USA High School Students

USA High School Students

You are considered a USA high school student for admission purposes if you:

  • are currently completing Grade 12 at a high school in the United States; or you
  • graduated within the last two years from high school in the United States and you have not studied elsewhere since graduation

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For students who are enrolled in the International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum, please refer to our International Baccalaureate admission requirements.

For students who are enrolled in the Baccalauréat français (BACF) curriculum, please refer to our Baccalauréat français admission requirements.

Applying to Bishop’s University

USA High School Students can apply to Bishop’s University either through the main university website or through the Common Application. Bishop’s is one of 700 Common App members but one of only three Canadian partners! The Common App is an easy way to apply and submit documents using a portal that is built for USA students. Our Common App application is test optional and does not require an essay.

Applying to Bishop’s University using the Common Application

Admission Requirements

The following requirements should be used as a guideline to be considered competitive for admissions consideration. Each admission cycle, Bishop’s University receives more applications than spaces available. Meeting the minimum posted requirements does not guarantee admission. Applicants who do not meet the posted requirements may be considered on an individual basis. In those cases, the Admissions Office may request additional information in addition to that indicated below.

General requirements:

  • Completed high school diploma
  • Academically strong and well-rounded

Program-Specific requirements:


  • 3.80 GPA
  • Required grade 11 course: Mathematics
  • Required grade 12 course(s): English


  • Required grade 12 course(s): English
  • 3.50 GPA
  • Music: audition and letter of musical background required. Please refer to the Music Admissions Information Sheet.
  • Studio Art: No portfolio required
  • Drama: No audition required


  • Psychology: 3.60 GPA
  • All others: 3.50 GPA
  • Required grade 12 course(s): English


  • 3.50 GPA
  • Required grade 12 course(s) for B.Sc applicants: English, Pre-Calculus or Calculus, 2 of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics
  • Required grade 12 course(s) for B.A. applicants to Math, Biology, or Computer Science: English, any Grade 12 level Mathematics

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION – elementary and secondary

  • 3.60 GPA
  • Required grade 12 course(s): English

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION – math or science as a teachable

  • 3.60 GPA
  • Required grade 12 course(s): English, Pre-Calculus or Calculus, 2 of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics

Some USA high school curricula do not permit a student to take two of Biology, Chemistry, or Physics in the Grade 12 year. Students applying from such curricula must take one Grade 12 science course and have completed the second science course in Grade 11

AP Courses and Transfer Credit

Students can receive advanced standing credit at Bishop’s University for most AP exams completed with a score of 4 or better.  View the current AP Transfer Chart for details.  An official score report sent from the College Board is required.

Required Supporting Documents: All Applicants

  • Latest high school transcript, including courses in progress and future term courses showing final or in progress grades.
  • School grading chart and/or school profile.
  • While not required, information such as SAT/ACT, class rank, senior level courses available at your school, teacher recommendations and a personal statement will assist us when reviewing your application.
  • Copy of personal identification document(s). Consult the Personal Identification Documents page to determine what document(s) you must provide.

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