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Apply to online university

Let’s be real; applying to university is not the most fun or stress-free experience. Luckily, online universities like Athabasca University have step-by-step instructions on how to apply, so you can start your learning journey as soon as possible! Thanks to our continuous enrolment, you can even register for courses the minute you complete your application.  

Make the application process easier for yourself by arranging all of your materials before you start! You will need: 

Your transcripts (names of all institutions you have attended/are currently attending and high school courses and marks) 

A valid form of ID and credit card (to pay for our one-time general application fee) 


Your Alberta Student Number (ASN), which you will have if you already applied to or attended a school or post-secondary institution in Alberta. If you don’t have an ASN, don’t fret! The ApplyAlberta system will assign one to you.  

To make the application process go even faster, choose your undergraduate courses, undergraduate program, graduate courses, or graduate program in advance! Many of AU’s undergraduate programs are open admission, but for specific entry requirements it’s best to visit the appropriate programs page to find out exactly what you’ll need. If you’re still having trouble deciding which courses suit your academic goals best, contact one of our Program Advisors for assistance  

There are so many options available to you, from enrolling in a full-time program to taking courses as a non-program student, so you can choose what works for you! We pride ourselves on flexibility, accessibility and outstanding support to help people of all backgrounds, so we have your back no matter what your situation is. Check out our special guidelines for: 

International Students 

Inactive and former students 

Students with a loan 

In terms of application deadlines, most of our programs enrol all year round, so you don’t have to stress! More information on important dates and deadlines can be found at here.

We know that applying to online university can be overwhelming, but we are here to help. At Athabasca University, our slogan is “Open. Flexible. Everywhere.”, and we deliver just that. As a world-class leader in online and distance education, AU is dedicated to providing you with opportunities to pursue your personal interests and professional needs without having to sacrifice your family, career, or community commitments. Set your own study hours and work at the time and place that best suits your lifestyle. You are in control of your education!  

Become and AU student: Apply today 

Nervous about your success in an online learning environment? Check out our 5 Tips to Succeed in an Online Course!

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  • October 25, 2019
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