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Academic Bridging Program

The Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Program offers an opportunity for those who do not meet the academic requirements for admission to the University of Toronto to qualify for an Honours Bachelor of Arts or Honours Bachelor of Science degree program in the Faculty of Arts & Science.


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What is it?

The Academic Bridging Program bridges the gap between your prior education and the requirements of first-year university courses in the Humanities and Social Sciences. When you successfully complete the Academic Bridging Program, you gain admission to the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto with credit(s) toward your degree. If you have been away from high school and/or college studies for at least two years, you may be eligible for admission to our program!

What are the benefits of the program?

  • Access to Honours Bachelor of Arts degree admission after the completion of at least one course.
  • Academic preparation that covers essay writing, in-class tests and university-level exams.
  • Financial aid that typically covers the cost of all educational expenses for the program.
  • A wide range of academic learning supports, including academic advising, learning strategists and study skills seminars.
  • Opportunities to access student services and engage in student life activities within the University of Toronto community.

"The Academic Bridging Program offered me a transition to adapt to formal undergraduate education. I have great memories of the classroom where I took my Bridging course. It was in that room that I started settling roots in this college and getting involved in the Woodsworth community. I feel confident in the abilities and skills I acquired from the program."

- Joe, Academic Bridging student (2017)


The Academic Bridging Program is named in honour of Millie Rotman Shime, a University of Toronto graduate and Toronto secondary school teacher of history and English, whose life exemplified the best that any great university may expect of its alumni. Her father, the late Manny Rotman, who received his bachelor’s degree from Woodsworth College in 1985 at age 76, wished to commemorate Millie’s memory by helping others who shared her passion for learning. Beginning as the Pre-University Program for mature students in 1967, it was updated and renamed the Academic Bridging Program in 2000 with the generous support of the Rotman family.