How to Apply
College Diploma & Certificates: OCAS
If you are wanting to apply for a College diploma or certificate, you would use the Ontario Colleges Application System (OCAS). It is straight forward and will lead you through the process. You might have to provide some supporting documentation so your application can be considered, and it will let you know how and where to upload these. A non-refundable fee is required to apply. If you are struggling to pay for your application fee, or don’t have a credit card, let us know, and we can see how we can help. Nothing can stop you from going after your dream – we are here to help you achieve yours!
In the application system (OCAS), you will be able to:
- See the status of your application
- Get notification of acceptance and official letters of acceptance. We will also send a printed and emailed copy of the letter telling you that you got into your program, so please use your accurate mailing and email address on your application and update it if it has change.
- Confirm your offer to accept it.
- Receive confirmation of deposit payments you made that we received.
In other words, you can get a lot of information from OCAS, and will be happy that you used it. All colleges in Ontario use this same system.
Apply online through the Ontario College Application Serivce for International Students: OCAS International and be sure to review admission requirements, tuition & fees, and other important information to apply to programs at Northern.
Northern Training Division: Direct
If you are looking to register or apply for a training program or course offered by Northern Training Division, your application or registration forms can be sent in directly online, in person or by email for open training opportunities you are interested in taking.
Continuing Education: Direct
To apply for programs, courses, and micro-credentials offered through alternative & flexible learning or with OntarioLearn, connect with us directly to complete a registration form.
Additional Information for International Students
Northern College is a Designated Learning Institution and our DLI # is O19315830082. Due to timelines needed for applying and being issued a Study Permit to go to College in Canada, please apply at least 8 months before the start of your program. That way, you can be prepared to student in time and travel here.
If you are an International Student, you will apply through OCAS and submit all supporting documentation, including your passport, your transcripts (please have them assessed by the International Credential Assessment Service of Canada – ICAS), and provide proof of your English proficiency (you will need to take an official test for this). You will need to pay a non-refundable application fee online via credit card or wire transfer to have your application considered.
Application Deadlines: At Northern, you can apply right up until classes for the semester begin, and sometimes even after that, if there is room in your program, but it’s best to apply early. Please reach out if you are unsure about anything.
Admissions Offer Letters: If you are accepted, you will hear from us by February 1 for programs beginning in the Fall. Programs starting in the Winter and Spring semesters have ongoing acceptances, and we will let you know as soon as we have accepted you into the program, which is a very exciting moment of your journey, so Congrats!
Confirming Your Offer: Once you receive an offer of acceptance from us, you need to confirm your offer to let us know you have chosen to study with us. The deadline to confirm your offer is May 1 for programs starting in the Fall.
Tuition Payments: New domestic students’ deposit is due by June 15 to save your spot in the program. Remaining tuition and fees are due by start of the semester. New international students’ tuition payment is due in full within 3 weeks of receiving your offer letter. Review Tuition & Fees and deadlines outlined in your offer letter to ensure you save your spot with us.
Please refer to the Academic Calendar for other important dates for your studies.
General Admission Requirements and Information
Each program has different admissions requirements. Some programs have additional admission requirements to be completed, including health and immunization records, CPR/First Aid, criminal record check and vulnerable record check forms, equipment or toolkit list, or an audiology or vision evaluation.
You will usually need to have finished high school to attend Northern, but that isn’t true in all cases. If some time has passed, you may qualify to attend here as a mature student. You can also take Academic Upgrading with us for free if you still need some qualifications. Depending on the program, you might need to have Grade 12 Math, Chemistry, Biology, or other high school credits for admissions, but that isn’t the case for all programs.
Finally, it’s very important that you also fill out and send in the Payment Registration Form before the deadline that’s included in your Offer of Admissions letter to get into your program so we know you are coming to study here.
This sounds like a lot, but don’t worry, we can help guide and support you through this process. Also, please note that some of this information is only for some programs and not others – it all depends on what you are studying.
Go over what is needed for your program of choice carefully on the website or in the viewbook and mark down the deadlines so you can get everything in on time. If you don’t know how to do something, let us know and we can help to give you more information. Always reach out to ask, as we are all new at this, and you can’t be expected to know everything. We are here to help.
Some of our programs are very popular, and therefore high in demand. They are called competitive because only some spots are available. Because we hear from more students who want to study here than we have spots for, we give priority based on the highest academic achievement in the admission requirements for the program.
After the February 1 equal consideration date arrives, applications are either waitlisted or accepted on a first come, first serve basis following the admission requirements if there are any spots left in the program. You will want to apply early if you have your heart set on one of these programs so you can be sure to get in. We would love to see you here so be sure to secure your spot for an exciting future studying what you really love!
Learn more about the application process, english proficiency requirements, tuition, fees and payment, study and work permits and other Information for International Students who are looking to study at Northern.