General Arts and Science - University Transfer

The General Arts and Science - University Transfer program enables you to experience university-level general arts and social sciences courses, while earning credits towards a university degree.


Winter 2017
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: GSU
Location: Peterborough
Coordinator: Dennis Vanderspek Email
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Start Dates: January 09, 2017
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (Domestic): $2,344.87 per semester*
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (International): $7,479.85 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.
Fall 2017
Program Status: Accepting Applications
Program Code: GSU
Location: Peterborough
Coordinator: Dennis Vanderspek Email
Credential: Ontario College Certificate
Start Dates: September 05, 2017
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (Domestic): $2,514.37 per semester*
Tuition and Ancillary Fees (International): $7,589.35 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

Program Highlights

If you do not have the necessary academic credentials to enter university directly, or if you want to develop your skills, knowledge and self confidence to be successful in university, this program is for you. Take time to discover new ways of seeing the world through powerful ideas in literature, philosophy, humanities and social science  - while you earn full credit for first year of university.

The cost savings of studying university-level courses at college tuition rates are considerable. And the benefits of improved confidence in your learning abilities and academic readiness are immeasurable. The one-year General Arts and Science - University Transfer program will:

  • help you determine if university is right for you
  • develop your academic readiness
  • teach you effective oral and written communications skills
  • enable you to analyze complex issues and arguments
  • develop your skills in problem solving, research and critical thinking
  • give you a coherent, multi-disciplinary overview of general arts and social sciences, to help you determine your major for future studies
  • facilitate entry to university: complete the program successfully and you earn credit for first year of  Bachelor's degree courses at Trent University or Carleton University.

The General Arts and Science - University Transfer curriculum delivers more than just challenging individual courses. Academic disciplines have developed together over time. The influences they exert on one another, and their research methods and major theories, are best appreciated through an integrated program of study such as the University Transfer option. This program is unique in its emphasis on providing students with a coherent overview of Literature, Philosophy, Psychology and Sociology. These complementary courses will provide you with the opportunity to apply your learning across the curriculum. The faculty believe that the integrated design of the program will help students develop as thinkers, writers and researchers.


Your writing skills will also grow. In the classroom and outside it, written communication takes many forms - essays, laboratory reports, and practical business documentation. In the University Transfer curriculum, faculty co-ordinate their efforts to help students develop these related writing skills.

You won't have to do it all alone. With Fleming College's focus on supporting student success, our faculty team and counselors can help you navigate this journey. With this year of intellectual development and growth you will build a strong foundation for continued academic success.

Entry To University

Trent University Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science

This program was developed in collaboration with Trent University. As a result, Trent University will grant a total of five first year credits (in English, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, plus one unassigned credit) to graduates of this program who achieve an overall average of 70%, and no individual grade of less than 65% in their Literature, Philosophy, Psychology, Sociology, Composition and Critical Analysis courses. Successful program graduates will have obtained the credits required for first year of Trent's Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree. (Other Trent degree programs also recognize these Fleming courses for advanced standing.)

Trent University Indigenous Bachelor of Education

To be eligible, applicants are required to self-identify as First Nations, Métis or Inuit, and must also have achieved a 75% cumulative average in the University Transfer program. Successful applicants will be awarded five credits out of the 25 credit degree.

Carleton University Bachelor of Arts

At Carleton University, program graduates with an overall average of 70% or higher may be granted up to five full transfer credits, equivalent to first year towards the Bachelor of Arts degree.

A growing number of other universities recognize the program for significant credit towards their degrees.

Why Choose Fleming

The curriculum for this program, and its intellectual demands and rigour, closely reflect a first-year university experience. Fleming faculty who have developed the program possess the academic credentials necessary to teach these university-level courses. All of them have taught in university settings. The small class sizes and program design provide for generous interaction between students and faculty. Since you will attend all classes with the same group of students, you will come to know one another quickly, share ideas and frequently carry on academic discussions outside the classroom.

Is this You?

You've got to be committed to taking the time to ask questions, seek help when you need it and to do the work necessary. Due to the academic rigour of this program, you will need self-discipline and excellent time management skills. A strong interest in personal, intellectual and vocational growth will ensure that you get the most from the rich and relevant curriculum.

Minimum Admission Requirements

  • OSSD with the majority of credits at the College (C) and Open (O) level, including:
    2 College (C) English courses (Grade 11 or Grade 12) 

When (C) is the minimum course level for admission, (U) or (U/C) courses are also accepted.

Mature Students

If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission.


International Students

International students who do not meet the academic and/or English language requirements for direct admission to Trent University can take advantage of an opportunity to upgrade their English language and academic skills to qualify for admission. For more information, please read the Trent-Fleming International ESL Agreement.

Additional Costs

Plan to spend approximately $700 per year for books and supplies.

Transfer Agreements

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