The BasicsLocation: Downtown Toronto, Ontario, CanadaFunding: PublicSize: 67,128 undergraduates as of 2013-2014 academic yearPercent Women: 56.9%Most Popular Majors: Social Sciences, Humanities, Education and Physical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Health ProfessionsGreek Life: YesTuition (one year):
- $6,040 and up, depending on program and campus
- $1,185 and up for incidental and ancillary fees
- $1000 and up for books and supplies
- $7,985-$15,00 for residence based on which residence and meal plan
For more information about financial aid, scholarships, majors, study abroad, and average test scores, visit the University of Toronto’s website at http://www.adm.utoronto.ca/admissions/
Why Choose U Toronto?
"Well initially I was intimidated by how big U of T was and with all the stories of how it's impossible to do well and how you feel isolated and blahblahblah, but it really isn't that bad! I choose to transfer mostly because of how there're SO many course and program options. I feel like there're a lot of opportunities here. Plus you get to brag about how you're in one of the best schools in the world. One of the things I really like about the environment is how hard working everyone is, it's so inspiring! Oh and I love the old buildings. There's so much history to the university, it's cool."
"I heard it was hard and I like to be intellectually challenged."
"I originally wanted to go to McGill, but I heard from U of T first. I figured it's figured it's best in Canada so why settle for second best? I haven't regretted my decision since, there're just so many opportunities at U of T, be it academic or extracurricular (they want us to call it co-curricular now, though). I think the bigger a school is, the more it can offer its students in terms of clubs, quality professors, research opportunities, and so forth."
"My favorite part of U of T is it's location, it's located at the heart of Downtown Toronto and there's always somewhere to hang out or grab a bite to eat between classes. It gets a bit slushy/wet during winter, but during fall/summer/spring it's absolutely beautiful and there's just so much life and vitality around you. Don't get me wrong, it's still picturesque in the winter - like Narnia - it's just we have to walk through the 5 feet of snow after we take a picture for Instagram."
"A well known tradition are the 7 colleges that are kind of like the "houses" in Harry Potter. Basically at the St. George Campus, there are 7 colleges: Trinity, Victoria, St. Mike's, Innis, New, Woodsworth and University College. Unlike Harry Potter, you can actually pick which college you want to be in when you first apply. Every college has its own rich history, it's particular programs (for example, Trinity is known specially for its Internation Relations program), scholarships, dorms, and culture. Your college is your first source of friends, especially if you live in dorm, and they create small communities within the huge, anonymous university."
"I like the wide range of classes that are offered at U of T. You'll find some really interesting courses that I don't think would be offered at most universities, off the top of my head, there's 'Public Nudity,' 'History of Medicine,' 'History of Evolutionary Biology,' '18th Century Children's Literature,' and so many more. I feel like the courses here exist for the sake of learning, not just prepping you for the work force or giving you something to put on your resume, while it definitely does that, but U of T genuinely gives you something to think about. The classes here are the kind that encourage you to think about the topic and its applicability to our world outside of class."
"I like the facilities at U of T. There're some really great, state-of-the-art buildings that have emerged in recent years like the Goldring Student Center, the Athletic Center, Thomas Fisher Rare Books Library, Goldring Athletic Center, and so forth. A lot of money is invested by alumnus to improve the school and it really shows."
"This university is so big and it can be alienating, especially in first year when your timetable is just full of 100-level courses and you're thrown in with 1000+ students in Convocation Hall. It takes a little getting used to, especially since my highschool has 60 people per grade. I felt lonely for a lot of first year, especially none of my best friends came to U of T with me."
"U of T is stressful, there's a lot of competition and I always get fazed out I ask people what their major is, and they say something in the humanities before adding 'so I can apply to law school.' I want to apply to law school myself, so it's stressful to know that so many people who go here are also gunning for the same thing, and there're only so many law schools in Canada. Everybody here is competitive and a hard worker, or they wouldn't have come here."
