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Wilfrid Laurier University Centre for Student Success
December 8, 2016
Canadian Excellence

Building Bridges University Credit Course

Building Bridges to Success gives academically qualified students the chance to earn university credit while completing their final year of high school!

Students in the program will study in a small classroom environment and participate in supplemental instruction session that focus on building strong study skills that are transferable to all program and future fields of study.

In addition to earning university credit, student will:

  • receive part-time student status at Laurier's Waterloo campus
  • participate in organized on-campus extra-curricular activities
  • have access to Laurier athletic facilities
  • have the opportunity to take part in campus clubs, on-campus events and activities!

Course Details

Students in the Building Bridges to Success program will be required to attend one 3-hour lecture per week along with one 2-hour supplemental instruction session bi-weekly.

Students will be required to complete the same course requirements as first year students currently attending Laurier. The course may include written assignments, multiple choice tests or exams and a final exam.

The Building Bridges course will run during the Fall academic term starting in September and ending in December.

 Admission Information

Students interested in the Building Bridges university credit course must complete the application package including:

  1. Application & Self-Assesment Form
  2. Letter of Intent that answers the following questions: Why do I wish to participate? Why would I make a good candidate?
  3. Teacher/Guidance Recommendation Form

Applications are due June 5, 2015 for the next class of Building Bridges participants.

Admission Criteria

Grade 11 Students

  • Best 5 Grade 11 U or M level courses at a minimum 75% average
  • At least two final marks from first term must be calculated as part of the admission average

Returning Grade 12 Students

  • Best 6 Grade 12 U or M level courses at a minimum 75% average. Where 6 Grade 12 level courses are not available Grade 11 U or M level courses will be used
  • At least 3 Grade 12 U or M level courses must be calculated as part of the admission average

English Language Learners (Grade 11 or Grade 12 returning)

  • Students must have completed 3 full years of study in English (with no ESL) by the start of the course
  • Where a student has taken one ESL course, the student must have completed Grade 10 academic English (or Grade 10 applied AND Grade 10 academic English) and must have at least a midterm grade in Grade 11 English
  • Students who do not meet the three-year language requirement or have taken more than one ESL course must successfully complete a language proficiency test before the start of the course
  • English Language Proficiency information can be found on the admissions website

Applications are due June 5, 2015 for the next class of Building Bridges participants.

For more information contact:

Lindsay Lawrence
Building Bridges Program Co-ordinator

519-884-0710 ext 4499

Related Information Title Type
2014 Building Bridges Application Instructions & Check List Document
2014 Building Bridges Self-Assessment and Application Form Document
2014 Teacher/Counselor Recommendation Form Document