Choosing a College: University of Toronto

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. And for some students, this includes schools beyond the U.S., too! As such, we are highlighting an international college this week in our School Spotlight series.

School Spotlight: University of Toronto
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Consistently ranked one of the world’s most livable cities, Toronto is a mecca for diverse, innovative thinkers, and the university that bears its name is no different. The University of Toronto attracts students from more than 160 countries and regions from around the world. At its main downtown location, also known as the St. George campus, U of T enrolls approximately 44,000 undergraduates, and they can begin their studies in one of five direct-entry schools. The Faculty of Arts & Science is the most popular division, and it offers more than 300 academic programs – including unusual majors like archaeology, digital humanities, and sustainable energy. Despite its large size, U of T is often described as a community of communities because the university provides multiple opportunities for students to engage in smaller learning settings. All undergrads within the Faculty of Arts & Science, for example, are placed in one of seven colleges that range from 1,800 to 6,000 students, and they each offer features like academic counseling, study spaces, and social events. Engineering, business, and computer science majors will love U of T’s popular co-op program where students can spend between 12 and 20 months working full time (and getting paid!) to experience real hands-on learning in a company setting. Fun fact: a research powerhouse, U of T boasts the third largest library system in North America and attracts more than $1.2 billion in research funding each year.

Photo credit: Top, University of Toronto staff photographer Diana Tyszko

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions experts. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College.