Become a Great Lakes College student

Fitting the puzzle pieces of your future together isn’t always straightforward. But you’re not alone in this. We’ll guide you through the application process, and Career and Academic Advising is always available to help you plan your future.

Understanding the terminology: After you apply but before you accept your Offer of Admission, you’re an applicant. Once you accept your Offer of Admission, you’re a student.

As an applicant, you will be assigned a Great Lakes College student ID number. This provides you with access to myHorizon, which has self-service options such as:

  • email
  • admission status
  • required admission documents

You are responsible for monitoring your email and the online portal. We will primarily use your Great Lakes College email to contact you about your application, so check it regularly.



Registration is the process where you select or are enrolled in the courses required to complete your program. Once you have accepted your Offer of Admission, registration personnel will register you in your core courses. An email will be sent to your Great Lakes College email to let you know when this is complete. The following exceptions apply:

  • upgrading students must register with an advisor
  • ESL students will be registered by the ESL program
  • General Studies and online learning students will be emailed instructions on how to register online, but they can register with an advisor if assistance is needed

You can add electives and make changes to your schedule (add/drop classes) in the following ways.

  1. In person: If you know what classes you wish to register for and they fit together in a timetable, fill out an Add/Drop form and submit it to the registration staff in the Registrar’s Office.
  2. Email: Submit your registration request by email to Be sure to include your name and student ID.
  3. With an advisor: Advisors can help you choose classes, work out a schedule and more.


The fine print

Great Lakes College accepts applications for admission year-round, but we process applications on a first-qualified, first-served basis, so it’s important to get your application in early. Some programs may use a competitive selection process and limit applications. Programs that do use this process have this identified on the program page.

Any information concerning you, including all documentation provided in support of your application, is kept confidential. Only upon your written authorization is your information released to third parties. For more information, read our Student Records policy.

All transcripts submitted to the college become the property of Great Lakes College. Neither the original transcript nor copies will be released to you or anyone outside the college.

Transcripts and other supporting documentation of all applicants who are not admitted or who do not attend are destroyed. If you wish to re-apply at a later date, a new set of documents must be supplied.


Once you’ve chosen a program and reviewed the admissions requirements, you’re ready to apply.

Turn your passion into a fulfilling career by finding a program that’s right for you. Next, choose to study full-time or part-time, or find a flexible option that works for you. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with options or don’t know which program is right for you, contact one of our advisors or consider applying as an open studies student.

After you find a program that is the perfect fit for you, it’s time to ensure you meet all of the requirements. Different programs have different admission requirements to maximize student success. Check both general admissions and program-specific requirements for your program to ensure you meet all requirements.

After you’ve met all the requirements (pending seat availability), you will receive an Offer of Admission. All you have to do is return your acceptance of the Offer of Admission with a tuition deposit. A portion of this deposit may be refundable; please refer to the refund deadline as specified in your Offer of Admission. And just like that, you’re a Great Lakes College student!