The Bridge Program
About the Bridge
We know that going to university is exciting; it’s a new school, full of new friends, new instructors, and new classes. New possibilities are opening up for you.
As exciting as all that is, it can be a bit worrying (especially perhaps this year). Many students are looking for some extra help to get used to university.
The Bridge program is designed to give new students, like you, a strong foundation, one which will help them be successful in their first year at Trent.
- See what university-level teaching and learning is like – and learn the foundational skills you need – by taking a first-year course, either in the sciences or the humanities.
- Get ahead in your studies and lighten your first-year course load by completing a half-credit before the fall term even begins.
- Get coaching from trained, upper-year mentors in key areas that will help you deal with your new social life.
- Get to know the important resources that Trent has that will give you the support you need.
With the Bridge, you’ll begin your fall term courses with more confidence and realize you belong at Trent.
Research shows that success in first-year is key to a successful university experience – and a transition program like the Bridge can help. Here is what some former students had to say about their experience with the Bridge:
- “The Bridge Program may have been the best decision of my life so far. I have been given the opportunity to build strong friendships, understand university-level work, and really find myself.”
- “After completing the Bridge program I have learned more about my study skills and how to retain information rather than just memorizing answers.”
This year, the Bridge will be offered as a nearly two-week long online program (August 16-31), making it possible to participate no matter where you live.
If you have any questions about the bridge program, we can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn more about The Bridge:
The Bridge Program will run from Monday, August 16th until Tuesday, August 31st. Mandatory activities will run from 9-12 each weekday with optional activities taking place in the afternoons and evenings.
2 Hours of Class - this will be a mix of synchronous (time spent together via zoom) and asynchronous (time spend working on your own) and will be led by your course instructor.
1 Hour Skills Lab - 6 out of 12 days will focus on academic skills and will be led by your course TA and staff from the Centre for Teaching and Learning. The remaining 6 days will consist of On Track Sessions facilitated by the Student Affairs team, as well as Trent's experienced upper-year rebound guides.
Lunch and Learn - presentation from various support programs at Trent
Academic Skills Assignment Clinics for one-on-one support before major assignments (hosted by Trent's Academic Skills Instructors)
Social Activities - Hosted by Trent's Rebound Guides
Study Hall - Hosted by Trent's Rebound Guides
A Sample Day During the Bridge
|9-11 am (EST)||Class Via Zoom||Each morning will begin with a synchronous class meeting. Combining direct instruction with lively group discussion, these meetings will allow students to engage with essential course themes and materials. Most class sessions will include time for asynchronous individual and synchronous group activities, such as engaging with a written source, working through a problem or data set, or planning for a debate.|
|11 am (EST)||Skills Lab||In these synchronous sessions, students will be introduced to, and have the chance to practice, key academic and personal wellness skills that are essential to academic success. Examples of activities include creating a time management plan and study schedule, exploring stress management techniques, or developing study strategies for an upcoming test.|
|12:15 pm (EST)||Optional Lunch and Learn||Representatives from different support services at Trent will explain their services and provide students with a chance to ask questions about how to access supports on campus.|
|7 pm (EST)||
Optional Social Activity or Study Hall
|On some nights, there will be opportunities to get to know other Bridge students through virtual events such as games nights and crafts nights. This time will also be used to introduce students to the Trent Campus through virtual tours and activities. On other nights, students can choose to join a virtual study hall during which they can work on assignments or check-in with their rebound guides.|
Students in The Bridge Program will have the option to take either UNIV 1003H or UNIV 1004H. Students will not be able to take both courses, as they will occur at the same time during the mandatory morning programming.
|UNIV 1003H Exploring Great Problems through Scientific Inquiry|
Students explore three significant, complex, and challenging scientific problems from a variety of perspectives. Through this exploration, students strengthen their information seeking, group work, research, critical thinking, reflection, and presentation skills. Students are grouped in “problem teams” and experience a range of workshops that introduce different applications of scientific inquiry.
|UNIV 1004H Reflective Writing and Critical Engagement|
|Students explore various approaches to integrating knowledge and critical engagement with different texts and contexts through the processes of reflection, writing, and research. Through this exploration, students strengthen their skills in self-reflection, critical thinking, applied learning, information seeking, and academic communication.|
See below for drop deadlines for the 2021 Bridge Program courses.
Final date to drop Bridge Program courses with no academic penalty and receive a partial tuition refund: Friday, August 20th, 2021.
Final date to drop the Bridge Program courses with no academic penalty and no refund: Tuesday, August 31st, 2021.
Registration for the 2021 Bridge Program closed on August 6th, 2021.
Applicants to Trent are able to register for the Bridge program by completing the application form that can be found by logging into the Trent portal and clicking on the ACADEMICS tab. Once this form has been submitted, applicants will receive a follow-up email shortly thereafter. Only those students who have received an offer of acceptance to Trent University will be accepted into the Bridge Program.
For further information on the Bridge program, please contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning: email@example.com
The purpose of the bridge program is to allow students to take one of their 5.0 first-year credits before the term begins. As such, the Bridge program costs are included in the tuition fees students pay for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students will be required to pay the tuition for their 0.5 credit bridge course before the start of the program, with their academic year costs decreasing to accommodate for this.
Students who have applied for OSAP will automatically have their OSAP applications modified to include the Bridge Program fees and modified academic start date.
The specific cost breakdown will vary based on if students are International, or registered at Trent's Peterborough or Durham campus.
Did you have an IEP in high school? Are you interested in knowing what services are available for students with disabilities?
Who is SAS and what do they do?
Student Accessibility Services (SAS) is a team of interdisciplinary professionals who provide support to students with disabilities through one-on-one advising, referrals to campus supports, and adaptive technology. SAS supports include:
• Developing individualized accommodation plans for registered students;
• Working with students to develop approaches and strategies that use students' strengths to help them engage with their coursework;
• Offering support through an Adaptive Technologist, using a hands-on approach which allows students to learn how their technology works and how it can be used in their studies;
• Directing and connecting students to appropriate campus resources.
Reasonable and Appropriate Accommodation
Trent University commits to providing reasonable and appropriate accommodations to students with documented disabilities. Recommendations from internal and external professionals do not guarantee specific accommodations. Following the review of diagnostic documentation to consider its appropriateness for supporting requested accommodations, Accessibility Advisors work in partnership with students to develop an accommodation plan that best meets the individual’s needs within the post-secondary academic environment.
Students can access SAS support prior to attending the Bridge program. Previous students of Bridge reported that this was extremely helpful having all their accommodations in place prior to arrival. Any student may have an appointment in Peterborough at SAS anytime throughout the summer, starting in May.
Please note that the deadline to register with SAS is July 30th, 2021.
To learn more visit the SAS Website.