Off Campus Student Information

The College of Arts and Science offers students the opportunity to study at several locations throughout the province.

Off-Campus Program Information

Hundreds of students each year choose to begin their university studies off campus, and have been doing so since 1987. Degree courses offered at the off-campus locations have exactly the same value as courses offered on the main campus. Off-campus instructors are subject to the same standards as on-campus instructors and are approved by the College of Arts and Science.

By studying from home or closer to your home community, you can save significantly on living costs and are eligible for both USask scholarships as well as awards offered by off-campus locations.

All off-campus locations provide:

  • smaller class sizes
  • one-on-one interaction with instructors
  • program and career counselling
  • essay writing support and access to the Distance Education Writing Centre
  • on-site tutoring

The staff at your off-campus location are there to provide assistance and guidance when you need it. At the same time, the Arts and Science Undergraduate Office is a phone call or email away and are more than willing to answer any questions you may have, just contact us Once admitted to the College of Arts and Science you may choose to study as a full-time or part-time student at one of the off campus locations:

Learn how you can start or complete a degree program at the following off-campus locations:

  • USask Prince Albert Campus – Prince Albert
  • Cumberland College - Melfort, Nipawin, Tisdale
  • Great Plains College - Swift Current
  • North West College - North Battleford, Meadow Lake
  • Northlands College - La Ronge; La Loche, Creighton, Ile-a-la-Crosse, Buffalo Narrows
  • Parkland College - Yorkton, Canora, Fort Qu’Appelle, Melville
  • St. Peter’s College - Muenster

  • Here is information and links to some of the most important information for off-campus students.

    Tips for Success in Your First Year

    • Stay On Top of It All. Do work as it is assigned; set aside time to keep up. Don’t let procrastination cram you with responsibilities!
    • Time Management. Creating a study schedule is a time management method that can reduce your level of stress by identifying the necessary amount of time for studying, and how to use that time wisely. This link provides helpful resources related to time management.
    • Attend Class and Engage. Class time is scheduled for your learning benefit. Take advantage of the time and money you’ve invested by paying attention as well.
    • Ask for Help When You Need It. It is important to develop skills as an independent learner, but none of us can do everything on our own. Become aware of student support services at your off campus location and don’t be shy to utilize them. More strategies for success can be found here.

    Declaring Your Major

    What is a major?

    • An area of specialization
    • Usually requires between 30-60 credit units in the subject of the major (depending on the subject and the type of degree)
    • Students can declare their major through PAWS
      1. Arts & Science Tab
      2. Student Academic Services Channel
      3. “click here to change it”
      4. Select major and degree from the drop down menus

    Benefits to Declaring a Major

    • Get priority for enrolling in courses required for your major
    • Become eligible for specific scholarships relating to your major
    • Receive information about, guest speakers, internships, new courses, social events and job opportunities relating to your major
    • Overall, students with a clear goal achieve higher grades and better outcomes


    Your cumulative weighted average (CWA) is a general indicator of your academic performance.

    A CWA is based on two factors:
    1. The grade you receive in a course.
    2. The number of credit units attached to the course

    Promotion standards: The minimum requirements for continuing as a full-time student in the College of Arts & Science are based on the C.W.A. calculated from the weighted grades of all courses attempted, including failures.

    Credit Units Attempted Promotion Standards Probation Required to Discontinue
    18-30 56% 55.99-50.00% 49.99% and below
    31-60 58% 57.99-54.00% 53.99% and below
    61 + 60% 59.99-58.00% 57.99% and below

    Moving from off-campus to on campus studies

    If you are an Arts and Science student admitted as a regular applicant studying at one of the off-campus locations and have met the promotion standards, you are eligible to return as a student in the College of Arts and Science either on or off campus. You are not required to complete an application for admission for on-campus studies the following year. Simply register for on-campus courses once second year registration opens, which is typically in the third week of June.