University of Toronto Profile
The University of Toronto is one of the most respected and influential institutions of higher education and advanced research in the world. The university is home to a vibrant and diverse academic community with three distinctive campuses and many partner sites, including world-renowned hospitals. U of T welcomes students of the highest calibre from across Canada and around the world who come to study with accomplished researchers and scholars. For more information please visit https://www.utoronto.ca/
U of T’s admission requirements are divided into different types of learners that include Ontario secondary school, international, and transfer students. Each type has different requirements and admission policies. Select the category that describes you best and then find the admission requirements specific to your category. For graduate programs, applicants will apply through the School of Graduate Studies.
Aboriginal Learner Policy
First Nations House can help Aboriginal learners with their applications, as well as advocate on your behalf. You can use multiple pathways to apply to U of T, including access programs. Consult Enrolment Services for information about the application process, or contact First Nations House to talk about your options. First Nations House also offers guided tours of its facilities.
Alternative Admissions and Transition Programs
Academic Bridging Program
If you don’t meet the formal qualifications required for direct entry admission to U of T, you can enrol in one of the university’s access or bridging programs. Available part time or full time, the Academic Bridging Program enables students who are at least 19 years of age to pursue an arts and science degree.
The program courses are designed for students who have been away from formal education for some time, and are intended to bridge the gap between your prior secondary education and the requirements of first-year university courses. If you successfully complete the Academic Bridging Program, you may be admitted to the Faculty of Arts and Science (St. George Campus), UTM or UTSC and may earn up to a full credit toward your degree studies.
Transitional Year Programme
The Transitional Year Programme at U of T is a special access program for adults who do not have the formal educational background to qualify for university admission. This full-time, eight-month course of study leads successful students to enter the Faculty of Arts and Science.
Diploma to Degree Program
The Diploma to Degree program is a pathway to university studies for students attending a two-year liberal arts diploma at partner institutions including Seneca College, George Brown College, and Humber College.
UTM Bridging Pathway
The University of Toronto-Mississauga Bridging Pathway (UTMBP) offers mature students (20 or older) who do not meet UTM’s traditional admission requirements and who have been away from formal education for some time the opportunity for successful direct admission to university-level studies. If you successfully complete the UTMBP, you will be eligible for undergraduate studies at UTM.
UTM College Pathways
UTM College Pathways are designed for students attending two-year general arts and science diploma programs at partner institutions that include Sheridan, Humber, George Brown, Niagara and Mohawk Colleges.
The University of Toronto Scarborough UTSC offers mature students (21 or older) who do not meet UTSC traditional admission requirements several option, including completion of two Ontario high school credits, Academic Bridging, or Transitional Year Program.
If you haven’t attended a secondary school or college full time for at least two years, there are opportunities to transition to university as a mature learner.
If you are interested in transferring to U of T from another university or college, U of T’s website gives you helpful information. Each academic division has its own policies on transfer; see this site for more information. You can also check out your eligibility for course transfer through Transfer Explorer on its transfer policies and supports. You can also check out your eligibility for course transfers through ONCAT, an organization that provides information on credit transfers in Ontario.
Academic Programs and Supports
Academic Programs and Supports
First-Entry Programs (Undergraduate)
The Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering gives students the technical and professional competencies they need to address critical global issues. You can apply to one of our core undergraduate programs in Chemical, Civil, Computer, Electrical, Industrial, Materials, Mechanical and Mineral Engineering, or to a General First Year, which enables you to explore engineering before you specialize. If you want an extra challenge, you can choose Engineering Science, an enriched program that will prepare you for a wide range of fields. You can also customize your degree through a wide range of minors and certificates.
The Faculty of Arts and Science (St. George Campus) offers a variety of programs leading to bachelor’s degrees in arts, science, and commerce. Programs you can take include Aboriginal Studies, Book and Media Studies, Economics, History, and Physics.
The University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) offers a range of arts and science programs leading to bachelor’s degrees in arts, science, business administration, and commerce. Programs you can take include Forensic Science, Management, Communication and Culture and Theatre and Drama (both joint programs with Sheridan College).
University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) offers a range of arts and science programs leading to bachelor’s degrees in arts, science, and business administration. UTSC is also home to U of T’s Co-Op Program. Other programs of study include Health Studies, Arts Management, Entrepreneurship and Management.
