University of Toronto

University of Toronto | Toronto, Ont. | Founded 1827


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With 8,000 faculty, more than 700 undergraduate programs and around 84,000 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 medical research on insulin, bone-marrow transplants, stem cells and more. Forbes magazine’s ranking of the Top 50 most influential business thinkers of 2013 placed Roger Martin and Don Tapscott, both faculty at Toronto’s Rotman School of Management, at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively. With such heft, 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. President Meric Gertler is on a mission to increase those types of opportunities with a $2-billion fundraising goal. “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.

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Standout Programs
International Development Studies: At the Scarborough campus, students interested in social justice can take courses across the social sciences, humanities, and health sciences. A co-op option is available where students spend 10 months abroad on a development project.
• 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.

Cool Courses
• Introduction to Music in Health Care: The course provides an overview of approaches using music in a health care context, including music therapy, music and medicine, and community music.
• Social Media and Environmentalism: This course examines the impact of social media on environmental thinking and policy-making. Topics include the use of social media as a tool for community-building and collaborative design, the sharing economy, online protest movements, mass surveillance, and the impact of misinformation on climate change denial.

Minimum entering grades Tuition Average class size Undergraduate students Residence spaces Graduation and retention rates
Engineering: 85% to 92%
Arts: 73% to 84%
Science: 75% to 88%
Commerce: 80% to 89%
$7,519 Not provided Full-time: 62,033
Part-time: 6,081
8,712 (4,859 reserved for first years) Graduation: 77%
Retention: 92.1%

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