About University 1

University 1 (U1) is one of the direct entry admission options at the University of Manitoba for incoming students. Thousands of new students each year start in U1, including those who:

  • are entering from high school and have never attended post-secondary studies
  • are entering as a mature student and have never attended post-secondary studies
  • have fewer than 24 credit hours of post-secondary study (i.e. have attended another university or college, but have not completed a full year of study elsewhere)

University 1 offers a unique approach to your first year of university studies, giving you the opportunity to design an individualized schedule that meets the admission and/or first year requirements for one or more target degree programs. This approach allows you to study multiple subject areas, or focus on a specific path.

All of the courses you take in University 1 can become part of your degree program. After you finish University 1 (i.e. complete your first 24 to 30 credit hours), you are able to apply or transit to another undergraduate faculty at the University of Manitoba. This is considered ‘advanced entry’ to a faculty or program.

Both University 1 and other direct entry students have access to the First Year Centre – the only office on campus dedicated to first year students.

Why choose University 1?

  • You are interested in a program that requires one or more year(s) of prior university study
  • You are undecided about which program you want to study
  • You do not meet the admission requirements for another program with a direct-entry option
  • You would like guidance from academic advisors who specialize in the transition from high school to university

 

What is the First Year Centre?

The First Year Centre is your go-to resource for everything you need to know about being a first year student at the University of Manitoba.

Making decisions about your first year can be challenging when there are so many choices and opportunities; registration advisors and academic advisors at the First Year Centre can help you figure it out!

As a first year student in U1 or any degree program, the First Year Centre can:

  • Answer questions about program and degree requirements, as well as university policies and procedures
  • Review your progress, evaluate your academic plans and connect you to campus resources as needed
  • Provide assistance for support if you experience challenges or difficulties that affect your studies
  • Discuss the impacts of decisions before you take action

 

University 1: What you should know

  • In University 1, you can design a schedule that meets the admission or first- year requirements for one or more target degree programs. You can study multiple subject areas, or focus on a specific path.
  • If you are not yet sure which path is right for you, University 1 lets you explore a variety of subject areas. All of the courses you take in U1 can become part of your degree program.
  • After you finish University 1 (by completing 24 – 30 credit hours) you can apply or transit to another undergraduate faculty at the University of Manitoba. This is considered advanced entry to a faculty or program.
  • University 1 students have access to the First Year Centre – our UM resource centre dedicated entirely to helping you, the first year student.
  • University 1 Honour Roll students achieve a minimum 3.75 grade point average on at least 12 credit hours of study in one term. The most recent list of students who have achieved this recognition can be found in the Tier Building hallway outside room 205.

Note: University 1 does not add an extra year of studies to your degree

First year student experience

Your first year of university is about finding your way, making good choices and developing good habits.

Read our First year students page for a summary of what to accomplish before the term starts and to understand the resources available to you after school is underway.

Scholarships for University 1

These awards are exclusive to those attending University 1.

Robert Alan Kennedy Scholarship

Amount: $5,950.00
Awarded/Year: 1
Selection Criteria: Highest standing in University 1. Was registered full-time (min 80% course load) in University 1 at the University of Manitoba; has achieved the highhest standing in University 1 (min DGPA of 3.5); continues to be registered full time (min 80% course load) in any faculty, college or school at the University of Manitoba in which the award is tenable.
Application Instructions: None required.

Isbister Scholarship in University 1

Amount: $2,825.00
Awarded/Year: 9
Selection Criteria: Highest Standing in University 1 and continuation in any degree program at the UM — must have completed 24-30 credit hours.
Application Instructions: None required.

A course to help you succeed

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Enrol in ARTS 1110 (W)

If you are a new university student, we encourage you to enrol in ARTS 1110 (W): Introduction to University – a 3 credit hour course that will help you transition to the university learning environment. To get a head start on your school year, take this course in the summer!

Leaving University 1

University 1 students will eventually leave U1 to move into another faculty.  Students typically leave U1 after their first or second year of university studies, depending on how many credit hours they've completed and what faculty they are targeting.

U1 students are eligible to transit (move) to the Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Science if they have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours. Transit is open once a year on Aurora in mid-June, before students register for Fall and Winter courses.

Option 1

University 1 students who have completed between 24 and 30 credit hours by the end of the academic year, are eligible to move in to either the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science. These students do not have to apply for admission; instead, are able to transit. The Transit from University 1 function becomes available in Aurora each year in mid-June. See below for specific steps to transit. There is no fee to transit.

Option 2

Alternatively, students who have completed between 24 and 27 credit hours may elect to remain in University 1 and register for a full course load in the following regular academic year.

Option 3

Students who have completed 30 credit hours by the end of the winter term are no longer eligible to remain in University 1 and are required to either transit to the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science, or apply to an advanced entry program for which they have admission requirements.

How to Transit to Arts or Science

Before you register for Fall/Winter courses:

  • Log onto Aurora (beginning June 14, 2021)
  • Click on Enrolment and Academic Records
  • Click on Declarations
  • Click on Transit from University 1
  • Choose Arts or Science
  • Submit

You need at least a minimum of 24 attempted credit hours to transit from University 1 into the Faculty of Arts or Faculty of Science.

Contact us

First Year Centre
205 Tier Building 
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus)
Winnipeg, MB  R3T 2N2 Canada

Contact us

 

Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (CDT/CST)