What is the Incoming Outstanding Student Initiative?

The Incoming Outstanding Student initiative (IOS) is a special opportunity for academically-gifted students admitted to the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Education programs or Exploratory University Studies and who are entering post-secondary studies for the first time. If you qualify as an Incoming Outstanding Student, you will be awarded the highest priority for your registration appointment and go to the front of the registration line.

Why is priority registration important? It means you have a much better chance of getting into all of the first year classes you want to take!

How to Qualify as an Incoming Outstanding Student

Your high school transcript must show a minimum of three “A” grades and one “B” grade. These grades must be attained in English 11, plus three additional Grade 11 courses, selected from the following lists:

Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Business Administration, Bachelor of Education, or Exploratory University Studies (EXPO)

  • Mathematics 11 (Pre-calculus or Foundations)
  • Social Studies 11, Civic Studies 11, First Nations Studies 11, or First Nations Studies 12
  • Biology 11
  • Chemistry 11
  • Physics 11
  • Earth Science 11
  • a Ministry-approved second language course 11 (not a beginner’s level)

Bachelor of Science

  • Mathematics 11 (Pre-calculus or Foundations)
  • Biology 11
  • Chemistry 11
  • Physics 11
  • Earth Science 11

How to Apply

Send a brief letter requesting consideration and an official transcript showing your Grade 11 courses with final grades to verify that you meet the requirements outlined above. Send your letter and official transcript to:

Registration Centre—IOS Selection Committee
Vancouver Island University
900 Fifth Street
Nanaimo, BC V9R 5S5

All candidates who meet the requirements will be granted this recognition and will be given the highest priority registration appointment.

Details and additional information about the Incoming Outstanding Student Initiative are available here.
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