe have a differential between U and C courses?
    No, Fanshawe follows the Ministry Binding Directive on Admissions Policy and does not offer a differential between U- and C-level courses.

For more info, check out our FAQ for Parents