University of Toronto: Narrative Description

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Toronto, ON, Canada M5S 1A1
Tel: (416)978-2011
Admissions: (416)978-2190
E-mail: [email protected]
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Province-supported, university, coed. Awards bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees. Founded 1827. Setting: 714-hectare urban campus. Endowment: $1.2 billion. Research spending 2003-04: $236 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $6000 per student. Total enrollment: 68,640. Faculty: 3,149 (2,787 full-time, 362 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 26:1. 59,161 applied, 66% were admitted. Full-time: 39,400 students, 60% women, 40% men. Part-time: 6,114 students, 57% women, 43% men. Students come from 12 provinces and territories, 165 other countries, 3% from out-of province, 27% 25 or older, 15% live on campus. Retention: 95% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Calendar: Canadian standard year. ESL program, services for LD students, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at Sheridan Community College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Option: deferred admission. Required: high school transcript. Required for some: interview, SAT, SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadline: 3/1. Notification: continuous. Preference given to province residents for pharmacy program; Canadian residents for dentistry, physical and occupational therapy, rehabilitation medicine programs.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $43 Canadian dollars. Tuition, fee, and room and board charges are reported in Canadian dollars. Province resident tuition: $837 per course part-time. Canadian resident tuition: $4185 full-time, $2,255 per course part-time. Mandatory fees: $850 full-time, $241.36 per course part-time. Full-time tuition and fees vary according to program. Part-time tuition and fees vary according to course load. College room and board: $7500. College room only: $4000. Room and board charges vary according to board plan, housing facility, and location. International student tuition: $11,276 full-time.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: national fraternities, national sororities, local sororities. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service. 6,670 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. Option: coed housing available. Robart's Library plus 43 others with 10.3 million books, 5 million microform titles, 53,547 serials, 1.2 million audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $41 million. 2,000 computers available on campus for general student use. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Toronto is the financial and industrial capital of Canada as well as Provincial capital of Ontario. It is often compared to New York and, in fact, was known as "York" (after the Duke of York) until 1834. The name "Toronto" was selected and is taken from an Indian word which means "meeting place" and it has become the meeting place or crossroads for nearly all Canadian activities. Cultural attractions abound and include the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Ontario Science Center, the Marine Museum of Upper Canada, Royal Ontario Museum and the Hummingbird Centre (which is home to the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company and scene of numerous plays). Toronto is one of two Canadian cities with baseball teams in the major leagues but more important to Canadians, it is the home of the Hockey Hall of Fame and of the Maple Leafs. The city also has many other sport and recreation facilities including the Skydome, a domed stadium. The city is one of the great inland ports of North America and is easily accessible by air, rail, bus and road. It has one of the best subway systems in the world and an excellent public bus system.

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