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Competitive Programs

Some of our programs are highly competitive. You may need to have a higher grade point average (GPA) in order to be considered for admission to one of these programs.

How we calculate your GPA

For admission purposes, your GPA is the average of your six highest senior-level marks, including the marks you achieved in all the pre-requisite courses for your program.

Minimum GPA requirements for competitive programs

This table shows the average GPAs that were needed for admission to our highly competitive programs in the last few years.

These grades should only be used as a guideline. The actual GPA required for any year may rise or fall.

Competitive Program 

Minimum GPA Required

Animal Care
Average Academic GPA 85%
Animation, Honours Bachelor of
Applicants are selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement (range 75 -80% GPA) and the results of a portfolio assessment
Athletic Therapy, Honours Bachelor of Applied Health Sciences
Average Academic (range 75-80% GPA) and supplemental requirements 
Film and Television, Honours Bachelor of
Average Academic GPA 80% and the results of a portfolio assessment
Illustration, Honours Bachelor of Applicants are selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement (range 75 -80% GPA) and the results of a portfolio assessment.
Interior Design, Honours Bachelor of
Applicants are selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement (range 75 -80% GPA) and the results of a portfolio assessment.
Makeup for Media and Creative Arts
Average Academic GPA 75% 
Music Theatre Performance, Honours Bachelor of
Average Academic GPA 80% and the results of an audition
Photography, Honours Bachelor of
Applicants are selected on the basis of their previous academic achievement (range 75 - 80% GPA) and the results of a portfolio assessment
Practical Nursing
Average Academic GPA 80% and the results of the Health Occupations Aptitude Examination (HOAE)
Veterinary Technician
Average Academic GPA 85% and the results of the Health Occupations Aptitude Examination (HOAE)
York University/Sheridan College Program in Design
Average Academic GPA 75% and the results of a portfolio assessment 

Program-specific admission requirements

Admission requirements are different for each Sheridan program. Please find your program page and make sure you meet the specific requirements. In addition to grade requirements, you’ll find information about any additional admission requirements like portfolios and auditions.

Oversubscribed programs – priority given to residents of Ontario

When a program is oversubscribed, applicants will be accepted according to the following order of preference:

  • Residents of Ontario
  • Residents of provinces and territories in Canada
  • International/Other applicants