Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Does the UT program provide me with the same number of credits as first-year Trent?

    The UT program contains four "core" courses that are transferable to Trent -- English, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology. This is one credit less than a typical first year at Trent. Many students pick up the fifth credit in Trent's summer semester after completing the UT program, but the credit can be earned any time before the end of your Trent course of study.


  2. What is the workload like?

    The University Transfer program is designed to prepare students for the amount and type of work that normally occur in first-year university. Typically, this means about 10-30 pages of reading per week, per course. In the "core" courses, formal writing consists primarily of essays, research reports, lab reports, and literature reviews. The best way to get a sense of the work load is to browse a few course outlines, linked from the front page. This is also a good way to read ahead if you are already planning on starting the program.


  3. What courses do I take?

    FIRST TERM
    1. Classic and Early Modern Philosophy
    2. Introduction to English
    3. Critical Thinking
    4. Introduction to Psychology: Principles of Behaviour
    5. Language Composition
    6. Sociology I: An Introduction

    SECOND TERM
    1. Advanced Composition
    2. Applied Research and Portfolio Development
    3. Literature and the Modern World
    4. Introduction to Psychology: Dynamics of Behaviour
    5. Modern Philosophy
    6. Sociology II: Mass Media


  4. Are there any electives?

    The program consists of four "core" academic subjects (English, Psychology, Philosophy, Sociology) and two supporting subjects (Composition and Critical Thinking).


  5. Can I use UT credits at any university?

    You can apply to universities other than Trent and Carleton. If you apply to another university, you will be considered for transfer credit on the basis of your final marks. We cannot guarantee any outcome to this process, however, because each university has slightly different policies regarding transfer credit from colleges. The UT program is well-known and has a good reputation that has translated into a relatively smooth transfer process at other universities.

    The UT program is willing to provide letters of support for you that will describe the UT courses, and that may help you receive assigned credits. Ontario is slowly moving toward a more universal standfard for college-university transfer credit, but right now the decision on transfer credits does rest with the university to which you are applying.



  6. I did not finish high school. Can I still be accepted?

    Yes. We have a number of students each year who have not finished high school and are successful in the University Transfer program. Sometimes they find the first few weeks challenging, but are usually highly motivated. If you are older than 19 before classes begin, you can be considered for entry into the program. Normally you will write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test.

    Fleming's Registrar’s Office can provide information on how the admission process will work for you.



  7. I did not do well in high school. Can I still be accepted?

    Yes. Many of the students in the UT program struggled academically in high school. They often succeed in the UT program because they are a little older and have clearer goals and are better motivated for the challenging work required to develop high-level thinking and writing skills.

    The minimum admission standard is an Ontario Secondary School Diploma with the majority of credits at the College and/or Open level, including two English credits in the College stream.



  8. What makes the Fleming University Transfer program different from other similar programs in Ontario?

    Several Ontario colleges have agreements that provide advanced standing for their students in the degree programs of partner universities through what are known as “articulation” agreements.

    We think the Fleming UT program serves its students unusually well, however.

    Fleming’s UT program is staffed by exceptional faculty teaching a carefully designed curriculum, and it has a close and ongoing relationship with its partner university Trent and the university’s staff and faculty. This unique partnership has allowed Fleming to create a first-year experience over two terms that allows students to enter university the following September. Other programs are three terms or more and do not necessarily provide the same degree of access to university libraries and staff. Peterborough is also a great student town!