"I don't like commuting, I live pretty far away in Scarborough and it's a pain to commute over an hour on the TTC every day. Especially in the winter. I know Downtown Toronto is a great location and everything, but on the days that I only have a 2 hour lecture for the entire day, it's hard to push myself to make the 2 hour commute (one hour there, one back). Or when it's winter and the days get much shorter, I get so tired riding the train back and it's already completely dark out."
New Collegiette on Campus"Frosh week is really exciting! Everybody goes in with a preconceived notion of what university will be like (we've all seen the movies) and I'd say it's as similar or as different as you'd like it to be. Every college (the division of students into 7 'colleges,' basically a way to easier manage students on an academic, financial, and social level) throws their own Frosh week so I can't speak to theirs, but Victoria College throws a mean party. There're tons of parties going around on campus if that's your thing, I know a lot of frats and sororities take this time to self-promote so everybody's always handing out party flyers. If the party scene is not for you, there're lots of alternative activities like board game night, arts and crafts, I know somebody who got a Settlers of Catan group going!""I had an okay time at Frosh, I met a lot of people and we were close for that one week, but I haven't gotten in contact with them since. Frosh is kind of like camp but on steroids, with much much more people. I lived on residence too, so that could be why, but I remembered after the activities in the morning, there was some kind of party every night. No school, tons of new people, and living alone for the first time - what do you expect? I probably didn't come home until after 3am every day for the first week, it's kind of surreal but very fun and a good way to kick off the school year.""I actually didn't have the greatest time at my own college's Frosh, but my friend was in St. Mike's and invited me to come join his instead. Everybody was so nice, I told the Frosh leader upfront that I was a deflector from another college but he just laughed and set me up with SMC (St. Mike's College) sunglasses and a Frosh shirt, and then I was just one of them. I met some pretty cool people that day, can't say I keep in close contact with any of them now but we definitely do exchange the odd 'hello' or 'how's your semester?' I also got to go to the Argos game for free because one of the Froshies said he wasn't a fan of football and gave me his, so that was cool."
All About Academics
"I think a lot of people exaggerate how difficult U of T is. Yes, it's hard, and yes, high school definitely didn't prepare me for this. But that's why it's university, it's the next level of education - not a continuation of high school. I was definitely surprised at first because some essays that I handed in and were really proud of, essays which would have fetched me a mid-to-high 90 in my glory highschool days, only barely scraped an A- at U of T. I now work harder on my essays and spend more time on them than any essay I have turned in during high school, and I'm still a consistent A- student. I've accepted this though, I'm now competing with some of the best students in the country, and I'd say this hasn't intimidated me but actually encourages me to up my game."
"I basically live in Robarts (the library) since first year started, which is good because it's open 24 hours most days. I think this tells you everything you need to know about academics at U of T. You know it's intense when the Starbuckst at the library is open 24 hours."
"Course registration is a nightmare, if you're trying to get into a popular class and you have a later start time (we have staggered start times for course registration, so I would go in a 2pm and you might have a 6pm start time or an 8am start time. Basically we have to register in shifts, or the system just crashes and then nobody gets into their class) then have fun on the wait list for the next 2 months. Most people plan their schedules on griddy months or weeks in advance with second and third course options so the second that ROSI lets you add courses, you're in there with your little sheet of scribbled course codes and laptop. It's stressful getting into the classes you want and especially the classes you need, because a lot of the times they're actually required for your major or minor."
Learn from the Best
"One of my favorite professors to date is Dr. Reid, who taught me AST101. I only took his course because I needed my 5th breadth requirement (science and math credit) but I honestly got so much out of his class and even have a basic unverstanding of astronomy and the universe now. I was wary at first because I'm not a science person, I hate memorization and scientific concepts are usually beyond me, but Dr. Reid keeps all of this in mind and makes the most informative slides I've ever seen. Honestly, you don't even need to buy the textbook. (Buy it though, because extra studying never hurt anybody and there's a special code that comes with the textbook that you'll need for online assignments later on in the course.)"
