Fall Term Information

Plans are underway for delivery of the fall term. Whether classes will be in-person or online, Olds College will be open and ready for the fall term. We recognize that the COVID-19 restrictions are a fluid situation, the College’s planning considers online delivery, and also accounts for face-to-face delivery in September should the province lift restrictions.  

We’ve recently updated our Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions section (see below) with information relating to the fall term.  


Convocation Postponed 

As part of Olds College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and as a result of the restrictions placed on large gatherings by the Government of Alberta, we have made the decision to postpone our spring convocation ceremony that was originally scheduled for June 6, 2020. We look forward to celebrating your significant achievements at a fall convocation ceremony. More information will be shared about the event once it is available.  

If you have qualified to do so, you will still graduate from your program at the end of this semester. See the Graduation Requirements page for more information.    


Limited Campus Operations

Following the guidelines of Alberta Health Services around social distancing, we have moved to a limited Campus operation. Only essential service employees will be working on campus, all other staff are required to work remotely. All buildings on campus are now closed, with the exception of  the Olds College Brewery, which remains open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from noon - 6 p.m. The Learning Resource Centre also remains open, with limited access. 

All computer labs on campus are now closed. If students require access to a computer please email ITSupport@oldscollege.ca

Students or staff who require IT assistance can call 403.507.7777, email ITsupport@oldscollege.ca or fill out the Support Form for account or password issues. 

Students can access the Office of the Registrar by calling 403.556.8281 or email info@oldscollege.ca

Students can access the following Health & Wellness services through email:


Online Classes Continue 

Olds College is working closely with Alberta Health Services to respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our students and staff is always our top priority.

Under the recommendations of the Government of Alberta, all in-person classes have been cancelled for the spring/summer semesters. Classes have resumed in an online format. We wish to extend our appreciation to all of you for your patience and kindness as we navigate these new circumstances together. Please note: all faculty and student meetings must be done virtually. 


Final Grades for Winter 2020 Term

Thank you for your incredible work in ensuring we can complete this winter semester. I recognize this is a very challenging time and appreciate the efforts from our students, faculty and staff.  As a college community, we continue to evolve our response to the COVID-19 situation. We have received considerable feedback about final grades in credit courses for this term. After careful consideration, with a focus on academic quality and student success as well as to help alleviate the stress that both staff and students are experiencing, we are implementing the following final grade guidelines:

Students will have the choice to accept their final course grade, or alternatively  opt for a Credit Received (CR) or No Credit Received - Fail (NCF) for each of their courses in the Winter 2020 term. The decision to allow this option is a direct acknowledgement of this unprecedented situation. We know how hard our faculty have worked to redesign their courses to maintain a high quality learning environment. While students will have the choice to accept their final course grade or opt for a Credit Received (CR) or a No Credit Received - Fail (NCF) grade, this does not impact our expectations that students will continue to stay highly engaged and committed to their learning and assessments. 

Below are some important frequently asked questions for students.  

COVID-19 Updates: FULL DETAILS

Update 17 - May 1, 2020

Fall Term Information

Plans are underway for delivery of the fall term. Whether classes will be in-person or online, Olds College will be open and ready for the fall term. We recognize that the COVID-19 restrictions are a fluid situation, the College’s planning considers online delivery, and also accounts for face-to-face delivery in September should the province lift restrictions.  

We’ve recently updated our Covid-19 Frequently Asked Questions section (see below) with information relating to the fall term.  


Convocation Postponed 

As part of Olds College’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and as a result of the restrictions placed on large gatherings by the Government of Alberta, we have made the decision to postpone our spring convocation ceremony that was originally scheduled for June 6, 2020. We look forward to celebrating your significant achievements at a fall convocation ceremony. More information will be shared about the event once it is available.  

If you have qualified to do so, you will still graduate from your program at the end of this semester. See the Graduation Requirements page for more information.    


Limited Campus Operations

Following the guidelines of Alberta Health Services around social distancing, we have moved to a limited Campus operation. Only essential service employees will be working on campus, all other staff are required to work remotely. All buildings on campus are now closed, with the exception of  the Olds College Brewery, which remains open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from noon - 6 p.m. The Learning Resource Centre also remains open, with limited access. 

All computer labs on campus are now closed. If students require access to a computer please email ITSupport@oldscollege.ca

Students or staff who require IT assistance can call 403.507.7777, email ITsupport@oldscollege.ca or fill out the Support Form for account or password issues. 

Students can access the Office of the Registrar by calling 403.556.8281 or email info@oldscollege.ca

Students can access the following Health & Wellness services through email:


Online Classes Continue 

Olds College is working closely with Alberta Health Services to respond effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic. The health and safety of our students and staff is always our top priority.

Under the recommendations of the Government of Alberta, all in-person classes have been cancelled for the spring/summer semesters. Classes have resumed in an online format. We wish to extend our appreciation to all of you for your patience and kindness as we navigate these new circumstances together. Please note: all faculty and student meetings must be done virtually. 


