University Preparatory

A better matriculation program

Preparing students for their brightest future

Columbia’s pre-university (Grade 12) program prepares students for admission to universities in Canada, the United States, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Students now studying in Form 5, Sec. 4, or ‘O’ Level are eligible to apply to the 6-month program (January or Mid-May intake) and will complete the six courses required to enter university. Senior Middle 2 students are eligible to apply for a minimum 10-month program (August intake). This allows students to complete eight credits and graduate with an Ontario secondary school diploma (OSSD).

University Placement Office
Columbia’s university placement team helps students with university applications, career planning and securing opportunities at world-class universities. Dedicated staff are always willing to answer questions, offer advice and advocate for students, helping them secure the best future possible.

Learn more about Columbia’s University Placement Office

University Preparatory
Program Choice Compulsory University Preparatory Courses Additional U Prep Courses Required
Architecture English Advanced functions Physics Calculus & vectors Portfolio of graphic arts 2 options
Arts/Humanities English 5 options
Business/Commerce English Mathematics 1 Mathematics 2 3 options
Computer Science English Advanced functions Calculus & vectors(Some universities also require 1 to 2 sciences) 1 – 3 options
Engineering English Advanced functions Physics Calculus & vectors Chemistry 1 option
Hotel & Food Management English Advanced functions and a second math course (preferably data management) 3 options
Science English Advanced functions 2 sciences Calculus & vectors option
Social Studies English Some Universities also require 1 other Pre-U language or Pre-U math course 4 or 5 options

"Through concerted efforts, we have been successful in placing our university preparatory graduates into prestigious universities, many with scholarships and awards."

− Annie Rong, University Placement Coordinator