Athabasca University (AU) is dedicated to the removal of barriers that traditionally restrict access to and success in university-level studies, and to increasing equality of educational opportunity for all adult Canadians regardless of their geographic location and prior academic credentials. AU has a general mandate from the Government of Alberta to provide university education through distance education, the provision of lecture courses in smaller centres and the use of various forms of technology to deliver educational experiences. AU is unique in nature as students may enrol in programs and register in courses year round.
AU has an open admission policy. Applicants, however, must be at least 16 years of age or older. Exceptions require consideration by the Registrar.
Students may not enrol in an Athabasca University undergraduate or graduate program while they are enrolled in a program at another post-secondary institution. Those students may take courses as unclassified students until they have either completed or withdrawn from the other program.