The Faculty of Kinesiology and Physical Education mission is to “develop, advance and disseminate knowledge about physical activity, health and their interactions through education (undergraduate, master’s and PhD programs), research, leadership and the provision of opportunity.” The Faculty delivers 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.
The Faculty of Music has established itself as an arts leader in Canada by combining a wide range of innovative performance training and academic studies — at undergraduate, graduate and professional levels — taught by the country’s top musicians, composers, educators and researchers. Program choices include: performance (conducting, early music, jazz, keyboard, opera, orchestral instruments and voice studies); composition; ethnomusicology; music education, theory; technology; musicology; and music and health.
Second-Entry Programs (Professional)
The Faculty of Dentistry offers you a full range of academic programs including a comprehensive undergraduate program and graduate programs with and without advanced specialty training.
The Faculty of Law is a dynamic academic and social community, whose academic programs are complimented by legal clinics and public interest programs. Find information about applying to the JD program.
The Faculty of Medicine’s breadth and depth of activities is represented in its departments, centres and institutes. These include interdisciplinary research units that bring researchers together to address specific challenges and identify solutions. Programs you can take include Life Sciences, Health Sciences, and an Undergraduate Medical Education Program. Graduate programs include an MD program and PhD program. The Office of Indigenous Medical Education provides a culturally safe space and is working to advance Indigenous community engagement and supports.
The Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy offers you a number of 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.
Graduate Programs (Masters or Doctorate)
The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design approaches architectural studies and visual studies as part of a broader, liberal arts-based education. Undergraduate programs you can take include Visual Studies and Architectural Studies, and graduate programs include Landscape Architecture, and Urban Design.
The Faculty of Forestry is on the leading edge of research in forest conservation science, forest ecosystem management, forest governance and policy, and biomass utilization. Programs you can take include Conservation Science, Conservation Arts, and Biomaterials Science.
The Faculty of Information’s iSchool, known as Canada’s Global Information School, is considered to be one of the world’s leading information and knowledge management schools. Programs you can take include Interactive Digital Media and graduate programs in Information and Museum Studies.
The Rotman School of Management is home to the #1 MBA program in Canada. The School offers both graduate and undergraduate degrees as well as a rich array of professional development programs that are designed to foster the next generation of business leaders. With one of the most far-reaching personal development initiatives of any business school in North America, Rotman gives students the tools they need to solve the toughest problems, approaching each challenge with creativity and a willingness to think and act in new ways. Join us and transform your career and your leadership potential.
The Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing, with more than 90 years of achievements, thrives on the challenge to create better outcomes in health care – locally, nationally, and internationally. Its students have gone on to become prominent thinkers, research pioneers, and relentless innovators. Programs you can take include undergraduate and graduate programs in Nursing, including a renowned Nurse Practitioner (NP) program.
The Dalla Lana School of Public Health is a world leader in public health research, education, and service. It offers you a dynamic learning community in which real-world experience in research, practice, and fieldwork enhances theoretical study. You can choose from graduate programs in Epidemiology, Family and Community Medicine, Nutrition and Dietetics, and more. The School is also home to the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, an institute aimed at creating thriving health in Indigenous communities through partnerships, training and seed funding.
The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work educates the social work leaders of tomorrow, and is dedicated to transforming lives and communities. Graduate programs you can take include a Master of Social Work program and PhD programs.
The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT) is Canada’s only all-graduate institute of teaching, learning, and research. OISE offers graduate programs in teaching and learning, continuing teacher education, and education research. Learn more about initial teacher education and graduate studies at OISE/UT.
To find out more about graduate education at U of T, please visit the School of Graduate Studies.
You can also check out all of t all of U of T’s academic programs.
U of T offers a variety of services at all three campuses to help you achieve your academic goals at university. Some of the supports offered include writing supports; examination preparation; and time-management workshops, to name a few.
As well, academic accommodations are provided when students experience disability-related barriers that prohibit demonstration of their knowledge and skills. Accommodations are provided to level the playing field upon which students can establish their success.
To learn about services and programs available to students on each of the campuses, please visit:
Investing in your future may require some help along the way. The University of Toronto offers assistance in financial aid through advising and allocation of needs-based funding through grants and awards. A number of scholarships and bursaries are specifically for Aboriginal learners.
