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Counsellors' Seminar

School counsellors, educators and career professionals are invited to join us in September for an annual professional development day focused on UM programs and services and important updates for the coming year. Our 2020 events have now passed, but you can watch recordings of all sessions on-demand in our Counsellor Classroom.

Counsellor classroom – Recorded presentations

Available to watch on-demand, these short and informative presentations focus on important topics for counsellors.

Counsellors' Seminar 2020

Indigenous Student Centre counsellor orientation

Counsellor Q & A with Indigenous student advisors

New counsellor orientation

Scholarships and awards

Learn more about our general entrance scholarships, BMO Indigenous Leader of Tomorrow and Leader of Tomorrow entrance scholarships and other awards, as well as tips and important dates for the year ahead.

Frequently asked questions

Join our Student Recruitment Officers as they answer frequently asked questions about grade submission, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and Dual-Credit course work, and English language proficiency.

Program spotlight: Midwifery

Hear from the staff of the new Midwifery program about how your high school students can prepare for entry to this unique new program.

The student experience

In this roundtable discussion, you’ll hear from current students about why they chose the UM, what they wish they had known when starting university, and more!

School presentations and campus visits

Help your students to discover all that the University of Manitoba has to offer. Encourage your students to attend our ongoing series of UManitoba virtual presentations, organized by topic. We also host virtual campus tours and events for students and school groups throughout the year.

  • Student presentation series

    Encourage your students to attend a series of live presentations focused on our programs, how to apply for admission, the UM student experience and more.  Refer to the schedule of upcoming presentations or to view recordings of past presentations.

  • Campus visits

    Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, in-person campus visits or group tours of the University of Manitoba are unavailable until further notice. Refer to our Campus tours and events information for details about our tour offerings and upcoming events.

Preparing your students for university

We offer a number of helpful tools and resources to ensure students are well-prepared to enter the university and succeed in our community.

University 1 vs. Direct entry

Some programs offer the option to apply directly from high school (Direct entry), while others require students to have completed a certain amount of university courses prior to applying (Advanced entry). Students will need to determine if they wish to begin their studies in University 1 or apply for direct entry to a specific program.

University 1 (U1)

  • Students should consider applying to University 1 (U1) if they are seeking a flexible first year in which they can balance or blend requirements for one or more programs of interest.
  • U1 is also ideal for students who do not meet the higher admission requirements required for Direct Entry admission to a specific faculty, or who are interested in Advanced Entry programs that admit students only after some prior university study (e.g., Nursing, Environmental Design).
  • U1 does not add extra time or cost to a degree and serves as year 1 of any 3 or 4 year degree program.

Direct entry to a specific faculty

  • Students can apply for Direct Entry admission to specific faculties (such as Engineering or Business) if they are confident this is to be their program of study, if they meet the specific admission requirements for the program, and if they want to take advantage of program-specific advising and supports.
  • Students who apply for Direct Entry admission but do not meet the admission requirements for their chosen program will be automatically admitted to University 1 (provided they still meet the U1 admission requirements) – no second application is required.

Indigenous student resources

The Indigenous Student Recruitment team is available to advise prospective Indigenous students whether they are applying directly from high school, coming from an adult learning centre or mature learners.

Indigenous self-declaration

  • As Indigenous students complete their applications for admission, there is an opportunity to self-declare as a First Nation, Metis or Inuit student and receive personalized communications from the UM.
  • After accepting their offer of admission, students who self-declare can choose to receive a bi-weekly e-newsletter with information about scholarships and bursaries, academic, cultural and social opportunities, jobs and careers, upcoming events and more.

Indigenous community

  • Migizii Agamik - Bald Eagle Lodge serves as a home away from home for Indigenous students and houses the Indigenous Student Centre on the 1st floor. This is where students can utilize a welcoming study space, meet with Elders in Residence to receive cultural and personal support and meet with Indigenous student advisors for academic support.
  • Public speaking, mentoring, and financial wellness programs give students the confidence and know-how to become leaders in their community, while the Qualico Bridge to Success Program helps new Indigenous students transition from high school to university with summer programming and Indigenous academic labs for introductory classes.

Explore the Indigenous Community

Access Programs

  • Students overcoming social, economic, geographic and academic barriers can take advantage of our Access Program for academic, financial and tutoring support. The annual application deadline is May 1.

Learn more about the Access Program

International students in Canadian high schools

International students finishing their high school education in Canada may be required to demonstrate English language proficiency depending on their home country and the amount of time they have been studying in Canada.

