Frequently asked questions
Q. Am I eligible for the program if I am attending a college/university in September?
Yes, although preference is given to students that will be returning to high school for at least one semester.
Q. Can I attend if I am not a student/resident in Toronto?
Students that live outside of Toronto are eligible for the program. 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?
The program takes place on the St. George campus at the University of Toronto. There may be occasions when you may be required to leave the campus for SMP related activities. You will be under the supervision of SMP coordinators and school board teachers.
Q. How much does it cost to attend the Summer Mentorship Program?
If you are accepted into the program you will not be expected to pay any admissions or fees. We also work with local school boards to have the cost of student fares for one form of public transportation subsidized for the duration of the program.
Q. Can I apply to the program if I am not of African or Indigenous ancestry?
Yes, we will 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?
Each year we admit approximately 60 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 for 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 attahced 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 apply if a science , social science, or humanities credit is not on your transcript. You will still need to be 16 before June 30 to be eligible. You may 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.