Frequently asked questions

Q. Am I eligible for the program if I am attending a college/university in September?
You need to return to high school in September 2021 to be eligible for the program. Please consider joining our Community of Support Program if you are in your final year of high school and intersted in pursuing health sciences.

Q. Can I attend if I am not a student/resident in Toronto?  
You can attend if you live outside of Toronto or the Greater Toronto Area. You must be a resident or student of a high school in Ontario to participate in the SMP.

Q. Where does the program take place? 
Traditionally the program takes place on the St. George campus at the University of Toronto. In 2021, the program transitioned to online delivery in accordance with public health/university guidelines. We will continue to follow public health advice to determine whether we can safely bring students to campus for SMP 2021.  

Q. How much does it cost to attend the SMP?
There are no admission fees for the SMP. When the program is delivered in-person, we work with local school boards to subsidize the cost of student fares.  We continue to work with our partners to address barriers to student participation.

Q. Can I apply to the program if I am not of African or Indigenous ancestry?
Yes, we  accept applications from all applicants. Priority will be given to students that identify as a student with African or Indigenous ancestry or a student that is experiencing financial barriers to accessing post-secondary.  

Q. How long is the program and when does the program begin?
The Summer Mentorship Program is Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. over four weeks in July. The start and end dates will change yearly.

Q. Am I required to attend all four weeks of the program?
Anyone student that is accepted into the program will need to complete all four weeks to earn the credit. The attendance requirements are the same as the attendance policy for summer school.  If you are unable to attend all four weeks then you cannot participate in the program.

Q. Is the Summer Mentorship Program a co-op credit?
The Summer Mentorship Program is not a co-op credit. The SMP is a career studies course (GLN 40) and cannot be transferred to a co-op credit.

Q. How old should I be to apply to the SMP? Are there any prerequisites for the program?
Applicants must be at least 16 years of age by June 30 of the program year to be admitted. Students must have completed a grade 10 or 11 science, social science, or humanities course.

Q How many students are admitted to the program?
We admit approximately 80 students in the program.  Apply early because space is limited.  

Q. How high should my GPA be in order to be eligible for this program?
There is no academic threshold for this program. We are looking for candidates that have an interest in health sciences but face challenges and a lack of mentorship in attaining this goal. All applicants will be invited to an interview and this will help us to determine if you are the right fit for the program.

Q. How do I send in my transcript?
The transcript is attached directly to the application in PDF or JPEG format. Please use a scanner to convert paper copies to a digital copy.  You may also submit an photo of the transcript.  Please ensure that all aspects of the transcript are clearly visible in the photo. 

Q.  Can I still apply if my transcript does not show a grade 10 science, social science, or humanities credit?
Yes, you can request a credit counselling summary from your guidances office or your school board's equivalent. The credit counselling summary allows us to see the credits that are currently in progress or planned for this academic year.