English language requirements and waiver criteria

  • Students may qualify for an English language proficiency waiver if they have been studying in Canada for a minimum of three consecutive years (taking five courses in each of the three years) at an English language high school. Transcripts for the minimum three years of study must be provided to the Admissions office as part of the student’s application.
  • Students may also qualify for a waiver if they take two 40S-level English courses (such as EAL 40S) and achieve an average grade of 75% across both.
  • Students who do not qualify for a waiver will be required to write a test such as TOEFL IBT, CANTest, or IELTS.

English Language Centre – Intensive Academic English Program

  • The English Language Centre (ELC) at the University of Manitoba offers an Intensive Academic English Program for students who may not otherwise meet the university’s English language requirements.

Applying to UM

Applications for fall admission are available every year in October. Students will complete their application for admission online and should review the admission requirements and high school pre-requisites for their intended program prior to starting an application.

Please note that Direct Entry admission requirements have changed for Fall 2022 applicants. Review our Fall 2022 Direct Entry Admission Requirement Update (PDF).

High school students should review the Direct Entry admission requirements for their intended program prior to beginning their application, and review the high school courses necessary for admission.

Students should also review the high school pre-requisite courses outlined in our requirements chart to determine if additional Grade 12 courses are required to study in their intended program. High school pre-requisites are different from admission requirements in that students will need to have completed these high school courses in order to register for certain required university courses once admitted to their chosen program.

Counsellors and students can use the First Year Planning Guide to identify required first year university courses for any UM degree program – select the program name from the guide index and you will be taken to a page that lists course and elective requirements as well as information about high school course pre-requisites and minimum grades.

Direct entry application process

  • October 1: Applications for fall admission go live
  • October 1–March 1: Students apply for admission
  • December–March: Conditional offers of admission issued to select early applicants
  • December 1: Application deadline for Leader of Tomorrow and Indigenous Leader of Tomorrow Entrance Scholarships
  • January 15: Application deadline for direct entry to Desautels Faculty of Music
  • March 1: Direct Entry application deadline and General Entrance Scholarship application deadline
  • Late March: Admissions requests final first semester grades and midterm second semester grades for Manitoba high school students who have applied before March 1
  • May: Admission offers issued
  • June 1: Students accept offers of admission
  • Mid-June: Admissions requests final grades for Manitoba high school students

Application fee

  • The application fee for Canadian citizens and permanent residents is $100.00 CDN.
  • The application fee for international students is $120.00 CDN.

Conditional offers of admission

Students who apply prior to March 1 may receive a conditional offer of admission based on their self-reported grades. Conditional offers are provided for select programs between December and March depending on the date of application and are not to be confused with official admission offers, which are provided after first semester final and second semester interim grades have been assessed.

Grade requests for Manitoba high school students

  • Individual schools and school divisions will be asked to provide interim grades for all Manitoba high school students who have applied to the University of Manitoba by March 1. Final grades will also be requested in June.
  • A key component of this process is the provincial ID number - please encourage students to include this number in their applications.
  • As part of the application process, each Manitoba high school student gives the university permission to request grades on their behalf. A secure file is sent to school or school division contacts who create electronic grade files to submit securely to the UM servers.
  • The school or school division can expect the grade request from the University of Manitoba at the end of March for students who apply by March 1. At that time, we expect all final grade 12 marks for courses completed up to that point as well as interim or mid-term marks for the second term. For schools that are not on a two-semester system, we receive some form of official mid-term assessment. We encourage grades to be sent by mid-April so decisions can be processed based on official grades.
  • An additional grade request will be sent out in the middle of June. At that time, we expect all final grades and graduation details to be included.
  • Students who apply in mid-or-late-June, or after their high school has closed for the summer, are responsible for personally submitting their official, final transcript – Admissions does not request transcripts from high schools for late applicants.

Admission and scholarship offers

  • Students who apply by March 1 and have submitted all required documents by the deadlines provided in their Application Portal should expect to be notified of their admission decision sometime in May or June. Most offers of admission must be accepted by June 1.
  • Entrance scholarship offers are typically provided to eligible students in May or June, shortly after admission offers have been made. Students should follow the instructions in their entrance scholarship offer for details on how to accept their scholarship.

Next steps for admitted students

  • A number of supports are available to newly admitted students to help them prepare for course registration, including tutorial videos, the First Year Planning Guide and orientation events. See our suite of Next Steps materials for information on making the transition from high school to university.

