What Does Conditional Acceptance Mean? What You Need To Know

Applying to university is both an exciting and overwhelming time. There are so many questions to ask and things to consider. It almost seems like there is a new language to learn.

Picture this: You’ve decided what university or college you want to apply to, you’ve completed the application process and have been anxiously awaiting a reply. A few weeks go by and you receive a letter in the mail – it’s from your first choice university!!! You quickly open it up, only to read:

“Congratulations! You’ve been conditionally accepted.”

Huh?

What does conditionally accepted mean?

Conditional acceptance means that there are still terms that need to be met before your acceptance can be finalized.

For example, maybe you’re a high school or college student and you’ve applied and submitted your official transcript for your midterm grades. You meet all of the University’s admission requirements (way to go!), but in order to make your acceptance official, you’ll need to keep up the good work and send in your final grades once they’re available.

Conditional acceptance can also mean documentation is missing. Perhaps you’re an international student who is awaiting their Proof of English Proficiency test marks, or for your previous post-secondary institution to send along your official transcripts.

In any case, if you read further down your (conditional) acceptance letter, most admission departments will indicate what information they need from you in order to finalize your acceptance.

If you think there has been a mistake in your admissions process or if you have any questions, we encourage you to reach out to the Admissions or Enrolment Services team at the university / college you’re interested in!

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