First Year Scholars Program

The First Year Scholars program connects the top incoming students with a community of high-achieving peers across all disciplines. We provide resources and advising to support students’ academic goals while they're at UCalgary and beyond.


The First Year Scholars program is open to students of all faculties who are entering university from high school. Students must meet the admissions criteria (incoming admission average of 90% or higher) and will be invited to apply in summer 2020.

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Why join First Year Scholars?

One-on-one Advising

Identify your academic or extra-curricular goals—both within your degree and beyond—with the help of academic development specialists (ADS). Develop academic strategies and familiarize yourself with available resources to better achieve your goals.

Tailored Workshops

Learn how to set your skills and knowledge apart from other students in workshops tailored for the needs of high-achieving students. From crushing your inner critic to applying for academic awards and scholarships, there's something for everyone. Attend workshops focused on leadership and academic skills.

Dedicated Study Space

Need a place to study or hang out? First Year Scholars have access to the exclusive First Year Scholars & Scholars Academy Lounge. The space includes study and presentation spaces and free day-use lockers. Study, eat, and meet others in the program in this dedicated space.

Scholars Academy Mentorship

Wonder how to stand out in your field of studies or how to navigate your degree? Seek advice from someone who understands what you're going through and apply to the Scholars Academy Mentorship program. First Year Scholars will be paired up with an upper year student in their faculty from the Scholars Academy and will receive mentorship benefits throughout the year.

Awards and Scholarships

Gain support in applying to national and international awards and scholarships.

Unique Opportunities

Whether it is a new scholarship, a chance to hone your research and data skills, a fun volunteering event, or an exclusive speaker series, unique social and leadership opportunities arise throughout the year that aid in the personal and professional development of First Year Scholars.

Join the FYS 2020-2021 mailing list

Fill out this application form to join our mailing list for the 2020-21 year. Applications close October 1, 2020.