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Future Student's Guide to Getting Started

At Humber, we recognize that not everyone who comes to us is looking for exactly the same thing, so we've created this guide to help you find the resources you need to get started.

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What Type of Applicant Am I?

How to know if you are a Secondary School Applicant, Mature Student or Transfer Student.

When you look at the Admission Requirements for any of our programs, you'll see an outline of the previous education you need to be eligible to apply to that program. Depending on the program you're looking at, it may also say 'or Mature student status or College or university transfer status'. A lot of people aren't sure which category applies to them, so we've put this section together to make it easier to understand.

When you apply at, they'll ask you a series of questions to determine which applicant category you should be in, so don't worry if you're still not sure after you read this. We figure it out for you when you apply.

If you're an international applicant, please to go, where you'll find all the information you need to start your journey to Humber.

Types of Applicants

No matter where you're coming from, the important thing to remember is that we're here to help you get where you want to go. Sometimes that means going straight into the program you want, other times it means that your pathway will involve a number of steps to get from where you are to where you want to be. We can help you understand your options and find the best pathway to your career goals.

Secondary School Applicant

Have you graduated from high school or are you currently in high school and will graduate before you start your program at Humber?

If you're a high school graduate and you've never done any postsecondary education, you're considered a Secondary School Applicant. This includes current high school students who will have graduated before they start at Humber. It doesn't matter how old you are or how long ago you went to school.

Your eligibility for any programs you apply to at Humber will be determined using your high school grades. If you think your high school grades may not be high enough, or you don't have some of the requirements to get you into the programs you're interested in, don't worry. Humber has a number of one year certificate programs designed to help bridge students into programs they aren't currently eligible for.

Mature Student

Are you over 19 years of age and haven't graduated from high school?

If you haven't graduated from high school and you'll be 19 or older as of the first day of classes (21 or older for degree programs), you're considered a Mature Student. Many people assume they're Mature Students because they're over 18 years of age, but your status is determined by your previous education, not your age.

If you're a Mature Student applying to a certificate or diploma program, we'll invite you in for testing to determine if you're eligible to go into your program of choice. If it turns out that you're not currently eligible, we'll advise you on possible upgrading pathways.

If you're a Mature Student and you want to pursue a degree at Humber, you can either complete the required high school courses listed under Admission Requirements or you can apply to a related Humber diploma. To learn more about diploma to degree transfers at Humber, please see

Transfer Student

Have you ever attended college or university?

If you've attended college or university you're considered a Transfer Student.

If you've completed a diploma or a degree, there may be additional programs that you're eligible to apply to depending on the credential you already have.

Your eligibility for any programs you apply to at Humber will be determined using your college or university grades. Depending on the program you're applying to, we may also look at your high school grades. If that's the case you'll see it noted in the Transfer Students section of the Admission Requirements.

Depending on how long ago you were in school and which program you're coming into, you may be eligible for Transfer Credit.

How Do I Find A Program?

Finding Your Program

Our program search allows you to look for programs in two ways. If you know the name of the program you're looking for, you can type that into the search box. If you know what you're interested in, but you don’t know which programs would give you the opportunity to learn about it, that's OK. Just use the "areas of interest" filter to search for the stuff you're interested in and we’ll show you which of our programs are connected to your interests. You can also narrow your search by the types of credentials described in the previous section.

Humber Career Finder

For many people, the hardest part of this process is figuring out which program to take. The Humber Career Finder is a great tool for connecting your interests with Humber’s programs. You’ll be asked a series of questions about what you like and don’t like to do and then the Career Finder will give you a list of Humber programs, organized by area of interest, that match your interests.

Humber offers a number of different credentials:

Humber offers a broad range of credentials that will give students the skills they need to stay competitive and resilient in evolving global job markets. Students can choose the credential that complements their previous education and careers goals.

Finding Your Path

Many people have the impression that applying to postsecondary education works like a gate - you either get in or you don't - but that's not how we do things at Humber. At Humber we look at your education like a ladder. If you can't get directly into the program you want to take, we'll work with you to find a pathway that leads from where you are to where you want to be.

Laddering Credentials

Depending on your previous education and your long-term goals, your pathway through Humber may involve one credential or you may connect a number of credentials together. There is no one right pathway. The only thing that matters is finding your ideal pathway, and we're here to help.

Getting Advice

Explore Humber's broad range of credentials to find the best path for you.

What Are The Six Faculties?

Find Out What Makes Humber, Humber.

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What's a Faculty? I thought Humber was just one school.

Humber is a college which is organized by academic areas that we call Faculties. Each Faculty manages a group of related programs, but more importantly they create communities of people with similar interests and goals.

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The Six Faculties

The six Humber Faculties include, Applied Sciences & Technology, Business, Health Sciences & Wellness, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Media & Creative Arts and Social & Community Services.

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Centres of Innovation

Faculities are also part of the Centres of Innovation that help students deepen their learning through experiential learning and applied research. You can find out more by checking out the Centre of Innovation page.