Frequently Asked Questions

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

    Generally speaking, yes. The UT program contains four "core" courses that are transferable to Trent -- English, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology -- plus one unassigned credit, for a total of five. This is equivalent to a typical first year experience.

  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?

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

    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

  4. Do I need to choose an elective?


  5. Can I use UT credits at any university?

    Yes. If you apply to a university that is not partnered with Fleming, you will be considered for transfer credit on the basis of your final marks. Each university has slightly different policies regarding transfer credit from colleges, but the UT program is well-known and has a good reputation that has translated into a smooth transfer process at many other universities both in Canada and abroad.

  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 they are usually highly motivated. If you are older than 19 before classes begin, you can be considered for entry into the program (you may need to 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 students in UT struggled 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?

    Fleming’s UT program was the first university transfer program in the province, and it is staffed by exceptional faculty who teach a carefully designed curriculum; it also has a close and ongoing relationship with its partner universities. These advantages have allowed Fleming to create a first-year experience over two terms that prepares students to enter university the following September. Programs at other colleges are three terms or more and do not necessarily provide as many credits, guaranteed admission (assuming completion of program requirements), or the same degree of access to university libraries and staff. Peterborough is also a great student town!