The Millie Rotman Shime Academic Bridging Program offers an opportunity for individuals who are at least 19 years of age to pursue degree studies at the University of Toronto.

Academic Bridging is designed for individuals who have been away from formal education for some time and do not meet the University’s established requirements for direct entry admission; the course is intended to bridge the gap between a student’s prior education and the requirements of first year university courses in Humanities and Social Sciences.  Students who successfully complete the Academic Bridging Program are admitted to the Faculty of Arts and Science, at the University of Toronto, with retained credit(s) towards their degree.

For more information please review the 2014-2015 Information Handbook.


Applications for the 2015 Fall Session will become available in May 




News of Former Bridging Students:

Jesse Copeland has been awarded the2014  Cotter Prize for the best essay in the Academic Bridging Course WDW 102Y, Contemporary Canada for his essay “The Spanish Influenza in Canada”.  Honourable Mention goes to Sumeet Khanna and Simone Shouna Dias.



Millie Rotman Shime

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.

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