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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 Honours Bachelor of Arts or Honours Bachelor of Science degree programs in the Faculty of Arts & Science.


Curious to learn more about the Academic Bridging ProgramInformation sessions take place virtually throughout the winter & spring in 2024!


What is it?

The Academic Bridging Program bridges the gap between your prior education and the skills necessary for 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!

Learn how to apply to the Academic Bridging Program.

What are the benefits of the program?

  • Admission to pursue Honours Bachelor of Arts or Honours Bachelor of Science degree programs.
  • Academic preparation that covers university-level reading, writing, research, examination and critical thinking skills.
  • Financial aid that may cover 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. 

Meet some of our graduates:

Bridging graduate (2021); currently majoring in Indigenous Studies.

"The Academic Bridging Program gently eased me into my bachelor’s degree and gave me an impression of what I could expect in academia. If you have doubts as I did, I’m here to tell you you’re likely more capable than you realize. I encourage you to apply."

Bridging graduate (2016); currently specializing in Women and Gender Studies.

"The Academic Bridging Program support systems are incredible, the enthusiasm and passion of the faculty and admin team is electric and contagious, and the words and stories of Bridging alumni are so inspiring and motivating. I can't imagine my life without this experience in it."

Bridging graduate (2017); Honours Bachelor of Arts (2023). Major: Anthropology; double minor: Buddhism, Psychology & Mental Health; Visual Studies.

“The Academic Bridging program serves as an ideal starting point for initiating positive change. Being a student gave me a boost of confidence, making me realize my own capabilities when it comes to studying. I always received support, both financially and with academic advice. The program offers a valuable opportunity for personal transformation."


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. 

How will COVID-19 affect the Academic Bridging Program?

Please note that the Academic Bridging Program is delivered in person at the University of Toronto's St. George campus. There is no online option and students must be able to attend classes on campus in order to be eligible for admission to the program.

As Ontario’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we continue to update students on the impact of government and public health measures as quickly as possible.

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. All applicants to the program should note the recommended technology requirements for students to access remote/online learning, should that be a component of our program's delivery in the upcoming academic session.

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.

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