University of Toronto

Mississauga Beach, Canada
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Mississauga (Toronto, United States Minor Outlying Islands) Downtown Toronto (St. George) (Toronto, United States Minor Outlying Islands) Scarborough (Toronto, United States Minor Outlying Islands)
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The University of Toronto is a public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, situated on the grounds that surround Queen's Park. It was founded by royal charter in 1827 asKing's College, the first institution of higher learning in the colony of Upper Canada. Originally controlled by the Church of England, the university assumed the present name in 1850 upon becoming a secular institution. As a collegiate university, it comprises twelve colleges, which differ in character and history, each retaining substantial autonomy on financial and institutional affairs. It has two satellite campuses located in Scarborough andMississauga.

Academically, the University of Toronto is noted for influential movements and curricula in literary criticism and communication theory, known collectively as the Toronto School. The university was the birthplace of insulinand stem cell research, and was the site of the first practical electron microscope, the development of multi-touch technology, the identification of Cygnus X-1 as a black hole, and the theory of NP-completeness. By a significant margin, it receives the most annual scientific research funding of any Canadian university. It is one of two members of the Association of American Universities located outside the United States, the other beingMcGill University in Montreal, Canada.

The Varsity Blues are the athletic teams representing the university in intercollegiate league matches, with particularly long and storied ties to gridiron football and ice hockey. The university's Hart House is an early example of the North American student centre, simultaneously serving cultural, intellectual and recreational interests within its large Gothic-revival complex.

The University of Toronto has educated two Governors General of Canada and four Prime Ministers of Canada, four foreign leaders, fourteen Justices of the Supreme Court, and has been affiliated with ten Nobel laureates.

  • Faculty of Arts and Science

    The Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto (U of T) is one of Canada's largest and most prestigious arts and science teaching and research institutions. With almost 22,000 undergraduate and 3,000 graduate students, Arts and Science represents over half the student population on the downtown campus. Overall, 73 per cent of the university's undergraduates and one third of graduates pursue degrees in the humanities, social sciences and sciences. It is home to 800 professors who teach some 2,000 courses arranged in 300 undergraduate and 70 graduate programs hosted by 29 departments, 16 centres and institutes, and seven colleges. Along with a dedicated administrative and technical staff of more than 400, the Faculty is among the most comprehensive in North America. The faculty's Department of Economics has been placed 23rd (1995–99) and 18th (2004–08) by the world rankings and is the strongest Economics faculty in Canada. The Department of Philosophy ranked 15th overall in the English-speaking world and 1st in Canada in thePhilosophical Gourmet Report. The Department of Sociology ranks among the top 10 in North America. In the 2010 Academic Ranking of World Universities, the Department of Computer Science placed first overall in Canada, and ranked 10th worldwide.

  • Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

    The Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering is an academic division of the University of Toronto devoted to study and research in engineering. Founded in 1873 as the School of Practical Science, it is still known today by the longtime nickname of Skule. The faculty is based primarily across 16 buildings on the southern side of the university campus in Downtown Toronto, in addition to operating the Institute for Aerospace Studies facility. The faculty administers undergraduate, master's and doctoral degree programs, as well as a dual-degree program with the Rotman School of Management.

  • John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

    The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, is a Faculty of architecture, landscape architecture and urban design at the University of Toronto in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    The Faculty is located at 230 College Street, but will move to One Spadina Crescent in 2014. The current dean is Richard M. Sommer.

  • Faculty of Music

    The Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto is one of several professional faculties at the University of Toronto. The Faculty of Music is located at the Edward Johnson Building, just south of the Royal Ontario Museum and north of Queen's Park, west of Museum Subway Station. MacMillan Theatre and Walter Hall are located in the Edward Johnson Building. The Faculty of Music South building containing rehearsal rooms, offices, and the Upper Jazz Studio performance space is located at 90 Wellesley Street West.

  • School of Continuing Studies

    Learners first.

    That’s the School’s top priority as we create innovative, relevant courses and programs to help motivated people realize their potential.

  • Faculty of Dentistry

    Combining the rigours of biological and clinical research with a superior educational experience across a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs – with and without advanced specialty training – the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Toronto has earned an international reputation as a premier dental research and training facility in Canada. From the cutting-edge science of biomaterials and microbiology, to next-generation nanoparticle and stem cell therapies, to ground-breaking population and access-to-care studies, the mission of the Faculty of Dentistry is to shape the future of dentistry and promote optimal health by striving for integrity and excellence in all aspects of research, education and clinical practice.

