History, Affiliations, Rankings
The University of Toronto or U of T, as it is known, is a public research university in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, located on the site surrounding Queen's Park. It is Canada's premier educational institution since its inception in 1827. It represents a historic edifice with over 100 years of discovery and knowledge creation. The University of Toronto, which began as King's College in 1827 and now has grown to be a huge and renowned institution. Scarborough and Erindale campuses, as well as the old St. George campus, are now home to the university. It is associated with various colleges and institutions and has federated with three minor universities on the St. George campus. There are 10 fully affiliated teaching hospitals in metropolitan Toronto. The University is also affiliated with the Association of American Universities, Association of Commonwealth Universities, Universities Canada, U15 Group of Canadian Research Universities and Universities Research Association. The 2022 edition of the Best Global Universities Rankings by US News & World Reports, which are focused on research performance, placed U of T first in Canada and 16th in the world – a position it shared this year with Princeton University and University College London. Furthermore, The University of Toronto was placed #=18, #22, and #26 internationally in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022, Shanghai Ranking Academic Ranking of World Universities 2021, and QS World University Rankings 2022, respectively.
Infrastructure, Campuses and Courses
The University of Toronto has three locations: Downtown Toronto (St. George), Mississauga (to the west), and Scarborough (to the east). All three campuses offer accommodation to students with a housing/accommodation guarantee for first-year students. With some of the most famous architecture and beautiful green spaces in the greater Toronto and Mississauga area, U of T offers an exceptional environment to study and work. The campuses offer more than 800 student clubs, organizations and activities for their students. Toronto draws great businesses, restaurants, entertainment, and community events everywhere, making it a great place to live and study. With 44 libraries along with 158 librarians, it has the fourth-largest library system in North America. It is composed of 19.5 million physical holdings and over 6.2 million electronic holdings. The University of Toronto is internationally recognized for its high-quality education in various bachelor's, master's, and professional programs. The university offers more than 700 undergraduate and 200 graduate programs. A liberal arts education is the heart of the undergraduate curriculum at Toronto. The Faculty of Arts and Science has more students than any other faculty. The education of students for the professions has always been an important part of the University’s role, and the University accordingly maintains a wide range of professional faculties.
Accomplishments and Alumni
The University of Toronto is known for its influential movements, curricula in literary criticism and communication theory. U of T did its first research on insulin, stem cell, practical electron microscope, multi-touch technology, the development of NP-completeness, and identification of Cygnus X-1, the first black hole. U of T entrepreneurs have secured more than $1.5 billion in investment and created more than 500 startup companies in the past decade. The institute receives the highest annual scientific research funding in Canada and is one of only two members of the Association of American Universities outside the United States. The university boasts a strong alumni network of more than half a million people worldwide. Lester B. Pearson (Former Canadian Prime Minister), Frederick Banting (Canadian Scientist), William Lyon Mackenzie King (Former Canadian Prime Minister), David Cronenberg (Canadian Film Director), Naomi Klein (Canadian Author), including fourteen Supreme Court Justices and three foreign leaders are proud alumni of the University of Toronto.
Student Diversity and Visiting Companies
Every year more than 95,000 students enrolled in various courses, including around 20,000 international students. International students at the U of T are primarily from 164 countries worldwide including China, India, the United States, South Korea, and Hong Kong. Their excellence thrives in an environment that encompasses a broad spectrum of people, helps them realize their full potential, allows the free expression of their different perspectives through respectful speech, and that sets high standards for students and the staff. The University of Toronto is committed to creating an academic community where every member's learning and scholarship may flourish, with diligent preservation of individual human rights and a firm commitment to the ideals of equal opportunity, equality, and justice. A fair and inclusive work and learning environment create the conditions for their diverse employees and students to maximize their creativity and contribution and thereby support excellence in all dimensions of the institution. This past year, hundreds of employers were on campus at U of T including (but not limited to) The Big 4, Bell, Accenture, AT Kearney, CIBC, Bell, RBC, BDO and more!