Contact the University for financial aid advising, or read about the many financial aid opportunities available to Aboriginal students.
Scholarships and Bursaries
The University of Toronto has a highly comprehensive financial assistance program (UTAPS), which provides needs-based assistance to students who qualify for OSAP or other Canadian government financial aid and whose need has not been met by these programs.
In addition, financial aid is available through a variety of other scholarships, bursaries, government programs, and Aboriginal specific scholarships and awards. Below are examples of two awards available at U of T:
The President’s Award for the Outstanding Native Student of the Year is given to a student of Aboriginal ancestry (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) who is studying full time at U of T and involved in course work. The recipient will be selected on the basis of academic achievement, and previous and/or intended contribution to the Aboriginal community.
The Dr. Lillian McGregor Aboriginal Award of Excellence is given to Aboriginal students who are studying full time at U of T (graduate and second-entry programs), who have financial need, and who are Ontario residents. Preference is given to applicants who can demonstrate a contribution to the Aboriginal community through volunteerism and involvement with First Nations House and/or the Native Students Association.
Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
Loan and grant funding through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is one of the ways that you can finance your postsecondary education. The registrar’s office at your campus, faculty or college or at Enrolment Services can help you apply for OSAP. For more information see: http://www.adm.utoronto.ca/financial-aid/
Work Study Program and Part-Time Work
The Work Study Program at U of T can help eligible students to find part-time work at the university. Some of the jobs available to you might include helping professors with research or working at campus organizations such as the Aboriginal Student Centre.
Aboriginal Student Services
Aboriginal Student Services
Each U of T campus offers Aboriginal Student services. The services strive to be a home-away-from-home for Aboriginal learners. You can talk with counsellors, meet other students, and join in activities and cultural events. Below are just some of the services you will find at U of T and Aboriginal Student Services.
Services include culturally supportive academic advising to both undergraduate and graduate students on all three campuses. You can access academic advising services that include assistance with academic planning, advocacy with other U of T departments, assistance with registration and scheduling, and personalized one-on-one appointments.
Elders are vital to the Aboriginal community. The Elder and Traditional Teacher program at First Nations House and at the Indigenous Outreach Centres at UTM and UTSC give you the chance to meet with Elders and Traditional Teachers for support, guidance, and teachings.
The Aboriginal Learning Strategist, can help you with writing and research strategies, exam preparation, or time management. Face-to-face meetings and workshops are offered throughout the year.
The Resource Centre, part of the First Nations House, maintains a growing collection of printed materials and audiovisual resources that represent a wide range of Aboriginal-related content. The Resource Centre Coordinator is very knowledgeable about Aboriginal/Indigenous issues and is available to help students with research. The centre carries many texts and other course materials required in the Aboriginal Studies Program as well as a range of books that support students taking courses in other faculties and departments
At university, you can explore your interests, inside and outside of the classroom. You will have opportunities to attend social events or join a student club. You might also like to play extracurricular sports or, if you live on campus, become involved in your residence community. Below you will find more about student life at U of T.
Orientation Week events and activities help new students make a smooth transition to their first year at U of T. The week introduces you to the campus community and helps you to connect with your smaller college or faculty community, as well as U of T as a whole. There is orientation programming for you, whether you are a recent graduate of secondary school, a mature student returning to school, or transferring from another university.
Aboriginal Learners’ Orientation
First Nations House organizes an orientation session for new students at the beginning of each academic year. If you’re new to the University of Toronto or if you have yet to visit First Nations House, you are invited to come and learn about the supports you can access. You’ll get to meet new people, enjoy a cup of coffee, and become involved with U of T’s Aboriginal community.
Clubs and Societies
Ulife is U of T’s one-stop website that lists a large, diverse directory of student clubs, organizations, activities, and opportunities on all three campuses. The thousands of entries include film appreciation clubs, debating societies, sports teams, social activism, drop-in classes, and research opportunities and awards.
Aboriginal Learners’ Clubs
Native Students Association (NSA)
The Natives Students Association (NSA) creates social and cultural networks of students through feasts, social gatherings, conferences, and other cultural events. It also supports events run by other student organizations in U of T and in broader Canadian communities. Additionally, the NSA Council leaders are advocates on behalf of Indigenous issues in Canada.