Next steps for new students

Scholarships and awards

The University of Manitoba provides more than $21 million in scholarship and bursary support to students. High school students may be eligible for some awards automatically while others require specific applications. Encourage your students to familiarize themselves with our scholarship opportunities and prepare by taking the appropriate high school courses.

Counsellors and students can explore scholarship and award opportunities using our searchable Awards Database. Search by program, year of study, student type and more!

General entrance scholarships and scholarship eligible courses

  • General entrance scholarships range in value from $1,000–$3,000 CDN and are awarded to students with averages of 85% or higher across a select spectrum of Grade 12-level courses. Students must apply before March 1 to be eligible (no scholarship-specific application is required).
  • Entrance scholarship decisions are made on the basis of the candidate’s interim average, based on the best five eligible courses (as listed below) in five different subject groups. Entrance scholarship offers are not adjusted on final grades.
  • The list of pre-approved Manitoba high school courses that will be considered for a general entrance scholarship evaluation are as follows:
    • Art 40S
    • Biology 40S
    • Chemistry 40S
    • Computer Science 40S
    • English/Anglais 40S
    • Geography 40S
    • History 40S
    • Physics 40S
    • Music 40S
    • Social Studies: World Issues 40S or Global Issues 40S
    • Current Topics in First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies: A Foundation for Implementation 40S
    • Only one of:
      • Applied Math 40S
      • Pre-Calculus 40S
      • Calculus 42S (Calculus 45S is not acceptable)
    • Only one of:
      • Family Studies 40S
      • Foods & Nutrition 40S
    • Only one of:
      • Canadian Aboriginal Language 41G
      • Deutsch 40S
      • Filipino 40S
      • French/Français 40S (if not used in lieu of English/Anglais 40S)
      • German 40S
      • Hebrew 40S
      • Italian 40S
      • Japanese 40S
      • Mandarin 40S
      • Polish 40S
      • Portugese 40S
      • Spanish 40S
      • Ukrainian 40S

Please note:

  • Students may use two English 40S or 40G level courses towards the average calculation (i.e. English 40S and 40S).
  • Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate standing is considered as 40S for admission and awards purposes and may be used to replace courses listed above.
  • A comparable level of academic standing will be used to assess candidates from outside Manitoba.

Leader of Tomorrow and Indigenous Leader of Tomorrow entrance scholarships

  • Applications for the BMO Financial Group Leader of Tomorrow and Indigenous Leader of Tomorrow scholarships, valued at $16,000 ($4,000/year over four years), are available online in October and must be submitted by December 1. Students must apply for both the scholarship and for admission to the UM prior to the December 1 deadline.

Chown Centennial scholarship selections

  • Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario high schools can nominate students to receive the Chown Centennial Entrance Scholarship, valued at $1,000. Selection packages are typically distributed to counsellors in May and must be returned in late June. For more information, please contact

Important resources

From accessibility to housing to athletics, the UM community is here to support your students. With our diverse student population of over 29,000 students, there’s something on-campus for every interest and need.

Accessibility services

Students with accessibility needs are encouraged to connect with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to arrange a consultation. SAS can provide assistance for students with a wide range of accessibility needs, from note taking services to interpreters and counselling. Students are encouraged to contact SAS to discuss their accessibility needs well before the start of classes (at least one month prior is strongly recommended).

Accessibility for students

Athletics and Recreation

All UM students have access to our diverse recreation and fitness facilities, including our state-of-the-art Active Living Centre, an indoor pool, a year-round ice rink and much, much more. Students interested in playing men’s and women’s Bison sports are encouraged to contact the coach for their sport of interest for information about tryouts. Contact information for coaches can be found in the staff directory on the Bison Sports website.


Colleges provide facilities and programs to create a community within a community for UM students. For a nominal fee (usually under $20), students can join one of our four colleges and take advantage of exclusive scholarship support, access to unique study space and smaller class sizes. Services, facilities and available financial supports vary by college.

Student residences

Students interested in living on-campus in a student residence building should apply online; applications are available in November and rooms are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Students can choose from single or double rooms and amenities differ between buildings. Off-campus housing resources are also available to help connect students with potential rentals, sublets and roommates.

Explore on-campus housing

Tuition and fees

Tuition is calculated based on the number and type of university courses a student registers for and is typically payable a few weeks after the start of each term’s classes. In addition, students are required to pay fees for different student services, such as sport and recreation. Students should be mindful of tuition and fee expenses and aware of our fee payment deadlines as they plan for university.

Tuition and fee information

Connect with us

The Student Recruitment team is available to assist counsellors and students with any of your questions. Contact a member of our team today or submit a question through our online form below.

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