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Wilfrid Laurier University Centre for Student Success
April 16, 2014
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!

Class of 2013 - Transcript Request Form

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. Self-Assesment Form
  2. Letter of Intent
  3. Teacher/Guidance Recommendation

Students must also meet the following admission criteria based on their current year of study.

     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
  • Students not registered with Pathways to Education in Kitchener must also submit a reference form from a guidance counsellor or high school teacher along with a copy of their report card or credit summary report. 

*Students not registered with Pathways to Education must set up an appointment with the Building Bridges Coordinator to apply on the OUAC site for admission to Wilfrid Laurier University as a part-time student*

Applications are due May, 2014 for the next class of Building Bridges participants.

Related Information Title Type
2013 Building Bridges Application Instructions & Check List Document
2013 Building Bridges Brochure 2013/2014 Document
2013 Student Success 101 Application 2014 Document
2012 Guidance Counsellor Letter Document
2012 Program Overview Document