Admissions Step-by-Step

This step-by-step guide helps you learn more about what Lakeland offers. More important it's how Lakeland can be the right fit for you.
If you have a question in any part of this process, then reach out to one of our enrolment specialists. They are your personal guide from your first inquiry about Lakeland right up to the day you register for classes.

Research options

Explore our programs

Browse our programs by department. In every school you'll find a list of programs. Check out the academic requirements, courses and even further study opportunities.
Start on the academics menu, then choose a program or programs.

Explore pathways

Education is as individual as you are. The time you want to spend in school, how you go to school, where you go to school and what credential(s) you want.

Check out all the Lakeland pathways from a one-year certificate to an applied degree.

Find your match

Match your interests and abilities to our programs. Take a brief quiz and see what matches you. Try program match.

Make your own viewbook

Create your own personalized Lakeland College viewbook. You choose the programs you are interested in, the photo theme and other information ranging from where to eat to best places to study.



Select programs offer student-for-day. You can go to classes, meet current students and faculty, and get a personalized tour.


You are invited to visit and tour our campus on other days besides official open house and information sessions.
Book a tour for you and a friend, or members of your family.
High school teachers and counsellors tour form.

Open House

Open House is for two days on both campuses in October.
It's a great introduction to our campuses, programs and people.

Info sessions

Info sessions, usually in February and March, are specific to schools or individual programs.

Spend a half or whole day immersed in a Lakeland experience.

See our info session 2020 schedule.

Applications for the next terms will open on applyalberta on these dates:
  • Bachelor of Applied Business: Emergency Services - March 1, 2021 [Jan 2022 intake]
  • Winter (Jan 2022 - April 2022) term - May 1, 2021
  • EST 2022 - May 1, 2021
  • Firefighter training (FFT) 2022 - August 16, 2021 
  • Online 4th class power engineering Fall 2021/Winter 2022 - July 1, 2021
  • Fall 2022  - Oct 1, 2021
It pays to be early for some of our popular programs such as animal health technology.
To apply, go to our Apply Now page



Prepare to Apply

Admission requirements

Each program has specific admission requirements. You'll see specific high school subjects, usually grade 12, and minimum marks.
If you aren't from Alberta or Saskatchewan, you can check provincial subject and grade equivalency charts.
Our courses are taught in English, so there are also English language proficiency requirements.

Entrance Testing

If you don't meet the academic requirements, you do have options.
You can do entrance testing. Usually this involves an exam. We can help you prepare through our academic prep modules.
After you apply, we'll refer you to this free service if you are missing a course or two.

Calculate costs

Use our fee calculator to budget for your time at college.

Connect with an enrolment specialist

Think of our enrolment specialists as both travel agents and tour guides as you start your post-secondary journey.
They can help you choose a destination (your program) and then assist you from applying through to your first day of class.
They are as close as an email, phone call or text. See who you should contact on our enrolment contact page.


Transcripts & other documents

If your high school is in Alberta

You have an advantage if you attended high school in Alberta. Your transcripts will be sent to us automatically. It's part of the process when you use applyalberta.
Your final grade 12 marks will be sent to Lakeland electronically in July.

If your high school isn't in Alberta

If you went to high school in another province you'll need to send us an official transcript.
This includes Lloydminster schools as they use Saskatchewan curriculum.
You can get that transcript from your provincial education department. If you aren't sure who to contact, please check our transcript page for a list of provincial education offices.

International Students

If you went to high school outside of Canada,we'll need all of your high school documents.
Our admissions staff will review your education. If required, we may ask you to submit your transcripts to the  International Qualifications Assessment Service (IQAS)




applyalberta is a common application system for all Alberta post-secondary institutions. Go to our apply now page to learn more, and use the link to the application system.
Remember you'll need a credit card to apply.

Apprentices register

If you are a registered apprentice, then you don't apply. You register for your course at Lakeland College. This can also be done online using My Trade Secrets. Check out all the details on our apprentice registration page.

Part-time studies

Even if you don't plan on being a full-time student, you still need to be accepted into a program.

Online programs

Taking online programs has a two-step process. First, you apply for the program  on applyalberta. Second, you register for individual courses. Start with your program application. We'll send you details about how to register for courses.

After you're accepted

Apply for residence

Once you are accepted, you'll be invited to apply for a spot in residence.
You don't have to stay in our dorms, but they are a convenient option and a great way to meet people.
You also pay a $50 application fee and a $500 damage deposit.

Tuition deposit

A tuition deposit guarantees your spot in the program. It's also non-refundable, so when you pay it you are committing to Lakeland. Deadlines and amount vary. Details will be in your acceptance letter.

Academic advisors

Agricultural sciences, business, human services and university transfer programs all have academic advisors.

If you are in business or university transfer, you'll meet with your advisor to choose your classes.

Transfer credits

If you've already been to college or university, you may want to get credit for courses you've already taken.
Start with our transfer credit form, and get in touch with the chair of our school. An enrolment specialist can help you.


Final steps before registration

College Prep 101

College is different from high school. Learn more about how and how you can be better prepared for the challenges with our free online College Prep 101.
We also have specialized college prep courses for energy, fire/EMS and trades students.

Early Bird Orientation

Business and university transfer offer an early bird orientation just before classes start.
Among the benefits is moving in early, meeting classmates, getting your id card and paying tuition. Watch for an email invitation.

Registration schedules

Registration day is a busy one. You will officially become a Lakeland student. All programs do an orientation. Some programs even start with a first class.
Know where to be and when from our registration/orientation schedule pages. Information will also be available on the Lakeland mobile app.

Pay tuition

Tuition is due on or before registration day. You may pay online using My Lakeland, set up online bill pay through your bank or stop by one of our campuses to pay in person.