Access and Success For All

The University of Toronto Enrichment Academy is an ambitious new initiative to directly engage historically underrepresented students with pathways to accessing — and succeeding in — post-secondary education. The Enrichment Academy comes out of the need to address access to the University’s direct-entry undergraduate programs through a strategic enrolment management lens.

The Enrichment Academy is designed for first-generation university-bound students and those with a low socio-economic status, with a focus on Black and Indigenous students. The Academy will target students in as early as grade 9, who are in good academic standing, but are in need of further encouragement and enrichment to remain on a university-bound trajectory. Partnerships are being developed with community organizations and school boards in the Greater Toronto Area to identify students who would benefit from the Enrichment Academy.

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Why We Need an Enrichment Academy

Research supports the need for earlier academic and co-curricular interventions, engagement and exposure to post-secondary planning for historically underrepresented students.

Programs of study (or “streams”), absenteeism, special education needs status, and suspension rates can all influence whether a student is accepted and graduates from the University. Not only this, but how well a student does in the first year of secondary school, such as the amount of credits they accumulate and their achievement in compulsory subjects, also has an impact on their entry to the University of Toronto.

How the Enrichment Academy Will Work

The University of Toronto Enrichment Academy will be a flagship multi-year scholars enrolment program that will serve historically underrepresented students in the Greater Toronto Area with accessing the University of Toronto’s direct entry undergraduate programs. Through the Academy, high school students will engage with Program Fellows, take part in learning workshops, access tutoring and academic tracking, and participate it inclusive programming and group mentorships. These opportunities are strategically designed to increase the likelihood that a student will access, and succeed, in post-secondary education.

Contact Us

If you are interested in participating in the Enrichment Academy, or have questions about the programming, please connect with Gowthaman Chelvarajah at