Hello and best wishes from our team here in snowy Saskatoon. Winter has arrived, and that has us thinking about some important dates in the University of Saskatchewan (USask) calendar and related need-to-know information.

In this update:

  • December 1 application and document deadline for:
    • early admission to certain programs
    • Best and Brightest Entrance Scholarships
  • Education info sessions
  • Residence applications open
  • Schulich Leader Scholarships nomination deadline
  • Most university services closed Dec. 19-Jan. 3

December 1 application and document deadline

December 1 is an important application deadline in the USask calendar.

It is the deadline to apply and submit required supplemental items to be considered for early admission for 2021-2022 for these programs:

December 1 is also the deadline for entering students to apply for admission to any direct-entry program and submit required supplemental items in order to be eligible to apply for Best and Brightest Entrance Scholarships.

Submitting transcripts

With changes to high school schedules now in place in many regions, counsellors have been asking if there is any change to when students should submit required supplemental items, including transcripts.

International and out-of-province students should always upload their most up-to-date transcript or report card as soon as possible after applying, and continue to check their application online to learn if other supplemental items are required.

Students in Saskatchewan high schools should continue to request transcripts to be sent directly to USask by the Ministry of Education three times: 1) as soon as possible; 2) after January exams 2021; and 3) after June exams 2021. Students can request transcripts to be sent at the end of each quint, though the Admissions Office will not be re-evaluating students' applications every time they are received outside of the usual evaluation periods.

Learn more about submitting supplemental items like transcripts.

Best and Brightest Entrance Scholarships

Best and Brightest Entrance Scholarships include some of USask's highest valued renewable entrance scholarships. Selection criteria for these awards include academic achievement and/or leadership and contributions to school and community life, and values range from $12,000 ($3,000/year over four years) to $40,000 ($10,000/year over four years).

Five of these awards are set aside to be preferentially awarded as Circle of Honour awards, which are designated for Indigenous students.

To be considered, applicants must apply for admission and submit required supplemental items such as transcripts by December 1.

Applicants will then gain access to USask's web portal, PAWS, where they can find and submit the application for Best and Brightest Entrance Scholarships, including short- and long-answer questions for some awards, by December 15.

Learn more about Best and Brightest Entrance Scholarships

Education info sessions

Prospective students are invited to join representatives from the College of Education for a virtual information session featuring a brief presentation about our Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree program followed by a Q&A session.

Sessions are offered from 7-8 pm CST (Saskatchewan) on the following dates:

  • Tues. Nov. 17
  • Wed. Nov. 18
  • Mon. Nov. 23
  • Thurs. Nov. 26
For more information, visit the Events webpage to find links to register for each session, or contact
Remember: You can find information about these and other USask events, including What is Engineering? (Tues. Nov. 17) and USASK EXPRESS application workshops (Thurs. Nov. 19 and Tues. Nov. 24) on our Events webpage.

Residence applications open

Applications to live in Residence at USask in Fall 2021 are now open. Students should apply to live in Residence as early as possible. Applications are considered on a first-come, first-served basis, regardless of students' admission status.

We will only be welcoming students back when it is safe to do so; however, students are encouraged to apply as we are planning and hoping to open under “normal” operations in the fall.

Benefits of Residence

Residences at USask provide an unparalleled living environment for students. Students will be part of a diverse and global community where they can create friendships and stay connected with other students. Residence offers a safe, study-oriented setting, access to nutritious and delicious dining options and continuous academic and personal support to help contribute to students' success. Visit our website to take a video tour!

How to apply for Residence

  1. Students should log into PAWS using the NSID (e.g. abc123) and password they receive shortly after applying for admission.
  2. To find the Residence channel, type "Residence" into the PAWS search bar.
  3. Students will need to create a Residence account before entering the Residence Housing Portal to complete their application.


If you or your students have any questions about Residence, please contact the Residence Services Office at

Looking for materials to help you let students know residence applications are open? Download this digital screen for your school or print as a poster.

From left: Arliss Sidloski and Olivia Stewart, 2020 recipients of the Schulich Leader Scholarship at USask.

Schulich Leader Scholarships school nominations due January 27, 2021

Schulich Leader Scholarships are Canada’s most coveted undergraduate STEM scholarships.

In 2020, one hundred scholarships were awarded to entrepreneurial-minded high school graduates enrolling in a science, technology, engineering or math program at 20 partner universities across Canada, including the University of Saskatchewan. The number and distribution of scholarships for the 2021-2022 academic year will be confirmed on or before March 1, 2021.

Every high school in Canada can nominate one graduating student each year to apply for the scholarship, and each partner university can provide between two and 10 Schulich Leader Scholarships each year. School nominations are due January 27, 2021.

Learn more about USask's 2020 Schulich Leaders.
Learn how to nominate a student for a Schulich Leader Scholarship.

Most university services closed Dec. 19-Jan. 3

USask's winter closure has been extended this year, and most university services including admissions and scholarship application processing, will be closed from Sat. Dec. 19 through Sun. Jan. 3. Services will re-open on Mon. Jan. 4.

Up-to-date information about the status of USask's operations can be found at

USask news

Upcoming dates and deadlines

Nov. 17
• What is Engineering?

Nov. 17, 18, 23 and 26
Education info sessions

Nov. 19 and 24
• USASK EXPRESS application workshops

Nov. 20 
• Deadline to apply for joint admission for the 2021 Winter Term (January) for USask's English for Academic Purposes program + a USask degree

Dec. 1
• Deadline for Canadian citizens and permanent residents to apply for admission for the 2021 Winter Term (January)
• Deadline to apply and submit required supplemental items to be considered for early admission for 2021-2022 to:
       Agriculture and Bioresources - Animal Bioscience
• Deadline to apply to any direct-entry program and submit required supplemental items to be eligible to apply for Best and Brightest Entrance Scholarships

Dec. 15
Best and Brightest Entrance Scholarships application deadline

Dec. 19-Jan. 3
• Most university services closed, including admission and scholarship application processing

COVID-19 updates

For more information about the University of Saskatchewan's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, visit

Read stories about the USask community coming together to support one another on the USask Unites page.

Learn facts, tips and prevention about staying well during COVID-19.

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