You are considered a Home-schooled student for admission purposes if you are currently completing or have completed within the last two years the equivalent of a secondary-school level curriculum (normally Grade 12) in a non-traditional home-based learning environment or other location other than the traditional school setting.

General 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.

There is no minimum requirement for home-schooled applicants, as they are evaluated on an individual holistic basis.

Required Supporting Documents:

  • A detailed description of the academic curriculum being followed by the applicant and the mode of instruction, ideally provided by the principal instructor.
  • If applicable, copies of any transcript or other formalized testing the applicant may have completed.
  • A letter of intent outlining the applicant’s motivation for applying to Bishop’s in the program selected.
  • A letter of recommendation from one of the applicant’s instructors.


  • For applicants to a Bachelor of Science program, proficiency in Mathematics and Science would normally need to be demonstrated.
  • Bishop’s University takes a holistic approach to the admissions process. All relevant additional documentation submitted by the applicant will be considered. At its discretion, the Admissions Office may formally request additional supporting documentation (personal statement, letter of intent, letter of recommendation, essay, CV, etc..) to aid in the evaluation of an application.

Additional Supporting Documents: Program-Specific

Applicants to the following Music programs must provide an audition and letter of musical background (see the Music Admissions Information Sheet for more details):

  • BA Major in Music and Culture
  • BA Major in Music Performance
  • BA Major in Music: Musical Theatre Concentration
  • BA Major in Arts Administration: Music Concentration
  • B.Ed. Teaching & Learning of the Creative Arts: Music

How to Submit Documents

All supporting documentation can be uploaded via our online system at the time of application or can be submitted via your myBU Applicant Portal via the “Submit Missing Documents” option. They can also be sent to us via email to

Admission Timeline

Once the evaluation period has begun for an admissions cycle, files are assessed on a rolling basis. What this means is that as soon as all required documents are received, our office will complete an initial evaluation within 10 business days. (Exception: Master’s Programs, Applications for our Music programs, which need to be evaluated based on their audition as well, and competitive admissions programs).


You can contact the Admissions Office directly by email at or by telephone at 819-822-9600 ext. 2680.