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Mature students head back to school with U of T bridging

By WENDY TERRY - November 9 2015

Hundreds of mature students 20 years of age and over, will be heading back to school this fall through the University of Toronto’s Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Program. 

For students who have not completed high school or a two-year college diploma (or who have completed these studies with grades insufficient for direct entry admissions), the bridging program offers a pathway to undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto. 

“Students often assume, since they did not enrol in university directly after high school or college, that admission is not possible without upgrading or repeating courses – and that is just not true,” says Winnie Wong-Nicholson, associate registrar of the Academic Bridging Program. 

“Applicants are extremely excited when they learn that the Bridging Program at U of T will allow them to start studies immediately in a degree level university course.” 

The course is intended to bridge the gap between a student’s prior education and the requirements for first-year university courses in humanities and social sciences.  Successful completion of the Academic Bridging Program guarantees students admissions to the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Arts and Science with one retained credit towards their undergraduate degree.

“We offer a small classroom environment with plenty of one-on-one feedback from instructors, as well as academic support specifically intended for adult students who may have been away from formal education for some time,”  says Wong-Nicholson. Students attend either three or four hours of classes per week, depending upon whether they begin their studies in September or January. 

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