Eligibility for Conestoga College Admission


Entry requirements

Entry into a program at Conestoga college requires the satisfaction of a number of entry criteria. These include meeting the admission requirements of the specific program being applied for. Applicants should check the admissions requirements page of the course or program they are applying for to note any additional requirements for successful application. 

All applicants will need to provide evidence of English language proficiency in one of the following ways: 

  • For a degree program: 6.5 IELTS (with no band less than 6.0), 88 TOEFL with no individual skill less than 22 (including practical nursing, respiratory therapy, public relations, food processing technician, and journalism diploma programs)  
  • For a diploma or certificate: 6.0 IELTS (with no band less than 5.5), 80 TOEFL (excluding practical nursing, respiratory therapy, public relations, food processing technician, and journalism diploma programs) with no individual skill less than 20  
  • For a graduate certificate: 6.5 IELTS (with no band less than 6.0), 88 TOEFL with no individual skill less than 22 (some IT and engineering programs may require other scores)  

For students who do not meet the English language requirements for direct entry into a full-time program of post-secondary education, they may apply for the college’s English for Academic Studies (EAS) course.

Department and Faculty

Teaching quality

Conestoga is a premier polytechnic college. It is a fast-growing college in Ontario, due to its future-focused range of programs and courses, as well as emphasis on career-focused training and applied research. Students at Conestoga can live and study with confidence that they are getting an excellent preparation for success in a fast-changing, competitive knowledge economy. 

The faculty of Conestoga college are highly trained professionals in their chosen fields, with years of practical experience and business success under their belts. Students at the college are able to work with staff in small classrooms with lots of face-to-face, personalised learning and collaboration. The college also prides itself on its integration with the surrounding business community. Situated in Ontario’s recognized tech capital, there is no shortage of exciting enterprises and established businesses which participate in knowledge exchange with the college. 

The college also has a number of unique facilities and programmes including a number of Conestoga-run childcare centres across the Waterloo region that function as lab schools for programs in childcare related courses. Students working at these locations have a chance not only to make a real difference to lives of children, but to access well-equipped labs, project-based courses, applied clinical experience, and applied research opportunities. Students at Conestoga stand head and shoulders above the rest with the opportunity to link theory, research and practice and establish excellent educational foundations.

Department structure

The college offers over 230 programs of study with a clear career focus and supports more degree offerings than any other college outside of the Greater Toronto Area. This includes the only fully college-delivered, accredited engineering degrees in the state of Ontario. Across the 230 plus certificates on offer, there are a wide range of diplomas, degrees, and postgraduate programs, including many with co-op options. 

The college’s wide range of programs are designed to ensure that every kind of student can get the knowledge and skills they need to succeed, with multiple points of entry and learning pathways to ensure that nobody in the community is left out. The college also holds a number of articulation agreements with universities and colleges around the world, ensuring that Conestoga students have direct access to further post-secondary opportunities. The college offers extensive programming in the following fields: 

  • School of Applied Computer Science and Information Technology 
  • School of Community Services 
  • School of Business 
  • School of Creative Industries 
  • School of Engineering and Technology 
  • School of Hospitality and Culinary Arts 
  • School of Health and Life Sciences 
  • School of Interdisciplinary Studies 
  • School of Workforce Development
  • School of Trades and Apprenticeship 

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