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Understanding your Offer of Admission

Offer of Admission

You have received your Offer of Admission by email. Please note this is your official letter – you will not receive a hard copy by mail. The Offer of Admission outlines all the details of your admission to Concordia University.  You should read it carefully to ensure you understand your admission fully and to ensure you are aware of any and all actions that you are required to take.

Your CONCORDIA ID number can be found in the top right corner of each page of your Offer of Admission.  This 8-digit number is your unique identifier at Concordia.

The first page also details the specific degree/plan and program that you have been admitted to. In this case, the degree/plan is a BFA, the program is the Major in Studio Art and the type of program is an extended credit program (ECP).

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MINIMUM PROGRAM LENGTH will be either 90, 108 or 120.  This is the minimum number of credits that must be completed in order to obtain the degree.

  • 90 credit program normally for CEGEP graduates as well as for students who have completed a previous undergraduate degree. 
  • 108 (MEP) credit program for mature students who do not meet the normal university entrance requirements
  • 120 (ECP) credit program normally for students who completed high school outside Quebec - either in another province or country. 

* Please note that the minimum number of credits required may actually be higher if you have been admitted to a combined program (eg. Major/ Minor or Specialization/Minor).

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ADMISSION STATUS will either be Final or Conditional

Final status indicates we have everything we need and your admission is final. 

If your Admission Status is conditional, it means there are conditions to your admission that must be met. The CONDITIONS will be listed immediately below your status. The conditions normally must be met before the start of classes.

CONFIRMATION DATE indicates the final date for you to confirm your acceptance of the offer. This confirmation must be accompanied by a $100 confirmation deposit which is applied towards your future tuition.


EXEMPTIONS indicate that you have completed equivalent courses—normally at either cegep or college/university, or are based upon an evaluation of your portfolio or audition.  If you are given an exemption for a course that is required in your program, you do not have to take that course but you MUST replace it with another course (generally one from the same discipline). An exempted course does not reduce the length of your program.

Potential exemptions are courses that are in progress at the time your letter was issued. Upon receipt of a final transcript showing successful completion of the courses, they will become final exemptions.

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Please be aware that the registration system will not restrict you from registering for a course for which you have received an exemption.  HOWEVER, you will NOT receive any credit upon completion of the course.

DEFICIENCIES are courses that are missing from your profile. They must be completed, either in addition to your degree requirements or as part of your degree requirements. (The majority of Fine Arts students will not have deficiencies.)

For example, applicants who did not meet the minimum language proficiency requirements may be given an ESL (English as a Second Language) deficiency.

For ESL deficiencies, a maximum of 6 ESL credits may be applied within the degree requirements of a 90 credit program.  Students admitted to a 108 (MEP) or 120 (ECP program) may apply up to 12 credits of ESL courses within their degree requirements.

TRANSFER CREDITS are university level courses that you have successfully completed.  Transfer credits reduce your program length.

If we are unable to determine an exact equivalent course at Concordia to the one you took elsewhere, we transfer the credits generically by discipline (ie ARTH - Art History, GENL - general elective) and we approximate the level of the course (A, B or AB).  An “A” indicates introductory level, “B “indicates the course is above the introductory level and “AB” indicates the course is a mix of levels.  (Please note: the level is not as relevant as the discipline of the transfer credits.)

We transfer as many credits as possible up to a certain maximum. It is possible that not all transfer credits awarded will be applicable to your degree requirements.

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Potential transfer credits are courses that are in progress at the time your letter was issued. Upon receipt of a final transcript showing successful completion of the course, they will become final transfer credits.

We strongly advise all students who have received transfer credits to confirm the placement of these transfer credits within their program.

The final page of your offer of admission will be specific important messages for you.  It may be information related to advising and registration, information intended for your specific program or governmental requirements or fee payment information.  It is critical that you read through each item to ensure you are aware of all procedures and regulations pertaining to you specifically.

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