University Pathways Program

Supporting your future

a collaboration of
Ivey Business SchoolSchulich School of Business Smith School of Business
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Envision a Future Without Limitations

The University Pathways Program supports Black high school students considering post-secondary education.

Key Features


You will be matched with a Black student currently in university. These mentors will share their experiences and advice about university life.

Prepare for University

Work with your mentor and university staff to help prepare for the university application process and the transition to post-secondary learning. You’ll set and work on specific short- and long-term goals to get ready.

Campus Visits

Visit university campuses in-person with your mentors. See the facilities, environment, and learn about Black student programs and initiatives.

Leadership Skills Development

Develop your personal leadership skills. They will support your academic experience and eventually your career. Build on your strengths and identify areas for development.

Workplace Experience

Gain career opportunity insights through a “day in the life” with one of our corporate partners. Add to your volunteering requirements by participating in community-based experiential learning and the opportunity to shadow current professionals.

Financial Support

The University Pathways Program will provide financial support to students who complete the program and go on to post-secondary education. Supports range from tuition assistance to full scholarships.

Why is this program needed?
Students celebrating their graduatiion wearing caps and gowns Young Black student in a high school classroom

How it Works

The University Pathways Program is a free, limited enrolment program. Participants are selected through an application process.

Currently the program is only open to Black students in the Greater Toronto Area.

The program starts in Grade 11 and continues through to high school graduation.


The core of the program consists of online workshops every two weeks. We hold an in-person gathering at the start of the program to meet other students and the program team.

Participants will also visit the campuses of Smith School of Business, Queen’s University in Kingston; Ivey Business School, Western University in London; and Schulich School of Business, York University in Toronto. Travel, accommodation and meals are provided.


Some of the topics covered in the program include:

  • Envisioning a pathway into post-secondary and beyond
  • The post-secondary application process and timing
  • Financial planning for university
  • Creating space to explore your identities
  • Leadership development and community contributions

If you have any questions, please email