"I really liked Professor Hakob (he asked us to call him by his first name because his last name is too complicated, and he was sick of hearing us butcher it) who taught my HPS100 class. He's so funny and puts so much effort into his lectures and slides, he has these really funny illustrations of famous philosophers and scientists on his slides (don't ask - it's within context of the class) and he hand draws then edits every single one - that should let you know how dedicated he is. He is approachable and makes something as difficult as the History and Philosophy of Science seem straightforward and easy."
"Professor Wohl who taught my CLA160 course is amazing, she's so funny and makes ancient Greek and Roman texts come to life. She puts these thousand year old texts into terms that we can understand and appreciate in the modern day, and has instilled in me an interest in Classics that continues on even though I have finished her class."
"I feel like not enough people go to office hours, I definitely go when I have questions but not nearly as often as I should. Professors always tell us that they have one to two students or even no students show up to their regular weekly office hours, then the week before midterms, about 60 people are banging on their door. Unfortunatly, I am one of those people. Maybe this year though I'll start going more often, even if I don't have a question, just to talk to the professor and get to know them."
Interests and Involvement
"I love the clubs around U of T, I found out about most of mine at the UTSU clubs fair during Frosh week and am actively involved in club activities and bi-weekly meetings. I joined Model UN and DECAU, and am a part of a few ASSU course unions. I think that clubs help you get to know people, like really get to know them instead of just sitting next to a stranger for half a year in your 101 class. I've made a lot of friends this way and they create a support group for me inside and outside academia."
"People generally find out about clubs on the ULife website, I know every club is required to register themselves through ULife to be acknowledged as a U of T club so if you're ever looking for a club to join, pop over to their website. I've found some interesting clubs that way, maybe they don't advertise around campus or aren't big on social media, and I wouldn't have found them otherwise."
"Clubs are good because there's an official 'extracurricular transcript' now that U of T is introducing called the Co-Curricular Record. You can get officially recognized for the work you do outside of class, which is accounted for on a transcript created by U of T admin. I think this is really great because I'm planning to apply for grad school and U of T is on my list of potential schools. It's good to get a transcript of co-curricular activities officially accepted by U of T, especially when you're going to apply back to U of T with it."
"Did you know that we have a Quidditch team? It's the best for you Harry Potter fans!"
"The architecture and space of the athletic centre, the hart house gym, the new fitness centre near Trinity College and the Varsity Stadium are amazing. The openness of the available spaces encourage me to be fit!"
"People need to obtain balance in life. This not only means academics and social life, but also eating healthy and exercising! This is why I believe athletics and sports are integral aspects of UofT life."
"Apparently the male to female ratio is 40:60. But in engineering it's 70:30."
"There's a lot of female empowerment clubs and movements around campus. A few examples are Her Campus itself, Equal Voice, Because I am a Girl, and many more."
"People are super trendy and fashionable! People should definitely check out this fashion blog."
Food & Drink
"The food quality ranges. I'd say that Chestnut has the best food, but it's also a pretty expensive residence. What I always recommend is getting the cheapest meal plan, and something with flex dollars so you can spend it all around campus."
"I personally love exploring the city and trying new food, so I'm not a huge fan of dining hall food. But that's just me!"
"There are SO many fantastic (and cheap!) restaurants on campus. And they usually have student deals as well. Go check them out!"
"If I'm lazy I just settle for the Chinese food truck outside Robarts."
"The social scene is pretty wild at U of T, especially if you love going to clubs and all you can drink parties."
"What I love about the night life at U of T is that no one really pressures you to drink! You can totally have fun without going through anything you don't want to do."
"People are open and easy to talk to. Although it's a running joke that you can only have one out of sleep, a social life, and grades, I feel like if I limit myself to only going out once a week, I can totally manage all three!"
"UofT is really big so you have A LOT of housing options. There are different dorm houses in each college, and we have seven colleges!"
"A roommate is totally optional, which is what I love about residence!"
"Living on residence was the best time of my life. I was so close to everything - my friends, food, my classes, and everything on campus was super easy to get to. Freshmen, take advantage of living on res!"
"Toronto is a fabulous place for city girls."
"The food, the entertainment, and life in Toronto in general is awesome. I wouldn't want to live anywhere else."
"Come visit us in Toronto!!"
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