At the Schulich School of Engineering, we’re proud of our many student athletes. We also understand the difficult balance they have trying to keep up with a heavy academic workload and their sports commitments. To support these athletes, we have a special program called the Varsity Athlete Program. It allows first-year students to spread their course load over two years without penalty.
Students in first-year engineering have a total course load of 11 courses in the fall and winter semesters, which may be too many for a varsity athlete. Students must complete all first-year courses to have first priority for placement in a major program in second year. Varsity athletes who take a reduced course load delay their program placement until the end of their second year.
Students must meet the following requirements:
For admission into the Varsity Athlete Program:
- Achieve the minimum admission GPA
- Obtain a letter from the varsity coach that confirms he or she is a varsity athlete and specifies the time commitment (athletic and non-athletic) associated with being a member of the team
During years 1 and 2:
- Complete all eight courses in Year 1 (as outlined below)
- Achieve a GPA of at least 2.00 (Students must not be on probation in Year 2.)
- Maintain their placement on the varsity team in Year 2. (Students who have not been successful in remaining on the team will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.)
The standard student standing rules and regulations also apply.
||ENGG 201 or
ENGG 202 or
ENGG 202 or
ENGG 201 or
||ENGG 481 or
Shaded courses must be taken in the order shown. Non-shaded courses may be taken anytime before the end of the two-year program. For example, you may complete both ENGG 201 and CHEM 209 (taking one in place of the COST elective) in Year 1, leaving more time in Year 2 for COST electives.
*Note: The electrical engineering curriculum has a different Probability and Statistics course required of students in place of ENGG 319. Please contact the Engineering Student Centre if you are considering eventually entering the electrical engineering program.
Program selection in second year
Students in the Varsity Athlete Program will be considered for placement in an engineering program after their second year in engineering. If students have a GPA of at least 2.00 at the end of their second year with C- or better in all their courses, they will be designated Category 1 for program placement.
Note: The GPA is calculated on the 10 first-year technical courses and the highest grade received in the complementary studies courses.
Students who do not follow this program of courses will be put into a lower Category for program placement, which will jeopardize their chances of being placed into their preferred program.
Students entering their first year in the Varsity Athlete Program will receive a set timetable with all 10 technical courses registered. The Engineering Student Centre can help customize your timetable to fit your training schedule as much as possible, e.g. dropping certain courses to match up with the varsity program listed in the table above. Please contact the office in late July to mid-August, after your admission has been finalized.