Final Grades for Winter 2020 Term

Thank you for your incredible work in ensuring we can complete this winter semester. I recognize this is a very challenging time and appreciate the efforts from our students, faculty and staff.  As a college community, we continue to evolve our response to the COVID-19 situation. We have received considerable feedback about final grades in credit courses for this term. After careful consideration, with a focus on academic quality and student success as well as to help alleviate the stress that both staff and students are experiencing, we are implementing the following final grade guidelines:

Students will have the choice to accept their final course grade, or alternatively  opt for a Credit Received (CR) or No Credit Received - Fail (NCF) for each of their courses in the Winter 2020 term. The decision to allow this option is a direct acknowledgement of this unprecedented situation. We know how hard our faculty have worked to redesign their courses to maintain a high quality learning environment. While students will have the choice to accept their final course grade or opt for a Credit Received (CR) or a No Credit Received - Fail (NCF) grade, this does not impact our expectations that students will continue to stay highly engaged and committed to their learning and assessments. 

Below are some important frequently asked questions for students.

Will the College be open in the fall?

Yes, Olds College is preparing for the fall term.  If COVID-19 restrictions remain in place, the College is planning to offer courses in an online format. We will continue to work with Alberta Advanced Education and Alberta Health Services if and when restrictions are lifted, to return to in-person classes.

If Covid-19 restrictions are still in place, what will Olds College course and program delivery look like in the fall?

Program teams are working with Deans and Associate Deans to plan for online delivery of the fall term, while also planning for face-to-face delivery as soon as permissible. We recognize that this is a fluid situation. Our planning accounts for face-to-face delivery in September should the province lift restrictions.

Should I still apply for campus housing for the fall?

Applications are open and students interested in living on-campus should submit an application for fall 2020. In the event that COVID-19 restrictions prevent students from being on-campus, your application will be moved to the Winter 2021 term or to the term when you will first be able to be on-campus.

If course delivery for the fall term is online, will housing application fees and deposit be returned?

Application fees and deposits for campus housing will be moved from the fall 2020 term to the Winter 2021 term. If your program is only one term in length (Veterinary Technical Assistant, Pre-Employment, etc), your application fee and deposit for the fall 2020 term will be refunded. If you decide that you no longer wish to live in campus housing, standard refund policies and procedures apply.

Are any changes being made to admission requirements for programs due to COVID-19?

No, all program admission requirements are remaining the same and must be met for an Offer of Admission to be given. This includes providing transcripts and other required documentation,  proof of English Language Proficiency, work experience, or job shadowing hours, etc.

I am applying to Olds College after attending another institution. How will Olds College review my transcripts if I have Credit/Non-Credit or Pass/Fail grades?

Olds College is employing a flexible approach that does not disadvantage students. In all cases students must still “pass” (50% or CR) the course or graduate from the program being used for admission.

MORE FAQ's

Can I defer my admission if I do not want to enrol in the fall term?

Admission cannot be deferred. If you decide that you do not want to attend Olds College for the fall 2020 term, you are required to cancel your application. If you wish to be considered for admission again in the future, you will be required to submit another application. Standard refund policies and procedures apply to any cancelled applications.

How will the hands-on labs be facilitated?

In the event that the fall term shifts to online delivery, some practical lab components may be altered where feasible. In addition, lab components that cannot be accommodated virtually may be moved to a future term.

I was recruited to play for the Olds College Broncos, will I still get the opportunity to play?

Olds College is working closely with the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference (ACAC). If on-campus program delivery is not permitted, the ACAC is working on potential scenarios for delayed start dates to the 2020-21 season. Broncos coaches will work with student athletes remotely to communicate training plans so that athletes are ready to go when the season resumes. Fall term enrolment and GPA requirements remain in place for eligibility. All athletic scholarship commitments will remain in place as long as GPA and eligibility requirements are met.

Will apprenticeship technical training be running in the fall?

Olds College is working closely with Alberta Industry Training (AIT) to determine what options will be available to apprentices in the fall 2020 term. We encourage you to continue checking www.tradesecrets.ca for registration opening and updates.

How can I access online courses if I cannot afford to access the internet?

Students can apply for a student loan to assist with covering computer costs which can include the cost of WiFi. Student Aid will typically assess up to $500 in computer-related costs (e.g. computer, laptop, internet). Students are to submit a student loan application under the province they have resided in 12 months outside of their period of study.

If I am attending Olds College online, will I still have to pay the recreation fee?

No, normally, students pay an Athletics and Recreation fee ($99.26/term). In this scenario, students will not pay the fitness centre membership ($52.60/term) and pool access portions ($21.84/term) of the fee as they will not have access to the Pool or Fitness Centre. Students will continue to pay the portion of this fee that supports student health and wellness related recreation programming ($24.19/term).

How will I get my textbooks for the fall?

An online form will be available via the Admitted Student Information section on your program’s webpage to order textbooks from the campus store. Your textbooks will then be shipped to you.

How will I be able to access services & supports (counselling, accessibility services, tutoring, etc) if classes are online in the fall?

Student supports and services will continue to be available using remote technology (e.g., Zoom, Google Meet). Students will learn how to access this information in the fall via online orientation and the student newsletter.

If there is another “wave” of COVID-19, how will Olds College respond to that?

Olds College continues to follow the directives of Alberta Health Services and Alberta Advanced Education.