Under the Arch

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What does "pay to pass" mean, and why does it matter to you?

Have you ever had a company contact you about giving them your instructor’s lecture notes or course materials? What about asking you to contact your classmates on their behalf, or book an on-campus room they could use? If so, you may have been contacted to work for a ‘pay to pass’ tutoring company. 

Some of the things 'pay to pass' tutoring companies ask students to do represent violations of university policies. These violations can put you at risk of serious consequences, including possible suspension or even expulsion from university. Read on to learn what to look out for and how to protect yourself. 

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Acing your exams

We hate to bring this up, but exams are just around the corner. Here are five tips that can help you prepare for the end of the semester. 

Learn how to ace your finals »

Student Equity Census

Student Equity Census Launched

This census is critical to supporting an equitable, diverse, inclusive and accessible campus community.

Learn about the census »

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Hunting for an on-campus study spot?

If you find yourself on campus and need of a space to attend a lecture or get some reading done, this article provides a list of open classrooms, bookable spaces, and a link to the study spaces map.

Learn more about where you can study on campus »

More stories

Looking for more info about what's happening under the arch? Check out our older stories. 

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Two truths and a lie: scholarship edition

Confused by the scholarship misinformation that's out there? We'll save you some time and help it all make sense. Welcome to UCalgary’s Two Truths and a Lie: Scholarship Edition.

Read more about scholarships »

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Looking for additional sources of funding?

Scholarships, awards and bursaries are a great way to help pay for your post-secondary education.

Read about how to find more funding »




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Working with groups online

Here are some ideas that can help make it easier to navigate working with a group online.  

Read more »

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Thriving in Calgary over the winter

Winter lasts eight months out of the year here. Why not take advantage of fun activities around the city and make some memories?

Learn more about enjoying Calgary's outdoors »