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These programs and services can help to enhance your understanding of a particular subject, develop skills to help you succeed in your classes, or get more out of your university experience.

Aboriginal Student Achievement Program

The College of Arts and Science’s Aboriginal Student Achievement Program (ASAP) helps first-year Aboriginal students develop a community on campus, improve their academic skills and set academic and career goals.

In the ASAP Learning Communities, a small group of Aboriginal first-year students register in a common set of three classes, including courses such as psychology, English and biology.

Contact the Aboriginal Student Achievement Office at ASAO@arts.usask.ca for more information.

Arts and Science Transition Program

The Arts and Science Transition Program was established for students under 21 years of age who do not meet the university's regular admission requirements. The Transition Program operates under the belief that all students can be successful at the U of S if given the tools they need, regardless of their academic performance in high school.

Innovative instructors, academic supports and advising services help Transition Program students make the jump from high school to university in a supportive and close-knit learning environment.

Learning Communities

Learning Communities connect you to a group of other first-year students to share experiences, develop academic and professional skills, and advance a deeper understanding of people, issues and ideas.

Students in course-based Learning Communities share a set of common classes that satisfy requirements for your degree. You will also meet in a weekly LC Hour that is guided by two successful upper-year university students, your Peer Mentors, to share knowledge and ideas and build connections between what you are learning and the wider community.

Signing up

The sign-up period for Learning Communities opens each year in mid-May, about a month before Fall and Winter course registration opens. For more information, select the Learning Community in which you would like to enroll:

Summer Classes

Have you thought about fitting in a class over the summer? You could earn university credit over a three- to six-week period (depending on the class), even before you start university in the fall.

Why should you consider Spring and Summer Session?

  • Small class sizes
  • A relaxed transition to university life
  • Get a head start on your degree program
  • Lighten your course load in the fall and winter terms*

*Students should speak to an academic advisor.

How to apply:

Students who have not yet applied for admission should begin an application and select Spring and Summer Term 1 (which begins in May) or Spring and Summer Term 2 (which begins in July) as a start date. Spring and Summer Term 2 is recommended for students graduating from high school.

You only need to apply once -- this application will also be valid for the Fall and Winter terms.

If you have already applied for the Fall term, contact Recruitment and Admissions at admissions@usask.ca or (306) 966-5788 to request a change to your admission term. You should not submit another application.

Student Learning Services

At the Student Learning Services, you can access online resources, in-person help and workshops to help you succeed in reaching your academic goals and beyond. We offers academic support to U of S students including:

  • Math and Stats Help
  • Writing Help
  • Study Skills Help
  • Library Skills Help
  • Technology Help
  • Structured study sessions

Math Preparation

Math Readiness

Upgrade your math skills to prepare for first-year-university science, engineering, business and mathematics. This course is a review and does not count as credit toward your degree.

Math for Physics Review

This three-evening course is offered every fall to review mathematical concepts and techniques to help prepare you for your first-year physics or astronomy course. Topics include linear, quadratic, and simultaneous equations, graphical representation, exponents and logarithms, trigonometric functions and identities, units, scientific notation, significant figures and vectors (different material will be covered each evening).

For information, call the Department of Physics and Engineering Physics at 306-966-6393 or email Stan Shadick or Brian Zulkoskey

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At the University of Saskatchewan, students can benefit from a wide range of support services. Whether you are looking for cultural, spiritual or personal support, health and counselling services, or services to help you with day-to-day activities, we can help.

Aboriginal Students' Centre

The Aboriginal Students’ Centre (ASC) is an inclusive gathering space for students that promotes the spiritual, physical, emotional and mental well-being of Aboriginal students at the U of S.

The ASC recognizes that students may be overwhelmed within the university setting and prides itself on creating an inclusive community and supporting students by providing a variety of programs and services centered around developing healthy lifestyles, coping with loneliness and relationships, and recognizing successes.

Disability Services for Students

Disability Services for Students (DSS) assists students by offering programs and advocacy services - fostering an accessible and welcoming campus. Students with disabilities are encouraged to register with the DSS and visit the website or contact the office to learn about the programs and services that are available to students with disabilities.

International Student and Study Abroad Centre

The International Student and Study Abroad Centre (ISSAC) is a resource and campus partner for all students, staff, and faculty. ISSAC is dedicated to fostering a welcoming, globally aware and engaged campus community.

ISSAC provides information and support to new and current international and inbound exchange students. Students interested in study/work abroad options or exchange opportunities in other countries can also access a wealth of information and resources at ISSAC.

Multi-faith Chaplains Association

The chaplains at the University of Saskatchewan share an inter-faith ministry for all students, staff and faculty. Through the individual chaplaincies, the chaplains offer regular worship on campus, prayer and meditation groups, discussion and social justice groups, retreats and workshops.

Student Employment and Career Centre

The Student Employment & Career Centre (SECC) is an excellent resource for students and alumni wanting to connect to that great job or get a jump-start on their career. The SECC can help with everything from your job search, to building a great resume, to helping you prepare for a job interview. The SECC also hosts an annual Campus Career Expo to put U of S students in touch with employers and companies looking to hire our graduates.

Student Health and Counselling

Student Health Services is a primary health care centre that offers non-urgent and urgent medical treatment for students and their families.

Student Health Services also provides student health information and resources to help students learn more about their health and well-being.

Student Counselling Services offers short-term professional counselling, as well as an abundance of self-help information, for students dealing with an overwhelming situation or concerns about mental health.

University of Saskatchewan Students' Union Centres

The University of Saskatchewan Students' Union (USSU) is the representative body for all University of Saskatchewan undergraduate, extension and certificate students. The USSU operates a number of centres for enhancing the student experience, including:

The USSU centres are open to all students, and provide resources, support and services in a warm, positive atmosphere.

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