I'm Accepted.  Now What?


Congratulations, you’ve received an offer of admission! This section details all of the things you need to do or think about to help make your transition to NBCC as smooth as possible. 

First things first. All official communication with admitted students is by email. It is important that we have your current email address on file at all times. As well, you may want to consider setting up your email address so your NBCC emails do not end up in your junk folder.

Note: You will receive an email communication approximately three - four weeks prior to class start informing you it is time to register. Please visit our Online Registration page for more information about this MANDATORY step.

Step 1: Confirm your acceptance

If you haven’t already done so, pay the confirmation fee to secure your seat before the deadline provided on your acceptance letter. Don’t forget, you will also need to send your final marks to the College Admissions Service if you are still in high school or if you are upgrading.

Step 2: Apply early for a study permit (International students)

If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you will need a valid postsecondary study permit to attend NBCC for longer than six months. Obtaining a permit can take several months, so submit your application as soon as you confirm your acceptance.

Step 3: Plan your finances

A college education is a smart investment and it is never too early to start thinking about how you will pay for it. Visit our program information page to get an estimate of costs (e.g. tuition, books, etc.).

How do you plan to pay? Visit our Paying for College page to help you get started.

Lists of textbooks, equipment or materials required for your program will be provided by your instructor on the first day of classes. If you’re buying secondhand books, please check with the bookstore or your instructor to see if textbooks or editions have changed for your program/courses.

Step 4: Get the technology

Almost half of NBCC’s programs require you to purchase a laptop that meets the specifications highlighted on our website. Find out if your program has these technology requirements.

Step 5: Review accessibility services

If you received academic accommodations and/or supports while in high school or other post-secondary institutes, we will assist to remove barriers to learning. Learn more about the accessibility services offered.

Step 6: Find a place to live

Need a place to live? Start your search early and check our website for helpful resources. Remember what they say - the early bird gets the shiny new apartment!

Step 7: Review language requirements

Are you a Permanent Resident or an International Student? If your first language is not English, NBCC will require proof of English language competency. Learn more about our language requirements and the recognized linguistic tests.

Step 8: Request recognition for prior learning

If you have previous post secondary education and/or related work experience, you can apply for credit transfer and/or credit equivalency as soon as you have confirmed your acceptance. Learn more about this service and how to prepare your documents for submission.

Step 9: Get to know us better

Between the Open House, Student for a Day and College Preview Day, we offer a number of opportunities to help you get to know us a little better. College Preview Day is an exciting day for accepted students and your friends and family to learn more about your future home!

Explore the campus, ask questions you may have about student services and financing, see the community and meet your future classmates. Keep an eye out for your invitation in the spring if you have been accepted into a program beginning in September.

Step 10: Immunization and Criminal Record Check (Health and Social Science students only)

Future Health students – You will need to satisfy certain immunization requirements before the beginning of your program. Timing is everything – start now! Some vaccines require multiple doses, which may take several weeks. Learn more.

Future Health and Social Sciences students – You will be participating in a clinical/practicum that may entail you working with children and/or vulnerable adults. You will require a Criminal Record Check (including the Vulnerable Sector). The clinical/practicum is an essential part of your program and you will need to have these checks done in order to take part! Learn more.