  • The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education

    The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto is Canada's only all-graduate institute of teaching, learning and research.

    OISE is recognized as a global leader in graduate programs in teaching and learning, continuing teacher education, and education research. We are the largest and most research-intensive institute of education in Canada and one of the largest in North America. For more than a century, OISE has helped to transform education in Ontario, throughout Canada and around the world.

  • Faculty of Forestry

    The Faculty of Forestry is a unified body of interdisciplinary, diverse, dedicated and innovative natural, engineering and social scientists.

    We are on the leading edge of research in:

    • Forest conservation science
    • Forest ecosystem management
    • Forest governance and policy
    • Biomass utilization for sustainable bio-based materials and chemical products

    We provide unique, integrative and applied education in the above educational domains. Our programs produce future leaders in these same fields, and our research informs the practices and decisions of current leaders tasked with successfully managing the competing demands placed on Ontario’s, Canada’s and the world’s forests in the context of social and environmental change.

  • Faculty of Information

    Known as Canada’s Global Information School, the Faculty of Information’s iSchool is considered to be among the world’s leading information and knowledge management schools.

    Adept at educating both professional practitioners and researchers, the iSchool offers exceptional programs year-round in various disciplines.

  • Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education

    Our mission is to “develop, advance and disseminate knowledge about physical activity, health and their interactions through education, research, leadership and the provision of opportunity.” We deliver this mission through the synergies among the outstanding research, education and broad spectrum of co-curricular physical activity and sport programs that are all resident within the Faculty.

  • Faculty of Law

    Established in 1887, the Faculty of Law is one of the oldest professional faculties at the University of Toronto, with a long and illustrious history.

    Today, it is one of the world's great law schools, a dynamic academic and social community with more than 50 full-time faculty members and 15-25 distinguished short-term visiting professors from the world's leading law schools, as well as 600 undergraduate and graduate students.

    The Faculty's rich academic programs are complemented by its many legal clinics and public interest programs, and its close links to the Faculty's more than 6,000 alumni, who enjoy rewarding careers in every sector of Canadian society and remain involved in many aspects of life at the law school.

    Housed in two beautiful, historic buildings, the Faculty also features modern facilities, including the renowned, high-technology Bora Laskin Law Library.

    Located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada's largest city, the law school is near a wide variety of attractions including the Royal Ontario Museum, which is next door.

  • Rotman School of Management

    Canada's top business school, Rotman has all the advantages of its global peers, plus a bold vision of business education. Our unique approach to problem solving will transform your leadership potential and help you tackle global business challenges today and into the future.

  • Faculty of Medicine


    World-class talent, interdisciplinary excellence, and collaboration with peers and partners have helped the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine continually solve the world’s most pressing medical challenges. We’ve remained at the forefront of life-changing health research and innovation for more than a century. Explore this section to learn more about our past, present and future work.

  • Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing

    At the University of Toronto Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, we thrive on the challenge to create better outcomes in health care — locally, nationally and across the globe. With close to a century of achievement, our graduates have earned reputations as prominent thinkers, research pioneers and relentless innovators.

    We push ourselves to perform at the height of nursing education, research and practice, led by the brightest minds in nursing. Our faculty members mentor our students to excel, to make an impact and to lead where others can only follow.

    An education or career at the U of T Faculty of Nursing will not only challenge you. It will change you. If you are ready to engage your heart and mind to move the boundaries of nursing forward, join us in bringing health-care’s future forward.

  • Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy

    We are Canada’s largest pharmacy school and have a world class reputation in education and research. Educational programming is at the heart of the Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy and we currently offer a number of cutting-edge educational programs including the PharmD program (entry to practice professional degree program), the PharmD for Pharmacists program (for those who have completed a BScPhm degree and wish to upgrade to an entry level PharmD), and the Pharmaceutical Chemistry Specialist program (BSc), offered in conjunction with the Faculty of Arts and Science. Our Graduate Programs offer students in the physical, biological, clinical and social sciences a challenging and rewarding research-intensive program leading to Master of Science (MSc) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees.

  • Dalla Lana School of Public Health

    The Dalla Lana School of Public Health is a world leader in public health research, education and service.

    Its HIV Studies Unit was one of the first in the world to examine social and behavioural aspects of HIV transmission, disease impact, and treatment, some of its faculty members played a vital role in overcoming the 2003 SARS crisis, and others are leading one of the largest population studies ever undertaken to examine risk factors and chronic diseases.

  • Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work

    Our Faculty is dedicated to transforming lives, communities and the world. Renowned internationally for excellence in education, scholarship and research, we are champions for the most vulnerable in society. Graduates of the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work are equipped with the knowledge, skills and dedication to make a critical contribution, on a local and global scale, to the future of human well-being.

The University of Toronto was founded as King’s College in 1827 and has evolved into a large and complex institution. It now occupies three campuses: Scarborough and Mississauga and the historic St. George campus. It has federated with three smaller universities which are on the St. George campus, and is affiliated with several colleges and institutes. There are ten fully affiliated teaching hospitals in metropolitan Toronto. Faculty conduct research in many places in Canada and around the world.

The University is Canada’s most important research institution and has gained an international reputation for its research. It enrols more students, employs more faculty, and offers a greater range of courses than any other Canadian university.

A liberal arts education is the heart of the undergraduate curriculum at Toronto, and the Faculty of Arts and Science has more students than any other faculty. The education of students for the professions has always been an important part of the University’s role, and the University accordingly maintains a wide range of professional faculties. The University’s insistence on the importance of research in all disciplines has made it the major centre for graduate education in Canada. In many fields it produces a majority of the nation’s doctoral candidates. The quality and range of the programs - undergraduate, graduate and professional - attract students from all parts of the province, from around the country and from abroad.

To support its work of teaching and research, the University has collected a library that is the largest in Canada and among the best in the world. The University maintains many laboratories and specialized aids to research. The Library and many of these research facilities are available for use by members of other universities. The University of Toronto Press Inc. is the chief institution of its kind in Canada and one of the most important scholarly publishers in North America.

Institutional Accreditation or Recognition

Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, Ontario

Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International); American Library Association (ALA), Committee on Accreditation; Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)


The University Ranking by Academic Performance places the University of Toronto 2nd in the world in research performance. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings of 2015 ranks the University of Toronto at 19th place globally and 1st in Canada, while the QS World University Rankings of 2015 placed the university at 34th in the world and 2nd in Canada. In the Academic Ranking of World Universities of 2014, the University of Toronto is placed at 24th in the world and 1st in Canada. It ranked 25th worldwide in the 2012 report compiled by Human Resources & Labor Review on graduate performance, 9th worldwide in the 2010 Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities,14th in the High Impact Universities ranking, 14th in a New York Times employment survey in 2013,and 2nd globally in the University Ranking by Academic Performance of 2014-2015. 

The University of Toronto attracts students of the highest calibre from around the world. Small-group seminars and tutorials, combined with large lectures and online support, give students the opportunity to develop a spectrum of skills and knowledge. Students are attracted to U of T by the opportunity to work closely with renowned professors and to engage in research right from the beginning of their academic careers.

The University of Toronto also offers a vibrant extra-curricular student experience, with more than 800 clubs and student-run organizations. And just outside the lecture halls lies a world-class city renowned for its extraordinary variety of activities and its multicultural diversity.

Hart House resembles some traditional aspects of student representation through its financial support of student clubs, and its standing committees and board of stewards that are composed mostly of undergraduate students. However, the main students' unions on administrative and policy issues are the University of Toronto Students' Union, Association of Part-time Undergraduate Students and the Graduate Students' Union. Student representative bodies also exist at the various colleges, academic faculties and departments.

Library and collections

The University of Toronto Libraries is the third-largest academic library system in North America, following those of Harvard and Yale, measured by number of volumes held


The 44 sports teams of the Varsity Blues represent the university in intercollegiate competitions. The two main leagues in which the Blues participate are Canadian Interuniversity Sport for national competitions, and the auxiliary Ontario University Athletics conference at the provincial level. 

Greek life

The University of Toronto is home to the first collegiate fraternity in Canada, Zeta Psi, whose Toronto chapter has been active since 1879.

Theatre and music

Hart House Theatre is the university's student amateur theatre, generally producing four major plays every season. As old as Hart House itself, the theatre is considered a pioneer in Canadian theatre for introducing the Little Theatre Movement from Europe.

Student media

The Varsity is one of Canada's oldest student-run newspapers, in publication since 1880. The paper was originally a daily broadsheet, but has since adopted a compact format and is now weekly with three summer issues.


Each college at the University of Toronto operates its own set of residence halls and dining halls clustered in a different area of the campus. 

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