The Early Start Experience

The U of L Early Start Experience

This is a special offering of Lib Ed 1500, The First Year Experience, specially  designed to promote student success and to ease the transition from high school to university for incoming first year students.

Students will:

  • Get a full course credit for a special enhanced version of LBED 1500, The First Year Experience: Mapping our Communities.
  • Build social networks with a diverse group of incoming students.
  • Develop the skills & resources needed to be successful in university.


Deadline:          Applications will be accepted, as long as space remains, until August 20, 2021. 

Dates:                 August 23 to September 3, 2021

Format:            Either in-person or online, to be determined by May 2021, at the latest.

Cost:                Standard uLethbridge tuition fees for one course (part of student’s total 40 courses)

                         IF WE ARE IN PERSON: 
                       -   Early Move-in to Residence ONLY for those staying in selected Residence Housing for 2020-21

                        year:    Early move-in cost for two additional weeks TBD.
                       -  Meal plan is required for those living in Residence; optional full or partial meal plan available for

                       those   not living in Residence.  Cost for full meal plan approximately $650.


1. Acceptance to the Early Start Experience is conditional on being accepted to uLethbridge for the Fall 2021 term. ESE is open to students in all majors/programs.

2. Registration: You will be registered in Summer Session III for the course LBED 1500, as an Open Studies student. Complete the Open Studies application form (PDF) at and select “Early Start” in the last section.

3. There is an initial $100.00 fee ($20.00 open studies fee/$80.00 tuition deposit). Once you send in the form you will be contacted about payment information.

4. What will it be like? | The program will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day, Monday to Friday, starting on the morning of Monday, August 23.  (Note: We will end early, probably 1 p.m., on the last Friday, September 3.)
But we are not expecting you to sit through lectures from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day for two weeks! There will be 2 to 3 hours of lecture per day most days, but that will be broken up and interspersed with lots of activities, tours, discussion time etc.

To get more information, get on our mailing list, or to receive the application forms, please contact

Dr. Shelly Wismath
Dean, School of Liberal Education       
Phone: 403-329-2529

Hear what past students and teaching assistants have to say about ESE -