Boundless Opportunities for Learning Inside and Outside the Lecture Hall
No university in Canada, and few in the world, come close to the University of Toronto for range, choice and depth of study. Undergraduate students at U of T can choose from more than 800 academic programs, and they can learn from the best minds and most dedicated teachers in each of these fields of study. Creating the link between teaching and research, U of T is one of the few Canadian universities that encourage undergraduates to pursue original research.
As a U of T student, you'll want to take advantage of the University's smaller learning environments. Much like the Toronto region, the University is a community of communities. Working with faculty and other students in close-knit learning groups, students can tailor their experiences to their interests and develop passions that will help them make their mark on the world. U of T also offers a rich student life outside of the classroom, with more than 800 clubs and organizations, plus the largest varsity and intramural sports programs in Canada. There are newspapers and radio stations to foster communication. There are opportunities to get involved in student government, debating, social activism and volunteer activities of all types. Through experiences like these, you'll gain some of the leadership skills you'll need in a rapidly changing world.
Jasmeet Sidhu, a journalist, activist and recent alumna, observes that "U of T encourages students to take an interest in the world outside of academia and to look at the world as a practical laboratory to apply new ideas and explore different avenues."
Smaller Learning Communities
U of T has always provided students with a sense of community, thanks to its distinctive colleges, faculties and campuses. First-year students can participate in a variety of small seminars, mentorship programs and peer-led academic groups. As an undergraduate, you can choose from an unparalleled choice of courses and also have access to top professors in small learning environments.
U of T's One Programs help create those intimate learning experiences. First-year students in groups of 25 pursue a common curriculum that allows them a multidisciplinary take on ideas, events and issues. And each program reflects the history and character of the college that sponsors it. Vic One students, for example, choose among five streams named after Victoria College luminaries, such as filmmaker Norman Jewison and past Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. Small-group sessions are enhanced by weekly sessions with guest professors, visiting artists and public figures. At Trinity College, Trinity One explores issues related to ethics and global affairs. Many U of T colleges, as well as U of T Scarborough and U of T Mississauga, have also introduced One Programs that reflect their respective academic traditions. What all these programs share is an environment that nurtures networking, intellectual exploration, skill development and the transition into university life.
At the faculty level, there are programs like TrackOne, a collection of first-year courses and seminars offered by the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering. And the Faculty of Arts & Science is home to the 199 First Year Seminars — courses with a maximum enrolment of 24 that will help you develop writing skills, critical thinking, oral presentation skills and research methods. Meanwhile, the Arts & Science's First-Year Learning Communities give students the chance to meet outside of class to discuss academic and undergraduate life with peer mentors. The University provides these tools to ensure that first-year students — and all undergraduates — make the most of the unlimited learning opportunities of a U of T education.
Making the most of Student Life
With hundreds of student organizations, athletic teams and academic associations to choose from,
U of T students can get involved with the University and with the wider community as well. One outstanding example is the ongoing renewal of U of T's athletic facilities. The Varsity Centre is now a major, 5,000-seat sports complex in the heart of downtown Toronto. And the future Goldring Centre for High Performance Sport will be a multi-storey complex for training, research, teaching and sports medicine.
U of T is also making improvements to other spaces where students congregate. Robarts Library, for example, recently added close to 1,000 additional study spaces to a building at the geographical and intellectual heart of the downtown campus. A new five-storey structure will add another 1,200 study spaces. It's all part of U of T's commitment to enriching student life in all its forms — athletics, arts and culture, community involvement, volunteering and student leadership.
Whether it's inside or outside the classroom, U of T provides students with every possible opportunity to explore their potential. The rewards will be personal as well as global because you'll learn to see today's challenges from a unique perspective. In a world with more complexities and fewer borders, we need boundless thinkers to lead the next generation. At U of T, you can become one of those boundless leaders.
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