College of the Rockies (COTR) President David Walls and University of Lethbridge (U of L) President Dr. Mike Mahon have signed a new partnership agreement that gives students a dual admission option to the two institutions. Through dual admission, students can begin an arts or science degree program at the College and then seamlessly transfer to the U of L after two years of study.
Eligible applicants who apply for the dual admission program and meet both COTR and U of L admission requirements will be admitted to both a COTR University Studies program and to an arts or science degree program at the U of L. Students at the College become eligible to exercise their U of L admission upon completion of an arts or science associate degree or diploma.
“This new option gives our students the best of both worlds: an excellent two-year experience in University Arts or Science at College of the Rockies and a guaranteed seat in third year at the nearest research university,” says College of the Rockies President and CEO David Walls. “And with a co-op option, students can be gaining work experience in their first summer at the University of Lethbridge.”
Students who are approved for dual admission are considered both COTR and U of L students and have the benefits of both institutions available to them. Some of these benefits include access to early course registrations at the U of L, early application processing for Campus Housing at the U of L, academic advising by both U of L and COTR staff and eligibility for scholarships at both institutions.
Dual admission students will also have access to U of L Co-Operative Education work term internships before starting their first term at the University. Co-operative education combines real-world work experience with academic studies helping to ease the transition from the academic world to the work environment for students.
“By offering an additional pathway to students, as well as a series of related supports, this partnership will give students increased flexibility as they pursue their academic goals,” says Dr. Mike Mahon, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Lethbridge. “We are very proud to partner with the College of the Rockies in this way – an institution that shares our goal of offering a student-centred post-secondary experience.”
Anyone interested in participating in the dual admission process should first speak with an education advisor at the College to ensure all required admission and program criteria are met. Appointments can be made by calling (250) 489-8243 or toll-free 1-877-489-2687 ext. 3243.
Learn more about the dual admission process.