Mature Students

Brandon University welcomes adult students to study with us and become part of our community. As an adult student you will earn a quality education and receive individualized attention to help you achieve academic success.  

Students who do not meet the Regular admission requirements and who meet the following criteria may be admitted with Mature students status.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS/ELIBILITY

  1. at least 21 year of age by the last date of examination for the first session (Spring, Summer, Regular) in which they wish to register;
  2. Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada (only in exceptional cases will international students in Canada on student visas be considered for Mature student status.

Transfer Credit

If you have attended another accredited post-secondary institution (college, polytechnic or university), your transcripts will be automatically assessed for potential transfer credit at Brandon University upon acceptance.   The Course Transfer Database has a listing of all courses that have been evaluated for credit by BU in the past five years.  If a course from an accredited institution does not appear in the database, then it could be evaluated by BU faculty for potential credit.  The Admissions Office will determine from your transcripts if you are eligible for transfer credit from our database and will contact you to submit course outlines/syllabi for any courses which have not recently been evaluated for credit.  Transfer credit assessment can take up to twelve weeks or longer to complete so we encourage you to apply early for the term you wish to attend.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

As an adult leaner admitted to Brandon University, you may want to consider whether you bring to university a wealth of experience, knowledge, and skills acquired while working or through personal endeavors such as a hobby. If you have acquired university level learning through your hard work, you may be eligible to have your prior learning assessed for university credits.

Contact the Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) department at Brandon University for more information.

Canadian Forces

Brandon University welcomes Canadian Forces personnel (including Reserve members), their spouses, and dependent children to join the university community and pursue a degree program. In recognition of the fact that a CF personnel’s or spouse’s program of study may be interrupted due to special circumstances, Brandon University has waived the regular residency requirements. For more information on this regulation, see the current Brandon University Undergraduate Calendar, Section 4.1.16. Brandon University also acknowledges that CF personnel attain university level learning gained though Canadian Forces training programs and courses. To assist in the assessment of this learning, CF members admitted to Brandon University are requested to arrange a meeting with the PLAR Coordinator (plar@brandonu.ca) and submit a copy of their Member’s Personnel Resume Record.

Student Services

Education is a lifelong journey and adult learners have their own unique challenges and experiences. If you are ready to transition into a post-secondary learning environment contact Student Services to help you accomplish your goals. Click on the links below to contact the specific area:

Academic Advisors in Student Services are available to help you chose the right sort of courses so you can proceed well through your program. All new students are required to contact Student Services for advising.

Academic Skills – As a BU student you have access to a full range of services offered in the Academic Skills Centre, including Writing, Math, and Learning Skills. The professional staff is ready to help you learn from these situations so in the future your next assignment might be easier to complete.

Career Services – As an adult learner, you might already have a career goal in mind when starting your BU degree, but it can never hurt to discuss possible career options that are relevant to the wide array of degrees offered at Brandon University. The staff in Career Services is ready to assist in these decisions.

Student Accessibility Services – For adult learners who have a temporary disability or a recurrent or permanent condition that may hamper their academic work, Student Accessibility Services works to facilitate the needs of these individuals, in consultation with appropriate faculty and staff. Accommodation may include providing alternative testing methods and settings; arranging for alternative format materials; arranging a reader, tutor, or note-taker services; and ensuring accessible classrooms.

Personal Counselling – Your experiences, values, interests, hopes and dreams are important to everyone on campus. Brandon University shares and celebrates in your success. However, sometimes life does not go as planned, and troubles interfere with your success as a student. Staff in Counselling Services provides a safe and confidential environment to deal with issues such as anxiety and stress, relationship and family issues, self-esteem, depression, sadness and loss. Students are referred to services in the community when necessary.

Housing

Brandon University Residence is committed to providing an inclusive environment for all students, faculty/staff, and welcomed guests, providing a productive and respectful environment that fosters personal and academic growth. We respect and value the diversity of people, values, and beliefs and strive to preserve the dignity of others. For more information on residence click HERE

For off-campus housing visit the following websites:

Places 4 Students

Ebrandon

Childcare Services

As a BU student, you may also be in need of daycare services for your child or children. Located at 303, 21st Street close to campus, the BU Early Learning Centre is open from 7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. for children between the ages of 2 and 6. For more information on registration, fees and program, visit the Centre or call (204) 725-0968.

To explore all available daycare in Brandon, please click HERE