University of Toronto
© University of Toronto
|Motto: Velut arbor aevo (Translation: "As a tree with the passage of time")|
||63,109 (48,863 at St. George Campus, 6,834 at UTSC, 7,412 at UTM)|
||160 acres (St. George Campus), 224 acres (UTM), 300 acres (UTSC)|
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.
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
Professional and Graduate Faculties
Colleges and Faculties Comprising the Toronto School of Theology
- Emmanuel College, (United Church of Canada)
- Wycliffe College, (Low Anglican)
- Regis College, (Jesuit)
- Knox College, (Presbyterian)
- St. Michael's College Faculty of Theology, (Basilian)
- Trinity College Faculty of Divinity, (High Anglican)
Noted Graduates and Faculty
- Lester B. Pearson, Prime Minister
- William Lyon Mackenzie King, Prime Minister
- Bob Rae, NDP premier of Ontario
- Arthur Meighen, Prime Minister
- Vincent Massey, First Canadian born Governor General
- Gordon Graydon, leader of Progressive Conservative Party
- Ed Broadbent, NDP leader
- Adrienne Clarkson, governor general
- Paul Martin Jr, Prime Minister
- Vaira Vike-Freiberga, President of Latvia
- Frederick Banting, developed insulin
- Charles Best, developed insulin
- John James Richard Macleod, nobel laureate
- Steve Mann, computers
- Gerald Bull, artillery expert assassinated by Mossad
- John Polanyi, developed the chemical laser, nobel laureate
- Roberta Bondar, first Canadian female astronaut
- John Kenneth Galbraith, economist
- Northrop Frye, scholar
- Marshall McLuhan, communications theorist
- Allan Bloom, Plato scholar
- Frank Gehry, architect
- Daniel Libeskind, architect
- Margaret Atwood, author
- Robertson Davies, author
- Christian Bok, poet
- Morley Callaghan, author
- Jeffrey Simpson, journalist and author
- Michael Ondaatje, author
- Michael Ignatieff, author
- Stephen Leacock, humour writer
- Rohinton Mistry, author
- John McCrae, doctor and poet
- Norman Jewison, director
- Donald Sutherland, actor
- Frank Shuster, comedian
- Johnny Wayne, comedian