With 14,000 faculty, more than 700 undergraduate programs and around 87,000 students on three campuses, the University of Toronto is in a class of its own. St. George, the leafy downtown campus, has the historic stone buildings, while the newer Scarborough and Mississauga campuses are in quieter suburban settings. U of T’s halls have echoed with the debates of future premiers and prime ministers. It is also famous for research on insulin, bone-marrow transplants, regenerative medicine and pioneering work in artificial intelligence. U of T is the top-placed Canadian university in Times Higher Education’s 2016 global ranking on employability of graduates. The university also has numerous initiatives to support student start-up companies. Given its size, one might think professors would be too busy for undergraduates, but the university addresses this with small-group learning opportunities, such as first-year seminars. U of T president Meric Gertler is on a mission to increase those types of opportunities. “We need to reaffirm the enduring value of a broad liberal arts education at the undergraduate level, but also to ask ourselves how we can help our graduates extract the full benefit from that education,” he says.
• ICities: This undergraduate program prepares students for many fields, including city planning, real estate development, transportation, housing, community development, urban governance and city management; created to provide skills needed to tackle the problems of an increasingly urban world.
• Engineering Science: This multidisciplinary program has two foundational years followed by two years focused in one of nine areas, including aerospace, engineering mathematics and nanoengineering.
• Computer Science: This program, considered one of the best in Canada, prepares students for working in programming, web design and research. It is also a leading centre for artificial intelligence research; several of its grads have been recruited by Google.
• Introduction to Ge’ez: Kicked off with donations, including one from R&B superstar The Weeknd; students learn the fundamentals of this ancient Ethiopic language, opening the door to understanding thousands of ancient manuscripts.
• Praxis: Students in this engineering course take on real-world issues in communities in the Greater Toronto Area, gaining experience in problem-solving and working with city officials.
|Minimum entering grades||Tuition||Number of students||Residence spaces||Graduation and retention rates|
|Engineering: 85% to 92%
Arts: 73% to 84%
Science: 83% to 89%
Commerce: 85% to 92%
|8,883 (5,153 reserved for first years)||Graduation: 79.1%