Your Path to Success

August 28th – September 1st

As an incoming student, are you concerned about any of the following?

  • Transitioning from high school or CEGEP into a university setting
  • Being in an unfamiliar environment and not knowing your way around campus
  • Being alone or making new friends
  • Knowing that you might have upcoming challenges, but not sure what resources are available to you on campus
  • Wanting to succeed or improve your academic standings, but aren’t sure how to do so

If you answered yes to any of these, the BU Archway Program may be the support that you are looking for to help you transition to a university environment.  

The program: 

The BU Archway Program is a four-day intensive university transition program that takes place just before the Fall semester. It is designed to help students gain the practical skills, competencies, and confidence necessary for a successful transition from high school or CEGEP into the university setting. 

This program is not remedial in nature and will not “fix” students. Instead, it includes activities to help students become better learners and to facilitate their integration into the campus community.  Program entry is very limited, this year we will be welcoming a maximum of thirty-five students. Students are selected on a first come and first serve basis, so please apply as soon as you can to guarantee your spot.

BU Archway students stay in Paterson Hall for the duration of the program and meals are provided from Sunday (August 28th) evening through Thursday (September 1st) evening. Scheduled activities begin Sunday night with a group dinner and campus tour. The academic program begins Monday morning and ends Thursday evening; each day consists of a variety of workshop sessions and social activities. Attendance at all workshops, meals and activities is mandatory. 

The workshops are given by Bishop’s professors, administrators, student leaders, and staff, so students will form relationships with many key players in their education.  The workshops will focus on the following themes:

 Personal Development

  • SuccessFinder self-assessment aimed at helping students identify their career fits, strengths and weaknesses
  • Managing your education (e.g., course selection)
  • Looking beyond your education

Academic Success

  • Strategies for effective learning (notetaking, class preparation, exams) 
  • Time management 
  • Critical thinking 

Mental Health

  • Personal resilience 
  • Managing stress
  • Managing conflict

Introduction to Available Resources

  • Student services
  • Writing centre
  • Learning commons


  • Networking with different members of the BU community
  • Making new friends

However, BU Archway doesn’t end with the beginning of the fall semester. BU Archway students have opportunities to receive ongoing support throughout the academic year. In addition, students have the opportunity to meet with the Academic Facilitator (Ms. Katie Bibbs) to set up support for their individual academic challenges. 

How do I join BU Archway? 

Students cannot simply join BU Archway; rather, they are selected – both by us and by themselves.  Applicants are required to provide a written submission about themselves and what they hope to gain from the program.  Bishop’s is a community in which we look for individuals of all backgrounds to gather together to learn, lead, engage, challenge, enquire, experiment, build, nurture and grow. We are looking for students that will build upon our #PurplePride and be contributing members of our family. Do you have PURPLE inside of you? 

Students selected for BU Archway must confirm their place in the program by the deadline provided in the email, and abide by the Bishop’s University Student Code of Conduct and the Residence Community Living Standards. They must also pay the $1000 CAD program fee. This fee will cover all meals, accommodations and program organized social activities. 

A $500 bursary is available for students whose financial situation makes paying the full fee difficult.

Successful completion requires the following:   

  • Active and prepared participation in all mandatory BU Archway activities; 
  • Completion of all assignments; 
  • Participation in monthly group or individual meetings during the fall semester. 

For more information about BU Archway please contact the Admissions Office (