What is UTRAN?

Are you thinking of applying to the College of Arts and Science, but your marks fell short of the entrance requirements? Do you want comprehensive support during your first year, and a tight-knit community of other students to study with? The College of Arts and Science's University Transition Program (UTRAN) may be just what you need!

UTRAN provides a supportive learning environment that helps students overcome common first-year university challenges. Students in the program can register in a maximum of 18 credit units per year or nine credit units per semester.

Who should apply

  • Students under 21 whose high school grades do not represent their academic potential

How to apply

  • Submit an application to the University of Saskatchewan online: Application for Admission  
  • Select “Transition Program” when prompted to choose program
  • Arrange submission of your final high school transcript and any final post-secondary transcripts if you have attended any other post-secondary institutions

Minimum academic requirements for admission

Five subjects with the highest grades will be used to calculate an admission average:
  • One Grade 12 English
  • One Grade 12 Math
  • Three other Grade 12 subjects with highest grades

UTRAN learning communities

A learning community is a small group of first-year students who take classes together and share some common interests. Arts and Science learning communities are designed to ease the transition into university by providing our first-year students with valuable opportunities to make friends, study and explore ideas together, and to develop the academic and personal skills to achieve their goals.

Transition students gather in a weekly UTRAN Hour led by two senior student peer mentors who facilitate sessions on study skills, goal setting and stress management; help students access academic, health, and other support services; and organize information sessions and social events. Today's peer mentors and many campus student leaders started university in a learning community, where they developed the friendships, confidence and skills that set them apart.

The UTRAN LC Page is now closed for sign up for 2021-22 Learning Communities.

UTRAN learning communities


The 2022-23 Course listings will be posted in April 2022.

The UTRAN Learning Communities Website will OPEN for Sign-Up starting on Monday, May 2, 2022 at Noon!

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Access to first year university
  • Dedicated Academic Coaches/Advisors
  • Access to popular first year courses
  • Weekly LC Hour with Peer Mentors
  • Weekly Academic Coaching
  • Small cohorts of students

Absolutely! The 18 credits units that you will take throughout the year will count towards your degree upon successful completion of your courses.

The program designed to see that first year students succeed in their transition to university life. Students under the age of 21 whose high school average is between 60% and 69% are eligible for the UTRAN Program.

The first step for getting accepted to the UTRAN Program is to apply to the U of S as an undergraduate, go to: https://www.usask.ca/admission/

Once you have completed the Admission Process which includes an Intake Questionnaire you will be contacted by the UTRAN Academic Coaches/Advisors who will assist you with the sign-up and registration into the UTRAN Learning Communities.

Good question! The UTRAN Program itself offers the courses within in the format of a Learning Communities Model. The UTRAN Program refers to the entire program and the UTRAN Learning Communities refers to the combinations of three courses offered along with an Academic Coaching Hour and Learning Communities Hour. There are 7 different Learning Communities combinations offered in each term.

A Learning Community (LC) is a small group of first year students (for UTRAN there are 25 students in each LC) that take classes together and share common interests.

The Learning Community (LC) Hour is held once per week in each LC by successful upper year student peers, known as Peer Mentors. At the weekly LC Hour you will learn tips and tricks on how to succeed in university, build a community and strengthen your academic skills plus, make connections!

The LC hour is non-credit course and will not have any assignments.

No. Your Peer Mentors are students in their upper years of university. They facilitate your weekly sessions, some of which will focus on developing academic skills such as note-taking, study skills, exam preparation and time management. Most important, your Peer Mentors act as a resource for you as you navigate your way through your first year.

The Academic Coaching (AC) Hour is held one per week in each LC by one or both of our Academic Coaches/Advisors. The AC Hour is focused on strategies first year students require to succeed here at university. Your coaches will assist you in getting comfortable on campus, understanding your role in the university learning environment, identifying your strengths and exploring how you can apply them as a student.

The LC Hour and the AC Hour go hand by hand, so be sure to take full advantage of both!

No. The LC and AC Hours are non-credit courses with no tuition or fees attached.

However, you will be responsible for all tuition and fees associated with the courses in the UTRAN Learning Communities you register in for Term 1 and Term 2.


Upon successful completion of the 18 credit units you have taken in the UTRAN Learning Communities as well as remaining in good academic standing for a first year student, you will then move on to your second year of studies in the College of Arts & Science.

Yes, you may apply to transfer colleges upon successful completion of the UTRAN Program. You are welcome to meet with an Academic Advisor from your prospective college of choice to discuss transferring programs and the requirements for admissions to that college here at the University of Saskatchewan.

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