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University of Toronto

© University of Toronto
Motto: Velut arbor aevo (Translation: "As a tree with the passage of time")
Founded 1827
School type Public
President Robert Birgeneau
Location Toronto, Ontario
Enrollment 63,109 (48,863 at St. George Campus, 6,834 at UTSC, 7,412 at UTM)
Campus surroundings Urban
Campus size 160 acres (St. George Campus), 224 acres (UTM), 300 acres (UTSC)
Sports teams Varsity Blues
Mascot True Blue

The University of Toronto (U of T), in Toronto, Ontario, Canada is the largest university in Canada with about 50,000 students.

The University was established on March 15, 1827, when King's College at York (Toronto) was granted its Royal Charter. King's College became the University of Toronto in 1849.

The University is comprised of three campuses, four constituent colleges, four federated colleges, and three federated universities. (Federated colleges and universities were incorporated into the University; constituent colleges were created by the University.) U of T's four federated colleges are seminaries which are associated with The Toronto School of Theology.

Every arts and science student at U of T is a member of one of its seven "colleges" (the federated universities and constituent colleges), which acts, ideally, as a smaller-scale intellectual and social community for its members. In practice, however, they are simply residential in nature and, while U of T's colleges are based on the college system in use at Oxford and Cambridge, they do not have tutors as such. Some first-year seminars and academic programs are offered by some colleges.

The University of Toronto is now widely acknowledged to be one of Canada's top schools. It attracts the best students from Ontario and the rest of Canada, and has a growing number of international students. The U of T has far more money than any other Canadian university, having a two billion dollar endowment. U of T was also ranked first in the Maclean's rankings of Canadian medical-doctoral universities for the tenth year in a row.

Despite these achievements in the academic arena, U of T has a reputation for housing a large proportion of unhappy students, in large part because of its size, the fact that most of its students are commuters, and the competitive nature of certain programs, particularly in science and engineering.

Table of contents
1 Campuses
2 Complete List of Colleges and Divisions
3 Noted Graduates and Faculty
4 External links


The St. George (downtown) campus has a rich architectural history, making it a popular attraction for visitors to the city. It is bounded by Spadina Avenue to the west, Bloor Street to the north, Queen's Park Crescent to the east, and College Street to the south. Some U of T buildings, namely Victoria College and St. Michael's College, are located east of Queen's Park Crescent. The campus is served well by the TTC, namely by the Spadina and St. George stations on the Bloor-Danforth line and the Queen's Park station on the University-Spadina line.

Located 30 kilometres (18 miles) west of the St. George campus is the University of Toronto at Mississauga (UTM) in suburban Mississauga. Set on the banks of the Credit River, UTM's 224-acre campus is decidedly modern. It is located off of Mississauga Road, between Dundas Street and Burnhamthorpe Road in the Erindale area.

At the other end of the Greater Toronto Area is the University of Toronto at Scarborough, approximately 30 kilometres east of the downtown campus. The 300-acre campus is located on the Highland Creek in the Scarborough area of eastern Toronto.

Complete List of Colleges and Divisions

Federated Universities

Constituent Colleges Professional and Graduate Faculties Colleges and Faculties Comprising the Toronto School of Theology Other

Noted Graduates and Faculty

External links