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University of Manitoba Access Program

Discover the path between you and your dreams

Launch the journey toward your dreams. When you’re accepted into the Access program, you have the support you need to forge your way to a successful academic future.

With Access, you’ll find the supportive place, people, and programs that will help you succeed.

University of Manitoba Access Program

If you have not had the opportunity for university studies at the degree level because of social, economic and cultural reasons, lack of formal education or residence in remote areas, the University of Manitoba Access Program (UMAP), in cooperation with the Province of Manitoba, can facilitate your educational path.

As a University of Manitoba Access Program student, you may pursue any program of study which leads to a degree or diploma at the University of Manitoba. As a student in this program, you are provided with academic and personal supports.

UMAP is located in Migizii Agamik (Bald Eagle Lodge) on the Fort Garry Campus. The program provides a support network designed to increase student success.

Who is the Program for?

  • Any resident of Manitoba may apply. Visiting students are not eligible
  • The priority groups are those individuals who have not had the opportunity for successful university experience due to social, economic, geographic and cultural barriers, or a lack of formal education
  • Preference will be given to Indigenous people (Métis, Status, Non-Status, Inuit), residents of Northern Manitoba and low income earners

Admission Requirements

Students must qualify for regular University entrance or be mature students. Mature students are 21 years of age or older and are admissible to University 1. After successfully completing a minimum number of credit hours, students may transfer to the faculty of their choice.

How Do I Apply?

Complete the online application form to apply to the Access Program. Applications are due on May 1.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Access Program?

Located at The University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, the Access Program provides a support network designed to increase student success. Major focuses are academic and personal supports. These include an extensive orientation to university expectations, common first year degree credit courses taught by Access Instructors, individualized academic advising and personal counselling.

How Does the Access Program Help?

The Access Program provides you with academic and personal supports, and financial consultation.

Academic Support

  • An extensive pre-university orientation held in August
  • Individual academic advising
  • Common First Year degree credit courses, taught by our Instructors
  • Tutorials, Workshops
  • Tutoring supports
  • Regular meetings with the Advising Staff

Personal Support/Counselling/Cultural Supports

  • Individual and Family
  • Housing assistance
  • Childcare assistance
  • University/urban adjustment assistance
  • Communication and personal development workshops
  • Personal Counselling
  • Unkan Grandfather in Residence

Financial Support

We encourage applicants to explore all outside funding options. Since September 1995, many Access Programs applicants brought funding from outside sources which included Band Sponsorship, Study Assistance for Social Allowance Recipients (SASAR), scholarships and bursaries.

Students with insufficient outside funding have applied to the Manitoba Student Financial Assistance Program.

Financial Support Staff and Counsellors provide consultation.

How Are Students Selected?

In mid-May all completed applications are screened by a committee. Applicants who have been recommended by the committee are invited to Winnipeg for interviews. Each applicant is interviewed by a committee who recommends those applicants suited for the program to the Director. Applicants are then notified of the Director’s decision by phone or mail.

When Does the Program Start?

The university term starts in September. First year Access students are required to attend an extensive orientation in August.

Are the Access Programs available online?

No, these programs are not available through Distance and Online Education.

With Access, you’ll find the supportive place, people, and programs that will help you succeed.

More Information

Access Program
Migizii Agamik, Room 221 – 114 Sidney Smith St.
The University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2
or phone: (204) 474-8000
or toll free in Manitoba: 1-800-432-1960 ext. 8000
Fax: (204) 275-6489