The Bridge Program

Registration has closed for August 14-29, 2019

Do you want to ease the transition into university life?


students gathering for discussion outside of Gzowski collegeTrent University’s new Bridge program provides the opportunity to experience university-level teaching and learning while completing two half credits towards your degree.

Offered for the first time in August 2017 and deemed a resounding success by all those involved - particularly the students - the Bridge is a unique opportunity to earn credits while beginning your successful transition to university life.

For 3 weeks, students have the opportunity to join us on the Trent's Symons Campus in Peterborough to engage in the types of classes, discussions, and assignments that they can expect to see during their university education. By successfully completing two half credits in August, academic loads for September-April can be lightened, allowing you more time to focus on success in your individual courses.

In addition to featuring two engaging first-year half-credit courses, the Bridge program is also carefully designed to promote learning and foster success.  The program will have a number of trained, upper-year student mentors, who will provide coaching and peer support around transitioning to university, and mentorship for planning and decision-making.

There will be limited enrollment for this program – be sure to register early!


Dropping Bridge Program Courses

With the 2019 Bridge Program underway, see below for drop deadlines for the Bridge Program courses.

Final date to drop Bridge Program courses with no academic penalty and receive a 50% tuition refund: August 16th, 2019

Final date to drop the Bridge Program courses with no academic penalty and no refund: August 29th, 2019


In 2019, the Bridge will take place from August 14 - 29 with move-in taking place on August 13 and move out taking place after on August 29. An End of Term Celebration will be held for students who complete the Bridge Program at 4 pm on August 29.

Here is what a typical week might look like for students attending the Bridge Program:

Time A Typical Day During the Bridge Program
9:00 - 11:30 Class: Exploring Great Problems Through Scientific Inquiry
11:30 - 12:30 Academic Skills Drop-In
12:30 - 1:30 Lunch
1:30 - 4:00 Class: Reflective Writing and Critical Engagement
4:00 - 4:30 Free Time
4:30 - 5:30 Coaching
5:30 - 6:30 Dinner
7:00 - 9:00 Study Hall

*Note that drop-ins and study halls are optional for students to attend. Additionally, varied social activities including events such as bonfires, vision board making, yoga, Taste of Downtown food tour, visit to the zoo, and others will be available to all participants in the evenings as well as on weekends.


The Bridge program courses are designed to introduce students to learning at the university level. Students will be immersed in different approaches to learning, research, and the production of knowledge at the undergraduate level. At the same time, students will be supported in developing and/or enhancing the skills needed to thrive in the university environment.

UNIV 1003H Exploring Great Problems through Scientific Inquiry

During this course, students will explore three significant, complex, and challenging scientific problems from a variety of perspectives. Through this exploration, students will strengthen their information seeking, group work, research, critical thinking, reflection, and presentation skills. Students will be grouped in ‘problem teams’ and experience a range of workshops that will introduce different applications of scientific inquiry.

UNIV 1004H Reflective Writing and Critical Engagement

During this course, students will 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 will strengthen their skills in self-reflection, critical thinking, applied learning, information seeking, and academic communication.


Registration is now live!

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. 

For further information on the Bridge program, please contact the Centre for Teaching and Learning:


Tuition Fees for the 2019-2020 Academic Year have yet to be set, so see below for approximate costs based on last year's program.

Tuition (2018-19 academic year):

Tuition fees for the academic year are $6,798.31 which are billed to the student's account as follows:

August - 1.0 credit:  $1,359.66
September - 2.0 credits:  $2,719.32
January - 2.0 credits:  $2,719.32

Tuition fees for the academic year are $19,978.63 which are billed to the student's account as follows:

August - 1.0 credit:  $3,995.72
September (fall term) - 2.0 credits:  $7,991.46
January (winter term) - 2.0 credits:  $7991.46

*please note that the above amounts include tuition ONLY and does not include ancillary fees. Ancillary fees for 2019-2020 are not yet released but a small increase can be expected from last year's fees of $1,200 (fall), $490 (winter).  Additional fees will apply for international students for UHIP and TIP camp. 

Living on Campus during the Bridge Program 

Bridge students choosing to stay on campus will be living in Otonabee College. Each student will have their own room. Each room comes with standard room furnishings: a twin bed; a chair, desk lamp, and desk; a storage table with two drawers; bookshelf; a walk-in closet or closet wardrobe; internet (included in your residence fees). The bathrooms are located in the main area and are co-ed. Within OC there are common rooms featuring tables, chairs, a television, and at least one couch; a kitchenette; laundry facilities. Students will be provided with an oscillating fan for their residence room, as the College is not air-conditioned. However, there will opportunities for swimming in the Otonabee River that runs through the Trent campus. Students will also be able to access the Trent Athletes Complex with their student card (no additional fees). 

Bridge students will be provided with a meal plan that includes buffet-style lunches and dinners as well as a $300 credit on their Trent University student card, to make individual food purchases on campus or at participating local restaurants. All meals on campus will include vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options.  Please note there are no refrigerators in the residence rooms.

The costs for residence at Otonabee College and the food plan is $1600 + applicable tax.

Please note that there will be special meal events such as a Welcome BBQ on Tuesday, August 13, 2019, as well as a dinner in town with our Bridge staff that is included.

Move-out day for the Bridge Program will be Thursday, August 29 once classes have finished. Students who are living in residence for the upcoming semester will have the option of staying on-campus until the September 1 residence move in day. Students choosing this option will be subject to an additional fee of $36.75 per day and will need to provide their own food arrangements from the evening of August 29 until the cafeterias open on Sunday, September 1st.

Academic Skills Supports for the Bridge Students

Students will have the opportunity to work with professional academic skills instructors on a variety of topics to support their learning. Students will also be able to access these Instructors during the academic term. 

Areas for Academic Skills support

  • Planning/time management in compressed courses
  • Critical reading strategies
  • Organizing essays/research papers
  • Use of evidence – paraphrasing, integrating evidence, citation
  • Writing lab reports
  • Revision strategies – organization/coherence and grammar/style

Student Accessibility Services (SAS)

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.

#SAS101- Bridge Orientation Day

If you are a new student attending the Bridge Program in August 2019, summer is the best time to connect with SAS and register so that your academic accommodations are in place well in advance of the start of the Bridge Program.

#SAS101 is our day-long summer orientation program specifically geared towards students with disabilities. We are hosting a specific #SAS101-Bridge session for those students who will be attending the Bridge Program. This is an opportunity for you to meet your professors, connect with other students who will be a part of the Bridge Program, and discuss accommodations.

The #SAS101-Bridge Orientation will take place on Tuesday, July 30th. Visit our #SAS101 page for more information about our orientation days, as well as registration information.

Can't make it to one of our #SAS101 orientation days? Contact our office to schedule an appointment! 

To learn more visit the SAS Website.