Special (Mature) Admission is available to applicants who do not qualify for Regular Admission. All direct-entry colleges consider applicants under Special (Mature) Admission. 


To be considered for Special (Mature) Admission you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must be 21 years of age by the first day of classes.
  • You must be entering the first year of study. Applicants who have completed 18 credit units or more of university-level credits are not eligible to apply for Special (Mature) Admission.

The Admissions Office will, under the right circumstances, offer the opportunity to be considered for Mature admission to some students if they apply for regular admission and do not qualify using our regular procedures.

What we need

In order to be considered for Special (Mature) Admission, you must first apply for regular admission following the normal admissions process. If it is determined that you are a suitable candidate for Special (Mature) Admission after we have reviewed your completed application, we will ask you to submit

  • Proof of age A copy of your driver’s license or birth certificate.
  • A written request for Special (Mature) Admission This is a letter explaining your college of choice, education and career goals, and overall desire to return to school. Speak to your ability to undertake university-level study and let us know whatever else you think might be relevant to your request for Special (Mature) Admission. 
  • Your Current Resume This will help us understand what you have been up to since high school and how you have become the person you are today.
  • Proof of Other Credentials (if applicable) Copies of supporting documents* covering any non-credit programs you might have completed (e.g. Business College, job-related courses, Adult Basic Education, General Equivalency Diploma) should be included with your written submission.

*Although you are only required to submit one application for admission and application fee, you will be required to prepare a separate package of supporting documents for each college to which you are applying for Special (Mature) Admission.

Things to know

  • Certain Grade 12 subjects are pre-requisites for particular areas of study at the USask. 
    For example, you would require Pre-Calculus Mathematics 30, Chemistry 30 and Physics 30 with a minimum of 70% mark in each if you planned to apply for Special (Mature) Admission to the College of Engineering.
  • Some colleges may require you to appear for an interview as part of the admission procedure.
  • If you are accepted, you may be restricted to fewer than the usual number of classes in your first year of study.
  • It is recommended that you take advantage of the study skills workshops offered by the Student Learning Services.

Special (Mature) Admission is competitive and admission is not guaranteed. The admission decision is based on your written submission, demonstrated academic potential, successful completion of the required prerequisite subjects and in some cases an interview.