BU Archway Program

BU Archway Program

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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 (Sunday, August 29 to Thursday, September 2, 2021). 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.

Have a look at the video that Dr. Mike Teed, Archway’s Coordinator, has made for you:

BU Archway students stay in Paterson Hall for the duration of the program and meals are provided from Sunday (August 29th) evening through Thursday (September 2nd) 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

  • Developing a growth mindset
  • Managing your education (e.g., course selection)
  • Looking beyond your education

Academic Success

  • Strategies for effective learning (note-taking, 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 meet with program mentors during their first semester to help them deal with challenges as they arise.

Tentative Schedule (PDF)

How do I join BU Archway?

Students cannot simply join BU Archway; rather, they are invited to apply. Applicants must fill out the application form by the deadline provided in order to be eligible for consideration. 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 (which covers meals, accommodations, and program-organized social activities). On the program application form, students may apply for a $500 bursary to help offset the program fee.

Successful completion of the Archway Program requires the following:

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

For more information about BU Archway please contact the Admissions Office (admissions@ubishops.ca) and put “Archway” in the subject line of your email.