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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. 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 or Honours Bachelor of Science degree admission.
  • Academic preparation that covers university-level reading, writing, research and final assignments.
  • 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.

How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect the Academic Bridging Program?

For the Fall-Winter 2020-2021 academic session, courses may be offered in person, online or in a dual-delivery method. This means that lectures may be available in an online format, but smaller group meetings would take place in person during the scheduled class time. All applicants to the program should expect that most courses will be delivered primarily online. In that case, students will have access to the same services and supports, but some of these will move to online delivery in an effort to ensure the health and safety of our community. Please note the recommended technology requirements for students to access remote/online learning.

Ontario’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. Changes will likely occur as the province and its municipalities adjust to new data about the virus. In these circumstances, please be advised that the manner of delivery of courses, co-curricular opportunities, programs and services is subject to change, in accordance with university policies. The University thanks its students, faculty, and staff for their flexibility during these challenging times as we work together to maintain the standards of excellence that are the hallmark of the University.

"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.