Aboriginal Law Students’ Association
The Aboriginal Law Students’ Association at the Faculty of Law is an active circle of students from many different Aboriginal cultures. The association provides social support for Aboriginal law students. It also promotes awareness about Aboriginal issues and procures funding for special professional and educational opportunities.
Your student union plays an important role at university. The union advocates on behalf of students on campus and in the community. Members may also organize your Orientation Week and student clubs. At U of T, you are represented by campus-based student unions and divisional student societies.
U of T is home to Varsity Blues sports that range from baseball to lacrosse. The Varsity Blues participate both in Ontario University Athletics (OUA) and Canadian Interuniversity Sport. Get more information on varsity athletics at U of T that includes try-out dates.
Recreation and Intramurals
U of T offers recreational sports and leagues regardless of your skill level. Recreational sports include basketball, flag football, and hockey. Joining a team is a great way to meet other people and stay active, whether you are continuing to play a sport or starting a new one.
If you have a disability that requires academic accommodation and support, Accessibility Services is available on each campus for help. It is important that you reach out to the office as soon as possible to ensure the appropriate supports are in place for you at the beginning of the school year.
Safe Spaces (LGBTQ)
LGBTOUT is a drop-in centre located on-campus for LGBT students and allies to gather. It offers programming throughout the school year that include the Queer Ball, awareness events, and trivia and movie nights.
Multi-Faith Centre and Spaces
The Multi-Faith Centre at the St. George Campus and the Multi-faith Spaces at UTM and UTSC support the spiritual well-being of everyone on campus and gives you opportunities to learn from one another while you explore questions of meaning, purpose, and identity. Its facilities and programs accommodate many spiritual and faith-based practices, and encourage interfaith dialogue and spiritual development as part of the student learning experience.
You can access child care through a variety of on-campus child care centres. Be sure to apply as early as possible because the waiting lists can be long.
Housing and Transportation
Housing and Transportation
Residence is guaranteed for all new full-time students entering their first year of university in an undergraduate program, as long as you’ve indicated your interest in residence by the deadline. Whether you are a first-year or returner, undergraduate or graduate, single or with a family, U of T student at St. George, Scarborough or Mississauga, there are housing options for you.
Living off campus is a great way to live independently and discover the unique tapestry of Toronto’s many neighbourhoods. Check out the Off-Campus Housing website for services, tools, and advice to help you in your search.
Whether you live in residence or off campus, finding a place to eat is made easier with the university’s meal plans, which give you access to both on- and off-campus vendors. Check out U of T’s meal plans and prices.
Residence life is about more than where you live – it is where you will find a community. With a senior student mentor to guide you, you will have the chance to participate in exciting programming that builds on what you’re learning inside the classroom while getting to know students from different programs. Check residence life at U of T.
Getting to and around the U of T’s campuses is made easy by public transportation. The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) weaves throughout the downtown areas of U of T while Mississauga Transit serves UTM. For example, there are four subway stations near the St. George campus and streetcar stops nearby, intercampus transportation services, convenient parking, well-lit walkways, and lots of bike paths and racks.
The TTC offers a Post-Secondary Student TTC Metropass that must be accompanied by the authorized postsecondary TTC Student Photo ID card; contact the University of Toronto Students’ Union website to purchase the metropass. Go Transit offers reduced fares to full-time university students with a Go Student ID card. You can get your Go Student ID card at the TCard office with a valid TCard.
U of T has a number of services including parking permits, shuttle buses, and subsidized transit passes that can help you get to and from one campus to another. Check out parking services for more details.
Wellness in mind, body, and spirit is important to your success at university. The Health and Wellness Centre is staffed by trained service providers (family physicians, personal counsellors, registered nurses, psychologists, psychiatrists, and wellness educators). Below are some of the services available to you
You can access many health services, similar to what a typical family doctor offers. This could include a periodic health visit, a wellness exam that replaces the usual annual physical examination, and allergy care.
A team of health professionals offers a range of mental health services that you can access, if needed. Reach out for counselling services if you need help to resolve issues, better understand your emotions, relationships and responses, and deal effectively with challenges.
You can learn about wellness supports that include peer support and workshops, and online resources on building healthy habits and reducing stress.
For more information on the well-being services provided by U of T, contact the Health and Wellness Centre. You can also visit Aboriginal Student Services and First Nations House for information on the cultural aspects of health.