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Colleges offer many types of programs:

  •         Some types are not available for direct entry from high school.
  •         Most high school students enter college through a Diploma Program.

Regular College Programs

Diploma Programs

The most common college programs requiring two or three years of study. Some Diploma Programs have co-op available.​

Certificate Programs

Short college programs that are usually less than two years (four semesters) of study.

Vocational Programs

Life skills programs for students who have earned their OSSC or Certificate of Accomplishment or Mature Students (19 years or older). Minimum age is 17 years.

College Programs for Apprenticeships

Training Programs

Designed to allow people to develop their skills so they will be eligible to train as apprentices.

Apprenticeship Programs

Only open to registered apprentices. They are not direct entry programs.

College Programs for Students Who Wish to Earn a University Degree

Joint / Collaborative 
College-University Programs

Allow students to earn both a university degree and a college diploma in four years, by integrating two related programs. Students must first meet the university entrance requirements, complete a specific number of university courses and then apply to the college portion of the program. The Ontario Colleges and eINFO websites have a list of Collaborative University and College Programs.

Applied Degree Programs

University degrees that are granted by a college. The minimum admissions requirements are an OSSD with 6 grade 12U or 12M courses, including any required 12U or 12M courses.

Transfer Agreements

Allow students to complete a college diploma and then use the diploma to enter the second or third year of a related university degree. Go to the Ontario College-University Transfer Guide at and follow the link for College to University Search.

General Arts 
and Science Programs

Allow students to become better prepared for other programs at university or college. For example, start at Seneca and earn a university BA in 3 years.

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